Martin S. Finn CPA/PFS, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation)

Founding Partner, Lavelle & Finn,LLP

Martin S. Finn, an attorney and certified public accountant, is a founding partner of the law firm Lavelle & Finn, LLP. Mr. Finn counsels clients on estate, financial, tax, business and elder law issues including personal and corporate tax planning, business counseling, structuring of business transactions, estate administration and estate and business succession planning. A major part of his practice involves assisting family-owned business owners with tax and legal issues from business start-up, day-to-day operational issues to major business transactions including purchase, sale and merger events.

Mr. Finn holds a B.B.A. from Siena College (1980), a J.D. from Albany Law School (1983) and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University (1989). He is a member of the American, New York State, Albany County and Schenectady County Bar Associations; the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.; the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

Mr. Finn is a frequent lecturer and, with his partner John H. Lavelle, is co-author of The Complete Trust Course (HalfMoon Education, Inc., 2016), Cents & Sensibility: The Practical Guide to Money & Aging (iUniverse, 2006) and Estate Planning Techniques for Mid-Sized Estates (PESI, 2005). 

Mr. Finn is Steering Committee Chair and Conference Chair of the AICPA Conference on Tax Strategies for the High-Income Individual; Conference Chair of the AICPA Sophisticated Tax Conference; Chair of the Board of Directors of The Capital Region Chamber Foundation; Chair of the Supervisory Committee and member of the Board of Managers and Policy Review Committees of Capital Communications Federal Credit Union; Member of the Board of Directors of The Schenectady County Community College Foundation; Treasurer of the Schenectady County Industrial Development Agency and Schenectady County Capital Resource Corporation; Adjunct Professor at Schenectady County Community College; Former Schenectady County Legislator (District 3), 2008-2013; Past Treasurer of Niskayuna Friends of Music; Past Member of the WMHT Planned Giving Advisory Committee; Past Chair of the Chamber of Schenectady County Board of Directors; Past President of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York, Inc.; Past Member of the Siena College Board of Associate Trustees (Planned Giving Advisory Committee); and Past President of the Board of Directors and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Inc. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Siena College, Albany Law School and the University at Albany.

Mr. Finn is the 2005 recipient of the Fr. Benjamin Kuhn Award for his contribution to Siena College, the 2001 recipient of the Schenectady County Bar Association’s Lawyer in Service to the Community Award and the 1998 recipient of Professional Education System, Inc.’s Excellence in Education Award.