Bernard J. Finnegan

Attorney

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • California Self-Insurance Certificate Holder

ADMISSIONS

State Bar of California – 2003

EDUCATION

University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.,
2002, Magna Cum Laude
Articles Editor, USF Law Review

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
B.S. in Biology and Philosophy, 1992

HONORS

Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude (Summa Cum Laude reserved for top student)

Articles Editor, USF Law Review

Member USF Law Review

Moot Court Case Counselor

Multiple CALI awards for Excellence

Mr. Finnegan began his 20 plus year career in workers’ compensation in 1992 after passing the California Self-Insurance exam. What followed was a career as a Senior Claims Adjuster and Hearing Representative. After gaining experience in working with public agencies and private self-insured clients Mr. Finnegan left for a career with California Casualty during the tumultuous period referred to as “open rating.” It was during this time he became familiar with complex insurance transactions as California Casualty ceased writing policies to become a managing general agent. Continuing his work as a Senior Claims adjuster and handling appearances for CALCO, Mr. Finnegan decided a career change was in order and left claims to go to law school at the University of San Francisco.

While there Mr. Finnegan served on the Moot Court board as a case counselor and was selected to serve on law review. A recipient of a Dean’s retention scholarship, Mr. Finnegan graduated from USF Magna Cum Laude. He began his career at D’Andre, Peterson, Bobus and Rosenberg and has remained there ever since. Focusing on complex claims, Mr. Finnegan has extensive experience dealing with multiple causation claims, the California Insurance Guarantee Association and interplay with employment law cases. He also has significant public agency experience including presumption cases, cancer causation and interfacing with retirement claims.

An experienced lecturer and long- time member of the San Francisco Insurance Claims Association Mr. Finnegan has given numerous presentations ranging from Workers’ Compensation 101 to detailed analyses of both SB 863 and 899. As a former claims adjuster Mr. Finnegan understands the inside workings of a claims office like few can and endeavors to get every claim file to closure balancing speed with cost. He has handled every aspect of claim litigation up to filing Writs of Review. His philosophy is settlement on reasonable terms.

Professional Activities:

Industrial Claims Association, Board of Directors

  • Newsletter Editor, 1998, 1999
  • Golf Tournament Director, 2003

Bernard J. Finnegan

Oakland Office

1600 Broadway, Ste 300
Oakland, CA 94612
Toll Free: 1-800-600-5704
(510) 853-8580
Fax: (510) 251-1144

Orange County Office

17632 Irvine Blvd, Suite 220
Tustin, CA 92780
(657) 212-5375
Fax: (844) 249-2401

San Jose Office

1155 N. First Street, Suite 218
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 998-8880
Fax: (408) 995-6190

Los Angeles Office

28720 Roadside Drive, Suite 356
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 874-9087
Fax: (818) 874-9094

Sacramento Office

10995 Gold Center Drive, Suite 115
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 364-9390
Fax: (916) 364-9393

Fresno Office

7575 North Del Mar, Ste 106
Fresno, CA 93711
(559) 500-3693