Susan Rogers Finneran


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Practice Areas:

  • Business Formation
  • Corporations, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Companies
  • Asset Acquisitions
  • Share Redemptions and Share Purchases
  • Bank Financing
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Investment Adviser Regulation
  • Officers, Directors and Shareholders Real Estate Development


After having practiced law at the national law firms of Shearman & Sterling in New York and Bingham McCutchen LLP (f/k/a Bingham Dana LLP) in Boston, both of which engaged in large international and commercial law practices, Attorney Finneran founded the law firm of Finneran & Nicholson, P.C. in 1984. We are fortunate to be able to use her as an invaluable resource, from time to time. She has considerable experience in: contract, analysis, negotiation and drafting; the areas of securities law, investment adviser regulation, financial planning regulation; business formation, whether sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations or limited liability companies (including risk management analysis and risk avoidance); business operation matters, from structuring the relationship among owners (shareholders and members rights and obligations) to avoiding and resolving customer, employment and contract disputes; as well as, business restructurings; corporate governance, business transactions; shareholder disputes; representing officers and directors; e-commerce; and employment law. In these fields, she has both published articles and has been a panelist for the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

During the course of her practice, Attorney Finneran represented both domestic and international businesses engaged in a variety of activities, including among others manufacturing, sales, consulting, management, real estate, development, real estate brokers and financial services. She is committed to not only getting the task done, but also doing so with a risk/cost benefit analysis so as to enable the client to make informed decisions as to which action(s) or inaction(s) to take. Each legal task is undertaken applying the Firm's motto bringing to each client task 21st Century Strategies with Old World Commitment.

Attorney Finneran is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney Finneran received her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School where she served as an Editor of the Law Review. Attorney Finneran is a member of each of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Newburyport Bar Association. As a law professor, she has taught Contracts, Business Organizations, Corporate Governance and Commercial Law at an area law school, as well as, at the University of Bucharest in Romania (teaching business and government leaders to structure international transactions), and in London (in comparative U.S. and European business law). Attorney Finneran is a past chair of, and member of, the Massachusetts Bar Association's Business Council and the Massachusetts Bar Association's Securities Practice Group.


  • Notre Dame Law School, Indiana
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986

Classes & Seminars

  • Investment Advisers, ALI-ABA
  • Recent Developments in Corporate Business Law, MBA

Past Positions

  • Shearman & Sterling, Associate, 1977 to 1982
  • Bingham McCutchen, Associate, 1980 to 1984


  • English
  • Spanish

Professional Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Newburyport Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Business Council
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Securities Practice Group