Nathan D. Finch

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With a diverse background in complex civil litigation, Nate Finch brings more than twenty years of trial experience and strong negotiation skills to Motley Rice. He represents clients in various asbestos, toxic tort, commercial, securities fraud and other complex cases.

Nate has served as the lead trial attorney for his clients in many federal and state courts and is sought after by co-counsel for advice on challenging cases and complex legal matters. His thorough knowledge of asbestos and medical issues is an asset to the firm’s occupational disease and toxic tort clients. He has obtained plaintiffs’ verdicts in cases against asbestos product manufacturer defendants and cigarette makers. He has extensive experience trying cases involving a wide variety of asbestos-containing products, including gaskets, automotive brakes, floor tiles, joint compounds, and various forms of insulation. He also has years of experience representing individuals, companies and creditors’ committees in personal injury litigation, mass torts products liability litigation, securities and financial fraud litigation and an array of other complex litigation cases ranging from single plaintiffs’ products liability cases to high-stakes business disputes.

Prior to joining Motley Rice, Nate was a partner for more than ten years in a Washington, D.C.-based law firm and frequently collaborated with Motley Rice attorneys in trials and negotiations to resolve large asbestos product manufacturers’ bankruptcies. He tried numerous cases in federal district courts focusing on the medical and scientific factors associated with asbestos-related diseases and asbestos exposure. During this time, he also tried and helped to resolve in favor of his clients five asbestos bankruptcy cases, each having more than 1 billion at stake. In addition, Nate worked closely with Motley Rice attorneys on behalf of investors in In re MBNA Securities Litigation and In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Securities Litigation.

Nate’s understanding of the factual and legal challenges inherent in complex cases, combined with his trial experience, has positioned him as a considerable resource within many practice areas. A frequently invited speaker regarding a variety of legal matters, he has spoken at many asbestos litigation and bankruptcy conferences and has been a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University, George Washington University and University of Baltimore law schools on topics relating to civil procedure, mass tort litigation and the differences between litigating in Article III and Article I courts.

Recognized as a Martindale Hubbell AV rated attorney, Nate has served his community for many years through volunteer activities coordinated by Greater D.C. Cares, an organization committed to connecting volunteers with community service groups. Nate was a member of the Virginia Law Review and the Order of the Coif, and is a former scholarship track and cross country athlete at UVA.

Awards and Accolades

•American Association for Justice

2013 Wiedemann & Wysocki Award

•Benchmark Litigation

2013-2017 Washington, D.C., “Litigation Star”: bankruptcy, general commercial, product liability, securities, white collar crime

•Super Lawyers

2012-2017 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers list
Personal injury - products: plaintiff; Personal injury - general: plaintiff; Securities litigation

Chambers USA

2009-2010 “Top Lawyer”: bankruptcy and restructuring

Related Content

Recent Blog Posts

March 14, 2012

Mesothelioma myth busters: three common misconceptions about mesothelioma

by: Nathan D. Finch

Related News

March 11, 2019

Law360 names Motley Rice a 2018 Consumer Protection Group of the Year

January 16, 2019

Canada considering measures to limit exposure to potentially dangerous talc powder

September 27, 2018

Charleston, S.C., Mayor John Tecklenburg proclaims Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Asbestos Exposure
  • Toxic Exposure
  • Whistleblower

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.232.5507  Phone
202.232.5513  Fax
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A., 1989
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Virginia and Western District of Wisconsin; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits; Virginia; 1993, District of Columbia


•American Association for Justice
•The Barristers

Reported Cases:
Casework: Talc and Asbestos Exposure: Asbestos fibers may contaminate talc-based products, posing a potential deadly threat to you and your family.; Attorneys: Nathan D. Finch; W. Christopher Swett; South Carolina Asbestos Exposure: South Carolina has a rich industrial history, whether employing South Carolinians or generating economic growth. However, with such industrial work comes a heightened risk of asbestos exposure, a hidden danger that has tragically claimed thousands of lives throughout the state.; Attorneys: Anne McGinness Kearse; John E. Herrick; IRS, CFTC and Other Whistleblowers: Whistleblower protection programs exist for an ever-growing range of industries and we work to ensure that those wishing to come forward with valuable information are protected to the full extent of the law.; Attorneys: Rebecca M. Katz; William S. Norton; Qui Tam Whistleblower: By suing on behalf of the United States government for acts of fraud, a qui tam whistleblower may potentially share in a significant portion of the funds recovered by the government.; Attorneys: Mathew P. Jasinski; Michael J. Pendell; Asbestos in Canada: Canada's long history of asbestos mining, import and export has resulted in a rapidly increasing number of asbestos-related diseases.; Attorneys: Anne McGinness Kearse; T. David Hoyle; SEC Whistleblower: If you learn of securities violations such as bribery, theft, corporate fraud or accounting irregularities, you can help stop misconduct by reporting it to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).; Attorneys: Rebecca M. Katz; William S. Norton; Asbestos-Related Diseases: We are committed to advocating for the rights of those suffering from the many chronic and deadly diseases such as mesothelioma and other cancers caused by asbestos exposure.; Attorneys: Anne McGinness Kearse; John E. Herrick; Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is primarily associated with asbestos exposure and can occur 10 to 60 years after the initial exposure. We have worked with thousands of victims of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.; Attorneys: Anne McGinness Kearse; John E. Herrick
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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