John E. Finnegan

John E. Finnegan

New City, New York
(845) 521-7108

Mr. Finnegan, a former litigation partner with Phillips Nizer LLP, joined the Firm as a partner in February 2003. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1976 with a B.S.B.A., majoring in Accounting, and received his law degree in 1984 from New York Law School. Mr. Finnegan is also a certified public accountant.

Mr. Finnegan was a prosecutor in the Office of Robert M. Morgenthau (Manhattan DA) from 1984 until 1988. Mr. Finnegan's practice has concentrated in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration, including civil RICO, securities fraud, shareholders derivative suits, trade secret litigation, licensing and other varied contractual disputes. He also practices in the area of family law, personal injury litigation, and criminal defense.

Mr. Finnegan is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, Rockland County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Council.


Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Criminal Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Public Accountant, New York State Board of Accountancy, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1987


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. cum laude - 1984
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Awards in Constitutional Law and Wills
  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.S.B.A. - 1976
    • Major: Accounting

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Rockland County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Council, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Phillips Nizer, LLP, Former Litigation Partner
  • Manhattan District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1984 - 1988