Gerald M. Finkel, Esq.

Title:  1) Lawyer 2) Professor Emeritus
Company: 1) Finkel Law Firm, LLC
2) Charleston School of Law

Location: North Charleston, South Carolina, United States


  • ALI-ABA, Federal Trial Practice (faculty, 1980-1985)
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Law Institute, Lifetime Member (1982-Present)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Consultative Committee Group for Restatement of Law Torts) (Consultative Group for Restatement of Law of Liability Insurance) (Consultative Group for Restatement of Law of Unfair Competition)
  • Charleston County Bar Association
  • Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (Legal Advisor to Criminal Investigation Division, 2009-Present)
  • Columbia Jewish Center (former Vice President)
  • Community National Bancorporation (Board of Directors, 1989-1992)
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office (Legal Advisor, 2001-2009)
  • Fifth Judicial Circuit, Court of General Sessions (Special Judge, 1976)
  • House of Delegates, South Carolina Bar Association (House of Delegates, 1980-1984)
  • Kores Nordic Corporation, General Counsel (Board of Directors, 1985-1993)
  • MS Board Member, Columbia SC
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International (Justice, District XIX, 1976-1978) (Justice, Palmetto Alumni Chapter, 1972-1976) (Chairman, Pinckney Chapter, Scholarship Committee, Student Bar Association, Vice-Justice)
  • Richland County Bar Association (lecturer)
  • South Carolina Association of Justice (Consultative Group, Principles of the Law and Policing)
  • South Carolina Bar Association (board of governors, 1985-1988) (CLE Division, chairman, finance committee, 1984-1985) (medical-legal committee, chairman, 1975-1976) (Fee Disputes Panel for Ninth Judicial Circuit, 2009-Present) (Insurance Negligence and Workers Compensation Section, chairman, 1979-1980) (Lawyer Referral Board, chairman, 1989-1994) (Lecturer for Continuing Legal Education Programs, 1973-Present) (Professional Responsibility and Ethics Advisory Committees, lecturer) (Professional Responsibility Committee and Ethics Advisory Committee, 1995-1999)
  • South Carolina Bar Bridge the Gap Program (Lecturer on Corporate and Business Law)
  • South Carolina Bar Resolution of Fees Disputes Board for the Ninth Judicial Circuit (2008-Present)
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (Hearing Officer, 1978-1983)
  • South Carolina Legislature’s Real Property Rights Task Force Drafting Committee (2002)
  • South Carolina State Constables Association (Legal Affairs Officer, 1994-2005) (Legal Affairs Officer, 1996-2004) (president, 1990-1996)
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association (convention chairman, 1978) (executive board, 1978-1984)(president, 1982-1983) (president-elect, 1981-1982) South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association (treasurer, 1978-1980) (vice president, 1980-1981) (Lawyers Association, Lecturer for Continuing Legal Education Programs)
  • Trial Lawyers Association of America


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2020)
  • Featured, South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008-Present)
  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America (1983-Present)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2020)
  • Inductee, Top Professionals of the Year, Marquis Who’s Who (2020)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (1987-2016)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in American Law,” Marquis Who’s Who (2010) (2005-2008) (1985-1993)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the South and the Southwest,” Marquis Who’s Who (1988-2010)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in the World,” Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2008)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in of the Emerging Leaders in America (1987-1988)
  • Outstanding Alumni Certificate, Phi Alpha Delta (1972)
  • Outstanding Senior Service Certificate (1970)
  • Honorable Mention, Criminal Law Bulletin Essay Competition (1968)
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Regulated Industries and Evidence

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