Stikeman Elliott announces the passing of David Finkelstein

May 2, 2019
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of David Finkelstein on April 30, 2019.

David started as a summer student in our Montréal office in 1971; followed by a move to our Toronto office in 1979 as a partner who was already highly respected in the tax community. David took over from founding member, Fraser Elliott, as our Toronto Managing Partner in 1990, and during his tenure, the firm experienced tremendous growth in both size and reputation. David steered the firm through a decade of expansion and the transition of being led by our founders to being run by the next generation at Stikeman Elliott with his trademark thoughtfulness, modesty, leadership and compassion. Throughout his career and until his retirement from the firm in 2013, he remained a true tax scholar, teaching and writing in and outside the firm, and always making himself available to mentor colleagues with his careful judgment and thoughtful analysis of every issue.

David embodied the best of Stikeman Elliott with his rigorous intellect, unwavering integrity and commitment to his clients, and his deep devotion to the firm. Above all, David was a lovely person who helped define our firm’s culture with his high standards, life-long approach to learning, warmth and respect towards all. He was central to our fabric and embodied Heward Stikeman’s charge that firm members give the best that’s in us in the service of others. He will be dearly missed by his friends at the firm and we owe him a debt for what he built at Stikeman Elliott. We express our heartfelt condolences to his wife Martha, his children Sarah (Daniel Beiles), Andrew (Trish) and Matt, as well as his five grandchildren.


Picture of David Finkelstein