Brian Edward Finch

Brian Edward Finch

Title: Professorial Lecturer in Law

Address: 2000 H Street, N.W, Washington, DC 20052
Email: bfinch@law.gwu.edu

Education
B.S., Cornell University; J.D., The George Washington University Law School; M.A., The George Washington University-Elliott School

Biographical Sketch
Brian Finch is a partner in Dickstein Shapiro LLP's Government Law & Strategy Group and head of the firm’s Homeland Security Practice. Mr. Finch has counseled numerous clients extensively on matters related to Department of Homeland Security regulations and guidelines as well as those promulgated by other Federal agencies. Particular areas of focus for him include the SAFETY Act, protection of chemical security, critical infrastructure, state and local grant funds, food and agricultural security, and border and trade security.

Mr. Finch regularly has developed significant experience in assisting companies obtaining liability protections under the SAFETY Act. He has helped draft dozens of applications for a wide variety of products and services, ranging from security guards and vulnerability assessments to software programs and security screening devices. He also helped draft the first successful SAFETY Act applications with the Department of Homeland Security, and he interacts directly with other federal agencies involved in homeland security matters.

Mr. Finch also works on various government affairs matters, such as agriculture and healthcare, including matters related to pandemic influenza. He has worked on food labeling issues as well as print and Internet advertising issues involving the Federal Trade Commission. He also has experience litigating complex commercial matters in Federal and state courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums.

Mr. Finch is a Senior Advisor to the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, and also is a member of the American Bar Association’s Homeland Security Executive Committee for the Administrative Law Section. Mr. Finch served as an inaugural Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. He also was a member of the Heritage Foundation/Center for Strategic and International Studies Task Force for Examining the Roles, Missions, and Organization of the Department of Homeland Security. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Finch received his B.S. from Cornell University in 1996, his M.A. in 1999 from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and his J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law in 1999.