Brian E. Finch

Global Security

1825 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20006-5403
T: (202) 420-4823


Brian Finch, a partner in Dickstein Shapiro’s Washington, DC office, is head of the firm’s Global Security Practice. Named by Washingtonian magazine in 2011 as one of the top 40 federal lobbyists under the age of 40, Brian is a recognized authority on global security matters who counsels clients on regulatory and government affairs issues involving the Department of Homeland Security, Congress, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies. His focuses include liability mitigation, protection of critical infrastructure, state and local grant funds, WMD response preparations, chemical safety and security, cybersecurity, cyberinsurance, SAFETY Act, government affairs, liability counseling, appropriations, authorization bills, legislative drafting, and border and trade security.


Brian is a leading authority on the SAFETY Act who drafted the first applications under the statute ever approved by the Department of Homeland Security. Since then, he has crafted dozens more applications for clients seeking liability protections for a wide variety of products and services, ranging from security guards and vulnerability assessments to software programs and security screening devices. He also interacts directly with other federal agencies involved in global security matters.

Brian counsels companies on matters related to the Chemical Facility Anti Terrorism Standards (CFATS) law. Brian’s practice includes counseling clients on complying with the myriad requirements under CFATS and on strategies to ensure that companies receive the proper “Tier” ranking from the Department of Homeland Security.

He successfully advocated on behalf of a consortium seeking to have a $500 million disease research laboratory placed at their location. The site will become the pre-eminent global research center for protecting agriculture and animals from intentionally spread diseases.

Brian regularly advocates on behalf of companies seeking to ensure that federal agencies have sufficient funding for contract vehicles in which they participate.

He advises clients regarding critical legal and business strategies related to mitigating risk in the face of a range of terrorist threats.

Brian has assisted clients with food labeling issues as well as print and Internet advertising issues involving the Federal Trade Commission.


Prior to joining Dickstein Shapiro, Brian was an attorney with a Washington, DC law firm and worked as a legal intern with the Office of Chief Counsel of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice.


Brian is a senior advisor to the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council and also is a member of the American Bar Association’s Homeland Security Executive Committee for the Administrative Law Section. Brian served as an inaugural Senior Fellow at George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. He also was a member of the Heritage Foundation/Center for Strategic and International Studies Task Force for Examining the Roles, Missions, and Organization of the Department of Homeland Security. Brian is a professorial lecturer in law at The George Washington University Law School, where he co-teaches homeland security law and policy.

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  • Law360 – Rising Stars

  • Washingtonian 40 Lobbyists Under 40

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