LOS ANGELES – Reed Smith is pleased to announce that Amber Finch, Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Group, has been named to Business Insurance’s 2023 Women to Watch in recognition of her commercial policyholder work, her mentorship to other lawyers and leadership within the firm.

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The program, which began in 2006, recognizes women leaders across the globe doing outstanding work in risk management and commercial insurance.

Finch represents start-up businesses, middle market, and Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes, cutting-edge insurance coverage disputes nationwide. She has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds for her commercial policyholder clients under a variety of claims involving first party and third-party insurance policies, as well as specialty policies, emerging industries and disruptive technologies.

Finch was recognized for her dedication to the development, retention and promotion of minorities in the legal community and beyond. Finch spearheads Reed Smith’s partnership with The Bail Project, a national pro bono effort focused on bail reform and combatting racial injustice and police brutality. She has also been a volunteer at the Central District of California's Federal Pro Se Clinic, and served on the Boards of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Crystal Stairs, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of underserved children and families.

She is currently on the University of Southern California Gould School of Law’s Board of Councilors, which provides counsel to the law school deans and faculty. In August 2021, she was elected an American College of Coverage Counsel fellow, which is an invitation-only organization of senior lawyers dedicated to advancing the efficient resolution of insurance coverage disputes and enhancing the quality of the practice of insurance law.

Finch is further known for her tireless work breaking down barriers and smashing glass ceilings. She was named a 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion through the Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards, and a 2021 Ethnic Minority Role Model by INvolve Empower. In 2022, Amber received the “Lanterns Award,” from community-based girl/women education and empowerment organization, MOSTe (Motivating Our Students Through Experience). She also received the 2023 Excellence in Law Award from the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation, was named to the 2023 Lawyers of Color’s Power List, and was recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of 2023 Top Woman Lawyer honorees.