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J. Benjamin Finley

Attorney

Email: bfinley@thefinleyfirm.com

Office (Columbus): 706.322.6226

Toll-Free (Columbus): 877.495.2685

Office (Atlanta): 404.320.9979

Toll-Free (Atlanta): 866.538.7033

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Columbus Office: 

200 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31901

Atlanta Office: 

Piedmont Center, 3535 Piedmont Road, Building 14, Suite 230, Atlanta, GA 30305

Attorney Ben Finley handles cases throughout the country in the areas of general civil litigation, particularly involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims, class actions and mass torts, commercial litigation, product liability, and business torts.

Ben Finley is a native of Columbus, Georgia. In law school, Ben served as President of his class and was a member of the University of Georgia’s American Bar Association National Moot Court Team. Upon graduation from law school, he practiced in the areas of general civil litigation and workers’ compensation in a large Atlanta law firm. Ben is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of Georgia and Alabama. He has prosecuted and defended numerous multi-million dollar claims on behalf of individuals and corporations and has written several articles involving litigation and has served as a featured speaker at seminars throughout the Southeast in the area of civil litigation. Ben also serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General on behalf of the State of Georgia handling litigated matters.

 

Ben is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator, and given his vast amount of practice experience, is well-suited to mediate or arbitrate nearly every type of civil matter.

Ben is also one of the nation's foremost experts in the area of Sports Law. Over the past 30 years in practice, Ben has represented hundreds of professional and college athletes in matters ranging from concussion related injuries to contractual negotiations. With the Supreme Court of the United States' Opinion in N.C.A.A. v. Alston, 141 S. Ct. 2141 (2021),  the focus of Ben's practice has shifted to represent collegiate athletes in negotiating Name Image and Likeness (NIL) agreements.  This Spring, Ben will travel to Oxford, Mississippi to be a featured panelist at the Spring Symposium for the Mississippi Sports Law Review at the University of Mississippi's School of Law.

Ben has been rated as a Top-Rated General Litigation Attorney by SuperLawyers for 16 years (2006-2007, 2009-2022). In 2005, he was featured in Georgia Trend Magazine “Top 40 Under 40, Best and Brightest Georgians” edition and has been named a “Super Lawyer” in Atlanta Magazine’s Super Lawyer (2006-2022 editions). He has also been selected as Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite: Georgia’s Most Effective Lawyers (2009-2021 editions).

Ben serves on the Auburn University School of Business Advisory Council and was appointed to serve in that capacity by the Dean of the School of Business. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law where he teaches a class he created entitled, “Beginning, Building and Maintaining a Law Practice.” He is AV-rated as a trial attorney.

Practice Areas

Education

J.D., University of Georgia School of Law

Athens, Georgia

B.S., Business Administration

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Admitted to Practice

Alabama

Georgia

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

  • USCA, Eleventh Circuit

Professional Involvement

Member, State Bar of Georgia

  • General Practice and Trials

 

Member, Alabama State Bar

  • Litigation

  • Workers’ Compensation Law

 

Member, American Bar Association
 

Member, Atlanta Bar Association
 

Chairman, Bridge the Gap
 

Member, Columbus Bar Association
 

Member, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
 

Lawyers Club of Atlanta
 

Member, Russell County Bar Association
 

Member, Standards of the Profession Committee