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Michael Finney has a diverse litigation practice, focused on resolving complex business disputes. Prior to joining Gentry Locke, Mike practiced in Washington, DC, and clerked at the United States District Court in Roanoke for the Honorable James C. Turk. He was recognized two years in a row as a Virginia Rising Star in Business Litigation by Virginia Super Lawyers.

  • Cups of coffee daily
  • Little boys
  • Krispy Kreme Challenge completed
  • What do you enjoy most about practicing law?

    I like the problem-solving aspect. Each case is a different challenge, and a chance to think both logically and creatively.

  • What do you like to do away from the office?

    Spend time with my kids. They’re a handful, but the best thing and great fun. I’m also an aspiring/frustrated golfer.

  • If you had chosen a career other than law, what would you be doing today?

    Maybe a sports writer/blogger. I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and still follow my childhood teams pretty religiously.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D. 2006
  • Stanford University, B.A. 2000


Michael Finney is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the State of California (inactive).

  • Represented numerous business entities and departing individuals in non-compete, trade secret, conspiracy, defamation, and other “business divorce” cases
  • Represented company President/CEO and directors in shareholder’s derivative action, where asserted claims exceeded $200 million.
  • Represented international pharmaceutical company in intellectual property dispute with former employee-inventor and his competing company
  • Represented national galvanizing company in open account contract dispute, obtaining trial judgment for full amount claimed
  • Represent guarantor of a commercial shopping center loan in federal litigation
  • Represent multiple individuals who purchased illegitimate annuities in underlying and insurance coverage actions
  • Represented real estate company in dispute with its bank over significant Internet bank theft
  • Associated with Latham & Watkins, LLP before joining Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP
  • Federal judicial clerk for the Honorable James C. Turk, Western District of Virginia (2008-2009)


  • Secretary, Federal Bar Association, Roanoke Chapter (2012-present)
  • Chair, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (2012)
  • Vice-Chair, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (2011)
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Washington DC Bar
  • Member, California State Bar (inactive)
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Roanoke Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association


  • Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business/Corporate Law (2012) and Business Litigation (2013-2016)
  • Designated one of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine for the area of Young Law (Under 40) (2015)

Published Work

The results of client matters depend on a variety of factors unique to each matter. Past successes do not predict or guarantee future successes.