James T. Finnigan concentrates in civil litigation involving business disputes, eminent domain, ERISA, and employment matters. He also counsels individuals and companies about employment law, ERISA and HIPAA and drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts for a large company in a health care related business. He has represented individuals and companies in arbitration and administrative proceedings and has tried cases in state and federal courts. He has also argued cases on appeal before the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the New Jersey Appellate Division, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In 1986-1987, he clerked for the Honorable Joseph R. Nolan, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to attending law school, he taught history and economics at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey. He and his wife Mary live in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Representative Matters

Defended a class action brought under the Massachusetts Wage Payment Act that was resolved prior to trial.

Obtained a substantial settlement for a disabled plaintiff in an ERISA action.

Representation of a disability claims administrator in a number of ERISA actions in various federal district courts in the United States that have resulted in summary judgments for administrator.

Representation of a trucking company in actions by railroads for recovery of more than one million dollars in demurrage charges. Successfully obtained summary judgment in one case and a dismissal with prejudice in the other case after filing a motion for summary judgment.

Representation of a landowner in an adverse possession case involving a prescriptive easement for access to a beach on Cape Cod. Successfully tried the case in the Massachusetts Land Court and the judgment was affirmed on appeal by the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Representation of a company that was sued by a former executive who claimed that the company failed to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra compensation. After a three-day trial, the jury determined that the company did not owe the executive any money.

Representation of a landowner whose property was taken for a railroad station. Obtained substantial settlement for owner prior to trial.

Representation of an interstate natural gas pipeline company concerning litigation strategy and land acquisition transactions in connection with a 20-mile project in northern New Jersey and New York City.

Representation of interstate natural gas pipeline companies in several pipeline construction projects in Massachusetts regarding land acquisition matters, including the filing and handling of more than 150 condemnation actions in federal district court in Massachusetts and successfully trying more than 20 cases.


Named a “New England Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine 2014-2018.

Community Involvement

Member of Walpole Conservation Commission.

Professional Affiliations

Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX)

The Organization of American Historians

The Federalist Society

Massachusetts Bar Association