Ms. Finster joined Cowen in 2011 and has nearly 15 years of experience advising employers as outside counsel and in-house counsel. Previously, she was Associate General Counsel at Jefferies, and prior to moving in-house, Ms. Finster held positions as a Labor and Employment Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Ms. Finster clerked for the Honorable Theodore H. Katz, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, has done Masters-level work in Women’s Studies at Georgia State University (ABT), and has a JD from Columbia Law School.
Workplace Equity in Theory and Practice
What differentiates you from other labor attorneys?
Almost everyone I’ve seen as an in house labor and employment attorney has done similar work for a law firm but most have not focused on this aspect of law in school or have a theoretical grounding in labor and employment issues.
How is your role situated with Cowen?
I work with both the Human Resources and Legal teams, though I report to Owen Littman (General Counsel of Cowen). Day to day, I work with all of the business groups and teams within Cowen, either directly or behind the scenes.
What did you study in school that led you down this path?
I have a dual undergraduate degree in economics and English literature and did Master-level work in Women’s Studies at Georgia State. I then went to law school (Columbia law) where I gravitated towards employment law and had particular interest in the theory and practice of workplace equity. I also completed a human rights fellowship in Northern Ireland during those years and spent a year as a clerk for Magistrate Theodore Katz in the Southern District of New York. That district has one of the highest percentages of pro se employment cases in the country.
You have a background in literature. What are you reading now?
Everything You Always Wanted To Know About America’s Presidents* *But Were Afraid To Ask by Richard L. MacMurray and Keith Richard Radford Jr. It’s quite comprehensive.