David H. Fink

David H. Fink

Managing Partner at Fink + Associates Law

Greater Detroit Area
Law Practice

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David H. Fink's Overview

  • Senior Partner at The Miller Law Firm
  • Director Office of the State Employer at State of Michigan
  • Democratic Candidate at 2002 Campaign for U.S. Congress, Michigan's 9th District
  • Managing Shareholder at Fink, Zausmer & Kaufman, P.C.
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel at City of Detroit Law Department

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David H. Fink's Summary

David Fink, a native of the Detroit area, is an experienced civil litigator, whose practice has focused on commercial litigation. He handles both individual and class actions and currently serves as court-appointed interim lead counsel in the Eastern District of Michigan in the Refrigerant Compressors Antitrust Litigation, where the Court has preliminarily approved a settlement, with Defendants committing to pay up to $48.5 million. Mr. Fink is also interim co-lead counsel in the Enbridge Oil Spill litigation in the Western District of Michigan.Mr. Fink has handled civil lawsuits in courts throughout the Greater Detroit area and the State of Michigan, winning important victories not only at the State and Federal trial court level, but also in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

After serving in Governor Granholm's Cabinet, Mr. Fink was appointed by Governor Granholm to mediate a complex dispute between the Detroit Medical Center and the Wayne State University Medical School. In 2010, Mr. Fink was appointed to serve on the Michigan State Officers Compensation Commission for a term expiring in 2014. He also serves on the Michigan State Bar Committee on Judicial Qualifications. Mr. Fink previously served on the Judicial Advisory Committee, appointed by Senator Carl Levin and Senator Debbie Stabenow, to assist in evaluating candidates for appointment to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 2013, Mr. Fink was appointed by the Judges of the Eastern District of Michigan to serve as Chair of their Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.

While the State Bar of Michigan recognizes a very limited set of legal "specialties," some of the fields in which Mr. Fink has focused his practice are identified below. These "specialties" identified by LinkedIn are not recognized by the Michigan Bar, but they are areas in which Mr. Fink practices.


Commercial litigation
Class Action litigation
Securities Fraud
Consumer Fraud
FLSA Collective Actions
Environmental Law
Insurance Coverage
Construction Contract Disputes
Municipal law
Intergovernmental Issues
Probate Disputes
Partnership Dissolution
Shareholder Oppression
Eminent Domain (condemnation)

David H. Fink's Experience

Managing Partner

Fink + Associates Law

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Law Practice industry

January 2011Present (3 years 9 months)

Fink + Associates Law is a law firm focused on commercial litigation, including individual and class actions, as well as derivative litigation. Practice areas include securities fraud (including securities fraud class actions), consumer fraud (including consumer fraud class actions), antitrust (including antitrust class action litigation), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (including FLSA collective actions) and environmental matters. The firm is also involved in litigation on matters involving insurance coverage, intergovernmental issues, construction contract disputes, eminent domain (condemnation), property tax assessment challenges, probate disputes, partnership dissolution and shareholder oppression claims. The firm also litigates derivative claims on behalf of disaffected shareholders.

Senior Partner

The Miller Law Firm

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Law Practice industry

2005December 2010 (5 years)

Commercial litigation, including individual and class actions. While at The Miller Law Firm, Mr. Fink handled consumer fraud class action, securities fraud class action, antitrust class action and shareholder derivative litigation, along with a wide range of civil litigation, arbitration and probate court matters.

Director Office of the State Employer

State of Michigan

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

February 2003November 2005 (2 years 10 months)

Member of Governor Granholm's Cabinet. The Governor's Chief Negotiator for all labor matters. Also assigned by Governor to special projects, including negotiation of the 21st Century Jobs Fund.

Democratic Candidate

2002 Campaign for U.S. Congress, Michigan's 9th District

20022002 (less than a year)

Managing Shareholder

Fink, Zausmer & Kaufman, P.C.

19782002 (24 years)

Mr. Fink and former State Senator Dan Cooper started a two attorney firm in 1978, in association with Henry Baskin and Robert Feldstein. Eventually, that firm developed a significant litigation practice, handling a broad spectrum of cases, including environmental matters, representation of public corporations (the City of Detroit, the County of Wayne, the City of Hamtramck and others), takings through eminent domain (condemnation), insurance coverage disputes (on behalf of policyholders), auto negligence defense, construction contract disputes and many other types of commercial litigation.

Assistant Corporation Counsel

City of Detroit Law Department

November 1977August 1978 (10 months)

Municipal law, labor law, building code enforcement, negligence defense and other types of litigation. Assignments ranged from jury trials in the Traffic and Ordinance Division of the Common Pleas Court to an appellate argument in the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

David H. Fink's Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyers In Commercial Litigation

    American Lawyer Media
  • 2011 Leader in the Law

    Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Super Lawyer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

    Michigan SuperLawyers Magazine

David H. Fink's Publications

  • Is it Time to Pay Our Judges More Than Starting Associates?

    • Metro Detroit Attorney at Law Magazine
    • December 2012
    Authors: David H. Fink

    David Fink argues for increased compensation for Michigan's judges in his Legal Trends column, in Attorney at Law Magazine.

  • What Happened to the Big Firm Litigation Advantage?

    • Metro Detroit Attorney at Law Magazine
    • January 2013
    Authors: David H. Fink

    David Fink, in his Legal Trends column, in Attorney at Law Magazine, discusses how new technology and other changes have leveled the litigation playing field between big firms and small firms.

David H. Fink's Skills & Expertise

  1. Litigation
  2. Class Actions
  3. Securities Fraud Litigation
  4. Environmental Law
  5. Insurance Coverage Law
  6. Antitrust
  7. Probate Disputes
  8. Consumer Fraud
  9. FLSA Collective Actions
  10. Construction Law
  11. Municipal Law
  12. Intergovernmental Issues
  13. Partnership Dissolution
  14. Shareholder Oppression
  15. Eminent Domain
  16. Constitutional Law
  17. Headlee Amendment Litigation
  18. Commercial Litigation
  19. Shareholder Derivative Litigation
  20. Negotiation
  21. Employment Law
  22. Contract Negotiations
  23. Arbitration
  24. Mediation
  25. Competition Law
  26. Contract Negotiation
  27. Product Liability
  28. Fraud
  29. Civil Litigation
  30. Courts
  31. Bankruptcy
  32. Legal Research
  33. Trials
  34. Family Law
  35. Legal Writing
  36. Dispute Resolution
  37. Appeals
  38. Personal Injury
  39. Securities Litigation
  40. Consumer Law
  41. Trial Practice
  42. Wrongful Death
  43. Breach Of Contract
  44. Employment Discrimination
  45. Jury Trials
  46. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  47. Torts
  48. Business Litigation
  49. Non-compete Agreements

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David H. Fink's Education

Harvard Law School

Cum Laude, JD


Activities and Societies: Harvard Legal Aid, Williston Contract Competition Award Co-founder John Stuart Mill Society

Harvard University

BA Magna Cum Laude, Economics


Senior Honors Thesis--The Equity Implications of the Minimum Tax on Tax Preference Income.

Activities and Societies: Kennedy Institute of Politics--member Student Advisory Committee.

Oak Park High School


David H. Fink's Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

Current: State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee Bloomfield Hills Schools Foundation, President, Michigan State Officers Compensation Commission-appointed by Gov Granholm, Metro Detroit Jewish Family Services--Bd of Directors Detroit Econ Club--Life Member. Prior Positions: Judicial Advisory Committee-for Senators Levin and Stabenow, Michigan Association for Justice-Bd of Directors, Bloomfield Hills Recreation Commission--appointed by Bd of Education, Bloomfield Hills Schools Blue Ribbon Committee on School Finance, Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environmental Policy Committee, Detroit/Wayne County Roundtable on Sustainable Development--Bd of Directors--appointed by Wayne County Exec and Detroit Mayor, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Environmental Task Force, Michigan State Legislative Ad Hoc Committee on Revitalizing Michigan's Cities--appointed by legislative leaders, State Bar Environmental Law Section Council.

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