It is with great sadness that I report that my friend Finis Price has passed away. While the details are unclear, Finis passed away last night.
I've known Finis for several years and considered him a great friend. He was one of those guys who would always help you out and never ask for a favor in return. Many times he donated his extraordinary technological talents to other trial lawyers who went on to make million dollar fees --and Finis never asked for anything in return.
Finis was an outsider of sorts. In a world of egomaniacs (trial lawyers have incredible egos), Finis had no ego. Sure, he was brilliant, technologically savvy, and had a sharp legal mind; but he never tried to make you feel as though he was right and you were wrong. He helped numerous older lawyers, and newer ones too, adopt the latest technologies that would allow them to compete with the large insurance defense firms. Finis cared about seeking justice and making sure that injured clients had it --whether they were his clients or someone else's clients.
Anyone who knows Finis knows that he was an admitted Mac Fanboy. About five years ago, after lots of prodding, he converted me to Mac. And I'll never go back. And every lawyer in my office (except my stubborn partner) now uses Mac computers. Because of Finis, I can say that I am a better lawyer today.
Finis was a gentle soul. Finis had an infectious laugh. Rarely did you see Finis without a smile on his face --which is exactly what he was doing when I was talking with him in Phoenix just days ago.
Finis leaves behind a sweet, caring wife (Heather) who he loved more than anything --even Steve Jobs! Heather, a superstar paralegal in her own right, was his friend, his lover, his business partner; indeed, she was his world. And he was her world.
But our world truly lost one of the kindest human beings last night. The legal community lost a pioneer. And I lost a true friend. Rest in peace buddy. None of us will ever forget you.
PS-- Finis and his wife poured every penny into their business TechnoEsq. He left little in the way of savings. Because this is going to be a difficult time for his wife, Heather, the Kentucky Justice Association has set up a restricted fund to accept donations. If you would like to contribute, please send your contributions to:
Kentucky Justice Association
10602 Timberwood Cir # 8
Louisville, KY 40223-5367
Write "Finis Price" in the memo line and all proceeds will go to his wife.
Visitation will be held Monday from 11-2 at Stoess Funeral Home in Crestwood, Kentucky.