David G. Finkelstein

“There is no perfect justice, just as there is no absolute in ethics. But there is perfect injustice, and we know it when we see it.”

Revered and highly rated by his peers for excellence in his practice, David is well recognized in and outside of the courthouse.


Founder and Senior Partner

David G. Finkelstein has a law practice focused on commercial real estate and real estate-related transactions with primary emphasis on commercial lease negotiating and drafting, representing both landlords and tenants. He also deals with other commercial real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, property development and financing matters, and IRC section 1031 exchanges.

David’s commercial leasing practice involves all aspects of commercial leasing including office, retail, industrial and mixed-use projects, from small scale projects (single-tenant buildings) to regional shopping centers and office tower complexes. Representative projects include several shopping centers and business parks in the San Mateo and elsewhere across California, as well as mixed-use office/retail complexes. He represents several major landlords and asset/property management companies in local and national transactions, as well as a number of local and national tenants.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Kiwanis Club of San Mateo, two-time President and current director
  • Peninsula Temple Beth El, former President and trustee
  • The Leslie Family Foundation, former Trustee
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators
  • San Mateo County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • American Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • State Bar of California, Real Property and Business Law Sections
  • San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association


  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of California


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1968
  • The City College of New York, New York, New York

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1968
  • California, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

Pro Bono Activities:

  • Former Trustee, North Peninsula Jewish Community Day School
  • Former Director, HIP Housing