Mr. Finney is the owner of Finney Law Firm, where he concentrates in commercial and public interest law as well as matters of real estate law and title to real estate.
The height of Mr. Finney’s legal career to date was reached with two wins before the United States Supreme Court in June of 2014, for clients suing the Ohio Elections Commission over their administration of the Ohio “False Claims” statute, empowering a panel of bureaucrats to judge the truth or falsity of statements made during election campaigns. Mr. Finney challenged the statute, and the criminal penalties attendant thereto, in a series of cases spanning five years. After losing the issue before three separate District Court judges, and all fifteen Judges on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (an 0-18 losing record on this issue), Mr. Finney won back-to-back 9-0 decisions on the cases from the US Supreme Court. You can read the Clarence Thomas-authored opinion here.
These were not the only First Amendment victories of Mr. Finney. He won an important victory in 1997 in the First Amendment rights case styled Kruse, et al. v. City of Cincinnati, et al., in which the City of Cincinnati’s campaign spending limits ordinance was ruled unconstitutional. In 1998, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case, preserving victory for Mr. Finney’s clients. It was in part as a result of this victory that Mr. Finney was named one of eight “Ohio Lawyers of the Year” for 1998 by Ohio Lawyer Weekly. In 2010, Mr. Finney also prevailed in the case of Brinkman, et al. v. Budish, et al., a landmark decision striking down Ohio’s “revolving door” statute.
Admitted to Practice:
Ohio, 1987; Kentucky, 1994; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1988; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1994; U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997; United States Supreme Court, 2011.
Areas of Concentration:
Real Estate; Real Estate Title; Real Estate Brokerage; Zoning and Land Use; Commercial Law and Commercial Litigation; Constitutional Litigation; Real Estate Property Tax Appeals.
Covington Latin School, 1977; Xavier University, A.B., cum laude, 1981; University of Vienna, 1978; Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1987; Northern Kentucky Law Review, 1986-87.
- Southwest Ohio Co-Chairman of the 2014 Kasich for Governor Campaign Committee.
- Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Legal Redress Commission, Cincinnati branch of the NAACP, 2009 – present;
- General Counsel, Coalition Opposed to Additional Taxes and Spending (COAST), 1999 – present;
- Board member, 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, 2010 – present;
- Board member, Drake Center, 2005-2006;
- Board member, Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee, 1995-1997 and 2003-2006 (Chairman 2004-2006);
- Board member, Hamilton County Children’s Trust Fund, 1994-1995;
- Member, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Local Government Committee (Chairman 1991-1992),
- Member, Hamilton County Corrections Financing Review and Strategies Commission, 1989-1994
- Member, Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission, 1987-1988.
Presentations, Publications and Other Accomplishments:
2012-2014 Ohio Super Lawyer; Presenter, Potter Stewart Inn of Court, 2014. Road and Access Law in Ohio; Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations. Mastering Real Estate Titles and Title Insurance, Canons of Ethics, Civil Rights for Commercial Real Estate Agents, Real Estate Contacts Analysis and Comparison, How Tenants Can Solve Problems in Commercial Leases, Layman v. Binns and the Caveat Emptor Doctrine. Mr. Finney was honored as “Educator of the Year” by the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors in 1997.