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Name: David G. Finkelstein
Address: Law Office of David G. Finkelstein
  1528 S. El Camino Real, #306
  San Mateo, CA 94402

Telephone:(650) 353-4503    


BAR Number:47791

Arbitrator for San Mateo County Courts for 30 years and for American Arbirration Assn. for 30 years.

SubjectPersonal Injury: Employment: Business: Real Estate:x
Matter:Legal Malpractice: Construction: Insurance: Product Liability: 
Plaintiff Representation: %Defendant Representation:  %

Education &

B.A. - CCNY - 1965

J.D. - NYU - 1968


I prefer to allow offers of proof and liberal allowance of evidence with hearsay objections usually allowing evidence in subject to the weight being given to it if it is hearsay.

Arbitration was originally used to arrive at quick resolution of business disputes that otherwise would prevent the flow of commerce if dragged out for litigation. This approach has been modified in recent years to allow in certain cases for discovery and certain legal procedures for motions in arbitration and for rules of evidence. We need to keep in mind the original purpose of arbitration and not make it overly formalistic.

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