ASSISTANT DEAN OF FOCUS GROUPS
Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrong doers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases arising from defective drugs, dangerous consumer products, automobile, bus and motorcycle accidents, dog bites, fall down accidents and air craft crashes. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases, including a $9 million dollar recovery for catastrophic injuries from a construction accident, $3.5 million dollars for injuries sustained in a car accident, $4.5 million dollars for significant injuries in a truck accident, $3.45 million dollars for injuries sustained in a pedestrian knockdown, and $2.25 million dollars for injuries suffered as a result of a defective seat belt. He has won $2.5 million in damages in a defective products case, $2 million for injuries caused by a defective guardrail, and $5.5 million dollars for catastrophic injuries resulting from a car accident.
Mr. Finkelstein is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education courses. His topics include “Science in the Courtroom”, “Technology in the Courtroom”, “Prosecution of a Pharmaceutical Case”, “The Ethics of On-line Advertising”, and “Structured Settlements and the Personal Injury Settlement”. In addition to these presentations, he volunteers his time to present his “Commit to Quit Texting While Driving” seminar to area High School students.
Mr. Finkelstein also served as Captain of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund in a pro bono capacity through “Lawyers Care”. Finkelstein & Partners, with Mr. Finkelstein’s oversight, obtained over $10 million for victims and waived all legal fees associated with this representation. He was honored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for his leadership participation in the program.
In recognition of his commitment to consumer protection, Mr. Finkelstein has been appointed to several committees overseeing nationwide litigation involving dangerous pharmaceuticals. Mr. Finkelstein is the Chairman of the Plaintiff Personal Injury Steering committee for the Neurontin Liability Multi District Litigation in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked closely with the FDA regarding the adverse effects associated with Neurontin, having filed a Citizens Petition seeking enhanced warning of the side effects of this drug, specifically increased suicidal tendencies. Additionally, Mr. Finkelstein is a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Hormone Replacement Therapy Multi District Litigation in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a member of the Plaintiff Steering Committee of the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch New Jersey Coordinated Litigation, and the Plaintiff Steering Committee of the Viagra Multi District Litigation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.