2008 Beberman Award Winner: Frank H. Finch

Frank is a practicing attorney who has had a long and distinguished career. For more than forty-nine years, attorney Finch has counseled a broad range of individuals, partnerships, and corporations in the planning, formation, financing, acquisition and sale of business and non-profit entities. He has represented numerous clients in the development, financing, operation and transfer of residential, commercial and industrial real estate. Professor of Human Resources Education and a Darcey Family Friend, Dr. Andrea Ellinger states, "Attorney Finch modestly refers to himself as a small town country lawyer. Those of us who know him well, know better. His client base well exceeds the environs of Northwest Connecticut and the "Dean of the Litchfield Bar" handles matters for national companies well. Attorney Finch is kindhearted, generous, a true friend, scholar, and a gentleman." Finch started his career at Howd, Lavierie and Finch as an associate in 1959 and by 1961 he had become a partner of the firm. He has represented and handled matters for numerous companies such as the now-defunct New Hartford-Based Hitchcock Chair Co. and the Polly-O Italian Cheese Company owned by Kraft Foods Inc. In the 1990's as a member of the Connecticut Chief Justice's Commission on Public Trust and Confidence, he pushed the Connecticut Bar Association to come to the aid of judges unfairly criticized by the media due to misunderstandings of the legal system. This action also helped open communications between the bar and the bench which previously had just been a little more than a cordial relationship. He received his undergraduate degree as well as his law degree from Harvard. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Naval Air Intelligence Office in the 1950's. From 1961-1978 he also served as the assistant prosecuting attorney for the Connecticut state courts. He is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, a member of the Grievance Committee of Litchfield County, a member of the Connecticut Chief Justice's Civil Commission and a member of the U.S. District Court Grievance Committee. Frank has also received numerous awards during his distinguished career: 1982 Small Businessman of the Year from the Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. A 1989 Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. 1993 Person of the Year by the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. A 1996 James W. Cooper Fellow by the Connecticut Bar Foundation. Northwest Connecticut YMCA Legacy Award in 2006.

Congratulations Mr. Finch, the 2008 Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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