Michael D. Farber




1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007

Oil and Gas
  • Led a series of reforms of federal oversight of U.S. offshore oil and gas operations, including enhanced enforcement efforts, improved investigative capabilities, revisions of regulations, interagency coordination, and streamlined processes
  • Created a dedicated group of experienced investigators to handle misconduct allegations and strengthen federal oversight of offshore oil and gas operations in response to the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and aftermath. 
  • Coordinated and led a team of subject-matter experts in promulgating Arctic-specific regulations for exploratory drilling operations
  • Presented to domestic and international audiences about federal oversight of Arctic operations, BSEE investigations and enforcement, and post-Deepwater Horizon reforms
  • Coordinated investigations of industry participants for potential violations of law in connection with offshore operations
  • Introduced and developed new capabilities and practices for BSEE investigations of offshore fatalities and other serious incidents
  • Developed plan and deployed team that conducted an investigation that led directly to the U.S. Department of Justice’s filing of a landmark Clean Water Act/Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act case 

Antitrust and Other White-Collar Investigations
  • Represented clients in different industries in all aspects of antitrust investigations before the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general
  • Planned and led internal investigations to determine whether company clients and/or their employees had committed bid-rigging, fraud, or other violations
  • First-chaired criminal and civil proceedings involving the Department of Justice Enron Task Force and the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Directed teams of attorneys in all types of core investigation and litigation tasks, including oral arguments, fact development, employee interviews, evidentiary analysis, and expert work
  • Counseled trade associations and trade groups on antitrust and other litigation risks


DecomWorld GOM 2017

Speaker, "Legal Considerations for Operators Engaged in Decommissioning Activities on the Federal OCS"
Houston, TX