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Brian P Finnerty

Personal injury Attorney at Sudbury, MA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brian

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Attorney Brian Finnerty has been representing injured clients and insurance companies for over thirty years. Extensive experience “on both sides of the aisle” has given him unique insight into how insurers calculate the value of a given claim. Not surprisingly, these appraisals are often inadequate, not taking full account of the harm suffered. It is Brian's job to fight for the fair compensation each client deserves, from the claim's inception through its conclusion, whether by settlement or trial.

Most claims are resolved by way of settlement, while others end up in court. While some lawsuits settle before reaching trial, others go the distance. Whether by way of settlement or litigation, Attorney Finnerty does whatever it takes to maximize each client's recoverable damages and obtain the highest compensation for the injuries sustained, the related pain and suffering, and any economic loss.  

Brian began working for his father, highly regarded trial lawyer John F. Finnerty, while attending Suffolk University Law School in the mid-1980’s. Attorney Finnerty, a World War II veteran often referred to as “one of the Deans of the Massachusetts Bar”, was depicted by actor James Mason in the celebrated 1982 film, “The Verdict”, set in Boston and also starring Paul Newman. The movie was based on one of Attorney Finnerty's medical malpractice cases, in which he represented the Archdiocese of Boston, and followed the best-selling novel by Barry Reed.

Before attending law school, Brian was employed as a Deputy Assistant Clerk at the Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge, where he learned the inner workings of the Massachusetts court system and served as courtroom clerk during some notable trials, including the infamous King Arthur’s police murder case. After obtaining his Juris Doctor degree and passing the bar exam, Attorney Finnerty was quickly “thrown to the wolves” by his boss, routinely appearing in Court, taking on new cases, and taking cases to trial. 

Following the passing of his father in 1994, Attorney Finnerty co-owned the family firm, Finnerty & Finnerty, in Boston for twelve years as senior trial counsel and partner, where he continued to represent both individual and corporate clients. Since 2006, he has owned Finnerty Law Office, serving clients in Boston, Cape Cod, Worcester, and throughout Massachusetts. His practice also includes business and contract law, criminal defense, civil rights, and employment matters. After thirty years, Attorney Finnerty continues to get the kinds of results his clients have come to expect.

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Finnerty Law Office
116 Dutton Road
Sudbury, MA, 01776


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Posted by Sam | April 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He did a great job.
Brian understood my car accident and head injury because he's had a similar experience. It helps a lot to be represented by someone who understands more than the legal aspects of representing you. He was careful and patient in dealing with the insurance company, and in the end we got a settlement for the maximum award without having to go to court. The best possible result.
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Posted by Duncan | February 24, 2015
Highly Recommended
Brian helped us after our son was involved in a car accident. We found him to be very professional, straightforward and easy to work with. He listened to our concerns and worked with us to agree a strategy for how to approach the case. Although our son's case was not particularly complex we wanted Brian to represent our son in court. Thanks to Brian we got the best possible result we could have wished for. We are very happy we asked Brian to help us and highly recommend him to others.
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Posted by chuck | November 6, 2012
Brian Finnerty is simply the best.
Brian Finnerty is an excellent personal injury attorney and a truly gifted trial attorney. I have seen him in action and he simply outclasses his opponents with his meticulous preparation and his unfailing ability to persuade a jury. When friends or family members are injury victims I will not send them to anyone but Brian Finnerty.
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Posted by David | September 5, 2012
A great attorney
Attorney Finnerty is very approachable and patient in listening to my concerns and discussing the issues. He is thorough in going over the case, and always responsive to my questions. He is a great attorney, and I highly recommend him.
Posted by John | August 28, 2012
A credit to his profession
Met him through my work. My need for an attorney is not very often. I was involved in an automobile case where I had been hit by an elderly driver. It was clear for me that if I received any compensation it would be minimal at best. Brian developed the case based on the facts and was driven to see it through a reasonable conclusion which he did. I feel the outcome was far more rewarding than I had ever expected. He is also a great family man for good measure.
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  • Contingency 30%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Finnerty Law Office
  • 2006 - Present
  • Principal
  • Finnerty & Finnerty, LLC
  • 1994 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Finnerty & Finnerty
  • 1988 - 1994
  • Associate Attorney
  • Finnerty & Finnerty, LLC
  • 1984 - 1988
  • Deputy Assistant Clerk
  • Middlesex Superior Court, Cambridge, MA
  • 1981 - 1983
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  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Trinity College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Gavin v. Cowan
  • Settled for $175,000.
  • Girardin v. Harvard University Health Services
  • Settled for $1,000,000.00
  • Group of Plaintiffs vs. Harris, DDS
  • Cases settled for approximately $2,500,000.


  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (42)
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Litigation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Quality representation and exceptional attentiveness to clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a contributing member of the AVVO community for the past several years, I have followed attorney through his responses and participation in the AVVO community. Attorney Finnerty is experienced, knowledgeable, and insightful in his responses to askers' questions. This dedication to the AVVO Legal community carries over to his representation of his clients. I endorse Attorney Finnerty and highly recommend his services."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and highly recommend his services. Attorney Finnerty is extremely well respected within the legal community and gets superior results for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Other
"One of the best in his field. I endorse Mr. Finnerty!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Other
"A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community.I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is a caring and determined attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, because he consistently earns the respect of his clients and colleagues. Attorney Finnerty provides sound legal advice and superior dedication to clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Finnerty is clearly well regarded by his clients and respected in this community."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
General practice Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Finnerty is a skilled attorney who is knowledgeable about the law. He always strives to get the best results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. After reviewing many of Attorney Finnerty's responses to complicated legal matters it is clear that he has the utmost knowledge of personal injury law. He is a great asset to the PI bar and I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is diligent, knowledgeable and hardworking. Mr. Finnerty exemplifies all of the qualities of a top tier attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Finnerty has the experience to provide top notch case evaluation for each of his clients. He has an excellent reputation!"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a great reputation in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
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