DeCotiis

William R. Finizio

William R. Finizio is a partner in the Teaneck office of DeCotiis. He joined the firm as a partner in 2017. His practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, white collar criminal litigation, securities litigation, ERISA litigation and corporate compliance and monitoring.

Mr. Finizio helps clients resolve complex commercial disputes, as well as criminal investigations and charges, in both state and federal courts.  He has defended multiple national carriers in numerous policyholder claims for denial of benefits under group policies governed by ERISA. He has also successfully represented corporations and individuals in criminal investigations brought by the United States Attorney's Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Attorney General's Office for the State of New Jersey.

Mr. Finizio has been lead trial counsel defending a Police Officer in a complex, month long wrongful death jury trial stemming from a fatal shooting.  He has also been lead trial counsel defending an insurance company regarding alleged underpayment for medical services, successfully moving to dismiss all claims after cross-examining plaintiff's witnesses.

In the securities area, Mr. Finizio's practice includes the representation of major broker-dealers and their affiliates and employees in various litigations and arbitrations, customer complaint arbitrations and enforcement of restrictive covenants. He also advises and assists clients in matters involving securities regulation and enforcement, including representing securities firms in relation to investigations, inquiries, and industry sweeps conducted by FINRA (formerly the NASD), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and state regulators. He also advises broker-dealers with general compliance issues.

Mr. Finizio was a judicial law clerk to Hudson County Superior Court Presiding Judge Elaine L. Davis before joining the Hudson County prosecutor's office. As an assistant prosecutor with the county, he tried numerous armed robbery, aggravated sexual assault, arson and gambling cases.
Mr. Finizio received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and is a summa cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University.

Education:
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1997)
Seton Hall University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1993)

Bar & Court Admissions:
New Jersey
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


RELATED PRACTICES:
Litigation
Securities Litigation & Enforcement
Corporate Internal Investigations & Monitoring
Restrictive Covenant, Trade Secret & Unfair Competition
White Collar Criminal Defense & Government Investigations

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