Founding Senior Partner at Dongell Lawrence Finney LLP
Holding a diploma in international trade, finance, and business law awarded in 1989 at I.S.S.E.C. in Paris, France, and his law degree from Loyola Law School, Mr. Finney specializes in business and malpractice litigation, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and corporate transactions.
Mr. Finney spent eight years at the highest appointed levels in California state government, resulting in substantial development in his government regulatory and political expertise. Mr. Finney concentrates his work in the Firm’s Regulatory Advocacy, Energy, Business Transactions, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Transportation, Real Property, Environmental, and Entertainment Practice Areas.
Mr. Finney’s political and government experience has spanned more than two decades. While working on a plethora of state, local, and national campaigns throughout the last three decades, he developed a national network of meaningful relationships. He clerked in the United States Congress in the late 1980’s, and began his practice of law at that time. In 1993, Mr. Finney was elected Controller, and thereby Chair of the Finance Committee and Business Council, of the statewide California Democratic Party. In 1995, he was appointed by the State Controller to serve as General Counsel and Deputy Controller. In 1998, he was appointed to serve as General Counsel to the Lieutenant Governor.
In 1999, Mr. Finney was elevated to the position of Senior Advisor and Director of Policy to the Governor of California. In this capacity, he served as the Governor’s business liaison and point person on numerous statewide projects, including the first Governor’s Aerospace and Commercial Space Summit, the Governor’s Lifescience Initiative
Mr. Finney serves as a member of the California Voting Modernization Board, the Hollywood Entertainment Museum Board, the Defense Orientation Conference Association, the Advisors to the Executive Committee of the Environmental Section of the California State Bar, and on the corporate boards of Iceland America Energy, Big House Entertainment, and Herhof California. He has been named a Super Laywer for three consecutive years in the areas of environmental, government, and energy law and was recently distinguished as such in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition for Energy and Natural Resources.