Joseph E.Finley (Joe)


Atlanta + 1.404.581.8409

Joe Finley is a litigator and trial lawyer with 20 years of experience representing companies in high-stakes business and tort litigation. His practice focuses on large and complex commercial cases in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, as well as arbitrations and mediations. Throughout his career, he has represented clients in a variety of industries including energy, banking, securities, health care, airline, automotive, recreational vehicles, and textiles.

Most recently, Joe led a team of Jones Day attorneys representing the owners of the Vogtle Units 3 & 4 Project in a three-year litigation concerning more than $1.5 billion in alleged cost overruns relating to the design and construction of the first new nuclear projects licensed in the U.S. in more than 30 years. His recent trial experience includes defending Yamaha in a multi-week civil jury trial that was part of a series of product liability cases across the country. In addition, Joe has substantial experience handling shareholder disputes and class action lawsuits involving securities, corporate governance, and fiduciary issues, as well as internal investigations for corporations and board committees.

Before joining Jones Day, Joe served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps representing the government as lead counsel in a dozen felony jury trials and more than 50 bench trials and contested sentencing hearings. He is a Master with the Lamar Inn of Court and a member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. He also serves on the board of Park Pride, a nonprofit devoted to improving Atlanta's parks.


  • IBM defends litigation stemming from construction and technology deployment at Atlanta Falcons' Mercedes-Benz StadiumJones Day is defending International Business Machines Corporation ("IBM") in multiple disputes deriving from a state of the art passive optical network ("PON") and distributed antenna system ("DAS") technology deployment at the Atlanta Falcons' Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  • Kenall sold to Legrand, North and Central AmericaJones Day advised Kenall Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of innovative, energy efficient, and sustainable specification grade lighting and control solutions for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, in its sale of the Company to Legrand, North and Central America.
  • Nuclear Energy Institute defeats NextEra Energy lawsuit claiming rights to NEI’s member-only data systemJones Day obtained a significant victory on behalf Nuclear Energy Institute, Inc. ("NEI"), a trade association for companies involved in the generation and application of nuclear power.
  • Southern Company sells Pivotal Home Solutions to American Water Works Company, Inc. for $363.7 millionJones Day advised Southern Company in the $363.7 million sale of its subsidiary Nicor Energy Services Company (d/b/a Pivotal Home Solutions) to American Water Works Company, Inc.
  • Amedisys settles putative securities class action alleging violation of Section 10(b)Jones Day represented Amedisys, Inc. and certain former officers in connection with a putative class action alleging, among other things, violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
  • Georgia Power disputes construction claims related to design of two new nuclear units, Vogtle Units 3 & 4Jones Day represented Georgia Power Company and the other owners of the Vogtle Units 3 & 4 Project in Waynesboro, Georgia in a 3-year litigation concerning more than $1.5 billion in alleged cost overruns relating to the licensing, design and construction of the first new nuclear power projects licensed in the U.S. in over 30 years.
  • Health care services company wins partial summary judgment in commercial disputeJones Day represented a health care services company in a commercial dispute over invoices with a former freight, pay, and audit service provider.
  • Yamaha prevails in Georgia Supreme Court after certiorari is denied and Yamaha's reversal of adverse jury verdict standsOn April 24, 2012, the Georgia Supreme Court denied the plaintiff's petition for certiorari and let stand the Georgia Court of Appeals' unanimous decision reversing a jury verdict against Yamaha Motor Co. in a products liability suit involving the Rhino, an off road vehicle, and directing the trial court to enter judgment in Yamaha's favor.
  • Former executive of J.P. Morgan Securities' Australia affiliate successfully defended against accusations of violating Georgia's securities and RICO lawsJones Day successfully defended a former executive of J.P. Morgan Securities' Australia affiliate accused of violating Georgia's securities and RICO laws in connection with an Australian gold mining company's private notes offering.
  • Directors and officers of Security Bank Corporation obtain advice regarding possible FDIC claimsJones Day advised directors and officers of Security Bank Corporation along with six failed bank subsidiaries against possible FDIC and other claims following the second largest bank failure in Georgia.
  • Mesa Air Group obtains Eleventh Circuit affirmance of preliminary injunction to stop contract terminationBeginning in April 2008, Jones Day represented Mesa Air Group, Inc. in a "bet-the-company" case to enjoin Delta Air Lines, Inc. from terminating a critical long-term contract under which Mesa's subsidiary Freedom Airlines, Inc. operated regional jet aircraft for Delta.
  • Dana Corporation reaches groundbreaking labor settlementJones Day represented Dana Corporation in litigation and arbitrations related to various supply contracts as part of its Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • Dana Corporation resolves dispute with major supplierJones Day represented Dana Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries in their chapter 11 cases.
  • BlueLinx wins temporary injunction against supplier in breach of contract and trade secrets disputeOn behalf of BlueLinx Holdings, Inc., Jones Day obtained a temporary injunction against a supplier in a dispute involving breach of contract and trade secrets claims.
  • Caremark Rx officers defend shareholder derivative and class action litigationJones Day represented certain officers and former officers of Caremark Rx, Inc., in shareholder derivative and class action litigation.
  • Home Depot's outside directors defend shareholder derivative litigationJones Day represented certain outside directors of The Home Depot Inc. in shareholder derivative litigation.
  • Special litigation committee of Glenayre Technologies defends against shareholder litigation concerning stock optionsJones Day represented the special litigation committee of the board of directors of Glenayre Technologies, Inc. in an investigation of claims brought by shareholder derivative plaintiffs concerning stock options issues.
  • Cumulus Media defends against dispute involving broadcast rights and allegations of trademark and antitrust violationsJones Day defended Cumulus Media Inc., an owner of radio stations, in a dispute involving broadcast rights and allegations of trademark and antitrust violations.
  • Cumulus Media defends against dispute involving terminated purchase agreement for North Dakota radio stationsJones Day represented Cumulus Broadcasting, Inc., a corporate subsidiary of Cumulus Media Inc., in a dispute arising from a terminated purchase agreement for radio stations in North Dakota.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • December 14, 2012
      Opening Statements and Direct Examination, NBI Seminar on Advanced Trial Tactics
    • October 24, 2012
      Perfecting the Attorney-Expert Relationship
    • February 20, 2007
      Options Backdating - Defense Strategies, Investigations and Professional liability Coverage, DRI Teleconference, presented by DRI's Commercial Litigation Committee