Russell M. Finestein

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Cranford, NJ

Finestein & Malloy, LLC
6 Commerce Drive, Suite 304
Cranford, NJ 07016
Phone: 973-635-4500
Fax: 973-635-4543
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business (40%), Business Litigation (30%), Business/Corporate (10%), Insurance Coverage (10%), Land Use/Zoning (10%)


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Attorney Profile

Attorney Russell M. Finestein is a member of Finestein & Malloy, LLC, law firm, which has offices located in Cranford, New Jersey, and New York, New York. A top-ranked trial and transactional attorney with nearly 40 years of experience, Mr. Finestein provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout north and central New Jersey, including Newark, Jersey City, the Bergen-Passaic metro, and the Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon metro, as well as throughout Essex County and Union County. 

Mr. Finestein serves those who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Real estate litigation

·       Real estate transactions

·       Real estate title litigation

·       Real estate tax appeals

·       Business and corporate litigation

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Finestein has achieved remarkable success helping his clients protect their most valuable and important investments, and he works hard to help his clients obtain the favorable outcomes they seek for their complex legal challenges as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. At all turns, he delivers the highly personalized counsel his clients need to make the best-informed decisions, and he has gained a reputation for his in-depth legal knowledge along with his unwavering commitment to those he serves.

Recognized as a leading authority on all areas of real estate and related tax laws, Mr. Finestein has served as Westfield’s municipal attorney as well as counsel to the Westfield planning board. He has also served as an expert witness in many real estate title and legal malpractice cases, and he has conducted numerous lectures and continuing legal education seminars on a variety of legal topics. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Finestein has received countless testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

After graduating with distinction from the University of Virginia in 1978. Mr. Finestein attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1981. He holds his license to practice in New York, New Jersey and Florida, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Mr. Finestein is an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, among his other professional affiliations, and he has obtained several published opinions in cases he has handled.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Real Estate: Business
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Land Use/Zoning
Focus Areas

Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Non-Compete Agreements, Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations, Bad Faith Insurance


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2021

About Russell M. Finestein

Admitted: 1981, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:


  • First American Title Ins. Co. v. Lawson, 177 N.J. 125 (2003)
  • Pearson v. DMH2 Limited Liability Company, 449 N.J. Super (Ch. Div. 2016)
  • UPS Capital Business Credit v. Abbey, 408 N.J. Super. 524 (Ch. Div. 2009)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 1997
  • United States District Court for the District of New York, 1988
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1981
  • Florida, 1984
  • New York, 1988
  • New Jersey, 1981


  • , New Jersey Super Lawyer, 2011-2018

Educational Background

  • University of Virginia, B.S. in Commerce with distinction, 1978

Industry Groups

  • Easement Disputes
  • Fraud & Forgery Claims
  • Insurance Coverage and Load Workout
  • Land Use
  • Quiet Title Actions
  • Real Estate Transactions & Litigation
  • Tax Foreclosures
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Office Location for Russell M. Finestein

6 Commerce Drive
Suite 304
Cranford, NJ 07016

Phone: 973-635-4500

Fax: 973-635-4543

Last Updated: 6/18/2021

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