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Meet the Firm

The Finney Law Firm, Inc. is located in Columbia, South Carolina. We are committed to providing effective legal representation to our clients throughout South Carolina.

Please explore our website for more information about us and our practice. Attorney Finney is a Member of The South Carolina Bar Association, The South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, The Richland County Bar Association, The American Trial Lawyers Association, and The National Bar Association.

Jerry Leo Finney, Sr.

Jerry Leo Finney, Sr.

CEO and Attorney at Law

Jerry Leo Finney, Sr. is a distinguished professional serving as the CEO and Attorney at Law with a rich background in legal practice. A native of Sumter, he proudly graduated from Sumter High and furthered his education by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from
Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. He continued his academic journey at the University of South Carolina Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1991. With a career spanning several reputable firms, Mr. Finney began his legal profession as a law clerk in 1988 with Swerling & Harpootlian. He went on to work with esteemed local firms,
including Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, and the McNair Law Firm. He later served as an Assistant Solicitor in the Solicitor’s Office in Lexington County, where he distinguished himself as a prosecutor for several years.

In 1996, Attorney Finney joined Suggs & Kelly Law Firm, where he practiced law in various areas, such as personal injury, criminal defense, and family law. After gaining valuable experience, Mr. Finney decided to establish his own practice, founding the Finney Law Firm in July 1999. He later incorporated it as The Finney Law Firm, Inc. in 2001.

Mr. Finney’s expertise spans a wide range of legal areas, including State and federal Criminal Defense, Wills and Estate Law, Wrongful Death, Automobile Accidents, On-The-Job Injuries, Personal Injury, and Workers’ Compensation. He has been admitted to the South Carolina Bar since 1984 and is also qualified to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit and the South Carolina Supreme Cour

In addition to his remarkable legal career, Mr. Finney is an active member of several professional associations, including The South Carolina Bar Association, The South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, The Richland County Bar Association, The American Trial Lawyers Association, and The National Bar Association.

With his extensive experience and dedication to the legal profession, Jerry Leo Finney, Sr., continues to make significant contributions to the legal community, ensuring the rights and justice of his clients.

Ernest A. Finney Jr.

Ernest A. Finney Jr.

of Counsel

Retired Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr., of Counsel Ernest A. Finney Jr. was born on March 23, 1931, in Smithfield, Virginia. He graduated from Claflin College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1952. In 1954, Judge Finney graduated from The South Carolina StateUniversity School of Law with a Juris Doctoral Degree, and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar that same year. After graduating, he taught school in the public schools of Conway for five years. In 1960, he and his family moved to Sumter, where he began his law practice, specializing in civil rights advocacy and defense.

Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1972, Judge Finney became the first African American to serve on the House Judiciary Committee in modern time. He was one of the Founders of the Legislative Black Caucus and served as its charter Chairman from 1973 to 1975. When he was elected to a judgeship in South Carolina’s Third Circuit Court on July 22, 1976, Judge Finney became the State’s first African-American Circuit Court judge. He was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1985; and on May 11, 1994, he became the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, a position he held with distinction until his retirement from the bench on March 23, 2000.

During his many years of public service, Judge Finney has been a member of the American Law Institute, the American Judges Association, the Conference of Chief Justices, the American and National Bar Associations, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the NAACP, and the Graduate National College of State Trial Judges, to name a few. Also, he has served as chairman of both the Board of Directors of Buena Vista Development Corporation and the Board of Trustees of Claflin University. Most recently, Judge Finney served one year as the Interim President of South Carolina State University, stepping down July 1, 2003.

Honors conferred upon Judge Finney include the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Claflin University; the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The Citadel, Johnson C. Smith Universities, and Morris College; the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the College of Charleston and South Carolina State University; as well as Honorary Doctorates from Wofford College, Francis Marion University, and the University of South Carolina. In 1998, he was inducted into the National Black College Hall of Fame, and he was awarded the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto in 1994.

Isabell S. Jackson

Isabell S. Jackson

Litigation Paralegal

Lakisha Pugh

Lakisha D. Pugh

Office Manager