Ericksen Arbuthnot

Albert M. (Terry) Finch III Shareholder

San Francisco
Office Phone: 415.362.7126
Office Fax: 213.489.4332
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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Auto / Fleet
  • Construction Liability
  • Coverage
  • Employer Liability
  • Environmental / Toxic Tort
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
  • Trucking / Transportation
Terry is the Assistant Managing Partner in the San Francisco office, and has practiced law for over fifteen years. He joined the firm in 1998. He is currently Co-Chair of both the Employment and Toxic Tort practice groups. He has comprehensive litigation, trial, and appellate experience, and has participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations in various areas of the law, including construction defect, real estate, products liability, Workers' Compensation, personal injury, professional malpractice, complex commercial, and employment claims. He has represented a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, in diverse claims across various practice areas involving employment matters, contractual disputes, personal injury claims, product liability claims, and professional malpractice matters. Terry has also represented a variety of contractors ranging in trade from roofing to sub-grade tradesman and all areas in between. He has had the opportunity to satisfy an equally diverse range of client needs, such as defending general contractors, developers, and owners in commercial and residential projects, multi-party, high exposure cases, requiring prosecution of indemnity liability against multiple sub-contractors, in projects involving hundreds of homes. Terry was admitted to the California State Bar Association and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in 1998, and admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1993. He was also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1995. He received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University in 1989 and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1993. At John Marshall Law School, Terry was a Staff Editor of the John Marshall Law Review and published the note: DNA Identification and the State's Duty to Preserve Evidence, 25 J. Marshall L. Rev. 809 (1992), reprinted, 5 Crim. Prac. L. Rev. 501 (1993), cited and followed in the Harvard Law Review, Note, Confronting the New Challenges of Scientific Evidence, 108 Harv. L. Rev. 1481, 1559 (1995). He is the proud father of two toddlers and captain of a San Francisco USTA tennis team. In his spare time, he competes locally at San Francisco tennis clubs. He also is interested in biking, skiing and various water sports.


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1993
  • B.A. in Government, Cornell University, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • All courts in the State of California
  • – U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • – U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1995 (currently inactive)
  • – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1993 (currently inactive)
  • – Illinois State Bar Association in 1993 (currently inactive)


  • Employment – Co-Chair
  • Toxic Tort – Co-Chair
  • Construction
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
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