Michael S. Finch


Professor of Law

B.A., Oberlin College
J.D., Boston University School of Law
S.J.D., Harvard Law School

Appellate Practice, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Litigation, Conflict of Laws

Professor Finch joined the law faculty in 1982, after practicing law in New England. While attending Harvard Law School, he served as research assistant to Professor Allen Dershowitz.

Professor Finch has published extensively, including articles in the Minnesota Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, and the Business Lawyer. His work has been cited by numerous federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court. He is the co-author with colleague Michael Allen of the text, An Illustrated Guide to Civil Procedure (Aspen 2010). He is also co-author with Michael Allen and Caprice Roberts of Federal Courts: Context, Cases, and Problems, (Aspen 2d ed. 2015).

Professor Finch has been actively involved in civil appellate practice over the past 15 years and has handled numerous appeals involving multi-million dollar verdicts. Together with Stuart Markman of Tampa, Florida, he regularly teaches Appellate Practice at Stetson. He is an active member of the Florida, Montana, and Connecticut bars, and an inactive member of the Vermont bar.

When not in Florida, Professor Finch and his family like to spend time at their second home in Ennis, Montana¹. He spends his free time snowboarding, building log furniture and fences, and collecting fossils. Professor Finch is also a private pilot and has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Eduardo de Lima. In 2003, he received a bronze medal in Jiu-Jitsu at the Pan American games in Santa Barbara, California.

In 2015, Professor Finch began serving as director of Stetson’s Academic Success Program. His principal goal in the coming years is to see that students receive regular assessment and feedback, which is the proven key to academic success.


¹ Montana Picture 1, Picture 2, and Picture 3

Phone: 727-562-7862 | Email: finch@law.stetson.edu | Office: E-202 (Gulfport)