As reported here and in our prior newsletter, new legislation requires owners of small businesses (including LLCs and corporations; under $5 million in revenue) to report their owners’ names to the federal agency known as FinCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network).  There is a fine of up to $500 per day for violations, so this is a regulation that should not be ignored.

For new LLCs and corporations, the deadline is within 90 days of the formation.  For LLCs and corporations in existence as of January 1st of this year, the deadline is January 1. 2025.

Finney Law Firm attorney Casey Jones has carefully researched and written about the new FinCEN requirements and is heading our efforts to educate our clients on the intricacies of the statute and to assure compliance by our firm and our clients.

  • On Tuesday, May 14, at noon Ms. Jones will conduct a webinar informing clients of the new FinCEN requirements and answering questions you may have.

The link to sign up for the webinar is here.

Finney Law Firm is pleased to add to our team of attorneys J. Andrew Gray.  Andrew is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he served as chair of the Honor Council, the student-run organization dedicated to academic integrity and enforcing the College of Law’s Honor Code.

Andrew also brings to our firm and the practice of law his background in engineering.  In 2020 he earned his bachelors degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University.

Prior to joining the Finney Law Firm, he clerked for a long-serving local Common Pleas judge, helping the court resolve civil matters ranging from personal injury suits to complex construction litigation.

Andrew joins our burgeoning litigation team.

As we approach our 10th anniversary (more on that to come later), here are the accomplishments and market position of Finney Law Firm, LLC and Ivy Pointe Title, LLC by the numbers.

  • 17 attorneys.
  • 9 paralegals.
  • 3 office locations.
  • 3 wins at the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 5 wins at the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • More than 18 wins at the Federal and Ohio Courts of Appeals.
  • 8 certified class actions.
  • 13,652 Tweets (now, “X”s).
  • 867 blog posts.
  • 63 newsletters.
  • 9,794 successful real estate closings (est.).
  • $56 million in property tax savings (est.).
  • 73 civil rights cases and taxpayer actions.

Thanks for being a part of it!  Much more to come!


Our own Chris Finney will be speaking on a legal panel — Legal Issues Forum – Avoiding Legal Nightmares — at the Ohio Association of Realtors convention to be held in Cincinnati on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati.

The planned topics for the program — in addition to panel discussion and Q & A from the Realtors in attendance — include (a) Avoiding Scams, (b) Taxes can be Taxing, and (c) Disclosure issues.  Mr. Finney will be teaching with Cincinnati attorneys Chip Brigham and Roccina Niehaus.

The Finney Law Firm is excited to introduce its 2022 Summer Law Clerks! Each year, we hire incoming 2L or 3L law students to work in our various practice areas, including General Litigation, Labor and Employment, Constitutional/Public Interest, and Real Estate & Commercial Transactional (to name a few).

The Summer Law Clerk Program allows us to get to know the next generation of attorneys and serves as a mutually beneficial opportunity for them to help work on some of our pending cases and, more importantly, learn in a fast-paced, practical legal environment. This Program is something we very much enjoy and strive to make both fun and enriching for our clerks. Our law clerks draft motions and pleadings, observe depositions, assist with due diligence and document review, meet with clients, research some of the many unique legal issues with which we are often presented, and have even helped with multi-day and multi-week trials!

Ashley Duckworth

Ashley Duckworth

Ashley is an incoming 2L at NKU Chase College of Law and is clerking primarily with our General Litigation and Constitutional/Public Interest groups from our Eastgate location, though she also helps with Transactional projects. Ashley grew up in Morganfield (Union County), Kentucky and earned her undergraduate degree in Communication from Western Kentucky University. Outside of work and school, Ashley is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her friends and family and her new pup, Zoey! While she still has plenty of time to narrow her legal interests, Ashley is enjoying getting to work with several of our practice groups. Fun fact: Ashley was the overall high scorer during our duckpin bowling outing with the young associates and law clerks earlier this month!

Caitlin Lancaster

Caitlin Lancaster

Caitlin is an incoming 3L at University of Cincinnati College of Law and is clerking with our General Litigation group at our Mt. Adams location. She earned her undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Caitlin is currently a UC Law Admissions Ambassador, just completed her tenure as Social Chair of the Student Bar Association, is a member of the Moot Court Honor Board, and was recently elected to the Executive Board as the External Competitions Director. Caitlin plans to become a litigator after graduation and is enjoying the opportunity to work on a wide range of litigation matters at FLF. Outside of work and school, Caitlin can be found running away her stresses at Orangetheory, out on the town with her friends, or rooting on the Bengals and Sooners (she is also a fantasy football pro). We love that competitive spirit!

Austin Wishart

Austin Wishart

Austin is an incoming 3L at University of Cincinnati College of Law and is clerking with our Labor and Employment Group in both our Eastgate and Mt. Adams office locations. He is from Hamilton, Ohio, and currently lives in Loveland with his fiancé and their cat, Mauricio. Austin earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Dayton (Go Flyers!) and his Master’s in Bioethics from New York University.  He enjoys writing for the University of Cincinnati Law Review and spending time with friends on campus. Austin hopes to enter the practice of labor and employment law after graduation in 2023. Outside of the law, Austin enjoys trawling local record stores for vinyl, cooking new recipes, and supporting local breweries.

Attorney Casey Jones leads our Summer Law Clerk Program. For additional information about the Program or how to apply, feel free to reach out to Casey at [email protected] or to Katherine Fox at [email protected].

We most value the accolades and appreciation from our clients, but the various legal ratings services are pretty much unanimous that the Finney Law Firm attorneys are superior in their various fields.  The latest of these comes from SuperLawyers, a Thompson Reuters rating system.

This year, attorney Bradley M. Gibson was recognized for his skills in the Civil Litigation Category, and Finney Law Firm founder Christopher P. Finney was honored for his work in each of his disciplines of Business Litigation, Land Use/Zoning, Real Estate, Constitutional Law, State, Local & Municipal, and Tax.  Each of them are licensed to appear before all Courts in the State of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky and in the Federal District Court and Appellate Courts in Ohio.  Mr. Finney is also licensed before the United States Supreme Court, U.S. Tax Court and in the District of Columbia.

Let us know how we can apply our experience and skill to “Make a Difference” for your legal needs.

Finney Law Firm is pleased to welcome our two summer Law Clerks, both from the University of Cincinnati College of Law: Margo McGehee and Zach LeCompte.

Margo E. McGehee

Margo joins Finney Law Firm as a third-year law student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, having spent her previous summer clerking for Alight Legal, PLLC in Washington, D.C. Margo spent the past semester interning with Magistrate Judge Litkovitz in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Margo currently serves on the Executive Board of the University of Cincinnati Law Review and as Senior Articles Editor of the Human Rights Quarterly. Prior to starting law school, Margo obtained her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Western Kentucky University in economics and Arabic.

Zachary J. LeCompte

Zach joins Finney Law Firm as a third-year law student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, having spent his previous summer interning with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio—Civil Division. Zach is also currently in his last semester of coursework in the Master of Business Administration program at the University of Cincinnati, and prior to his legal studies he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Leadership and Management from Miami University in 2016. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he is a passionate Bearcats and Reds fan.

Finney Law Firm attorney Casey Jones, who began her legal career as a Finney Law Firm summer Law Clerk, has ably recruited and is overseeing the firm Law Clerk program. For 2022 Law Clerk opportunities, contact Casey Jones (513.943.5673) or Katherine Fox (513.943.6668).

We were just notified that attorney Christopher P. Finney, founder of the Finney Law Firm, again has been named “Leading Lawyer” by Cincy Magazine for 2021. The specific practice category in which Mr. Finney was selected is “First Amendment Law.”

These awards are on top of “Ohio Lawyer of the Year” by Ohio Lawyer Magazine, “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell, and the the firm’s recognition in “Best Lawyers” by US News.

We thank our clients for the opportunity to work on such rewarding and meaningful cases and these services for recognizing our proficiency.


Finney Law Firm, LLC has been included in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Tier 1 rankings for 2021. The firm was recognized as an Ohio – Metropolitan Best Lawyers® law firm for the fifth consecutive year in the following practice areas:

According to U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, “The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ‘Best Law Firms’ rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.”

Also noted, “All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall ‘Best Law Firms’ score for each firm. This data was then compared to other firms within the same metropolitan area and at the national level. Because firms were often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, we use a tiering system rather than ranking law firms sequentially.”

Each firm recognized on the “Best Law Firms” list, “must have at least one attorney who is recognized in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in a ‘Best Law Firms’ ranked practice area/metro area.”

“We are honored that Finney Law Firm has been recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for the fifth consecutive year.” commented founder Chris Finney. “We thank all our fellow attorneys in the Cincinnati metropolitan area for including us in this prestigious list as well as our attorneys and staff for their hard work and dedication in “Making a Difference’ for our clients.”

This distinction of the talent assembled at Finney Law Firm, LLC follows on other rating services that also have recognized our firm:

  • “Preeminent” by the leading rating service, Martindale-Hubbell.
  • “Cincy Leading Lawyers” by Cincy Magazine.
  • Brad Gibson was rated a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers.
  • Chris Finney was named one of eight “Ohio Lawyers of the Year” for 1998 by Ohio Lawyer Weekly.

Let our team deliver for you.

We are proud to announce that experienced real estate attorney Bruce G. Hopkins today joined the transactional group at Finney Law Firm. Bruce and Chris Finney practiced law together in the real estate group at Frost & Jacobs (now Frost, Brown Todd) at the beginning of their careers, so this is a long-delayed reunion of careers.

His practice is focused on retail and mixed-use projects, including development, leasing, resolution and litigation of disputes with tenants, purchases and sales, due diligence, management and operations matters.  He frequently works on investment-grade properties located across the United States.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bruce worked for almost a decade in the real estate industry doing commercial real estate appraisal work, commercial real estate lending and development for a major life insurance company, and commercial real estate development and management for a private developer.

Read more about Bruce here and let us know how Bruce can help your real estate project.