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Attorney Profile: Michael Finkelstein

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EDUCATION

- Louisiana State University, B.A.
- Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D.

BAR ADMISSIONS

- Louisiana (All State & Federal Courts)
- Texas

HONORS AND AWARDS

- 2017 Ones to Watch - Law (New Orleans City Business Magazine)
- 2016 Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) Success Story
- 2016 Cohen-Jacobs Emerging Leader Award (presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans)
- 2016 LSBA Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award (presented annually to the most outstanding article published in the Louisiana Bar Journal)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

- Alumnus, Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity (Epsilon Eta chapter)
- Co-chair, JNOLA (2017-present)
- Board of Directors, JNOLA (2015-present)
- Chair, JNOLA Professional Networking Committee (2015-2017)
- 504ward Advisory Council (2017-present)
- Board of Governing Members, Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) (2017-present)
- Board of Trustees, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFGNO) (2017-present)
- Executive Committee of Board of Trustees, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans (JFGNO) (2017-present)
- Partnership Together Initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
- General Counsel, New Orleans Dodgeball Association (2014-present)
- Member, Young Leadership Council (YLC) (2015-2016)
- Participant, YLC Leadership Development Series (LDS) Class of 2015
- Member, New Orleans Track Club (2015-present)
- Running buddy and volunteer, Youth Run NOLA (2015-present)
- President’s Advisory Council, The Good Shepherd School (2017-present)
- Member, Baton Rouge Tigers Australian Rules Football Club (2007-2016)

Presentations

- Fundamentals of Local Personal Injury Procedure
Presented on June 27, 2018, at the Pan American Life Center, New Orleans National Business Institute (NBI)

​- NCAA/EA Sports Class Action Litigation and Settlement
July 23, 2015, on Double Coverage on WWWL Radio, 1350AM

- Ethical Considerations Relating to Evidence and Records
Presented on April 19, 2018, at the Hyatt Place, Baton Rouge
National Business Institute (NBI)

- Privacy Lawsuits, Guest lecturer on March 15, 2018, Law of Mass Communication, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University, New Orleans

- Confidentiality Issues with Technology Presented on December 18, 2017, at the Pan American Life Center, New Orleans
National Business Institute (NBI)

- Information Technology 101 Presented on December 18, 2017, at the Pan American Life Center, New Orleans National Business Institute (NBI)

- Avoiding Malpractice Mistakes- Panel organizer and panelist discussing topics of legal malpractice, client engagement and disengagement, information security, and cloud computing
Presented on December 13, 2017, at the Pan American Life Center, New Orleans Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

- Economics of the Practice of Law and Law Firms
Guest lecturer on November 7, 2017, Intermediate Microeconomics class, College of Business, Loyola University, New Orleans

- Avoiding Malpractice Mistakes: What Every Young Lawyer Should Know - Panelist discussing topics of legal malpractice, data security, and cloud computing, Presented on December 14, 2016, at the Pan American Life Center, New Orleans Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

- Adam, Eve, and the Creation of Tort Law: A Comparison of American and Israeli Products Liability Laws, Presented on September 21, 2016, at Jones Walker, LLP, and broadcast live to Rosh Ha’Ayin, Israel, in connection with the Partnership Together initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

- Data Breach Litigation and Data Security for the Government Attorney. Presented on December 17, 2015, at the Baton Rouge Renaissance Hotel, Louisiana State Bar Association, Government and Public Law Section

- Red Rover and Scrambled Eggs: Data Security Basics for Your Business, Presented on August 27, 2015, New Orleans Lawyers Meetup

PRACTICE AREAS

- Commercial and Business Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Internet Cybersecurity
- Data Privacy Law

BIOGRAPHY

Michael Finkelstein is a partner with Sternberg, Naccari & White, LLC, where he advocates for businesses and individuals facing contentious legal issues. Michael’s law practice focuses on commercial litigation, business disputes, and catastrophic personal injury claims. He also consults businesses on cybersecurity and data privacy legal obligations. Michael brings a diverse litigation background to Sternberg, Naccari & White.

In his legal career, Michael has provided comprehensive representation to businesses and individuals across a wide array of settings in courtrooms and before administrative bodies. He has handled cases in trial and on appeal in state and federal courts. His breadth of experience has brought him to handle cases involving breaches of contracts, injured victims of serious collisions, insurance bad faith claims, business property damage, dangerous and defective products, real property disputes, construction fraud, workers injured in accidents on land or at sea, personal information lost or stolen in data breaches, First Amendment and media law issues, public records law, and toxic tort class action claims, among numerous other areas.

Michael grew up in New Orleans and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy from Louisiana State University. During college, he participated in a selective summer program at the Florida State University College of Law and spent two years with the Litigation Division of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.

Michael earned his Juris Doctor along with a Diploma in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center, graduating with pro bono honors. He completed additional law school coursework at Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France.

During law school, Michael externed at the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, clerked for Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the Southern District of Texas, and worked for a defense firm in New Orleans, handling cases involving torts and civil rights defense. Michael competed in trial advocacy both within the LSU Law Center and against other law schools from across the country in national trial competitions. Michael was also involved in LSU's civil mediation law clinic and the Dean Henry George McMahon Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

In 2016, Michael’s article “An Overview of Data Breach Litigation in Louisiana and a Look Into Its Uncertain Future“ was awarded the Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award by the Louisiana Bar Association as the year’s most outstanding publication. Also in 2016, Michael received the New Orleans Jewish Federation’s Cohen-Jacobs Emerging Leader Award and was recognized as a 2016 Success Story by the Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS). In 2017, Michael was recognized as “One to Watch” in law by New Orleans City Business Magazine.

Mr. Finkelstein is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and Texas. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit, the American Association for Justice, and the Louisiana Association for Justice. He is admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of Louisiana, all courts of the State of Texas, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Michael has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Alabama.

In his free time, Michael enjoys adventure travel, photography, and all things outdoors.

Publications

- Prescription Interrupted by Timely Filing Suit in Federal Court: Arnouville v. Crowe
64 LA Bar Jnl. 315 (2016)

- Recent Development: Kelly v. State Farm
63 LA Bar Jnl. 292 (2015)

- Fifth Circuit Clarifies the Chandris Temporal Requirement for Seaman Status
63 LA Bar Jnl. 226 (2015)

- An Overview of Data Breach Litigation in Louisiana and a Look Into Its Uncertain Future
63 LA Bar Jnl. 106 (2015)
*Winner of the 2016 LSBA Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award

- Survival Actions Subject to Prescriptive Rather than Peremptive Period
62 LA Bar Jnl. 141 (2014)

- The Summary Judgment Changes That Weren’t (contributed footnotes
Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal
43 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 471 (2012)

- Illusory Arbitration Agreements: It Takes Two to Arbitrate
25 Tex. App. Advoc. 24 (2012)

- Sackett v. EPA: Drowning the Agency Enforcement Scheme
LSU Energy Law Currents (2012)

- The “Flavor” of Arbitration: Disclosure and Confidentiality Under ADR Agreements
60 LA Bar Jnl. 150 (2012)

- Obamacare On Your Plate: How the ACA Can Bring About Healthier Living in America
Tasty25 Magazine (2012)

- Competitive Bargaining Delays 2011-2012 NBA Season
59 LA Bar Jnl. 360 (2012)
(also published on mediate.com)

- Mediation, Compromises Save 2011-2012 NFL Season
59 LA Bar Jnl. 195 (2011)
(also published on mediate.com)
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