“Thank you for your help throughout and for guiding us over the finish line.”

~ Head of School, Independent School

"Gary has been great and I'm so grateful to have [his] advice on [this] contract."
~ Assistant Head Of School, Independent School

"You did a fantastic job with your presentation to our employees. You struck a nice balance allowing for participation and discussion while also focusing on the legal standards and our policies. Well done!"
~ Head of School, Independent School

Gary D. Finley


Gary D. Finley is Counsel at Schwartz Hannum PC.  Prior to joining the Firm, Gary was a litigation associate at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston.

Gary has experience assisting clients with commercial and employment litigation matters in state and federal court, including complex commercial transactions, employment disputes, government investigations, insurance and reinsurance disputes, intellectual property, and bankruptcy.

As a member of the Firm’s Education Practice Group, Gary has assisted clients in negotiating vendor contracts and Head of School agreements and in drafting other employment- and enrollment-related documents.  He has worked with schools on counseling matters concerning management training, student discipline, and employment issues and has assisted in conducting internal investigations.

While in law school, Gary was an Honors Fellow in Cornell’s Lawyering program, served as a peer tutor, and worked as a research assistant.  In 2011, he published the article Langdell and the Leviathan: Improving the First Year Law School Curriculum by Incorporating Moby Dick in the Cornell Law Review.

Before law school, Gary taught English at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH for 13 years.  He also served as the school’s Admissions Director.


Gary D. Finley Authors "Ballot Questions Could Prove Costly For Employers" In New England In-House (NEIH)


Generative Artificial Intelligence: Legal Considerations For Independent Schools

Employers Should Tread Carefully With EPLI Coverage

NLRB Weighs In On Dress Codes And Union Apparel

NLRB General Counsel Pushes For Expansion Of Remedies Under NLRA

Massachusetts High Court Takes Broad View Of Employee Rights Under Domestic Violence Leave Act

Massachusetts High Court Weighs In On Ministerial Exception To Discrimination Laws

Employers Should Take Note Of New California Employment Laws

A Teachable Moment? Lessons Learned From The Blackbaud Data Security Breach

COVID-19 And Reasonable Accommodations Under The ADA

Enterprise Risk Management for Independent Schools


Updating Faculty Agreements, Contracts, And Offer Letters

Drafting Effective Separation Agreements

Merrimack Valley Chamber Of Commerce Annual HR Update With Schwartz Hannum PC

Employment Law Boot Camp At PPOC, Waltham

Small Boarding School Association (SBSA) 2018 Conference


Massachusetts Employees Now Eligible For Paid Leave To Care For Family Members

The Blackbaud Data Security Breach: Important New Developments

A Teachable Moment? Lessons Learned From The Blackbaud Data Security Breach

DOL Issues Further Guidance On New Employee Paid Leave Rights

Massachusetts Governor Issues Executive Order Closing Non-Essential Businesses

Heads Up, Employers: A New I-9 Form Is Now Available

This Time It's Not A Drill: FLSA Final Rule Expands Overtime Protections For Workers

Employers Face Stricter Compliance Requirements Under Recent Amendments To Massachusetts Data Protection Law

Massachusetts Employers Face Looming Deadlines Under New Paid Family And Medical Leave Law

Massachusetts Becomes Latest State To Expand Tobacco-Related Regulations To Independent Schools

Gary D. Finley



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  • Cornell Law School (2012)
  • St. Anselm College, magna cum laude (1996)

Awards & Accolades

  • Cornell Law Review, Notes Editor
  • Cornell Law School, Lawyering Program Honors Fellow (2010-2011)
  • Cornell Law School, Peer Tutor (2011-2012)

Bar Admissions


Professional Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association