Cole Schotz P.C.



Jason R. Finkelstein
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6293 / C: 973-865-3476 / F: 201-678-6293
Legal Practice Assistant: Brooke Fink
T: 201-489-3000 ext. 5097


Jason Finkelstein, a member of the Litigation Department, practices before the state, federal and bankruptcy courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as in a variety of commercial arbitration, regulatory and administrative venues. Known as a versatile litigator, skilled negotiator and trusted counselor, Jason’s clients value his approachable manner and dedication to their success both inside and outside the courtroom.

Jason’s experience includes complex commercial litigation in the commercial/retail real estate and construction sectors, shareholder and partnership disputes, and employment actions, including matters involving wage and hour, discrimination, non-compete and trade secret issues. At Cole Schotz, Jason has been at the forefront of the e-discovery practice which allows him to provide a range of information governance and discovery solutions to his clients.

Examples of Jason’s experience include:

  • Representing 300+ Bergen County-based homeowners in complex real estate dispute raising a multitude of real estate, corporate and environmental issues;
  • Representing and counseling New Jersey-based commercial real estate brokerage firm in a variety of broker-related disputes;
  • Representing New York real estate investment and operating company with portfolio of over $2.5 billion assets under management (AUM) in real estate litigation matters in New York state and bankruptcy courts;
  • Representing and counseling developer and operator of an over one million square foot industrial park in Rockland County, NY in development-related litigation matters and partnership/membership disputes;
  • Representing New York-based middle-market real estate bridge lending group in borrower and mezzanine lender loan workouts;
  • Representing specialty food market in Bergen County, NJ in land use and real estate litigation matters;
  • Representing California-based real estate investment firm engaged in real estate investment management, leasing and property management services in connection with contested lease assignment litigation pending in St. Louis, MO;
  • Representing New York City construction company in a variety of wage and hour, Department of Labor and OSHA matters;
  • Representing aggrieved minority shareholder in complex dispute with majority shareholders concerning ownership and operations of Paterson, NJ manufacturing company.

Since 2017, Jason has been selected annually to the New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list, an honor given for exhibiting excellence in practice. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.

Jason earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While in law school, he served as a summer clerk for the late Judge John E. Sprizzo of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He currently serves as an executive committee member for Cardozo’s New Jersey Alumni Association.

Prior to law school, Jason earned his B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Muhlenberg College. At Muhlenberg, he earned First Team Academic All-America honors as a Track & Field athlete and was the recipient of a prestigious NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Jason currently serves his alma mater on the Muhlenberg Alumni Board, as the Northern New Jersey Regional Alumni Club leader and as a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee, among other volunteer roles.

Professionally, Jason is an active member of the Bergen County Bar Association and Bergen County Bar Foundation. He is also on the Board of Trustees for both the Bergen County Bar Association and the Bergen County Bar Foundation. He also sits on the State of New Jersey’s Committee on Character. Outside of the office, Jason is also a member of the New Jersey Next Generation Committee for ICSC (the International Council of Shopping Centers) as well as a member of the Editorial Board for ICSC’s Shopping Center Legal Update. Jason also proudly sits on the Board of Trustees for Special Olympics New Jersey.


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2009;
 Senior Articles Editor, Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal
Muhlenberg College, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 2009U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2009New York, 2010U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2013U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2018U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2018U.S. Supreme Court, 2018



The Sports Authority Bankruptcy Case and Potential Pitfalls for the Unwary Consignment Vendor

ICSC July 11, 2017

Jason R. Finkelstein
The DOL Adopts New FMLA Protections for Same-Sex Couples

Employment Law Monitor March 3, 2015

Wage-Based Claims: Employer Liability After 'Ryan'

New York Law Journal February 23, 2015

There is Still No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

New Jersey Lawyer The Rise of Collective Action Claims for Wages by Unpaid Interns and Related Legislation December 1, 2014

Paid Sick Leave Continues to Gain Traction in New Jersey

Employment Law Monitor November 11, 2014

New Jersey’s “Ban the Box” Legislation Signed Into Law

Employment Law Monitor August 20, 2014

Social Media in the E-Discovery Age – The (Potential) Duty to Preserve a Facebook Account During Litigation

IP Law Outlook May 9, 2013

Application of the Common-Interest Doctrine in Bankruptcy Proceedings

American Bankruptcy Institute Journal February 2011


For Important Legal Updates and Resources on the Coronavirus Click Here.