Andrew Finn; lyin’ lawyer phony Ranger

| March 12, 2014

Andrew Finn

Scotty sends us his work on Andrew Finn, a lawyer with the firm of Jackson Finn Legal Services, LLC in Colorado Springs. He claims that he was a Warrant Officer 2 with the 2d Battalion 75th Rangers. Oh, yeah, and his MOS was 11B;

Andrew Finn FB

Yes, it makes no sense. There are no infantry warrant officers, at least there weren’t when I served. Warrants are in technical fields – medical, maintenance, supply, but not in combat arms. But Finn wouldn’t know that because he never served in the Army, at least he never did according to the National Personnel Records Center which sent this:

Andrew Finn FOIA

Colorado Springs is an Army town and I’m sure he thought that coming up with a good Army story might help his business, but I think this particular revelation will work against his original intent.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. B Woodman says:

    Wanted posters, plastered all over Colorado Springs.

  2. Beretverde says:

    Warrants are now in SF and can serve as team leaders.

    • Hondo says:

      Beretverde: that’s MOS 180A, Special Forces Warrant Officer, and has been for a number of years. I seem to remember that ODAs in the early 1980s were authorized warrants even prior to the 18-series CMF being established, but that’s 30+ year old memory now and I won’t swear that memory is correct.

      Enlisted “feeder” MOSs for 180A are today limited to those in the 18-series – no direct accessions from 11B to 180A. Believe that’s also been the case for a number of years.

      http://usmilitary.about.com/od/warrantofficerjobs/a/warrantjobmain.htm

      • Old Grouch says:

        The 180’s also get to go through their own version of WOCS at Bragg instead of spending time at the Rucker Academy For Misfit Soldiers. They still went through Rucker when I did, and I though sending them there was silly.

        And no Army Warrant would refer to himself as a WO2- it is CW2 and trust me a freshly promoted CW2 is happy to have that “Chief” on there and not have other warrants call him WOJG anymore. When you are a WO1 everyone knows you are new to the Warrant game and isn’t sure how much you know, add that second dot and the way people treat and see you changes a lot.

        • Hondo says:

          Old Grouch: oh yeah. From my perspective, it seemed to be about the same change in treatment as between 2LTs and CPTs among officers – skipping over 1LT entirely.

  3. Combat Historian says:

    Maybe he and bernastypants can start a practice together specializing in defrauding the VA with fake PTSD claims…

    • David Williams says:

      Sir, please quit dishonoring those that earned the title Ranger.
      R.I.P. Ryan Garbs 3/75 02/18/07

  4. AW1 Tim says:

    Again, all I got is another facepalm.

    But I do think that posters would be cool

  5. Tim Humphries says:

    There are also Artillery Warrants, but there are no Armor or Infantry Warrants.

    • Michael says:

      I spent my national guard AT last September sitting next to an Artillery CW2. He didn’t interfere with the NCOs which was cool but he didn’t know what he was doing.

    • MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

      There are also arrest warrants … We should arrange one for this POS!

  6. MrBill says:

    I checked the website of the Colorado bar and found no one named “Andrew Finn” who is licensed to practice law in Colorado. (There are six lawyers named Finn licensed in CO, but none in Colorado Springs, and none with a first or middle name resembling Andrew.) I also checked the Texas bar because he claims to have gone to school there but again, I found nothing.

    • ExHack says:

      It is possible that he is licensed in another state, with an easier bar exam, and only handles Federal matters (Fed tax, bankruptcy, immigration, military courts, etc.) This is a common practice in states with very onerous licensing requirements.

      It sounds like a sleazy-ass dodge, but there are a lot of states where bar licensing requirements are not to ensure the quality of new lawyers, but more an incumbent protection racket for current practitioners.

    • JLAMcKean says:

      I know Andrew. In fact I trusted him when he told me all of his war stories. I AM a veteran, never in wartime, but I wanted to help him out. I became his representative payee because he’s not allowed to handle his own accounts. I have to miss work and be in COURT because he said I didn’t pay his bills. I have all the receipts. Court date Jan 7th, 2015 courthouse on Tejon. If the word could get out I would love to have real veterans standing on my side. Thank You, JL

  7. Twist says:

    “Colorado Springs is an Army town and I’m sure he thought that coming up with a good Army story might help his business”

    Kinda like how every cab driver outside of Ft Benning is a retired Ranger 1SG.

    • ChipNASA says:

      AHEM!!! “Colorado Springs is an Army town…”..

      How about Peterson Air Force Base and the Headquarters of the Space Command not to mention the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Air Force Space Command and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) under what became known as the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center (CMOC)

      /jes saying is all….sticking up for my USAF Springs peeps….1001st Transportation Squadron, Peterson AFB, 1986-1988
      SPACE COMMAND WOOT!!!

      http://www.militaryuniformsupply.com/files/products/a/air-force-space-command-patch-rm-a-1-n.jpg

      • TheCloser says:

        Air Force Academy.

        • TheCloser says:

          Shriever AFB.

          • Michael says:

            I started to say Falcon AFB as it was known when I was satationed at Ft Carson in the early 90s but you beat me to it. And I didn’t know it had chanced names.

          • ChipNASA says:

            When I was there we were building it and it was Falcon AFS then AFB.
            Supposedly it was also an alternate site for the Space Shuttle to land.

      • tm says:

        I love the fact that we stuck a whole facility inside a mountain.

      • ghp95134 says:

        HA! I was there when they were blasting a hole in Cheyenne Mountain ca 1961 — could hear it at Ft. Carson.

        Years later we heard about NORAD.

        Colorado Springs was an Army town even then … although the USAF Academy recently was established there.

        –ghp

    • Andy says:

      and ever Gut Truck driver at the ranges on Benning is a retired CSM.

  8. Ex-PH2© says:

    No visible license to practice law, or admission to the CO bar. Check

    No actual record of military service. Check

    No understanding of Army structure. Check

    And the hits just keep on coming, don’t they?

    Next contestant!

  9. JAGC says:

    Something doesn’t smell right about Mr. Finn as a lawyer, either. His LinkedIn page is full of typos and he claims a LLB and an LLM, but not a Juris Doctorate. I may be mistaken, but a LLB is a Canadian thing and hasn’t been conferred in the US in a generation. Apart from California, he wouldn’t be permitted to take the bar without a JD. Neither Andrew Finn or his firm is listed on Martindale. He also claims to have received his LLM at the same time as his undergraduate LLB, all combined in four years (again, no JD). Moreover, a cursory look from 1998 onward fails to bring up any reference to him as a lawyer other than his own words in Colorado, where he may be trying to capitalize on the pot law.

    • Ex-PH2© says:

      So he’s practicing law without a license? Oh, that’s not a good thing.

      He can’t even give legal advice, can he?

      He’d be better off serving summonses and acting as a bail bondsman.

      • CBSenior says:

        What do you mean, some of our “Best” posters practice law without a license all the time. Well at least THEIR brand of Law.

    • ExHack says:

      I commented above – shorter form here: it’s possible he’s licensed in another state and only handles Federal matters, for which he’d only need to be licensed in one (not the one he lives in).

  10. martinjmpr says:

    I could also find no listing a firm called “Jackson Finn” anywhere other than on Finn’s FB and Linkdin and similar pages (IOW social media pages.)

    That a law firm would not have a web site of some sort in this day and age is highly unlikely.

  11. LIRight says:

    I set this story to my old platoon leader who lives in Greeley, CO to see if he knows of his guy. He’s an atty and CPA.

  12. LIRight says:

    My friend got back to me and says the following:

    “Not familiar with an Andrew Finn and he is NOT registered with the Colorado Supreme Court as required ????”

    Maybe this guy is not an attorney.

    • JLAMcKean says:

      He’s NOT an atty, He’s not a vet. He will be in court on January 7th, 2015. Courthouse on Tejon Street in Colorado Springs. Pass it on.
      JLAMcKean 09:oo hours under name ANDREW FINN

    • I know the Truth says:

      I have known Andrew Finn for close to 20 years. He is not an Atty. nor is he a vet.

      He is a slime ball collections punk. He used to work for a Company in Provo/Orem Utah called Credit Control. He was a player in the local club scene, and was known to be able to score anything you wanted. He was associated with a core group of other nefarious characters including his former boss who was subsequently convicted of fraud in Federal Court.

  13. Mustang2LT says:

    Oh boy! Another lawer! If he’s a fake he’s one step below a certain fake CPO. Damn, they’re crawling out of the woodwork. Careful all, he may sue for libelslander.

    • Pineywoods NCO says:

      Well… can we sue his parents for bringing into the world another incredibly stupid idiot.

    • Ex-PH2© says:

      Maybe the bar association in Colorado should start a Fake Attorneys Outing website. This dudalicious guy could be their first candidate.

  14. Green Thumb says:

    This dude is a vagina.

    • MAJ Arkay says:

      Ahem, that is a completely uncalled for slap against a highly desirable part of the female anatomy. Now drop and give me 50, then learn how to properly write a decent insult to the dirtbag.

  15. Valkyrie says:

    I’m doing my little happy dance waiting for him to show up all butthurt.

    Jonn my family thanks you for allowing me to play here now. I get all my snarkiness out on the posers here so there’s none left for them. Well not as much as before. I’ve stopped throwing things at them when they speak to me.

  16. Toasty Coastie©™ says:

    Ohhh I hope this Swamp Donkey comes in..then I could go all bitchtastic on him after which he could really experience all the glorious wonder of the PTSD like a defecation-induced orgasm.

    /sarc/

  17. SIGO says:

    While this guy is probably full of it, there is an eligible conversion for 11B to Rotary Wing Aviator or Artillery Warrant.

    http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/WOgeninfo_enlmos.shtm

    • Hondo says:

      SIGO: true. But neither of those are “MOS 11B” – they’re WOMOS 153A and 131A, respectively.

      I’m also relatively sure that the 75th Inf doesn’t have any slots for 153As or 131As.

  18. Virtual Insanity says:

    Finn claims LLM from Rice University in 2002.

    Rice has a pre-law undergrad program, but no law school.