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  • McGill University, B.A. political science (1983)
  • University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, Windsor, Canada, J.D. (1986)


  • California
David McFarlane, Partner Los Angeles
Phone: +1 213.443.5573
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2201

David McFarlane is a partner in the firm's Corporate, Health Care, Tax, and Labor & Employment groups in Crowell & Moring’s Los Angeles office. David has more than 20 years of experience in the U.S. and Canada advising on pensions, employee benefits, executive compensation, national and international corporate transactions, bankruptcy reorganizations, securities laws, corporate governance, deferred compensation, and structured finance matters related to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

David is the former president of the Canadian American Bar Association, judge pro tem of the Superior Court of California, former vice-chair of the board of directors at Barlow Respiratory Hospital, former president of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, and former president of the Western Pension & Benefit Council (Los Angeles).


Admitted to practice: California

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Canadian American Bar Association – Past President
  • Barlow Respiratory Hospital – Former Vice-Chair, Board of Directors
  • LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles– Past Co President
  • UCLA School of Nursing – Former Advisory Board Member
  • Western Pension & Benefits Council, Los Angeles – Past President

Speeches & Presentations

  • "ACA, Control Groups and Related Issues," ASPPA/WPBC Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (August 2015). Speaker: David McFarlane.
  • "Recent D.C. Trends and Litigation," Blue Cross/Blue Shield Western Operations Conference, San Diego, CA (June 2015). Speaker: David McFarlane.
  • "Legal Privilege in International Business Matters," IACD (International Association of Defense Counsel) Annual Meeting, Whistler, B.C. (July 2011). Speaker: David McFarlane.
  • "Employee Benefit and Compensation Issues in Acquiring or Selling a Privately Held Company," Practicing Law Institute, Beverly Hills, CA (June 2009). Speaker: David McFarlane.


  • $33 Million Settlement Approved For Systematic and Improper “Bundling” of Chiropractic CPT Codes (October 31, 2016). Authors: Harsh P. Parikh and David McFarlane.
  • "Pension Advisors and Prison Wardens – The Reality Show," Daily Journal (April 2011). Author: David McFarlane.
  • "Justin Bieber and Hair Denial," Daily Journal (March 2011). Author: David McFarlane.
  • "True Grit – The New Wild West of Employee Benefits," Daily Journal (February 2011). Author: David McFarlane.
  • "Making Your 2011 Resolution List? Start the New Year Right by Considering the Changes to Your Pension and ERISA Plans," Daily Journal (December 2010). Author: David McFarlane.
  • "Lady Gaga and Health Care Reform," San Francisco Daily Journal and Los Angeles Daily Journal (October 18, 2010). Author: David McFarlane.
  • Pension Benefits Law in Ontario, Carswell Publishing, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (1996). Co-Author: David McFarlane.
  • Annotated Unemployment Insurance Act, Carswell Publishing, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada (1992). Co-Author: David McFarlane.

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Oct.11.2016 Established ERISA/ACA Lawyer David McFarlane Joins Crowell & Moring’s Corporate Practice
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