Judge Margaret J. Finerty is a partner at Getnick & Getnick LLP. Judge Finerty’s practice focus includes Federal and State False Claims Act qui tam cases, as well as IRS, SEC and CFTC Whistleblower matters. She coordinates the firm’s IRS Whistleblower practice, as well as its IPSIG (Independent Private Sector Inspector General) and monitoring work. Judge Finerty has led several significant monitorship assignments, including when, after 9/11, Getnick & Getnick was appointed by the City of New York as one of four integrity monitors to oversee the recovery and clean-up effort at the World Trade Center. Judge Finerty also represents private clients in addressing fraud, business integrity and compliance matters.
Judge Finerty joined the firm in 1998 after a 20-year distinguished career in public service. She served as a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York from 1995-1998, having been appointed by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Prior to that, she worked for seventeen years in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under the leadership of District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau. During that time she served as a Senior Trial Counsel prosecuting serious and high profile felony cases including complex fraud matters as well as violent street crime. She also held supervisory positions as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Frauds Bureau and Deputy Bureau Chief of a Trial Bureau.
Judge Finerty has been an active member of several professional associations throughout her career. She is a longstanding member of the American Bar Association, and served as a Liaison to the ABA’s Task Force on Corporate Monitors Standards, and is a Commissioner on its Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission. She is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, where she serves on the Audit Committee, in the House of Delegates, and previously as a Member-At-Large on its Executive Committee. She has been a member of the New York County Lawyers’ Association since 1985, where she serves on its Board of Directors and chairs its Judiciary Committee and co-chairs its Task Force on Judicial Selection. She is also an active member of the New York City Bar and has served for many years on its Judiciary Committee, which evaluates all judges being considered for the state and federal bench in New York City.
Judge Finerty has taught numerous Continuing Legal Education courses on the False Claims Act, IRS/SEC/CFTC Whistleblower law, monitorships, legal ethics, and the investigation and prosecution of fraud cases. She has also lectured extensively on trial techniques. She has received the Martindale-Hubbell® highest AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating. Judge Finerty has frequently appeared on television and been quoted in the print media regarding legal analysis on a wide variety of cases and legal matters involving corporate fraud, criminal and constitutional law, and trial techniques.
Judge Finerty received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, graduating with General Honors, and her Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School. She is admitted to practice in the following courts: United States Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and all courts in the State of New York.