Board Member Profile: Elizabeth Walker Finizio
Elizabeth Walker Finizio has spent her entire legal career giving a “voice” to those who need help fighting for justice. Committed to lending her legal experience to the community, Beth joined the Board of Directors of Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) with that vision in mind.
“I joined the CCLA board to be able to give a voice to those that need legal assistance and can’t afford to retain a private attorney,” said Beth when asked about why she decided to lend her experience to the organization. She continued, “I want to be able to contribute to the legal services that are available to the underrepresented populations in our community.”
Beth began her legal career at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office where she interned in the Tort Litigation and Environmental Permitting and Counseling Sections. Upon earning her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carol E. Higbee, Judge, Appellate Division of the Superior Court in New Jersey. Following her clerkship, Beth practiced in the area of pharmaceutical mass tort litigation for two prominent Philadelphia law firms. Beth then relocated to Florida and joined the family firm. At The Finizio Law Group she continues to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves. She represents clients in all types of personal injury claims resulting from auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. Beth also represents clients with family law issues such as dissolution and paternity as well as child support issues.
Beth has assumed several positions of leadership in the Broward County legal community, including her role as former president of the Broward County Women Lawyers Association. She is a Past President of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association, past chair of the Women’s Caucus of the Florida Justice Association, member of the American Association of Justice, Broward County Bar Association and the 17th Judicial Circuit Pro-Bono Committee, among others. Beth is a current member of the Florida Bar, the New Jersey Bar, the Pennsylvania Bar, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court. She earned her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law and a Bachelor of Art degree in English at Rutgers University.
Aside from her legal endeavors, Beth is passionately committed to the fight against cancer and has been an active fundraiser and participant in the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Team in Training. As a member of Team in Training, she has competed in triathlons, half-marathons and marathons while fundraising to help research to eradicate blood cancer. Beth has served not only as a participant but also as a coach helping others reach their endurance sport goals and fundraising goals. Beth has also served on the Board of Abi’s Place, a private non-profit school dedicated to building the skills of children with autism and complex disabilities and has sat on the board as a Past President of Toastmaster’s International. When Beth is not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending her time traveling alongside her husband Mark.