Key Professionals

James J. Finnegan

James J. Finnegan
General Counsel and
Chief Compliance Officer


Jay Finnegan is a Managing Director at AEW and AEW’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He is a member of AEW’s Management Committee, Investment Committee, Risk Management Committee, Audit Committee and Compliance Committee. Mr. Finnegan has 32 years of legal experience, including private practice with major New York City (Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy) and Boston (Ropes & Gray) law firms. He joined AEW in 1993 and has been actively involved in all aspects of AEW’s investment activities, including public and private real estate related debt and equity investments. He also oversees AEW’s Insurance/Risk Management functions. Mr. Finnegan is a member of the General Counsel section of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont (B.A. - Economics) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D.).