Nathan D. Finch


With a diverse background in complex civil litigation, Nate Finch brings more than twenty years of trial experience and strong negotiation skills to Motley Rice. He represents clients in various asbestos, toxic tort, commercial, securities fraud and other complex cases.

Nate has served as the lead trial attorney for his clients in many federal and state courts and is sought after by co-counsel for advice on challenging cases and complex legal matters. His thorough knowledge of asbestos and medical issues is an asset to the firm’s occupational disease and toxic tort clients. He has obtained plaintiffs’ verdicts in cases against asbestos product manufacturer defendants and cigarette makers. He has extensive experience trying cases involving a wide variety of asbestos-containing products, including gaskets, automotive brakes, floor tiles, joint compounds, and various forms of insulation. He also has years of experience representing individuals, companies and creditors’ committees in personal injury litigation, mass torts products liability litigation, securities and financial fraud litigation and an array of other complex litigation cases ranging from single plaintiffs’ products liability cases to high-stakes business disputes.  

Prior to joining Motley Rice, Nate was a partner for more than ten years in a Washington, D.C.-based law firm and frequently collaborated with Motley Rice attorneys in trials and negotiations to resolve large asbestos product manufacturers’ bankruptcies. He tried numerous cases in federal district courts focusing on the medical and scientific factors associated with asbestos-related diseases and asbestos exposure. During this time, he also tried and helped to resolve in favor of his clients five asbestos bankruptcy cases, each having more than $1 billion at stake. In addition, Nate worked closely with Motley Rice attorneys on behalf of investors in In re MBNA Securities Litigation and In re Vivendi Universal, S.A. Securities Litigation.

Nate’s understanding of the factual and legal challenges inherent in complex cases, combined with his trial experience, has positioned him as a considerable resource within many practice areas. A frequently invited speaker regarding a variety of legal matters, he has spoken at many asbestos litigation and bankruptcy conferences and has been a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University, George Washington University and University of Baltimore law schools on topics relating to civil procedure, mass tort litigation and the differences between litigating in Article III and Article I courts. 

Recognized as a Martindale Hubbell® AV® rated attorney, Nate has served his community for many years through volunteer activities coordinated by Greater D.C. Cares, an organization committed to connecting volunteers with community service groups. Nate was a member of the Virginia Law Review and the Order of the Coif, and is a former scholarship track and cross country athlete at UVA.


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1992

B.A., University of Virginia, 1989

Licensed In

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Admitted to Practice Before

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Eastern District of Virginia and Western District of Wisconsin


American Association for Justice

The Barristers

Awards and Accolades

2022 Mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs

2013 Wiedemann & Wysocki Award

2013–2017 Washington, D.C., “Litigation Star”: bankruptcy, general commercial, product liability, securities, white collar crime

2012–2017, 2019–2020 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers® list
Personal injury – products: plaintiff; Personal injury – general: plaintiff; Securities litigation

2009–2010 “Top Lawyer”: bankruptcy and restructuring