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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 150 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.

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 150 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.

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 and Recognitions

  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Recognised Practitioner, Chambers USA (2017-2018)
  • BTI Client Service All-Star Attorney, BTI Consulting Group (2017) (one of 319 attorneys nationwide identified by corporate counsel as a leader in superior client service)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2005–2018)
  • Best Lawyers - Illinois, The Best Lawyers in America© (2016–2017)

Representative Engagements

  • Case experience is available upon request.

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “FLSA Settlements and Mediation,” FLSA Symposium, Labor & Employment Law Section of the Chicago Bar Association (November 16, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, "The Supreme Court Takes on Class Waivers in Arbitration Agreements for Employment Cases: What Next?," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 4, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, "Why Acquiring a Company with Workers Can Get You Sued, and What You Can Do About It,"  Association for Capital Growth - Chicago (March 9, 2017)
  • Panel Captain, Wage & Hour Litigation & Compliance 2017, Practising Law Institute (March 1, 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “The DOL’s Revised Exemption Regulations:  What They Mean For Your Restaurant,“  Webinar, Illinois Restaurant Association (October 28,2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “Arbitration Agreements and Class and Collective Action Waivers:  What’s Next?” Webinar, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (July 28, 2016)
  • Panelist, "New FLSA Overtime Exemption Rule," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 18, 2016)

Publications