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Jeffrey R. Krinsk

​​Member, Board of Trustees (2019-2027​)
The California State University

Jeffrey R. Krinsk

Jeffrey Robert Krinsk is an attorney, investor, and business advisor who is the co-founder of the national plaintiffs' class action litigation law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, LLP.

Krinsk's legal career began as a litigator for a New York firm following his graduation from Boston University Law School and New York Bar admission (1st Dept.) in 1975. He then worked in N.Y.C. as a specialist assigned to litigating construction lawsuits invariably arising from construction contractors seeking relief from the United States Corp. of Engineers. Successful outcomes led to broader travel within the US and abroad, including introducing the native Bostonian to the California lifestyle.

The attraction never diminished and, in 1978, Jeff moved to San Diego, California to be staff attorney for Hang Ten International, Inc., a trademark licensing organization owning the “two feet" design and “Hang Ten" trademark that epitomized the California surfing lifestyle. These trademarks were internationally licensed in over 52 countries. Krinsk soon became General Counsel, then Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, and by 1981, he was the company's Chief Operating Officer, overseeing a worldwide legal network that included 46 law firms addressing foreign trademark, licensing and operational issues.

In 1983, Jeffrey moved to Los Angeles, California to join Guess? Inc. an apparel manufacturer as its President (licensing) he addressed a broad alignment of business issues for the emerging company. Krinsk returned to San Diego in 1985 and became Chairman and CEO of a publicly traded corporation (Fabulous Inns of America) marshaling its assets and enhancing its business platform to achieve exponential growth and provide an attractive ROI for all the public shareholders.

Following the negotiated acquisition of the public corporation, Krinsk maintained an active law practice before co-founding Finkelstein & Krinsk, LLP. Working exclusively on plaintiffs' behalf in class action lawsuits, his cases running a broad gambit that included In re Great American Securities Litigation, (a class action against a bank for violations of the securities laws) Hurst v. Monarch Equities Corporation, (a class action for violations of the Commodities and Exchange Act) and In re State Farm Repair Practices (a class action against State Farm ending the practice in California of using non-OEM car parts for repairs). At his law firm, Krinsk ended the common pharmacy practice of using confidential prescription information to send customers marketing communications intended to change a prescribed drug to an alternative using disguised “re-fill reminders" or similar. He currently pursues class lawsuits relating to privacy issues, inadequate or deceptive disclosures concerning publicly traded corporations, including a recently filed case against Exxon Mobile alleging the companies assurances regarding the impact of climate change was deceptive.   

Krinsk has served as Senior General Partner of Rosemont Realty LLC, a subsidiary of Rosemont Capital, LLC which maintains a controlling interest in BGK Group, a fully integrated commercial property and asset management firm.​

Jeffrey is active in Democratic politics and, with his wife Marcy, has made their San Diego home a popular venue for political functions and civic events. He served as a National Finance Chair for the John Kerry for President campaign and was co-chair of the Patriot Project in 2005. Krinsk is also a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Speaker's Cabinet of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). He was a founding member of the 2009 Inaugural Committee. Mr. Krinsk also served on certain California government committees at the request of Governor Jerry Brown's administration.

Krinsk continues his philanthropic involvement in a number of causes ranging from the African Wildlife Foundation to educational grants to the University of San Diego School of Law. The Jeffrey and Marcy Krinsk Research Advancement Initiative (KRAI) serves Scripps Institution of Oceanography and supports the research of young scientists http:/ / supportscripps. ucsd. edu/ where/ research, having been awarded the 2012 Scientists' Recognition Award for their work with Scripps and co-sponsored Scripp's 2011 Extreme Climate Conference http:/ / sio. ucsd. edu/ extreme_climate/ . Mr. Krinsk has also served on the U.C. San Diego Foundation Board of Trustess http:/ / ucsdfoundation. ucsd. edu/ board_of_trustees. asp . He is a Distinguished Alumni of Boston University Law School and a member of several non-profit boards including the Medicare Rights Center and the American Security Project Advisory Board. Mr. Krinsk served on the Board of Trustees of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics. Most importantly, Jeffrey recently accepted the Governors invitation to be appointed a Trustee of CSU, a responsibility concerning policy and the functional excellence of its twenty-three campuses comprising the CSU system.

Krinsk earned a B.A with honors (political science) from Hobart and William Smith College. He then earned a J.D. from Boston University Law School in 1974. Krinsk resides in San Diego, California with his wife Marcy.