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Stephen J. Finley, Jr.

Stephen J. Finley, Jr.

Director, Products Liability

Mr. Finley is a litigator who dedicates his practice to the defense of cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, and major property loss. He defends companies involved in complex litigation, including multidistrict litigation, mass tort litigation, class action lawsuits, and serial lawsuits. A frequent author on emerging issues in products liability law, he has represented defendants facing novel products liability claims, such as publishers and patent holders. He has been selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars list annually since 2010.

In addition to his product liability practice, Mr. Finley handles the prosecution and defense of commercial matters, including breach of contract disputes and business tort claims.

Mr. Finley is a member of the firm’s E-Discovery Task Force and regularly publishes regarding developments in this area of the law.

While in law school, Mr. Finley was an intern in the Chambers of the Honorable Jacob P. Hart, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He also served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Villanova Journal of Catholic Social Thought and was President of the St. Thomas More Society. As an undergraduate, Mr. Finley served as a staff intern in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives during the Bush Administration.

Areas of Focus

Products Liability Litigation

Mr. Finley is frequently called to represent the interests of defendants in complex products liability matters in the state and federal courts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He represents manufacturers and distributors of petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, industrial equipment, construction tools, building materials, juvenile products, and consumer goods. He has also defended the interests of non-traditional defendants in products liability cases, such as publishers and patent holders.

He also represents defendants in toxic tort litigation, such as those involving claims of exposure to asbestos, benzene, silica, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polyvinyl chloride.

Electronic Discovery & Information Management Counseling

Mr. Finley is a member of the Gibbons Electronic Discovery Task Force. He is frequently called to serve as the e-discovery liaison in the products liability and commercial cases he handles. In addition, Mr. Finley regularly publishes and lectures about key developments and important cases in the law of electronic discovery.

Credentials

Education

Villanova University School of Law (J.D.)

Catholic University of America (B.A.)

Professional Admissions

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Professional Activities

Philadelphia Bar Association
State Civil Litigation Section

Defense Research Institute

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Judicial intern to The Honorable Jacob P. Hart, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2004)

Civic/Charitable Activities

Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, Father John E. Doyle Council, No. 9715, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Montgomery County Council for Catholic Education