Raleigh, N.C. – On December 3, 2013, Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney Mark Finkelstein was elected President-Elect of the 10th Judicial District, the largest judicial district in the state of North Carolina. His term as President-Elect begins January 1, 2014 and his term as President begins January 1, 2015. Finkelstein is a business law and litigation partner in the firm's Raleigh office.
"Mark's election as President-Elect of the largest judicial district in our state speaks of his great commitment to professionalism, bar service and to the high esteem in which he is held by the lawyers of Wake County," said fellow Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney, Ted Edwards (immediate past president of the Wake County Bar Association). "We are proud of his accomplishment and we are blessed to serve in a firm with so many great leaders, which are a strong testimony to the importance of our core values and firm culture."
Finkelstein's area of practice focuses on litigation and legal advice regarding business opportunities and business disputes including contract matters, intellectual property, corporate disputes, construction, environmental issues, unfair or deceptive trade practices and employment related matters.
He was selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in the North Carolina Super Lawyers edition for 2007 and 2009-2013. Finkelstein is past president of the Chief Justice Susie M. Sharp Inn of Court, achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest "AV" rating from his peers and was selected to teach for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over a decade. He was also chairman of the Raleigh Environmental Quality Advisory Board, a member of the board of Carolina Legal Assistance and vice president of Mediation Services of Wake, Inc.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, with honors, in 1985. Finkelstein was a supervisory attorney in Duke University School of Law's Clinical Program, taught in the civil litigation specialty program at Meredith College's post graduate paralegal program and has lectured for several universities across the state.
About the Tenth Judicial District
Membership in the Tenth Judicial District Bar is mandatory for attorneys who are active and live or practice in Wake County, North Carolina. The Tenth Judicial District Bar investigates grievances of the public toward attorneys, handles fee disputes with attorneys and conducts judicial elections.