Meet Our Attorneys

Our Team


Amy grew up in the close-knit community of Castleton, New York, where she recently returned with her husband, Chris, their son, Carson and their chocolate lab, Tucker. Now Carson will enjoy the experience of growing up in a small, family-oriented town where most people know each other and also grew up together. They were also ready to take on an adventure and built their house right in the middle of three hundred apple trees. It’s a good thing Amy enjoys baking.

This family-oriented structure pours over to the experience clients receive at Lavelle & Finn. We take a team approach at Lavelle & Finn so each client receives the highest level of expertise in each of our practice areas. This type of support allows us to spot issues for clients that they did not know existed. For example, if a client came in with the simple goal of selling their business, while we are drafting the necessary documents and commencing negotiations, our tax team is analyzing the tax impact of the sale and developing strategies for the most tax-efficient structure. Additionally, we are analyzing the best structure for receiving the sales proceeds in order to plan for the future and pass wealth to family members in a tax efficient manner. Rather than working in a vacuum we take a holistic approach to provide the most value to our clients.

Amy is a very compassionate person, which comes in handy when assisting clients address tough topics, such as planning for incapacity or death, the death of a loved one, Medicaid planning for themselves or a loved one or the sale of a business that has been built from the ground up. She has had the opportunity to assist clients achieve their goals using traditional and sometimes not so traditional means. For example, Amy has been successful in bypassing the probate process, when particular circumstances would render the process cumbersome and costly, by carefully navigating the New York statutes and working closely with the financial institutions involved. We frequently work with other professionals to insure the client is getting the appropriate services to accomplish their goals in the most efficient manner.

Amy started her career at Lavelle & Finn as a law clerk while attending law school and has worked her way up to being a partner. In a professional sense, this is where she grew up. Amy has had the pleasure of assisting clients at various stages in their lives as well as multiple generations and will continue to do so with the Lavelle & Finn family.


Education 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Albany Law School, J.D.
2004 magna cum laude graduate of Siena College, B.B.A., Accounting

New York
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Professional Memberships
New York State Bar Association
Elder Law and Special Needs Section
Executive Committee
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce
Capital Region Chamber
Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Saratoga County Chamber
Schoharie County Chamber
Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York

Professional Activities
Co-Vice Chair of the Membership Committee of the New York State Bar Association
2010 graduate of Leadership Tech Valley, a shared initiative of the former Albany-Colonie and Schenectady County Chambers of Commerce (now collectively known as the Capital Region Chamber).

Treasurer of STRIDE, Inc. since June, 2012
Participated in Albany Law School's Senior Law Day for several years
Former member of the Coalition of Young Professionals, a committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Northeastern New York

Dickson, Amy L. “Accounting Issues.” Mergers and Acquisitions: Cases and Problems. Wendy B. Davis. United States: William S. Hein & Company, 2008. Chapter 22. Print.
Dickson, Amy L. and Martin S. Finn. “Tax Aspects.” Mergers and Acquisitions: Cases and Problems. Wendy B. Davis. United States: William S. Hein & Company, 2008. Chapter 21. Print.
Managing Editor of The Complete Trust Course, Altoona: HalfMoon Education, Inc. , 2012- 2014.

Frequent presenter of The Complete Trust Course
Presented on Ethics in Estate Planning for both the New York State Bar Association and the National Business Institute.
Routinely presents on the topics of Estate Planning and Elder Law for community groups.