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Joseph Finnerty III

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Insurance; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Corporate and Securities Litigation; Capital Markets; Corporate; Finance; Real Estate; Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes




Joseph G. Finnerty III is a litigation partner who served as Chairman of the firm's New York Litigation Practice Group for eight years and Vice Chairman of the firm's US Litigation Practice Group for seven.

Joe concentrates his commercial litigation practice in business litigation, with a concentration in counselling and dispute resolution for leading insurance companies worldwide. Joe has been focused most recently upon representing M&A transaction liability insurers in disputes arising under representations and warranties insurance and litigation risk insurance, including managing, quantifying and resolving pre-dispute insurance claims for alleged losses arising out of M&A transactions. Joe also regularly litigates non-insurance M&A, fiduciary duty, fraud and securities law claims for public and private companies and their management.

Joe has also successfully represented an array of liability insurers in claims seeking insurance to cover disgorgement and restitution remedies, including obtaining a final judgment for the largest insurer of investment banks in litigation claims seeking coverage for more than US$300 million in SEC disgorgement and penalty orders.

Joe also led the successful defense of one of the world's largest insurance brokers in a consolidated class action MDL proceeding alleging the unlawful sale of cell phone replacement insurance and seeking the disgorgement of insurance premiums in excess of US$500 million. 

More broadly, Joe's insurance practice includes litigation, investigations and counselling in connection with the full range of potential disputed questions under private equity management liability insurance, directors and officers liability insurance, alternative risk transfer products, captive insurance programs, professional liability insurance, business interruption insurance, manuscript new product coverages and, of course, transaction liability insurance (including representations and warranties, litigation risk and tax opinion insurance).

Joe is committed on behalf of corporations and their managers to forming thoughtful, effective and lasting responses to the fluctuating liability exposure landscape. He is equally committed to DLA Piper's success in building a national and international law firm that provides the premium service and experience demanded by the most discriminating corporate executives.


J.D., University if Maryland School of Law; B.A., Hamilton College

United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to insurers

Within: Insurance: advice to insurers

The 'deeply knowledgeable and business-conscious' New York insurance department at DLA Piper LLP (US) is 'one of the few practice groups that can provide outstanding legal advice with legitimate courtroom skills'. It focuses on claims relating to securities, asbestos, environmental issues, product liability, D&O, fraud, tort and transaction liability, as well as international disputes in the London and Hong Kong markets. Aidan McCormack advised Brit Insurance on a $64m professional liability insurance coverage and bad faith claim against Lloyd's and London Market insurers regarding an underlying legal malpractice claim. International business litigator Michael Murphy serves as global chair for insurance and reinsurance. Clients also recommend the 'unflappable and incredibly creative' Joseph Finnerty III, who counts Beazley among his clients, and 'consistently high performer' Megan Shea. The firm's New York office was also boosted by the relocation of global insurance sector co-chair PK Paran from London in early 2019.

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