William T. Finn

Member

William T. Finn is a founding partner of the firm. He received a B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University in 1978, and received his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 1982. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, commercial real estate developments and financings, defense of lender liability claims, debt enforcement actions, bankruptcy, and general business and corporate law. He is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, as well as member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the New Orleans Bar Association. Mr. Finn is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a member of the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Contact Info

Year Admitted to Practice

1982

Education

Louisiana State University, B.S. 1978; Tulane University School of Law, J.D. 1982.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

All Louisiana state and federal courts.

Honors

American Bar Association (Business Law Section); Louisiana State Bar Association (Corporate & Business Law); New Orleans Bar Association; Member, Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Representative Cases

Whitney National Bank v. J. E. Stack, Jr., 1991 WL 255376 and 1992 WL 178664 (E.D. La.) (Two separate partial summary judgments; one dismissing a host of lender liability counterclaims and the other granting a judgment for in excess of $18,600,000.)

Whitney National Bank v. Blueridge, Inc., 606 So.2d 902 (La. App. 4th Cir., Sept. 29, 1992) (No. 91-CA-2381, 91-CA-2380) (Bank foreclosure action that addresses issues concerning cross-collateralization.)

Whitney National Bank v. Nelson Chatelain, et al, (1992 WL 73345) (E.D. La.) (Summary judgment dismissing a wide variety of lender liability claims and granting a judgment for in excess of $2,700,000.)

Louisiana Materials Co., Inc. v. Atlantic Richfield Co., 493 So.2d 1141 (La. 1986) (Lawsuit successfully addressing the applicability of the Oil and Well Lien Act.)

Whitney National Bank v. Gerald A. Derks, U.S.D.C., Western District of Michigan

No. 1:94CB241 (Judgment granting plaintiff's claim for in excess of $5,000,000 and dismissing defendant's counterclaims)

Diaz Drayage v. Delta Petroleum Company, Inc., U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Section R, Magistrate 1, CA No. 97-2729 (Judgment dismissing plaintiff's of 28 U.S.C. 1981 claims based on discrimination where plaintiffs were seeking in excess of $20,000,000)

Guste v. Hibernia National Bank, 655 So.2d 724 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1995) (Successful defense of a multi-million dollar lender liability claim)

Whitney National Bank v. Ledet, (In re Ledet), Civil Action No. 99-3719 (E.D.La. 3/13/00), 2000 U.S Dist. LEXIS 3334 (Denial of bankruptcy discharge affirmed)

Holden v. Connex-Metalna, Civil Action No. 98-3326, (E.D. La. 1/11/01), 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 603 (Summary Judgment finding insurance coverage in connection with a multi million dollar crane accident)

Moore v. Whitney National Bank, Civil Action No. 01-120 (E.D.La. 7/2/01), 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9776 (Denial of bankruptcy discharge affirmed)

Representative Transactions

Counsel for local banks in the construction financing of several hotels, Winn Dixie strip shopping center developments, several other strip shopping centers, numerous apartment complexes in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and literally hundreds of other commercial real estate transactions.

Counsel for small oil and gas company diversifying its portfolio in connection with a $1,600,000 stock purchase of a manufacturing facility.

Counsel for a large local independent oil and gas company for the negotiation and documentation of a multi-million dollar Note Purchase Facility Agreement.

Counsel for small oil and gas company in connection with negotiations and purchase of a multi-million dollar asset purchase.

Counsel for an engineering company on an asset acquisition of the assets of a subsidiary of a NASDAQ traded company in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Counsel for a large independent oil and gas company in connection with a stock sale of one of the client's subsidiaries.

Counsel for an engineering and construction company on an asset acquisition of a $10,000,000+ annual revenue construction company in Texas.

Counsel for a large local company in connection with an asset purchase of the assets of a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company where the revenues of the acquire were larger than the acquirer.

Counsel for Fortune 500 company in negotiations and documentation of a potential acquisition of a jet fuel facility adjacent to a major U.S. airport.

Counsel for a large local vending operator that purchased the local assets of a nationwide vend operator through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale.

Counsel for a local retail chain that acquired, through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy sale, most of the assets and store locations in the New Orleans area from a much larger retailer.

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