John F. Finnegan III

John F. Finnegan III is an associate at Watt Tieder’s McLean, Virginia office.  John focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation, government contracts, and suretyship law, representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties in federal and state courts as well as before administrative boards.

Prior to joining Watt Tieder, John practiced at a New Jersey-based law firm for over four years, where he represented private companies and public entities in commercial and employment matters.  John obtained successful outcomes for his clients, which included higher education institutions and insurance companies, in federal and state courts, and negotiated favorable settlements in a cost-effective manner.  In addition to his litigation background, John has significant experience drafting complex agreements and conducting internal investigations.

Upon graduation from Seton Hall University School of Law, John served two consecutive one-year clerkships for the Honorable Dorothea O’C. Wefing, Acting Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and thereafter for the Honorable Michael A. Hammer, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey.

During law school, John was, among other distinctions, an editor and member of the Seton Hall Law Review, completed an externship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, D.N.J., and clerked in the in-house legal department at Valley National Bank.

  1. General Information

    Education

    • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
      • Editor and Member, Seton Hall Law Review
      • Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Cross Examiner
    • Boston College, B.A., International Studies, cum laude, 2007

    Bar Admissions

    • Virginia
    • District of Columbia
    • New York
    • New Jersey

    Court Admissions

    • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
    • United States District Court, Western District of Virginia
  2. Clerkships
    • The Hon. Michael A. Hammer, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of New Jersey, 2012-13
    • The Hon. Dorothea O’C. Wefing, Acting Associate Justice of Supreme Court of New Jersey, 2011-12