Donnelly Nelson Depolo
Murray & Efremsky
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Joseph E. Finkel

Joseph E. Finkel

Senior Attorney
Walnut Creek, California

Mr. Finkel was born in Bitburg, Germany and grew up in Palo Alto. He received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College in 1985 and his law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 1993. He became a member of the State Bar of California in 1993, and has since been admitted to practice before all of the Federal District Courts in California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Since 1994, he has specialized in the defense of physicians, hospitals, dentists and other healthcare providers in medical and dental malpractice actions. Mr. Finkel's litigation practice also focuses on elder abuse claims against long term care facilities, premises liability claims, frequently involving hospitals, and the defense of healthcare providers in administrative and board proceedings. Mr. Finkel has first and second chair trial experience. He joined the firm in 2017.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical malpractice
  • Dental malpractice
  • Hospital liability/Premises liability
  • Long term care facility liability/Elder abuse claims

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • George Mason Univeristy of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • Juris Doctor, 1993
  • Pomona College, Claremont, California
    • Bachelor of Arts, 1985

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Member

Our Office

Donnelly Nelson Depolo
Murray & Efremsky 
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

201 North Civic Drive
Suite 239
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Phone: 925-287-8181
Fax: 925-287-8188
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