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.
- 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
- Emory University (J.D. with distinction 1995; Order of the Coif; Graduated second in class; Managing Editor, Law Journal; Winner of the 1995 Emory Law Day Moot Court Competition); University of California, San Diego (B.A. in Political Science with high distinction 1991); Georgetown University (Institute on Political Journalism, summer program 1990)
- Florida, District of Columbia, Georgia, and licensed to practice before the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces
- Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he served as a prosecutor from 1995 to 1998
Winner, Georgia "Commercial Litigation Department of the Year," The Daily Report, April 23, 2014
Winner, Georgia "General Litigation Department of the Year," The Daily Report, April 25, 2013