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David Michael Finn

Criminal defense Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.8   24 reviews

also known as David Finn

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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    DWI. Assault. Murder. Assault. Aggravated Assault. Sexual Assault.

    33 years, 6,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    10%

  3. Federal crime
    5%
    Wire fraud. Mail fraud. Conspiracy. Money Laundering. Bank Fraud.

    33 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Juvenile law
    5%

  5. Trucking accident
    5%

  6. Wrongful death
    5%

Greetings, My name is David Finn and I am a Board-Certified Criminal Defense lawyer for 30 years, based in Dallas, Texas. As a former criminal trial judge and a federal prosecutor, I am very comfortable in the courtroom. I have personally handled over 700 jury trials. Texas Monthly/Thompson Reuters has named me a SuperLawyer for the past 20 years in Criminal Defense. 

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2015
Client's Choice
2023 2015

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Location

David Finn, P.C.

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  24 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best experienced lawyer in Dallas
Mr. Finn helped me and my family a lot throughout my cases as I got in trouble with the law multiple times and he was successfully able to get them dismissed each time. I was facing few years but he cunningly used his strategies and experience to talk to police prosecutor and judge to save my life. I can't thank him enough to give me my life back and guiding me in the right direction towards a successful career. I definitely recommend him to anyone whose facing criminal charges and I promise you won't be disappointed. Him and his assistant Kathy always kept us updated with court dates and let me knew I had an active warrant out for my arrest ahead of time. They never left us hanging once during our hard times and treated us like family. I highly recommend him and hope he can work his magic for everyone that consults him. May god bless him and his family! I can't thank him enough for what he's done for me!
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2017
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Powerhouse
Attorney David Finn's representation of my case was an intelligently strategized chess game with the Dallas DA office. His prowess and grit are tempered by his cunning patience and calculated delivery. His is, at once respectable and fierce. He is known to fight to win and is an intimidating opponent. It is because of this longstanding reputation that he won a 'no bill' in my cases in grand jury. The stakes were high in my case and Finn worked diligently and perfectly crafted my GJ package and secured me a rare opportunity for me to testify. A less experienced and less confident counsel could not have made this work for me. I remain deeply grateful and impressed with his level of care and representation that proved the best possible outcome for me. I should also mention that not only is Finn the best choice to have in your corner when stakes are high because he is not afraid to fight, but his humanity was beyond compare. When anxiety ran high, he inspired courage and confidence in my spouse and I and provided meaningful counsel that helped us keep our head in the game. I will recommend him to anyone who is inclined to pay for the best when nothing else will do.
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Posted by Edward | April 2, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Stop looking. You found your man in David Finn
We stumbled upon Mr. Finn by a stroke of luck after none of the other attorneys (who advertise 24/7 service and speedy response time) would return our call. We were down to the line before the initial hearing, and we were desperate. I told my wife, “We don’t need Mr. Right. We need Mr. Right Now.” It turned out that we got both in Mr. Finn. Mr. Finn had just left the courthouse, but he turned his car around to meet us there within the hour. After the initial hearing, he told us that he would meet with our son for about half an hour so he could get to know him and learn more of the details. AN HOUR AND A HALF LATER he emerged and looked us straight in the eyes and told us, “You’ve got a good boy in there, and I am going to fight for him as if he were my own son.” He lived up to every single word of what he said. His passion for his trade and his commitment to our son brought tears to our eyes at time. After the dust settled, we had time to do some research on the man we had chosen to represent our son. I’m not going to lie to you, we uncovered a few things that had us a little bit concerned. We knew that news headlines can be quite misleading, so in our second meeting we had planned on asking him about our concerns, but Mr. Finn beat us to the punch. Every concern we had was laid to rest and we felt confident that we had “the man for the job”. What is David Finn like? Start with some Harvey Specter from Suits, throw in a dash of John Wayne, a bit of Tommy Shelby from Peaky Blinders, then sprinkle generously with shamrocks, and voila, you have David Finn. He can be a little rough around the edges and a bit hot around the collar, but he knows how to get things done. He is also very caring and very generous with his time. Even though he was working on a full load of clients, we always felt like we were his only client, no joke. He never blew sunshine up our skirts – he calls them as he sees them, and that could be a bit depressing at times, but when he got excited and upbeat, we knew things were going our way. He is connected to all the right people and his clients get to benefit from that, plus his years of experience as both a judge and attorney. It also helps that he has a spunky paralegal who is full of spit and vinegar, and who knows how to get things done. We were extremely satisfied, and we would definitely come back for seconds, though we hope like hell that we will never need his services again – EVER.
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Posted by Brent | January 1, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Meticulous Professional
David Finn is a meticulous professional who always anticipated what was coming and stayed out in front of my case. He listened patiently to the story, highlighted key evidence, thoroughly reviewed all details, and planned my defense. David retains professional assistance ensuring key documents, affidavits, motions, etc. are flawlessly prepared and submitted timely. Not satisfied to merely let the process play out David ensured we had an examining trial to document the facts and prepared an outstanding packet for the grand jury. David always responded timely to my questions and his assistant likewise. David Finn has my highest possible recommendation and I will always seek his counsel on any legal matters.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer. Hands down
I was faced with an unfortunate circumstance, and I had to find a lawyer. With my specific situation, there was no charge necessarily set yet, so it was very hard to find a lawyer that would defend me without an official charge set in place, which I think is ridiculous. Upon finding David, i called him and he picked up right away and immediately started protecting me and giving me advice. This was BEFORE an official consultation and payment. This shows that David really cares for his work, and is truly someone you want defending you. David is very aggressive when it comes to his work, and that is EXACTLY who you want on your side. He has the right experience. He has the right connections. He has the right attitude. With David and his assistant’s consistent and hard work, they informed me that the DA has rejected my case for grand jury. Best news of my life. Always will recommend David and his team to anyone facing possible criminal charges.
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Posted by Cal | October 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
God Sent
David Finn was a God Sent in my sons case. David agreed to take my son’s case with only six weeks time to prep. He did a phenomenal job and we appreciate David so much the outcome that we received was a Blessing. Our family knows that David was God sent to be on my sons case we are so thankful. I recommend him highly to anyone that needs a passionate, skilled thorough committed attorney. He truly cares about his client and the family.
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Posted by Jason | October 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
I very close to seeing the inside of a prison
I was facing a serious drug charge and honestly I thought my life was over and I came very close to being in prison and being a convicted felon. I was so worried and stressed out through out the duration of this case. I got an email saying that my case was dismissed !! Boy I felt happy when I read that. MR David Finn is the best attorney. He will fight for you and won’t stop until he gets a good resolution. Mr David Finn is heaven sent . Thank you Mr Finn for representing me.
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Response from David Finn October 5, 2023
Thank you, Jason. I knew when we went to the scene of the arrest and saw all of those surveillance cameras in the ceiling and they later said (after our subpoena) that the recordings were “missing” that they were hiding something…. Turns out they were hiding the truth!
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A very capable attorney
He is a capable atterny that can deliver and stand by you. He is very responsive with helpful staff.
Posted by Yvonne | June 29, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
No-Bill
I first retained Judge Finn 15 years ago … that case never made it passed the Detective’s desk who was assigned to my case. A win!! Again, last Summer, I found myself in a similar situation as the one 15 years ago; however, this time I was completely innocent. Again, I retained Judge Finn. This baseless charge did go beyond the Detective’s desk and to the Grand Jury. On Friday, June 23rd, Judge Finn presented, to the Grand Jury, a packet in my defense. This baseless case was No-Billed by the Grand Jury. Another win! Judge Finn isn’t just an attorney who is going to represent you and get your case(s) dismissed, no-billed, or negotiated for a lesser charge. He’s a man of integrity and extreme regard for his clients. He gets to know you on a personal level and is passionate about what it is you’re going through. He, personally, answers every call. I never had to leave a message or speak with an assistant. He’d call to check on my mental and emotional status and always offered words of wisdom and support. I highly recommend Judge Finn. You will not regret having him on your team. Respectfully, Yvonne
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Posted by Ruthann | May 10, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
A truly remarkable thing happened with David
Today, David spoke with me for over a hour about my Brother’s case. He explained what will be happening as his case moves through the judicial process and all of the possible outcomes. I am so grateful for now having more awareness and such guidance. He did this for free and rather than trying to pressure me into hiring him he was honest that with the evidence against my brother there would be little he could do to help him out and that a public defender makes more sense. Thank you David for the time you took and the patience, compassion and guidance that we needed in order to come to grasp with just how badly our family can expect our siblings future to be. David breaks the mold on the stereotype that all attorneys our just out for money!
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Posted by Terrance | April 17, 2023
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Top tier attorney
He did a amazing job in my case .give me the best advice from a legal aspects. I highly recommend him to anyone who need a attorney that will fight for your best outcome possible he's your man .
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
LM
Question do you want to WIN? David is a GREAT Lawyer! I needed a good attorney and I knew I could not find a better one. If he takes your case - he owns it! He will fight with every legal tool available to get the results needed. Yes, he is tough and direct but fair and honest. These qualities are lacking in many that others that are in this field. He will not give up until he gets the results that are in your best interest. I knew David personally, but had not worked side by side with him representing a family member. If you want to WIN.... then this is your lawyer. If he believes in you and your case you have already won. He is a good man with a heart of a champion and he will fight for the underdog.
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Posted by Kelly | October 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
THIS IS YOUR GUY! Don't Choose ANY other!
David Finn is one of the best if not THE BEST criminal attorney in town. If you have an issue this is the attorney you want on your case, PERIOD. He is professional and will fight as hard and as long for you as needed. He is a good person that fights tooth and nail. He cares about his clients and he is THE CHOICE for you. Do yourself a favor and call him now if you need an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
High Caliber Attorney At Law
Working with David Finn was a very pleasant experience, and he easily gave me a peace of mind at all times throughout the process. I would highly recommend Mr. Finn to others, that would greatly benefit from the high caliber quality that he and his team delivers.
Posted by Lourdes | December 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Forget About Perry Mason!
I grew up watching Perry Mason. It inspired me to get a Law Degree. What I didn’t know was that I would meet a real-life, but better than, Perry Mason. David commands a presence in Court, and outside of Court. His cross-examinations are brutal. And, when my husband (who was on Trial) had to sit there, and listen to a federal employee (Rodney Connor) fabricate an entire testimony to suit the Prosecutors’ agenda, David was our voice to convey the truth to a very receptive and no-nonsense Jury. To say that David Finn is an excellent Attorney is not sufficient. If you are innocent of Criminal charges, David is the Man! And his Paralegal and right-hand in the Office rocks! Talk about being competent and “on top of things!” Kathy knew the evidence inside and out. God Bless David Finn and Kathy. Thanks to God and this Law Firm my husband is home, safe, after a week of Trial. David will get to the truth.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2016
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David gave me my life back & 2 dismissals
A Dallas county judge referred me to David. He told me David was the best lawyer in town. Upon meeting him, I knew he was going to do everything in his power to fight for me and win. He was relentless and didn't give up until we got the outcome we desired. He got both my cases dismissed AND off my record. David gave me (two) miracles and gave me my life back. Now I can say based off my own experience that David is the best lawyer in town.
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Posted by Helen | September 26, 2015
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You want him fighting for you
A family member potentially faced several counts and many years in a Federal prison. David guided us through the entire process, kept us calm and reassured as the case progressed, and helped reduce his sentence exponentially. He is not cheap but without a doubt, David Finn is THE BEST LAWYER to have fighting for you. He is based in Dallas but we hired him for a case tried in Houston. He is well respected no matter what city he works in and handled the press well for our family. I highly recommend him if you have a Federal issue.
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
I found David Finn to be an excellent criminal law attorney. I would recommend him to anyone without reservation. David is smart, tough, very responsive, a very able negotiator, and empathetic to his client’s interests. David diffused an emotionally charged situation with a Homeowner’s Association Board controlled by angry women who clearly made a wrong decision with which I did not agree. David very quickly and aptly negotiated a settlement with the HOA Board before the situation blew up into ugly litigation and became very unpleasant for the Board, all of the neighbors and myself. In short, David is a “10” on a scale of 1 to 10.
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Posted by Mayra | August 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
simply the best attorney
Mr. Finn is the best attorney, and the best human being.. He help me with my case and gave me piece of mind.. He was very professional, and always answer my emails, my calls. Its great to know that they are still attorneys who care about their clients like Mr. Finn..
Posted by Terrence | August 19, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
When you need someone to save your life, Call David Finn.
In 2005, a family member was presented with a Federal Indictment. Additionally, I was presented with an order from a Federal DOJ branch. They were on the first part of a hunt to indict even more people and it seems the DOJ does not care if they indict an innocent person or not, quoting the famous line that they "...could indict a ham sandwich." They let it be known that I was a "person of interest" which is almost a guarantee of indictment it seems. I met with, and then hired David Finn. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. It was also reassuring when I told the other attorneys that I interviewed who I was going with, they all collectively said "Oh, wow, you got Finn?" Over the course of the following six (yes six) years, I was hounded and threatened by the DOJ for an indictment. During that time, the only reason I was not indicted was because of David. David believed in me. He fought for me. He kept me apprised of any updates and met with me anytime I needed him. He also took all of my phone calls, or was prompt in returning them. Additionally, after the threat was officially cleared, he kept in touch to see how I was doing and also offered to look over some correspondence I received from the DOJ, did not charge me for it, and called me to let me know all was ok. I could go on with a lot of platitudes, but let me list one that is very sincere. If ANY of my family or friends required legal representation, I would without hesitation and with passion recommend David Finn. Throughout this ordeal I have been exposed to many, many attorneys. NONE of them with the integrity, compassion, and ability to kick ass like Finn. Any other choice would, in my mind, be a grave mistake. In a world of attorneys that will gladly take your money, not meet with you, not return phone calls, and leave you feeling all alone against the world, it is nice to have a fighter like Finn.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-500 per hour
  • Contingency 5%-10%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • David Finn, P.C
  • 2001 - Present
  • Elected Judge
  • Dallas County Criminal Court No. 10
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • Fort Worth United States Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • Dallas United States Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Texas A&M School of Law
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Tarrant County District Attorney's Office
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Trial Lawyer
  • Brown McCarroll
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Honors Program
  • United States Department of Justice
  • 1990 - 1990
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Education

  • University Of Texas
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Texas School of Public Affairs
  • Masters Degree, Public Affairs
  • 1991
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. James Davis
  • Client received 5 years in federal prison. Allen Stanford received 100+ years

Associations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Chairman, Criminal Justice Section
  • 2002 - 2004
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2018
  • Texas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2018
  • Dallas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2018
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  • 2001 - 2007
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  • 2001 - 2007
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  • 2001 - 2007
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  • 1995 - 2007
  • New Mexico Bar Association
  • Admitted
  • 1994 - 2007
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers
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  • 2023
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  • Alabama Super Lawyers
  • 2021
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  • 2003
  • A-V Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Top 40 Lawyers in Texas Under 40
  • 2002
  • Endorsement: Most Qualified Judicial Candidate
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • 1995
  • Special Performance Commendation
  • 1995
  • Board Certified-Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1994
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Publications

  • Southern Methodist University Law Review
  • Criminal Procedure: Confession, Search, Seizure
  • 1997
  • Southern Methodist University Law Review
  • Criminal Procedure: Confession, Search, Seizure
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Television News Story
  • Legal Commentator, Murphy Police Department Sting
  • 2007
  • State News Story
  • New Dallas District Attorney: Craig Watkins
  • 2007
  • Dallas Morning News Story
  • Dallas Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Settlement
  • 2007
  • Top Gun Criminal Defense Seminar
  • How to Win Federal Jury Trials
  • 2006
  • Winter Criminal Defense Seminar
  • How to Defend Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2005
  • Court TV
  • Legal Commentator, Jury Trial
  • 2005
  • Federal Defense Practice
  • Federal Defense Practice
  • 2004
  • Trial Advocacy CLE
  • Winning Jury Trials
  • 2003
  • Law Professor
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 1996
  • Law Professor
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (15)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David is an exceptional attorney. He is a zealous advocate for every client. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Friend
"David and I went to the same high school just a few years apart so I've known the name even before I knew person. He was as well known and respected in that time and place just as he is now in a much larger arena. Always an achiever, David cares about his work and has made a career of being the best at whatever he does. He's a tenacious and very intelligent lawyer. Highly regarded."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a former judge, and is now an excellent criminal defense lawyer. Highly recommended."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen David in action as a criminal defense lawyer. His experience as a prosecutor provides valuable information he can use to help a client face the state and federal government and all its power. He's a good lawyer to have on your side. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David consistently provides insightful and helpful advice. His knowledge and diligence are clearly evident. I endorse him without reservation"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. In my opinion, David Finn is one of the most capable and effective criminal defense attorneys in North Texas."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David Finn. I have known and worked with David for more than 12 years, and have witnessed first hand his hard work, tenacious preparation and ethical counseling of his clients. He is a professional in every sense of the word. I would not hesitate to hire David or refer him a client if the need ever arises."
Federal crime Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. David and the lawyers in his excellent law firm are considered the top of the profession. David frequently obtains the best results possible for his clients. David is an outstanding trial lawyer with unique experience as a judge which makes him very formidable in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer! Candidly, there are very few criminal defense lawyers in the Dallas area that I would hire if I had criminal charges brought against me. David Finn is on the top of the list."
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Dallas Criminal defense Lawyer David Michael Finn
David Michael Finn
Criminal defense Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 32 years
Virtual consultation available