ST. LOUIS, MO. (October 23, 2019) – Former federal prosecutor Rich Finneran announced today that he will seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for Missouri Attorney General. In a statement announcing his candidacy, Finneran indicated that his platform will focus on getting politics out of the Attorney General’s Office.
“As a former prosecutor, I know how important it is that politics never get in the way of enforcing the law fairly and equally. And that’s especially true when it comes to the office of Missouri Attorney General,” Finneran said. “I believe that the Attorney General’s Office should serve the people, not the politicians in Jefferson City.”
Finneran expects to challenge Eric Schmitt, the incumbent who was appointed to the position after it was vacated by former Attorney General Josh Hawley. “Eric Schmitt is a politician,” Finneran said. “That’s why he got appointed to be Attorney General. And that’s why he’s spending his time pursuing a lawsuit to overturn protections for people with pre-existing conditions. That’s pure politics. It has nothing to do with helping the people of Missouri.”
From 2010 to 2017, Finneran was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. Finneran handled several significant cases during his six-and-a-half-year tenure as a federal prosecutor, including the 2012 trial of Martin Sigillito, a Webster Groves attorney convicted of running a $50 million Ponzi scheme. Finneran also prosecuted James Douglas Cassity and five others in connection with the $435 million funeral insurance scam perpetrated by Clayton-based National Prearranged Services, Inc., the largest fraud case ever prosecuted in the Eastern District. Missouri Lawyers Weekly gave Finneran its 2014 Legal Champion Award for his work on the Cassity case. In 2016, the Missouri Bar Foundation honored him with the David J. Dixon Award, recognizing exceptional appellate work by a member of the Missouri Bar.
Since 2018, Finneran has been a partner with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, a prominent international law firm headquartered in downtown St. Louis. He has transitioned to a role as Of Counsel with the firm in connection with pursuing his run for Attorney General. Finneran also serves as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, where he has taught courses in constitutional law, criminal procedure, and appellate advocacy.