October 25, 2018
On October 23, longtime Thompson & Knight attorney Frank Finn passed away.
Mr. Finn began his legal career at Thompson & Knight in the Firm’s Dallas office; he was part of the Firm’s Trial Practice Group and served on the Management Committee for several years. He tried cases until 2006 and remained at Thompson & Knight in the practice of law until his death.
Over the span of his career, Mr. Finn represented a multitude of clients in all aspects of civil litigation, focusing on business disputes, product liability, personal injury, intellectual property, white collar criminal defense, and family law. Among his career highlights was his appearance in federal court in Fort Worth defending Delta Air Lines in lawsuits after the crash of Delta Flight 191 at DFW Airport. He traveled to Iran for Bell Helicopter and later to Yemen for Hunt Oil Co. to handle issues with an oil concession agreement, giving his legal practice an international flavor.
Recognized for his legal expertise, Mr. Finn had been named one of The Best Lawyers in America® since 1993 and was a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation. In 2011, he received the Honorary Serjeants of the Inn Award from the Judge Paul Brown Inn of Court. He was involved in a multitude of legal and professional organizations, including the Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Texas Center for the Judiciary, and the Center for American and International Law. In 2017, Mr. Finn received the “Texas Trial Legends” award from the Dallas Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section.
Throughout his life, Mr. Finn was actively involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations; he served as a legal advisor for St. Rita Parish and School, Jesuit College Preparatory School, Texans United for Life, and Legislation for Life, as well as a Board Member for St. Rita School and the Notre Dame Club of Dallas for many years. Mr. Finn was honored numerous times for his community involvement; he was the recipient of the 2013 William Roper Award from the St. Thomas More Society, the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Lawyers’ Guild, which is given to a local attorney or judge whose public and private life reflects and perpetuates the legacy of Thomas More.
Mr. Finn was an icon at Thompson & Knight, and a legend in the Dallas legal community. His presence will be greatly missed.