Equestrian Law & Sports Law Firm, Commercial Litigation, Securities Law Defense, Media and Art Law
Law Firm OverviewIra Finkelstein has represented a wide range of equestrian organizations and entities including Olympic equestrian governing bodies, racing associations and other racetrack operators, breed registries, as well as owners, breeders, and trainers, in litigation matters, and in corporate, partnership and other transactional matters.
An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Finkelstein has appeared in more than 50 equine-related litigations and more than 150 administrative hearings and arbitrations involving equine rules enforcement and commercial disputes in courts, regulatory agencies and arbitration tribunals throughout the world, including matters involving the United States Olympic Committee, the Federation Equestre Internationale, the English Jockey Club and successor racing bodies, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Ira is a Fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys, and is one of fewer than 20 attorneys holding that designation. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the organization, and is one of its three Stewards. He is a member of the Planning Committee of the National Conference on Equine Law presented annually by the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was also a founding member of the Committee on Sports Law of the New York City Bar. He is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the American Horse Council.
A frequent speaker on equestrian law topics and matters of interest to the equestrian community, he most recently co-presented a program at the National Conference on Equine Law entitled "Equine Law's Greatest Hits" - A Survey of the Most Salient Case Law Opinions in Equine Law History" in which he discussed a United States Supreme Court case in which he authored an amicus brief on behalf of the New York Racing Association. He also co-presented a program entitled “ A Nuts and Bolts Seminar on Equine Medication and Testing and the Prosecution of a Medication Case” at the Racing Officials Accreditation Program conducted at the University of Arizona.
Mr. Finkelstein also has experience in animal law and regulation, having advised the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, a trade group, as its General Counsel.
Mr. Finkelstein has also been active in other sports. He successfully defended the Toronto Raptors and one of their European players, in the first ever arbitration under an agreement between the NBA and the Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA), the Olympic governing body for the sport, against a money damages claim against the Raptors by the player’s former European team for loss of his contractual services. The arbitrator ruled that the European team was not entitled to any monetary compensation.
Mr. Finkelstein has been named a New York Super Lawyer in 2013 in the category of Entertainment and Sports Law. He holds an AV Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 (highest possible rating) peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, for both professional ability and high ethical standards. Peer review ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary.
Mr. Finkelstein is also an experienced corporate securities law defense litigator, having represented defendants in class action and other securities litigation matters throughout his legal career. For the past years he has represented the former CEO of KPNQwest (a publicly held European fiber optic cable network company) in securities class action, shareholder opt-out, RICO, breach of duty, and corporate mismanagement lawsuits, and public investigations, arising from the bankruptcy of the company. He has recently represented a foreign bank-defendant in the Bernard Madoff/Fairfield Sentry feeder-fund litigation. He also advises the largest paid-circulation art publication in the world on art law, media law and other legal matters.
Mr. Finkelstein was a member of Harnik & Finkelstein LLP in New York from 2002 to 2012, and was a partner in Blank Rome LLP in New York from 1980 through 2001. Prior thereto he was associated with the firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He received his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and his BA from the City University of New York.
He is on the Board of Directors of the Atmosphere Foundation, which develops and supports charter schools in predominantly minority low-income neighborhoods of New York City.
Year this Office was Established: 2012
Areas of Law
- Administrative Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Animal Law
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Appellate Practice
- Art & Culture
- Business & Industry
- Business Formation
- Business Law
- Business Litigation
- Civil Litigation
- Civil Rights
- Class Actions
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation
Additional Areas of Law: General Business Litigation; Directors and Officers' Liability; Art Law.
Areas of Law Description
Equestrian Law - business and litigation
Securities Laws Defense
Media and Art Law
- American College of Equine Attorneys
- Annual National Conference on Equine Law
- Sports Lawyers Association
- American Horse Council
Mr. Ira A. Finkelstein
Administrative Law, Advertising, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Animal Law, Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Articles Published by Ira A. Finkelstein, P.C.
Lack Of Complete Diversity Of Citizenship Of Members Of Equine LLCs Requires Dismissal Of Federal Action
The issue of diversity of citizenship is of particular interest to equine ownership and contract disputes, because many equine-related entities are organized as limited liability companies (LLCs). The citizenship of LLCs is subject to a different rule than the citizenship of corporations, a distinction that may escape the attention of attorneys.Read Article
Legal Developments in Equestrian Law
Legal Decisions of Interest to the Equestrian CommunityRead Article