John F. Finston is a former general counsel and deputy insurance commissioner for the State of California. He advises clients on insurance-related financial transactions, with a focus on highlighting and resolving insurance regulatory issues.

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  • Led the legal team conducting regulatory investigation and negotiating settlement agreement in relation to Centene’s acquisition of Health Net, leading to California’s approval of the transaction*
  • Led the team that investigated market conduct regulatory violations of several major insurers and brokers, and negotiated multimillion-dollar settlement agreements and regulatory correction plans to address violations*
  • Led the team that prepared the commissioner for an investigative hearing that resulted in a report and letter to the US Department of Justice opposing the Cigna/Anthem and Aetna/Humana Mergers*

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  • Federal Crop Insurance Corp., member of the board of directors, 2013 to present
  • National Center for International Schools, member of the board of directors, 2006 to 2018
  • NAIC, chair of the Reinsurance and Receivership Task Force, 2014 to 2017, and of the Qualified Jurisdiction Working Group, 2013 to 2016


Saint John’s University School of Law, JD, 1980
Johns Hopkins University, BES, 1977

New York

On the Subject / March 11, 2021

On the Subject / February 23, 2021

Speaking Engagements / October 21, 2020

Virtual Event / Speaking Engagements / September 14 - 18, 2020

New York, NY / Sponsored Events / January 15, 2020