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James L. Finegan

Sole Practitioner

Lakewood and Denver area attorney James L. Finegan has over 40 years of legal experience helping clients in all types of cases with personal attention and care. He is admitted to practice in Colorado state and federal courts, as well as in New York.

A tenacious advocate and litigator, Mr. Finegan represented the prevailing party in Schlitters v. State , 787 P.2d 656 (Colo. Ct. App. 1989). In that case, Mr. Finegan’s client sued the state and the highway department for negligent design, construction, maintenance, and improvement of a piece of a highway where a boulder hit the client’s car. The trial court dismissed the case, but Mr. Finegan’s appeal resulted in the Colorado Court of Appeals overturning that decision, and holding that a motorist was allowed to sue the government for dangerous conditions on a highway. This ruling represented a major shift in the law in favor of private citizens due to Mr. Finegan’s advocacy skills.

Mr. Finegan is a graduate of the University of Denver College of Law, and serves as a member of the American Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and other organizations. Contact Mr. Finegan to see how the law firm can help.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Tort, Insurance and Litigation Sections, Member
  • American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Motor Vehicle and Workers Compensation Sections, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Litigation, Workers Compensation and Criminal Law Sections, Member
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, Member
  • First Judicial District Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado, 1980
  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008


  • University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado - J.D. 1979
  • University of Denver, Denver, Colorado - M.A. 1976
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York - B.F.A. 1974