Howard S. Finkelstein, Class of 1959, founded his law firm just two years after graduation. Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, which specializes in personal injury litigation, has grown from one office in Newburgh, New York to multiple offices in New York and New Jersey.
An innovative business strategist, Finkelstein attributes his success in part to the firm’s early integration of technology. In 1983, at the dawn of the digital age of law practice management, he developed a comprehensive computer case management system. He and his son, Andrew, the managing partner of the firm, continue to incorporate new technologies regularly. Andrew is a 1991 graduate of the Law School.
Finkelstein’s firm also takes on extensive pro-bono work. Finkelstein has represented several families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and, more recently, veterans of the armed services.
Finkelstein has served as President of the Greater Newburgh Bar Association, President of the Orange County Bar Association, President of B’nai B’rith, and Governor of the New York State Association of Plaintiffs Trial Lawyers. He has also been on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Advisory Board of the Bank of New York, and he served as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a Moot Court Judge at Pace Law School.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Finkelstein earned his B.A. at Brooklyn College. A Korean War Veteran, he attended Brooklyn Law School with the help of the G.I. Bill. A loyal supporter of the Law School, he has endowed two scholarships, the Class of 1959 Scholarship and the Howard S. Finkelstein Scholarship. He also played a role in creating a scholarship in memory of his classmate, Ronald Jacobson.
Finkelstein’s philanthropy extends beyond the Law School. He created a scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, founded the Diane Finkelstein Fund for Families in Crisis, and was the exclusive sponsor of the Times Herald Record’s Orange County Classic Wheelchair Race.
Finkelstein was the honoree of the year at the NAACP of the Hudson Valley’s 2008 annual gala, and he was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orange County Bar Association. He has three sons and lives with his wife, Lola, in Newburgh, NY.