Dan Finegan’s sole focus in his legal practice is to provide high-quality and cost-effective representation to his clients, a wide variety of businesses and individuals. With an extensive practice in the commercial construction industry as well as deep experience handling debtor/creditor claims and workouts, Dan represents clients throughout the entire business lifecycle. While he has represented some of the largest companies in the country, providing his first-rate counsel to small and midsize businesses is where he truly thrives. He is able to offer his clients the benefit of a wide range of general advisory services, essentially serving as an outside general counsel. He takes pride in his ability to view legal issues from a business perspective – providing practical, cost-effective solutions, spotting liabilities and mitigating risks wherever possible. Dan is most known and appreciated for his creative solutions, friendly and courteous demeanor on all sides of a matter, and for his outcome-oriented approach.
In his commercial construction practice, Dan focuses his representation on general contractors, major trade contractors and subcontractors, but also has experience representing developers and owners, sureties, municipalities, designers’ and owners’ associations. He assists these clients on a myriad of matters including contract review and negotiation, establishing best practices to avoid litigation, but also handling litigation and arbitration when other options are no longer viable. Dan has substantial experience in handling all aspects of state and federal litigation and partners with his clients to ensure that the effort and cost spent in litigation is designed to meet the client’s strategic goals for the case.
Dan’s concern for his clients’ well-being also carries over into his bankruptcy and debtor/creditor practice where he assists clients who find themselves dealing with insolvency issues both in and out of bankruptcy court. Dan’s experience helps his clients develop a practical, cost-effective strategic plan, especially when litigation concerning debtor and creditor rights has arisen. Regardless of the circumstances that bring about the need for Dan’s services, the complexity of the case, or the number of parties involved, he serves as a trusted advisor to his clients every step of the way.
Dan is a proud graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law where he was honored as a Law Alumni Council Scholar, a member of the Law Review Board of Editors, and served as the president of the Public Interest Law Organization. He remains committed to regularly taking on pro bono representations and advancing the public interest through his private practice. He serves as a volunteer attorney with both the Council for Children’s Rights and the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy.
Dan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Caterpillar Ministries, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities, housing availability, and overall quality of life for impoverished and at-risk families in the North Mecklenburg and Lake Norman Region. Dan is also an active member of the Board of Elders at Lake Forest Church in Huntersville. He resides in Davidson with his wife and four daughters. Outside of the office, Dan enjoys spending time doing anything that takes him outside – including hiking, camping, boating and gardening.
- Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (2007)
- Law Alumni Council Scholar
- Member of the Law Review Board of Editors
- President of the Public Interest Law Organization
- Hanover College, B.A. (2003)
- Represented general contractor in two-week arbitration hearing regarding dispute with owner over construction of apartment complex, resulting in favorable settlement for contractor client.
- Represented commercial developer in appellate reversal of trial court’s order dissolving client’s $2 million order of attachment based on incorrect application of general contractor licensing statute.
- Represented Korean textile importer in complex contract and business tort claim against former employee-manager who diverted corporate funds for personal use. Resulted in favorable jury verdict of over $1 million which was affirmed on appeal.
- Represented real estate developer in litigation and obtaining Rule 12 dismissal for breach of contract claims brought by firm attempting to enforce sale of land illegally.
- Defended mountain resort developer client against foreclosure proceeding brought by FDIC and obtained Rule 12 dismissal of subsequent federal court action.
- Represented corporation in appellate reversal of trial court’s order denying motion to compel arbitration in lawsuit by corporate officer over stock subscription agreements.
Honors + Activities
- Super Lawyers, “Rising Star” in Litigation (2014)
- Caterpillar Ministries, Board of Directors
- Lake Forest Church, Board of Elders
- Pro Bono
- Mecklenburg County Bar – Communications Committee
- Council for Children’s Rights
- Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy