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Paul M. Finamore, Partner


Mr. Finamore is a trial lawyer admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. In the firm’s Litigation Department, Mr. Finamore has been retained as lead counsel on a wide variety of cases in the areas of general liability, professional liability, and employment law. His experience includes litigation of various first and third party insurance claims including insurance fraud, professional liability claims involving accountants, insurance agents, and dentists, among others, as well as the defense of employment claims.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Finamore regularly counsels employers on employment issues, workplace policies, and compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws.  As a trial lawyer, Mr. Finamore understands the importance of providing his clients with practical advice to assist them with balancing business risk while avoiding unnecessary litigation. He began practicing in employment law while serving on active duty in the US Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Mr. Finamore is rated AV-Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, awarded by peer review, for the highest standards of professional skill and ethics. He has been recognized as a top attorney in general litigation and employment and labor by Maryland Super Lawyers magazine (2008-2017). He is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Finamore serves on the DRI Employment Law Steering Committee as Liaison to the FDCC and as Litigation Tactics Chair.  He has published articles with DRI, the FDCC and PLUS.  Mr. Finamore has lectured extensively regarding numerous litigation topics and on employment law.

Mr. Finamore is a member of the Management and Compensation Committees and Chair of the Diversity Committee. Mr. Finamore is also actively involved in the community, having previously served on the Board of Directors of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore. BHGH is a privately funded, non-profit organization that provides at-risk children with a stable home, high quality education, and support to reach their full potential. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, Maryland.

Honors & Awards

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, recognized as top lawyer in General Litigation and Employment & Labor, 2008-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent® Top Rated Lawyer
  • Two-time Recipient of the Golden Gavel Award from Westfield Insurance Group

Representative Cases

  • Reliable Contracting Co., Inc. v. Maryland Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Authority, 446 Md. 707, 133 A.3d 1112 (2016)
  • Ike-Ezunago v. Deco, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42177 (D. Md. 2011)
  • Robertson v. Deco Security, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35860 (D. Md. 2011)
  • Ike-Ezunago v. Deco, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123393 (D. Md. 2010)
  • Robertson v. Deco Security, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100795 (D. Md. 2010)
  • Sigmund v. Progressive Northern Ins. Co., 374 F. Supp. 2d 33 (D.D.C. 2005)
  • Drazenovich v. Ford Motor Credit Co., 292 B.R. 101 (D. Md. 2003)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Carter, 154 Md.App. 400 (Md. App. 2003)
  • Remsburg v. Montgomery, 376 Md. 568 (Md. 2003)
  • Allen v. Hill, 626 A.2d 875 (D.C. 1993)
  • Walser v. Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 98 Md.App. 371 (Md. App. 1993)

Seminars

  • "Agency Initiatives and Enforcement: The Government Is Busy — and Why Employers Should Care," Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, July 31,2012
  • Panel Discussion, Unfair Claims Practices: A Nationwide Overview, Eagle International Associates, Inc., May 18, 2012
  • Hot Topics in Insurance Fraud, Maryland I-Day, Maryland Chapter CPCU, April 24, 2012
  • Panel Discussion, Affinity Groups, Advantages and Disadvantages, 2012 Annual Conference of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), March 29, 2012
  • Taking & Defending Depositions, MICPEL, 1997 - 1998
  • Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case, National Business Institute
  • Automobile Accident Institute, MICPEL
  • A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Fraud Awareness, 4th Annual Professional Insurance Women’s Conference
  • Insurance Coverage for Americans With Disabilities Act Claims, CPCU Society-Maryland Chapter
  • Trying the Soft Tissue Injury Case in Maryland, National Business Institute

Articles

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Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1998
  • District of Columbia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1999

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawWashington, DC
    J.D., 1988
    Law Review: The Catholic University Law Review, Senior Staff Member
  • University of Notre DameNotre Dame, IN
    B.A., Government and International Studies, 1985
    Honors: Dean's List

Associations

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
    Co-Chair, Employment Practices and Workplace Liability Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association
    Labor & Employment Section
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    Member, Diversity Law Institute
    Member, Trial Law Institute
  • DRI Employment Law Steering Committee,
    Liaison to the FDCC, Litigation Tactics Chair
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance, Member
  • Eagle International Associates, Inc.