Hugh Finkelstein’s legal experience is vast and varied. He’s served as a Judge, a prosecutor, and as an attorney in private practice.
In early 2017 Hugh was appointed to serve as District Judge for Little Rock District Court, First Division, a position he held until the term expired in January 2019. Highly respected in the legal community, Hugh was twice appointed in 2018 to serve as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court and was twice selected as District Judge of the Year by the Pulaski County Bar Association.
Hugh currently serves as the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the 20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Conway, a position he previously held before becoming a District Judge. He is responsible for trying or supervising all the criminal cases filed in the three counties that make up that jurisdiction.
Hugh also served as a Division Chief in the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Little Rock. He also has extensive legal experience in the private sector having served in private practice for many years.
He is an instructor for the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute and regularly instructs topics related to Search and Seizure and Crime Scene Courtroom Testimony. He is a Professor for the William H. Bowen School of Law and teaches Trial Advocacy to law students. He was also a Professor for the UALR Criminal Justice Department and was responsible for curriculum development and instruction of its Criminal Evidence class. He also teaches in-service training for law enforcement agencies across the state.
Hugh received his Juris Doctorate from University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 1991. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University, from which he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1986 and was a three-sport athlete.
He is an active member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association and the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He has held offices in each of these professional organizations, including serving as chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section and Government Practice Section and President of the Pulaski County Bar Association. In 2004, Hugh was named “Government Attorney of the Year” by the Arkansas Bar Association. Finally, he serves as a Master of the Bench for the William Overton Inn of Court.
Hugh gives back to his community by serving in a variety of volunteer roles. He is a member of the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council, a graduate of the Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XX, served as a coach to the Trial Team at Bowen School of Law, and was a baseball coach at Junior Deputy for many years.
He is married to Ginger Stuart, who is a member of the Stuart Law Firm which is a general practice law firm. Hugh has two grown children, Kassandra, and Will.