Joseph G. Finnerty III is a litigation partner who served as Vice Chairman of the firm’s US Litigation Practice for seven years and Chaired the New York Litigation Practice Group for eight.

He concentrates his commercial litigation practice in business and corporate governance litigation, and counseling and litigation for leading insurance companies worldwide. Joe defends public and private companies and their management in M&A, fiduciary duty, fraud and securities law claims, and he frequently represents leading insurers in significant D&O, financial institutions and M&A coverage disputes. Joe has significant experience in class action litigation arising out of the Alien Tort Claims Act.

Joe successfully represented the largest insurer of investment banks in litigation over coverage for more than US$300 million in SEC penalty and disgorgement orders, defended the directors of a public company in death spiral preferred stock litigation, and he represented lead insurance underwriters in a US$140 million representations and warranties insurance dispute. Joe led the successful defense of one of the country's largest insurance brokers in a consolidated class action MDL proceeding arising out of the alleged unlawful sale of insurance seeking the disgorgement of premiums in excess of US$500 million, and he led the successful defense and dismissal of two separate Alien Tort Claims Act class action litigations against Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai. Joe also regularly defends directors and officers against securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims in litigation in New York and in federal and state courts across the country.

Joe's insurance practice includes litigation, investigations and counseling in connection with financial institutions liability, directors and officers liability, M&A insurance (including representations and warranties and tax opinion insurance), alternative risk transfer products, captive insurance programs, professional liability, business interruption and manuscripted new product coverages. He has represented the industry's leading liability insurance carriers, including The Chubb Group, AIG, Zurich Financial, St. Paul Travelers, Beazley, The Hartford and CNA Insurance Companies, as well as various Lloyd's syndicates and London underwriters, among many others.

Joe is committed on behalf of corporations and their managers to forming thoughtful, effective and lasting responses to the fluctuating liability exposure landscape. He is equally committed to DLA Piper's success in building a national and international law firm that provides the premium service and experience demanded by the most discriminating corporate executives.