Linnes Finney, Jr. has spent the last 24 years building an exemplary career in the legal profession. He is a partner with the Stuart, Florida law firm of Gary, Williams, Finney, Lewis, Watson & Sperando, one of the nation’s most distinguished, and his practice areas are Personal Injury, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation, Police Misconduct, Medical Malpractice and General Civil Litigation.
Mr. Finney was recently (August 2006) inaugurated as the 64th President of the National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest bar association of color. The organization’s network exceeds 40,000 African-American judges, lawyers, educators and law students. As president, Mr. Finney has elected a theme of, “National Bar Association – Carrying the Torch, Leading by Example,” wherein he will assure that the organization continues to illuminate the path to an independent judiciary, provide the fair administration of justice as well as equal access to the legal system, expand the pipeline to the legal profession, and urge economic opportunities for all.
A native Georgian, Mr. Finney earned his B.S. from Georgia Southern University and his J.D. from the University of Florida (UF) in 1982. His passion for the legal profession began early in his career, which was evidenced by him serving as President of the Black Law Students Association while a student at UF. He later earned the UF College of Law Student Leadership Award. Since that time, Mr. Finney has consistently given of himself by carrying out leadership and membership responsibilities with an array of organizations, including the Academy of Trial Lawyers of America, the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Fort Pierce Teen Center Advisory Council, Alpha Health Services, Inc., the Fort Pierce Housing Authority Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinating Committee, the Florida Association for Community Action (FACA), and the Alcohol Drug Treatment Center. Further, Mr. Finney is a member of the Florida Bar Association and past chairman of Judicial Nominations and Procedures Committee. He also served on and served as chair of the judicial nominating committees for the Florida Supreme Court (1996-2000) and the 19th Judicial Circuit (1992-1996).
Mr. Finney is greatly involved in his profession, and he is known as one to give of himself in many capacities to help further the cause of justice. He is a life member of the NAACP and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is a board member and trustee of the United Way of St. Lucie County, and a recent recipient of this organization’s Community Impact Award. Mr. Finney’s other awards and honors include the Florida Bar, Pro Bono Service Award; the Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.’s Robert Bryant Award; and Florida Head Start Association and Region IV Head Start Association’s Humanitarian of the Year.
Mr. Finney is actively involved in his church, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Pierce, FL, where he has been a part of the Steward Board for more than 15 years. He has also served as a youth mentor at the church. Mr. Finney is married to Sonya’ Finney, and they are the proud parents of Chase and Clayton.
Personal Injury, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation, Police Misconduct, Medical Malpractice and General Civil Litigation
Joined firm, 1982
Georgia Southern University, 1979
University of Florida, College of Law, J.D. Degree, 1982
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