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Noah A. Finkel

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5913
Fax: (312) 460-7913
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Noah Finkel is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and is a Co-Chair of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Chicago office.  His principal area of concentration lies in wage-and-hour matters, in which he has represented companies more than 100 actual or putative collective and/or class action matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act and/or state wage-and-hour laws.  He also regularly advises companies on compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-and-hour laws, including the performance of exempt status reviews and pay practice audits.

Mr. Finkel is one of three editors-in-chief of the treatise Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, a more than 1000-page book devoted to the litigation of wage & hour matters.  The treatise literally is “the book” on wage & hour litigation.  Mr. Finkel participated in drafting of public comments to the United States Department of Labor on its proposed regulatory changes to the FLSA’s white-collar exemptions on behalf of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Public Sector FLSA Coalition.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Finkel was law clerk to the United States District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Noah Finkel is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and is a Co-Chair of the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Chicago office.  His principal area of concentration lies in wage-and-hour matters, in which he has represented companies more than 100 actual or putative collective and/or class action matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act and/or state wage-and-hour laws.  He also regularly advises companies on compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-and-hour laws, including the performance of exempt status reviews and pay practice audits.

Mr. Finkel is one of three editors-in-chief of the treatise Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, a more than 1000-page book devoted to the litigation of wage & hour matters.  The treatise literally is “the book” on wage & hour litigation.  Mr. Finkel participated in drafting of public comments to the United States Department of Labor on its proposed regulatory changes to the FLSA’s white-collar exemptions on behalf of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Public Sector FLSA Coalition.

Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Mr. Finkel was law clerk to the United States District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School (1994)
    Associate Editor, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (1992-1993)
  • B.A., University of Michigan, with distinction (1991)
    Editor-in-Chief, The Michigan Daily (1990)

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court of the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court of the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court of the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court of the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Affiliations

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Fellow)

Representative Engagements

  • Case experience is available upon request.

Presentations

  • "The Supreme Court Takes on Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements for Employment Cases: What Next?," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 4, 2017)
  • "Why Acquiring a Company with Workers Can Get You Sued, and What You Can Do About It,"  ACG Chicago Sunrise Session (March 9, 2017)
  • "New FLSA Overtime Exemption Rule," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 18, 2016)

Publications

Recognitions

  • Recognized as one of Best Lawyers - Illinois, The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2016).
  • Recognized by Legal 500 (U.S. edition) -  “clients say that Noah Finkel in Chicago provides ‘very good guidance on FLSA matters’ and ‘is very practical.’”