Leigh Burton Finlayson is an Atlanta native. He grew up in Decatur, attended Druid Hills High School, Emory University (1985) and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1989. He has worked as both a state (Fulton County, GA) and federal assistant public defender (FDP, Inc.) He also spent a year in Decatur working with Michael Mears and Associates.
In October of 1995 he opened the Law Office of L. Burton Finlayson, LLC. Mr. Finlayson serves as a trial and appellate practitioner, specializing in criminal defense at the federal and state levels.
Mr. Finlayson serves as the CJA Panel representative for the Northern District of Georgia and the 11th Circuit representative to the Defender Services Advisory Group (DSAG). Attorney Finlayson also sits on the Board of Directors for the Federal Defender Program, Inc. (NDGA), and
serves as Chair of the Federal Law Committee of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL).
Attorney Finlayson has been awarded and recognized by his peers with the following
- Leeza Cherniak Award of the Sword
- Thomas “Jake” Waldrop Truth And Justice Award.
- Super Lawyer 2020-2021
- Martindale Hubble “Very High Rating in Both Legal and Ethical Standards.”
When he’s not defending people, Mr. Finlayson often can be found riding his bike around Atlanta and throughout Georgia.