G. A. Finch

  • Amherst, B.A.
  • University of Michigan, J.D.


  •  The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law Advisory Board
  • CBA Television Productions, Inc.



  • Editorial Board of Chicago Bar Record
  • Secretary, Editorial Board of Illinois State Bar Journal
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Real Estate Development
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Real Estate Finance
  • Chair, Union League Club Real Estate Group
  • Adjunct Professor for The John Marshall Law School
  • Chicago Bar Association Board of Managers
  • Chicago Bar Foundation Board of Directors


  • The Economic Club of Chicago



  • Lieutenant Governor’s Energy Task Force
  • Governor’s Steering Committee on Housing
  • Illinois Agriculture Export Advisory Committee
  • Cook County Recorder’s Blue Ribbon Committee
  • Vice President, Chicago Area Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors
  • President, St. Joseph Seminary at Loyola University of Chicago
  • Chair, Decatur Classical School Local School Council
  • Trustee, Hampshire College (Chair of Buildings & Grounds Committee)
  • Trustee, Commonwealth School (Boston)
  • Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow in International Trade & Finance
  • Simpson Law Fellow
  • Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow
  • Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society
  • Chicago Commission on Human Relations Thomas and Eleanor Wright Award
  • Chicago Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Citizens Award
  • Chicago Bar Foundation Distinguished Service Award
  • Cook County Bar Association Ida B. Platt Award
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Highest Martindale-Hubbell Rating in Legal Ability and Ethics (AV)



G. A. Finch advises clients on all facets of their business, government/regulatory, and litigation matters, handling formations, financings, acquisitions, corporate compliance, and corporate governance. G. A. negotiates and drafts employment contracts and separation agreements concerning senior executives and professionals, as well as agreements for outsourcing, technology licensing, energy, manufacturing, supply, franchise, consulting, construction and publishing matters.

G. A.’s clients include publicly traded companies, closely held corporations, financial institutions, not-for-profits, municipal corporations, as well as numerous developers, architects, engineers, brokers, physicians, authors and contractors. With more than 20 years of experience in handling major real estate and construction projects, he also adds substantial experience in employment law, ethics investigations and counsel, government procurement, and governmental affairs to our firm. He has authored many articles and has been described as the “consummate general counsel.”

Earlier in his career, he practiced law at two large firms and his positions have included Co-managing Shareholder, Corporate Group Chair, Real Estate Group Chair, and Governmental Affairs/Procurement Group Chair.

G. A. currently serves as Chairman of the Cook County Employee Appeals Board and as an Illinois Civil Service Commissioner. He was previously Chief of Staff to the President of Cook County Board of Commissioners. Additionally, he is a former City of Chicago Deputy Planning Commissioner, Illinois Human Rights Commissioner, and Chicago Housing Authority General Counsel. G. A. also served as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge James B. Parsons of the US District Court in Chicago.