Natalie Finkelman Bennett, Partner
Natalie Finkelman Bennett is the managing partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia area office. She concentrates her practice on antitrust and consumer litigation, and has significant experiencing representing clients in a wide variety of wage/hour, defective product, qui tam, and unfair trade practices cases.
Ms. Finkelman currently serves as a co-lead in Reed v. Bayada Home Health Care, Inc. (Phila. C.C.P.) (wage and hour litigation); Patlan v. BMW of North America, LLC, Civil Action No. 2:18-cv-09546-CCC-MF (D.N.J.); and Schepler v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Case No. 2:18-CV-6043-GW-AFM (C.D. Cal.). Miller Shah and Ms. Finkelman served as a co-lead counsel in a vigorously contested MDL against Caterpillar, Inc., In re: Caterpillar, Inc., C13 and C15 Engine Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2540 (D.N.J.), as well as other actions involving emissions, including Q+Food v. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (D.N.J.) and B.K. Trucking, Co. v. Paccar, Inc., et.al. (D.N.J.). Ms. Finkelman also served as co- lead counsel in Riaubia v. Hyundai Motor America (E.D. Pa.) (defective product), Wilson v. AAA South Jersey Inc. (N.J. Super.) (false advertising), and as a co-lead counsel in Weckworth v. Nissan North America, Inc. and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Case No. 3:18-cv-00588 (M.D. Tenn.) (defective product). Ms. Finkelman was a member of the executive committee in In re Nexium (Esomeprazole) Antitrust Litig. (D. Mass.), the first pay-for-delay action that went to trial after Actavis and is on the Executive Committees in several additional pending pay-for-delay cases, including In re Niaspan Antitrust Litig. (E.D. Pa.) and In re Suboxone Antitrust Litig. (E.D. Pa.).
Ms. Finkelman earned her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University (high honors) and earned her law degree from the Temple University School of Law (high honors). After clerking for former Chief Judge Farnan of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Ms. Finkelman began working at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. In 1996, Natalie became an associate at the law firm of Mager Liebenberg & White, where her practice was concentrated in antitrust and consumer protection class action litigation. In 1998, Ms. Finkelman became a founding partner in the law firm of Liebenberg & White before joining SFMS in 2000 and Miller Shah, LLP in 2021. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and numerous federal courts, including the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and in the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Third and Ninth Circuits. In addition to these courts and jurisdictions, Natalie has worked on cases with local counsel and co-counsel across the country and worldwide.
Natalie has presented on numerous panels, including the recent NACA 2021 Spring training – April 2021 – on Auto Defect Class Action Issues; the PLI Women Lawyers in Leadership, 2020; the 2017 American Bar Association Spring Meeting (“Advertising Bargains – Is the Price Right?”); and Strafford Webinars (e.g., Class Action Notice Requirements: Leveraging Traditional and Emerging Media to Reach Class Members, 2016).
Ms. Finkelman is a member of the American Bar Association. She also is a former member of the Temple American Inn of Court and Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession and has participated in mentoring programs for law school students. Additionally, she has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of her synagogue. Natalie currently resides in Wallingford, Pennsylvania with her family and is active in community affairs and charitable activities in Pennsylvania.
Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
J.D. – 1989
Law Review: Temple Law Review, Managing Editor
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
B.A. magna cum laude – 1986
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Natalie enjoys playing tennis and is the firm’s resident mahjong instructor.