Finch McCranie, LLP


Finch McCranie, LLP is one of the most experienced trial practice law firms in Atlanta and the Southeast, with a history of more than 35 years. The firm has earned the highest rating (“AV”) from Martindale-Hubbell, which rates law firms nationwide.

Our clients benefit from our unique experience as former federal prosecutors and as private attorneys, in both criminal and civil cases of complexity. We are experienced lawyers who unlike many, regularly try cases.

Our partners concentrate their practice in the following:

  • Serious Injury Litigation
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Qui Tam and Sarbanes-Oxley
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Complex Litigation

Our Winning Approach

Unlike many other firms that handle complex matters, our lawyers regularly try cases. Our jury trial experience allow us to be cost-effective in preparing cases for trial, and to approach each case with a readiness to go to trial, both of which benefit our clients.

Our successful approach to litigation was best described by a client, who said:

“Your firm consistently upheld your well-earned reputation for professionalism in every respect. I would not hesitate to recommend your firm to others.”

Serious Injury and Death Cases

The firm’s serious injury and tort practice includes: wrongful death, motor carrier liability, products liability, and premises liability. For many years, senior counsel Charles E. McCranie and Ellis Ray Brown practiced personal injury law with the firm’s founders, Baxter Finch and Claude Ross. That tradition continues, and each of the firm’s partners, Richard W. Hendrix, Michael A. Sullivan, Steven R. Wisebram, and David E. Naylor, has considerable experience in serious injury/wrongful death litigation.

The firm has had a longstanding reputation for credibility with defense attorneys because of its 35+ year history of professionalism and trial experience.

Whistleblower Litigation

The firm’s attorneys have experience in fraud, RICO, federal False Claims Act, unfair business practices, defamation, and other business tort cases. Sarbanes-Oxley and “qui tam” wistleblower cases are a significant area of our practice. Because clients in such cases need protection in both the civil and criminal arenas, the firm’s extensive experience in white collar criminal defense provides a distinct advantage to our clients.

Qui tam cases defended or brought by the firm include claims of government program fraud directed at the Department of Defense, NASA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government agencies. This aspect of the firm’s trial practice allows our partners to use the full array of their federal and state experience to represent clients effectively in “whistleblower” cases.