David H. Fink
Firm: Fink + Associates Law
Address: 38500 Woodward Ave., Suite 350
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Membership: State Bar of Michigan; Oakland County Bar Association; Michigan Association for Justice (Executive Board 2009—); Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan.
University: Harvard University, B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, 1974, Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1977
Admitted: 1977, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1978, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1986, U.S. Supreme Court; 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; U.S. Di
Biography: 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 two major class action matters pending in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan-the On Star Contract Litigation (a consumer class action) and the Refrigerant Compressors Antitrust Litigation. He also serves as court-appointed interim co-lead counsel in the Enbridge Oil Spill Litigation (environmental damages claims relating to a major oil spill in the Kalamazoo River), pending in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Mr. Fink has handled a wide range of 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. In January 2011, Mr. Fink, along with associate Darryl Bressack, created Fink + Associates Law, 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. Mr. Fink began his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the Law Department of the City of Detroit. In 1978, Mr. Fink and former State Senator Daniel S. Cooper began a small law firm that eventually became Fink, Zausmer Kaufman, P.C., a 20 lawyer firm, with offices in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Detroit Michigan. In 2002, Mr. Fink left the private practice of law to pursue public service. At that time, Fink, Zausmer & Kaufman became two firms— Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Tayler, in Farmington Hills and Williams Acosta, in Detroit. After an unsuccessful campaign for US Congress, Mr. Fink was appointed to serve as State Employer in the Cabinet of Governor Jennifer Granholm. The State Employer is the Governor's Chief Negotiator for all labor matters. Mr. Fink was also assigned by the Governor to pursue special projects, including negotiation of the 21st Century Jobs Fund. In 2005, Mr. Fink returned to the private practice of law as a Senior Partner in The Miller Law Firm, where he handled individual and class action litigation, including securities fraud, securities derivative, consumer fraud, antitrust, shareholder oppression and other business litigation. In 2006, Mr. Fink was appointed by the Governor to mediate a complex dispute between the Detroit Medical Center and the Wayne State University Medical School, resulting in a resolution that averted a serious health care crisis and guided the relationship between those two entities for the next three and a half years. Current Positions: Bloomfield Hills Schools Foundation Board of Directors, Michigan State Officers Compensation Commission-appointed by Governor Granholm-term expires 2014, Jewish Family Services of Metropolitan Detroit-Board of Directors, Michigan Association for Justice-Board of Directors, Judicial Advisory Committee-appointed by Senators Levin and Stabenow. Previous Positions: Bloomfield Hills Recreation Commission-appointed by Bloomfield Hills Board of Education, Bloomfield Hills School District Blue Ribbon Committee on School Finance, Energy and Environmental Policy Committee of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Detroit/Wayne County Roundtable on Sustainable Development-Board of Directors-appointed by Wayne County Executive and Mayor of City of Detroit, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Environmental Task Force, Michigan State Legislative Ad Hoc Committee on Revitalizing Michigan's Cities appointed by legislative leaders, Michigan State Bar Environmental Law Section Council. Member: Detroit Economic Club (Life Member). Super Lawyer in Class Action and Business Litigation, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, designated by Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine; Business Top Lawyer Metro Detroit, Class Action and Business Litigation, 2010; Leader in the Law, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2011.