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JOSEPH G. Finnerty III is a litigation partner in the New York office of DLA Piper. He served as chairman of the firm’s New York Litigation Practice Group and/or vice chairman of the firm’s U.S. Litigation Practice Group for 15 years. Finnerty’s business litigation practice is focused on counseling and litigation for leading insurance businesses worldwide. He has most recently been recognized as a global leader in resolving disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions transaction disputes in which liability insurers dispute the coverage available for indemnity claims under M&A insurance policies and litigation risk insurance policies. Finnerty regularly represents the insurance industry’s leading liability insurers, including AIG, Liberty, Berkshire Hathaway, Munich Re, Chubb, Zurich, Partner Re, Tokio Marine, AXA XL, St. Paul Travelers, The Hartford, CNA, AXIS, as well as Euclid Transactional, Vale Insurance Partners and a long list of Lloyd’s syndicates and London underwriters, among many others. Finnerty also regularly defends public and private companies and their management in M&A transaction indemnity claims, fiduciary duty, common law fraud, contract disputes and securities fraud litigation. Finnerty earned a BA from Hamilton College, and a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is married to Clara Bingham, originally of Louisville, Kentucky, and he is the proud father of three children, Katherine Pagett Finnerty, Alice Olivia Finnerty and Samuel Joseph Finnerty, and three stepchildren, James Worth Michaelis, Henry Bingham Michaelis and Diana Bingham Michaelis. Finnerty’s father, Joseph G. Finnerty, Jr., and grandfather, Joseph G. Finnerty, Sr., were both well-known attorneys in Baltimore, where Finnerty grew up; Joseph, Sr. served as a trial court judge in the Maryland State Court. Joseph, Sr.’s parents, Michael and Mary Finnerty, emigrated from Dublin to Baltimore in 1888. Finnerty’s mother Alice Ann Finnerty (born Alice Ann Fannon) is the great granddaughter of Irish immigrants to the U.S. in the 1840s or ‘50s. “My mother’s great grandfather was named Luke Fannon, and he hailed from Roscommon, and his wife Mary hailed from Galway,” Finnerty says. “The others who fit into the tree eventually resulting in my mother’s birth all came from Ireland – Kerry, Westmeath and Leitrim.”