David H. Fink
Managing Partner at Fink + Associates Law
- Greater Detroit Area
- Law Practice
David H. Fink's Overview
- Managing Partner at Fink + Associates Law
- 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
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.
Class Action litigation
FLSA Collective Actions
Construction Contract Disputes
Eminent Domain (condemnation)
David H. Fink's Experience
Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Law Practice industry
January 2011 – Present (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.
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Law Practice industry
2005 – December 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
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry
February 2003 – November 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.
Fink, Zausmer & Kaufman, P.C.
1978 – 2002 (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 1977 – August 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 LitigationAmerican Lawyer Media
2011 Leader in the LawMichigan Lawyers Weekly
Super Lawyer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013Michigan SuperLawyers Magazine
David H. Fink's Publications
Authors: David H. Fink
- Metro Detroit Attorney at Law Magazine
- December 2012
David Fink argues for increased compensation for Michigan's judges in his Legal Trends column, in Attorney at Law Magazine.
Authors: David H. Fink
- Metro Detroit Attorney at Law Magazine
- January 2013
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
- Class Actions
- Securities Fraud Litigation
- Environmental Law
- Insurance Coverage Law
- Probate Disputes
- Consumer Fraud
- FLSA Collective Actions
- Construction Law
- Municipal Law
- Intergovernmental Issues
- Partnership Dissolution
- Shareholder Oppression
- Eminent Domain
- Constitutional Law
- Headlee Amendment Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Shareholder Derivative Litigation
- Employment Law
- Contract Negotiations
- Competition Law
- Contract Negotiation
- Product Liability
- Civil Litigation
- Legal Research
- Family Law
- Legal Writing
- Dispute Resolution
- Personal Injury
- Securities Litigation
- Consumer Law
- Trial Practice
- Wrongful Death
- Breach Of Contract
- Employment Discrimination
- Jury Trials
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Business Litigation
- Non-compete Agreements
David H. Fink's Education
Cum Laude, JD
1974 – 1977
Activities and Societies: Harvard Legal Aid, Williston Contract Competition Award Co-founder John Stuart Mill Society
BA Magna Cum Laude, Economics
1970 – 1974
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
1967 – 1970
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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