Robert W. Finnerty

Robert W. Finnerty

Robert W. Finnerty

Los Angeles, California

Robert W. Finnerty specializes in the areas of toxic torts, product liability, professional negligence, catastrophic personal injuries and insurance bad faith. He has gained a reputation among judges, fellow trial lawyers and industry followers as a skilled and talented trial lawyer. As a trial lawyer, he has obtained verdicts and settlements exceeding $500,000,000. More significant than the shear dollar amount of his results, Mr. Finnerty seeks to make a difference in his clients' lives. Giving people the opportunity to obtain their goals and overcome their injuries is the driving force behind his practice.

Verdict, $785 million toxic tort
Verdict, $26 million chemical exposure in the workplace
Verdict, $4.4 million Groundwater contamination
Verdict, $3.7 million defective design lawnmower
Verdict, $3.1 million defective design football facemask
Verdict, $1.4 million Auto v. Truck broken shoulder
Verdict, $1.4 million Insurance Bad Faith

Areas of Practice

  • Toxic Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Litigation
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Civic Rights

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1985


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: Member of Phi Delta Phi
  • University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. and B.S. - 1978
    • Major: Political Science and Psychology

Representative Clients

  • Toxic Tort Plaintiffs - PGE
  • Toxic Tort Plaintiffs - Lockheed Litigation


  • Admissibility of Expert Testimony, Mealeys, 1998 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • "AV" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist 1997
  • American Trial Lawyers Assoc. Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2008
  • Super Lawyers 2008 - Forbes Top Litigators
  • The Ten Most Dependable Attorneys of California 2008
  • Top Plaintiffs Lawyers 2016 - The Daily Journal

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Lawyers, Member Advocate, 1985 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member, 1985 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Association for Justice
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Multiple Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1985 - Present
  • Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2014 - Present


  • Phi Delta Phi