Robert C. Finkel
Partner

Robert C. Finkel



Education

  • Columbia Law School (1981)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business (B.S., 1978); College of Arts and Sciences (B.A., 1978)

Bar Admission

  • New York
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Tax Court of the United States


Mr. Finkel has over thirty-five years of experience in securities and corporate litigation, with an expertise in financial fraud.



Robert C. Finkel is a graduate of the Columbia Law School, Class of 1981 (where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1978, where he obtained a B.S. in accounting from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in history from the College of Arts and Sciences.  Mr. Finkel began his employment in the 1980s with two large New York City defense firms.  He has been repeatedly designated a Super Lawyer (R) in Securities Litigation.

Mr. Finkel was one of the co-lead counsel in litigation involving the Fairfield Greenwich funds – the largest group (exceeding $7 billion) of feeder funds to the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Ponzi scheme.  Mr. Finkel was instrumental in securing $225 million in recoveries against the Fairfield Greenwich defendants (investment advisors to the funds) and three service providers to the funds (GlobeOp Financial Services LLC, the Citco Group (the funds' administrator and custodian), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (the funds' auditors).

Mr. Finkel has represented the State of New Jersey, Division of Investment in litigation against Motorola, Inc. (securing a $190 million recovery) and against Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. (securing a $45 million recovery). 

Mr. Finkel was also an active participant in Wolf Popper's representation of the plaintiff classes in the following securities fraud class actions, among others:

In re Amedisys, Inc. Securities Litigation, Civil Action No. 10-00395-BAJ-RB (M.D. La.) ($43.75 million recovery);

In re TyCom Ltd. Securities Litigation, MDL Docket No. 02-1335-B (D.N.H.) ($79.1 million recovery);

In re Service Corp. International, Case No. H-99-280 (S.D. Tex.) ($65 million recovery);

In re Transkaryotic Therapies Inc. Securities Litigation, Civil Action No. 03-10165-RWZ (D. Mass.) ($50 million recovery);

In re Providian Financial Securities Litigation, MDL 1301 (E.D. Pa.) ($38 million recovery);

In re TCW/DW North American Government Income Trust, 95 Civ. 0167 (PKL) (S.D.N.Y.); ($30 million recovery);

In re Columbia Securities Litigation, 89 Civ. 6821 (S.D.N.Y.) ($25 million recovery);

In re Cephalon Securities Litigation, 96 CV-0633 (E.D. Pa.) ($17 million recovery);

In re Donnkenny Securities Litigation, 96-CV-8452 (MGC) (S.D.N.Y.) ($14.75 million cash and common stock recovery);

In re Marion Merrell Dow Inc. Securities Litigation, Master File No. 92-0609-CV-W-6 (W.D. Mo.) ($13.85 million recovery)

In re Medical Care America, Inc. Securities Litigation, Civil Action No. 3-92-CV-1996-R (N.D. Tex.) ($12 million recovery);  

In re PictureTel Corp. Securities Litigation; C.A. No. 97-12135-DPW (D. Mass.) ($12 million recovery);  

In re Anicom, Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 00-C-4391 (N.D. Ill.) ($11.5 million recovery);

In re National TechTeam Securities Litigation, Case No. 97-74587 (E.D. Mich.) ($11 million recovery).

Mr. Finkel also prosecuted the following shareholder action:

In re Triarc Companies, Inc. Class and Derivative Litigation, Civil Action No. 15746-NC (Del. Ch.)

Among the reported decisions in which Mr. Finkel has appeared as counsel of record are:

Northstar Financial Advisors, Inc. v. Schwab Investments, 779 F.3d 1036 (9th Cir. 2015) (reversing dismissal of state law claims);

Public Emples. Ret. Sys. of Miss. v. Amedisys, Inc., 769 F.3d 313 (5th Cir. 2014) (reversing District Court dismissal of complaint on ground of loss causation);

Anwar v. Fairfield Greenwich Limited, 728 F. Supp. 2d 354 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 18, 2010) (denying defendants’ motion to dismiss in substantial part);

State of New Jersey v. Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., 2010 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2309 (Law Div. Apr. 23, 2010) (denying defendants’ motion to dismiss); 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2055 (Law Div. Aug. 29, 2012) (denying defendants’ motion for summary judgment);

In re Tycom Ltd. Securities Litigation, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19154 (D.N.H. Sept. 2, 2005) (denying in part defendants' motion to dismiss); 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42970 (D.N.J. 2007) (granting plaintiffs’ motion for class certification);

In re Motorola Securities Litigation, 03C287 (RRP), 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18250 (Sept. 9, 2004 N.D. Ill.) (denying motion to dismiss the complaint) (N.D. Ill.); 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9530 (Feb. 8, 2007 N.D. Ill.) (denying motion for summary judgment);

In re Transkaryotic Therapies Inc. Securities Litigation, 319 F. Supp. 2d. 152 (D. Mass. 2004) (denying in part defendants' motion to dismiss);

In re Cephalon Securities Litigation, [1998 Transfer Binder] Fed. Sec. L. Rep. 90,268 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 12, 1998) (granting class certification of a class broadly defined to include short sellers and option traders);

In re Anicom, Inc. Securities Litigation, [2001 Transfer Binder] Fed. Sec. L. Rep. 91,458 (N.D. Ill. May 15, 2001) (denying defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint);

In re TCW/DW North American Government Income Trust Securities Litigation, 941 F. Supp. 326 (S.D.N.Y. 1996); 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18485 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 1997) (denying defendants' motion to dismiss and motions to reargue, and granting class certification);

In re Providian Financial Corporation Securities Litigation, 152 F. Supp.2d 814 (E.D. Pa. 2001) (denying defendants' motion to dismiss);

In re Gaming Lottery Securities Litigation, [1998 Transfer Binder] Fed. Sec. L. Rep. 90,236 (S.D.N.Y. May 27, 1998) (denying defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint); 58 F. Supp. 2d 62 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (granting certification of a class consisting of U.S. and Canadian investors), and [2000-2001 Transfer Binder] Fed. Sec. L. Rep. 91,339 (S.D.N.Y. 2001) (granting summary judgment against the individual defendants);

Chalverus v. Pegasystems, Inc., 59 F. Supp.2d 226 (D. Mass. 1999) (denying defendants' motion for summary judgment);

In re Quintel Entertainment Securities Litigation, Inc., 72 F. Supp.2d 283 (S.D.N.Y. 1999) (denying defendants' motion to dismiss);

In re Donnkenny, Inc. Securities Litigation, 171 F.R.D. 156 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (appointing lead plaintiff);

In re Iomazzo, 149 B.R. 767 (Bankr. D.N.J 1993) (denying defendants’ motion to dismiss complaint);

Lerch v. Citizens First Bancorp, Inc., 144 F.R.D. 247 (D.N.J. 1992) (granting plaintiffs’ motion for class certification); 805 F.R.D. 1142 (D.N.J. 1992) (denying defendants’ motion to dismiss complaint).

Mr. Finkel has written for The New York Law Journal on subjects including shareholder voting rights and ERISA class actions.

Mr. Finkel became a partner at Wolf Popper LLP effective January 1, 1992.