Thomas M. Finn

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Dalton, GA

Thomas M. Finn, LLC
 | 215 West Gordon Street, PO Box 1483
Dalton, GA 30722
Phone: 706-226-5426
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (80%),
  • Social Security Disability (20%)
Attorney Profile

Thomas M. Finn has decades of civil litigation experience and is a frequent lecturer throughout the state of Georgia. The founder of Thomas M. Finn, LLC, located in Dalton, Georgia, he holds the distinction of receiving an AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell for 15 consecutive years. Mr. Finn represents clients in Dalton and throughout Whitfield County in employment law and personal injury matters, including workers' compensation and Social Security Disability claims.

After he earned a bachelor's degree from Georgia State University, Mr. Finn attended the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University and received his Juris Doctor in 1973. He was admitted to practice in Georgia in 1973 and opened his firm in 1975.

A staunch and knowledgeable litigator, Mr. Finn's scholarly presentations include lectures on workers' compensation rights, Medicare settlements, filing for claims electronically and data reporting. In 2000, he was appointed as co-chair of the Medical Committee of the State Board of Workers' Compensation Advisory Council and was then assigned to the data statistics subcommittee of the Governor's Workers' Compensation Review Commission in the following year.

Mr. Finn has been the lead or amicus attorney in several reported appellate decisions involving workers' compensation law, including a 1998 Supreme Court of Georgia case against a major restaurant chain that reversed the decision of a lower court. A valuable member of his community, Mr. Finn serves as a Legal Aid volunteer attorney and a former member of the board of directors of the Georgia Legal Foundation. In addition, he was named a trustee of the Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, in 2013.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (80%)

Social Security Disability (20%)

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2017

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White Papers

  • 10/4/07 "How to Get Medical Bills Paid - An Analysis of the Infiltration of Traditional Panel Cases by Managed Care".  Presented at 2007  Workers' Compensation Law Institute, St. Simon's Island, Ga.  Published by Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia. 85 pages with PowerPoint;12/10/02 "Report of the Governor's Workers' Compensation Review Commission - What The Numbers Actually Show"  Presented at 2002 Georgia Trial Lawyers Ass'n "For Your Eyes Only VI Annual Seminar, Atlanta. 23 pages w/PowerPoint. 

  • About Thomas Finn

    Admitted: 1973, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: http://tomfinnlaw.com/about-our-staff/

    Honors and Awards:

    • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, LexisNexis, 2010 - 2014
    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 15 Consecutive Years

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Board of Directors, Georgia Legal Foundation, 501(c)(3) non-profit successor, Workers' Compensation Claimant Law Section Amicus Curiae Committee 1992 - 2014
    • Presiding Officer, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Workers' Compensation Section
    • Presiding Officer, State Bar of Georgia, Workers' Compensation Section
    • Georgia Bar Association
    • Member, Rules Committee, Advisory Council, Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation, 1988 - 2005
    • President, Workers' Compensation Claimant Law Section, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 - 2001
    • Chairman, Workers' Compensation Section, State Bar of Georgia, 1990 - 1991
    • Georgia, 1973

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, Board of Trustees, Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, Ga., Volunteer attorney Legal Aid. Volunteer Attorney Reviewer Georgia Mock Court Competition
    • Member, GTLA/WCCL Amicus Curiae Committee

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • A comprehensive Review Article of the Neuropathic Condition, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; including, terminology, epidemiology, incidence, risk factors, inciting events, diagnosis, treatment, "spread", recurrence, IASP clinical diagnostic criteria, diagnostic testing, determination of medical impairment, emerging neuroscience and prospects for neurodiagnostics to expedite diagnosis and treatment. pp. 30-72, Co-author, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - A Medico-Legal Review, State Bar of Georgia, Workers' Compensation Section Newsletter, Summer 2015, 2015
    • A primer for attorney members of the "AAJ"  throughout America on the essentials of diagnosis and treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, co-author, The Medico-Legal Essentials of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), American Association for Justice, 2015
    • Discovery of content of the "hard" and electronic claim files with a focus on electronic claim notes., Co-presenter, Discovery of Adjuster's Claim File, Georgia Legal Foundation, Inc., 2013
    • Presenter, A Solution to the MSA Problem - The Algorithm, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education In Ga., 2012
    • Presenter, A Solution to the MSA Problem - The Algorithm , Georgia Legal Foundation, Inc., 2012
    • "Whither the "WC-205" Process", State Bar of Georgia, Workers' Compensation Law Secition Newsletter, pp. 4-8, Summer/Fall 2009
    • "Correct Determination of Average Weekly Wage: The Aftermath of Masterpiece Finishing Co. v Callahan". Workers' Compensation Law Institute. St. Simon's Island, Ga. Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 10/9/86
    • "Correlation of Workers' Compensation Benefits with Other Benefits and Third Party Claims", Workers' Compensation for the General Practitioner. Atlanta. Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 4/3/87
    • "Change in Condition vs. New Accident" Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Jekyll Island, Georgia, 11/6/87
    • "Wrongful Termination" Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta, 9/19/88
    • "Discovery" Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta, 12/10/88
    • "The Effective Use of Discovery: Dare to be Bold (And More)" Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta, 11/17/90
    • "Ins and Outs of the 34-9-207 Release - A Look into the Future of Workers' Compensation. Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Atlanta, 12/4/93
    • "Terminated for a Cause Unrelated to the Claimant's Work Injury - How to Shift the Aden's Burden." GTLA/WCCL Annual Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, Atlanta, 12/10/94
    • "Managed Care Organizations in Workers' Compensation" GTLA/WCCL Annual Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, Atlanta, 12/9/95
    • "Legal Remedies for Failure/Refusal to Approve Medical Treatment by Authorized Treating Physicians" GTLA/WCCL Annual Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, Atlanta, 12/7/96
    • "How to Maximize Settlement of a Workers' Compensation Claim" GTLA/WCCL Annual Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, Atlanta, 12/10/99
    • "National Overview of Workers' Compensation Trends", Workers' Compensation Law Institute. St. Simon's Island, Ga. Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 10/5/2000
    • "The 104 Strategy" GTLA/WCCL Annual Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, Atlanta, 11/28/01
    • "Civil Fines and a Potpourri of Other Litigation Issues" GTLA/WCCL Annual Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, Atlanta, 12/12/01
    • "Obtaining and Defending a Catastrophic Designation" Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta, 3/20/02
    • "What is the Latest on Medicare Set-Asides?" 2003 Annual Education Seminar, Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation, Atlanta, 8/24/03
    • "Recognizing Management's Long Term Strategy for Georgia's Workers' Compensation System" Annual GTLA/WCCL Advanced Workers' Compensation Seminar, Atlanta, 12/9/03
    • "Medicare & Workers' Compensation: The Legal Framework, Medicare Set-Asides in Workers' Compensation Settlements". Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Atlanta, 4/22/04
    • Co - Authors/Presenters, "Medicare Set-Asides in Workers' Compensation Settlements" 2004 Annual Education Seminar, Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation, Beverly G. Manley, Gregory T. Presmanes and Kayla Weekley, St. Simon's Island, Ga., 8/24/04
    • Co - Author/Presenter, Beverly G. Manley, "Workers' Compensation Social Security Offset & Medicare Issues in Claims" 2004 South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association Annual Seminar, Hilton Head Island, SC, 10/26/04
    • "Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003" MediPro Seminars/University of Fla., Atlanta, 1/22/05
    • "The Teacher's Edition of the Calculus Textbook - Discovery and Use of the Insurer's Electronic Claim File" Annual GTLA/WCCL Advanced Worker's Compensation Seminar, Atlanta, 12/13/07
    • Presenter, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association/Workers' Compensation Claimant Law Section, 2012
    • Co – Authored, "Friend of Court" briefs in several significant decisions affecting Workers' Compensation Law in Georgia

    Representative Clients:

    • Masterpiece Finishing Co. v Callahan, 180 Ga. App. 216, 348 SSSSE2d 586, 1986 Ga. App. Lexis 2094
    • Horizon Industries v Carter, 188 Ga. App. 194, 372 SE2d 301, 1988 Ga. App. LEXIS 910
    • Goswick v Murray County Bd of Education, 281 Ga. App.442, 636 SE2d 133, 2006 Ga. App. LEXIS 1122
    • Caremore v Hollis, 283 Ga. App.681,642 SE2d 375, 2007 Ga. App. LEXIS 173
    • Maloney v Gordon County Farms, 265 Ga 825, 462 Se2d 606, 1995 LEXIS 857
    • Barker v Cobb County School Dist., 271 Ga. 35, 518 SE2d 126, 1999 LEXIS 370
    • Padgett v Waffle House, Inc. 269 Ga. 105, 498 SE2d 499, 1998 LEXIS 268

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 1/10/2000 Appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to co-chair the Medical Committee of the Governor's Worker's Compensation Advisory Commission which resulted in amendment of OCGA 34-9-201 to expand the "panel of physicians" from four to six; amendment of OCGA 34-9-108 to provide for the first time a method to recover litigation expenses; amendment of OCGA 34-9-203 to create a self-activating graduated penalty process for failure to pay provider bills timely; substantially revised the "WC-205 process" and rewrote Board Rule 205 to require response within five business days to providers written request for advance authoriztion of medical care;10/9/01 Appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to the Governor's Workers' Compensation Review Commission and to the data/statistics subcommittee which identified, gathered and analyzed data in order to perform the first ever in-depth analysis of Georgia's Workers' Compensation system.  The widely acclaimed report was reprinted in the Univ. of Georgia Law Review and cited as authoritative in Davis v Carter Mechanical, Inc. 272 ga. App. 773, 612 SE2d 879, 2005 Ga. App. LEXIS 334. Lead attorney in Cordell v Collins & Aikman/Travelers' Insurance Co., the first workers' compensation case in Georgia history in which The Medical Association of Georgia joined to submit an amicus curiae brief to expose the use of managed care utilization review devices in Georgia's "traditional panel of physicians" medical care delivery model.

    Educational Background:

    • Georgia State University, Bachelor's Degree
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    Office Location for Thomas M. Finn

    215 West Gordon Street
    PO Box 1483
    Dalton, GA 30722

    Phone: 706-226-5426

     

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