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Being at Weitz & Luxenberg feels like all of my experience has come together in exactly the right way. What I do every day has to be meaningful. Everyone here really cares about helping victims of some of the most egregious corporate conduct imaginable. When companies expose people to asbestos, they take away that person’s future. The victims never saw it coming. They were never warned. That callousness is incomprehensible to me. We can’t undo the harm these companies have caused, but I want to do everything legally possible to hold those responsible accountable.
Patrick J. Finley has joined Weitz & Luxenberg’s experienced and dedicated Mesothelioma and Asbestos Practice Group litigation unit. Like his colleagues, Mr. Finley brings an impassioned resolve to obtain justice on behalf of his clients, “just regular people, who were blindsided by others’ indefensible actions.”
Mr. Finley is right, and that is why we founded Weitz & Luxenberg more than 30 years ago. Men and women alike have been victims of asbestos exposure through no fault of their own.
Sometimes a client has worked in a specific location and been exposed to asbestos for years before developing mesothelioma decades later. At other times the victim never set foot in a factory, naval yard, boiler room, ship, or construction site.
The worker’s spouse, often a woman, developed mesothelioma just from washing her husband’s laundry.
“It’s this unforeseeable thing for our clients,” Mr. Finley says. “They weren’t warned about being exposed to asbestos and its inherent dangers.”
That is the heartbreaking reality of asbestos exposure. With some people, a brief period of time or secondhand exposure could trigger debilitating mesothelioma or lung cancer years later.
“With asbestos, you have a latency period,” Mr. Finley explains. “Some clients happened to be somewhere 30 or 40 years ago and then developed mesothelioma decades later, just when they were ready to retire and enjoy their grandchildren. Their lives just stopped when they were diagnosed with mesothelioma. Their future was gone.”
Stories like this, unfortunately, are all too familiar. At Weitz & Luxenberg, we witness firsthand the devastation of asbestos exposure.
Although speaking with clients stricken with mesothelioma is “emotional,” Mr. Finley points out, their suffering “is a strong motivator for us to seek a just resolution.”
“We can’t change the diagnosis, but we can do everything in our power legally to find out who’s responsible and get them to acknowledge what they’ve done. A victory for our clients may be bittersweet, but it does bring some degree of closure,” Mr. Finley says.
Like his colleagues in the Mesothelioma and Asbestos litigation unit, Mr. Finley understands the importance of comprehensive detective work.
Successful attorneys need to investigate circumstances, events, and seemingly insignificant bits of information that occurred decades ago. Meeting with clients and helping them recall details from those days is part of that process.
At Weitz & Luxenberg, our attorneys go the extra mile, literally. As Mr. Finley notes, the attorneys drive and fly all over the country to meet with our clients, many of whom are in poor health.
Our clients may not be well enough to travel, but these one-on-one visits in clients’ own homes help us as attorneys get to know our clients on a more personal level.
They “ground you and humanize the legal process,” Mr. Finley believes. He emphasizes, “The most important part of this job is the human connection.”
Like many of us, Mr. Finley felt a kind of calling to the law. Mr. Finley also shares Weitz & Luxenberg’s belief that everyone deserves a voice, and the legal process allows us to do that on behalf of our clients.
As attorneys, we can make sure everyone who needs assistance is represented.
Prior to joining our team at Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Finley put his legal knowledge and expertise to the test in diverse areas of law. In each, he was able to extend his knowledge base and build upon the skills needed to join our firm’s experienced Mesothelioma and Asbestos litigation unit.
For years, Mr. Finley says he has been aware of Weitz & Luxenberg as a “premier law firm.” After years of exploring other areas of law, he recognized in himself a strong desire to help people on a personal level.
He also admires what he referred to as Weitz & Luxenberg’s keen “institutional memory.” Weitz & Luxenberg “knows the history of the companies that have endangered people’s health over the years, the companies that have exposed people to asbestos.”
“Companies change hands, they merge, they try to distance themselves from their past actions, but Weitz & Luxenberg knows who these companies are,” Mr. Finley adds.
“After evaluating where I was in my career, I looked into the possibility of joining Weitz & Luxenberg to see if we would be the right fit for each other. And I’m thankful for how things worked out because this is where I belong.”
Before joining Weitz & Luxenberg, Mr. Finley worked for Morgan Stanley, a financial services firm in New York, in its Legal and Compliance Division.
Mr. Finley has also worked for a personal injury law firm where he oversaw all aspects of case prosecution from initial client interview through resolution.
In addition, immediately after graduating from law school, Mr. Finley worked for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in Mineola, New York. As assistant district attorney, Mr. Finley represented the People of the State of New York in criminal proceedings.
His responsibilities included prosecuting cases from start to completion, including arraignment, indictment, hearings, and trial. He also conducted witness interviews and negotiated case dispositions as needed.
Right now, Mr. Finley said, his passions outside of work revolve primarily around his family, including two small children, and his charitable interests.
Mr. Finley is a strong believer in giving back to the community. He is a member of the Robin Hood Foundation’s Philanthropic Young Things program, which helps people of the City of New York directly, including the homeless community.
He also supports Hartlepool United Football Club in Hartlepool, England, by donating two season tickets annually to the youth in the Hartlepool community who would be unable to attend games on their own. Other passions include reading, movies and the theater, running, softball, and the guitar.
Mr. Finley is licensed to practice law in New York State and the Eastern District of New York.
He earned his J.D. from the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Central Islip, New York, and his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Patrick J. Finley will be happy to review your case.