HBAM Member Spotlight: James Feinberg

What is your name?

Jim Feinberg

What legal practice areas do you primarily focus on?

Criminal Defense, State and Federal

Where did you attend law school, and when did you graduate?

Wayne State University Law School. Graduated in 1968.

Describe the biggest challenge you’ve had to face in your legal career.

Being a sole practitioner. While most attorneys work for a law firm, major corporations or Government, being a sole practitioner is very challenging, both practice and financial wise.

What has been the biggest accomplishment/victory in your legal career?

Graduating and passing the bar exam the first time taking it. I worked full time in law school and while studying for the bar.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a professional athlete, when that was not possible, I wanted to be a criminal defense attorney.

What word would you use to describe yourself?

Loving.

What is your favorite quote?

Do unto others as you would have done unto you.

What’s a great book you read recently?

Clarence Darrow for the Defense, by Irving Stone. I first read this book when I was 15 years old. As soon as I read the book, all I wanted to do was be a criminal defense lawyers representing the accused.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Don’t take any shit from judges or prosecutors.

If you could time travel, where would you go?

Wow, that’s a tough question. I would like to go to Germany in 1933-34 and assassinate Adolf Hitler.

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