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TORIA J. FINCH
Managing Attorney

Toria J. Finch is a first generation attorney from Nashville, Tennessee. Toria is the youngest child of three, and the proud daughter of two humble civil servants who have committed their lives to education, ministry, and community outreach programs. Toria has devoted her life and career to seeking out effective ways to inspire positive change in the lives of individuals and the community.

Following graduation from high school, Toria attended undergraduate school at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama. While attending undergraduate school, Toria was active in various civic and professional organizations which include: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Gamma Mu Chapter (President); Delta Mu National Honor Society; Mu Kappa Tau National Honor Society; and Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, Inc., XI XI Chapter. During undergraduate school, Toria had the opportunity to work as a marketing intern with Fortune 500 companies such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) during its ground breaking year introducing the Semi-professional National Basketball Development League (NBDL), and the Southeastern Regional Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A, Inc. . While completing her undergraduate curriculum, Toria discovered her interest in the law during a Business Law Course. After graduating from Alabama A&M University with Honors (cum laude) obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing, she continued her education and research in the legal field by attending the Southeastern Paralegal Institute (ABA Approved) located in Nashville, Tennessee. Toria completed her paralegal studies and graduated with Honors earning a Paralegal Certificate.

Following paralegal school, Toria accepted an offer to work as a Paralegal Clerk for the Nashville office of Frost Brown Todd, a large law firm based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Thereafter, Toria was blessed to receive admission into law school and chose to attend the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) located on the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.

During Toria’s matriculation at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, she continued a working relationship with Frost Brown Todd as a law clerk. Toria worked in various divisions, focusing the majority of her efforts in the Litigation Division handling civil litigation matters such as Contract Disputes, Employment Discrimination, and Bankruptcy. As a law student, Toria remained active with both civic and professional organizations. Toria was a student member of the prestigious Garland Walker Inns of Court; Senior Staff Editor for the Thurgood Marshall Law Review; Chief Justice of the TMSL Honor Court; and Treasurer for the Board of Advocates. While maintaining her grades, Ms. Finch developed her lawyering skills and trial abilities by participating in numerous inter-mural and intra-mural mock trial and moot court competitions. Toria , along with her teammates regularly placed in the top ranks in competitions, and at times ranked in 1st place. Toria has a natural ability to stand bold and effectively advocate her position. It is through these experiences that Toria decided to use her advocacy skills and legal talents to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and the community. Thereby, Toria has committed her life and career to working for her community and being a voice for the people.

In November 2006, Toria gained admission to practice law in the State of Texas. She has worked with the State of Texas Attorney General’s Office in the Child Support Division, located in Houston, Texas; as an Assistant Juvenile Public Defender with the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender’s Office located in Austin, Texas, where she acquired Board Certification in Juvenile Law awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specializations; as an Adjunct Professor for the Juvenile Law Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law; and as an Assistant District Attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. While an Assistant District Attorney, Toria tried various misdemeanor and felony level bench trials and jury trials, achieved the level of Felony Prosecutor, and Misdemeanor Court Chief.

During her years of practice, Toria has accumulated a significant amount of relevant legal experiences in the areas of civil litigation, criminal law, family law, and juvenile law. Toria’s commitment to the community, compassion for her clients, moral and spiritual integrity, coupled with her aggressive and effective advocacy make her a true champion for the people.

 

 

YAHAIRA QUEZADA
Of Counsel/ Contract Attorney

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In an effort to further enhance the quality of legal representation for our clients, The Finch Law Firm employs the legal expertise and services of Attorney Yahaira Quezada, who is fluent in Spanish, an Immigration Law expert, Former Harris County Prosecutor, and experienced family law attorney.

Yahaira Quezada is a native of the Dominican Republic. She grew up in New York City, where she attended City College of New York while working as a school administrator at South Bronx High School. Ms. Quezada earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with Cum Laude honors in English Literature and was also the recipient of the Ford Scholarship and Spanish Excellence Award.

Ms. Quezada is licensed to represent clients in the State of Texas, the State of Illinois, the Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts of the Southern and Western Districts of Texas. She graduated from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in May 2007 and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in that same year. While in law school, Ms. Quezada was the Business Editor for the Thurgood Marshall Law Review, research assistant to Associate Dean Colon-Navarro, student attorney for the Thurgood Marshall Immigration Legal Clinic, law clerk at the New York Federal Defenders and head legal intern for Honorable Judge Lamar McCorkle (133rd Civil District Court in Houston) and recipient of the Association of Women Attorneys and the Hispanic Bar Association Scholarships.

After law school graduation, Ms. Quezada went on to work with the civil litigation firm of Walker Bright, PC, in Austin Texas. While at this firm, she had a hybrid work load practicing plaintiff’s personal injury and insurance defense. Ms. Quezada then went on to become a contract attorney for the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender where she represented minors charged with criminal offenses.  After the Juvenile Public Defender’s office, Ms. Quezada became an associate at Hendler Law, PC.  At this firm, she handled personal injury cases involving toxic torts.  Ms. Quezada represented hundreds of Banana Plantation workers from South America, victims of toxic torts caused by numerous American fruit companies.

Ms. Quezada became an Assistant District Attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s office in 2011. While at this office, Ms. Quezada represented the peace and dignity of the State and victims of crimes and handled over 200 criminal cases. Following her invaluable experience at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Quezada went on to manage the criminal defense section at Abogado Aly, PLLC.  While at this firm, Ms. Quezada shined as the principal litigation attorney, where she handled criminal defense, immigration deportations and contested family matters.

Ms. Quezada is very passionate about her work and helping her clients is her main objective. She became an attorney because of her desire to fight for the “regular” people. She is concerned with the plight of low income people and justice, and providing competent and affordable legal services is her law office’s mission.