Susan M. Finegan: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Susan M. Finegan

Phone617.348.3005

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Nonprofits
  • Appellate
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.3005
Fax: 617-542-2241
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name @mintz.com (e.g., rmintz@mintz.com)

http://www.mintz.com/professionals/detail/name/susan-m-finegan
 
University Dartmouth College, B.A., 1985
 
Law SchoolBoston College, J.D., 1991
 
Admitted1991, Massachusetts
 
Memberships Securities Litigation Alert ( 12.11.2009 )

• U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Pleading Standard for Federal Civil Lawsuits in Ashcroft v. Iqbal , Appellate Advisory ( 05.22.2009 )

Speaking Engagements

• Panelist, Pro Bono Opportunities for In-House Counsel, 68th National Conference , The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Boston, MA (06.25.2014)

• Panelist, Breaking Barriers: Women as Advocates for Change , Women's Bar Association, MCLE, and Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (11.15.2013)

• Panelist, Breaking Barriers: Women in the Judiciary , Women's Bar Association, MCLE, and Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (10.25.2013)

• Panelist, Breaking Barriers: Women in Law Firms , Women's Bar Association, MCLE, and Mintz Levin, Boston, MA (09.27.2013)

• Speaker, Giving Back and Paying Forward: A Public Service Panel and Reception , Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA (05.28.2013)

• Panelist, Expanding Access to Justice by Engaging Senior Fellows, Equal Justice Conference , American Bar Association & National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, St. Louis, MO (05.10.2013)

• Panelist, Scales of Justice, Greenways Coming Home , Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (04.06.2013)

• Panelist, Marketplace of Ideas & Ethics: Right to Practice Pro Bono, 2013 PBI Annual Conference , Pro Bono Institute, Washington, DC (03.15.2013)

• Panelist, Investing in Yourself: Maximizing the Return on Your Time and Energy, Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, Boston, MA (09.20.2012)

• Panelist, Engaging the Business and Legal Community in Women's Leadership, Women's Breakfast Forum , Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Boston, MA (05.23.2012)

• Panelist, Signature Projects: Making a Difference, 2012 PBI Annual Conference, Pro Bono Institute, Webinar (03.29.2012)

• Chair, In-House Counsel Pro Bono Forum , Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA (05.16.2011)

• Speaker, Signature Projects: How to Get Started, Seminar & Forum on In-House Pro Bono , Pro Bono Institute, Washington, DC (03.04.2011)

• Moderator, Pro Bono for In-House Counsel , Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA (11.09.2009)

 
Biography

Appointed as the firm's first Pro Bono Partner in 2007, Sue focuses on managing the firm's pro bono efforts, consisting of 400 varied cases throughout Mintz Levin's eight offices, and representing numerous pro bono clients on a variety of legal issues. Sue is a Member in the firm's Litigation Section, and serves as Chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and Chair of the Boston office's Hiring Committee.

Over the past two decades, Sue's pro bono experience has primarily focused on sexual assault and domestic violence. In addition to representing hundreds of individual victims, she led a team of Mintz Levin pro bono lawyers who successfully worked for several years to pass Massachusetts legislation that allows sexual assault, stalking, and harassment victims to obtain criminally enforceable protective orders, filling a gap in the existing statute. For these legislative efforts specifically, and the firm's signature Domestic Violence Project generally, the American Bar Association awarded the firm its 2010 Pro Bono Publico Award. Sue also has filed appellate and amicus briefs on issues relating to sexual assault and domestic violence in the US Supreme Court and Massachusetts appellate courts and advises numerous domestic violence-related nonprofits on a variety of legal issues.

From 2004 to 2007, Sue served as legal director of the Victim Rights Law Center, overseeing civil legal services to sexual assault survivors in Massachusetts, and providing training to federally funded legal services programs nationwide. She also served as the Center's interim executive director in 2005.

While previously at Mintz Levin from 1993-2004, as an Associate and then a Member, Sue handled complex commercial, white collar, defamation, land use, and insurance defense matters for several high-profile clients in both state and federal trial and appellate courts. She also performed extensive pro bono work, including the management of the firm's Domestic Violence Project and the Lawyers' Clearinghouse Legal Clinics at various Boston homeless shelters.

During law school, she served as editor-in-chief of the Boston College Third World Law Journal. Following law school, Sue was a law clerk for the Honorable Andrew A. Caffrey at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and for the Honorable Francis P. O'Connor at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Newsroom

• Mintz Levin Files Amicus Brief in Pivotal First Amendment Case, Elonis v. United States , ( 10.07.2014 )

• Sixty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2015 Edition , ( 08.18.2014 )

• Mintz Levin Receives National Legal Aid & Defender Association's 2014 Beacon of Justice Award , ( 06.04.2014 )

• Quoted in Reps and Warranties Survival: Avoid Unpleasant Surprises , Lawyers Clearinghouse ( 05.29.2014 )

• Mentioned in Jared Remy Pleads Guilty to First-Degree Murder , Boston Magazine ( 05.27.2014 )

• Mentioned in Jared Remy Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Jennifer Martel , Mass Live ( 05.27.2014 )

• Mentioned in Red Sox Broadcaster's Son Pleads Guilty to Murder; Gets Life , CBS News ( 05.27.2014 )

• Mentioned in Remy Changes Plea to Guilty in Stabbing Death of Girlfriend , WCVB ( 05.27.2014 )

• Mintz Levin Submits Amicus Brief to United States Supreme Court in United States vs. Castleman , ( 04.15.2014 )

• Second Know Your Rights! Program Focused on Women and Children Kicks Off , ( 03.21.2014 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Receives Prestigious International Bar Association Pro Bono Award , ( 10.07.2013 )

• Quoted in Law Schools Race to Bring in Recruiters , Boston Business Journal ( 08.16.2013 )

• Sixty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Edition , ( 08.15.2013 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan to Receive Women's Bar Association 2013 Lelia J. Robinson Award , ( 06.24.2013 )

• Quoted in Law Firms Still Hiring Smaller Summer Classes , Boston Business Journal ( 06.21.2013 )

• Mintz Levin's Pro Bono Practice Secures Important Domestic Violence Appellate Victory , ( 06.21.2013 )

• Mintz Levin Attorneys to Receive PAIR Project's Outstanding Achievement Award , ( 06.13.2013 )

• Quoted in Firms Lean Harder on Pro Bono To Boost Associates' Skills , Law360 ( 05.14.2013 )

• Attorneys Susan M. Finegan, Peter Biagetti and Mintz Levin Recognized for Leadership in Addressing Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence , ( 04.11.2013 )

• Quoted in Violence Against Women Act Awaits Obama's Signature , Lawyers.com ( 03.01.2013 )

• Know Your Rights! Participants Graduate , ( 12.05.2012 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Honored for Excellence in Pro Bono by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly , ( 04.04.2012 )

• Mintz Levin Hosts Launch of Know Your Rights! Pilot Program , ( 03.20.2012 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Appointed Chair of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services , ( 12.19.2011 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Named a Top Partner to Work For in Career Center Survey , ( 11.21.2011 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Receives the Curtin Center for Public Interest Pro Bono Service Award from Boston College Law School , ( 09.21.2011 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Elected Boston Bar Association Council Member , ( 08.08.2011 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Appointed to Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission , ( 03.08.2011 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Appointed to Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct , ( 11.02.2010 )

• Mintz Levin To Receive Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Champion For Change Award , ( 10.19.2010 )

• Mintz Levin to Receive Prestigious ABA Pro Bono Award , ( 05.26.2010 )

• Mintz Levin Attorney Susan M. Finegan Appointed to Massachusetts' Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Deval Patrick , ( 05.18.2010 )

• Quoted in Boston Firm Helps Draft Law Lifting Limitations on Protective Orders , The National Law Journal ( 02.10.2010 )

• Mintz Levin Attorneys Play Key Role in Passage of Landmark Harassment Prevention Bill , ( 02.09.2010 )

• Susan M. Finegan Selected to Receive Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2009 Women of Justice Award , ( 11.10.2009 )

• American Lawyer Ranks Mintz Levin in the Top 100 Firms for Pro Bono Work , ( 07.17.2009 )

• Susan J. Cohen and Susan M. Finegan Named to Boston Bar Association Task Force on Civil Right to Counsel , ( 09.17.2007 )

• Chip Phinney, Susan Cohen and Susan Finegan to be Recognized for Pro Bono Efforts in the Wake of the New Bedford Immigration Raid , ( 06.01.2007 )

• Veteran Litigator and Long Time Pro Bono Advocate Susan M. Finegan Rejoins Mintz Levin to Head Pro Bono Program , ( 03.19.2007 )

Awards & Recognitions

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation (2014 - 2015)

•International Bar Association (IBA) Pro Bono Award (2013)

•Women's Bar Association (WBA) of Massachusetts Lelia J. Robinson Award (2013)

•Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project Outstanding Achievement Award (2013, with John Koss, Jamison Arterton, and Amarynth Sichel)

•Jane Doe, Inc. Inaugural Kelly Timilty Advocate for Justice Award (2013, with Peter Biagetti and Mintz Levin)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Legal Aid/Legal Services (2012)

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly/Massachusetts Bar Association Excellence in Pro Bono Award (2012)

•Dartmouth College Alumni Award (2011, awarded to those who have demonstrated extraordinary service to Dartmouth and civic organizations in addition to career accomplishment)

•Boston College Law School Curtin Center for Public Interest Pro Bono Service Award (2011)

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Women of Justice Award (2009)

Boston Business Journal: 40 Under 40 business leaders (2003)

•Mintz Levin Special Recognition Award for Distinguished Service and Significant Contributions to the Pro Bono Program (2003)

•Mintz Levin Pro Bono Award (1998)

•Dartmouth College Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award (1996)

•St. Thomas More Award, Boston College Law School (1991)

Publications

• Co-author, Encouraging Pro Bono Participation by In-House Counsel , Metropolitan Corporate Counsel ( 03.20.2013 )

• Author, Effectively Building and Maintaining a Pro Bono Practice Group, Building a Pro Bono Practice Group , Inside the Minds: Building a Pro Bono Practice Group, Thomson Reuters ( 2013 )

• Co-author, Challenging the Status Quo: Securing Legal Rights for Victims of Domestic Violence , Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts ( 2012 )

• Co-author, Challenging the Status Quo: Securing Legal Rights for Victims of Sexual Assault , Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts ( 2012 )

• Co-author, Encouraging Pro Bono Efforts by In-House Counsel , New England In House ( 09.2011 )

• Co-author, Pro Bono: Partnering with Outside Counsel on Pro Bono Matters , Bloomberg Law Reports: Law Firm Management ( 07.11.2011 )

• A Challenge to the Constitutionality of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board , Appellate Law

 
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