Attorney. Mediator and Arbitrator. Advisor.
Jeffrey Fink is a lawyer in Wellesley, Massachusetts who provides his clients with large firm quality and responsiveness in a small firm setting. His practice has three main areas of focus: business law, alternative dispute resolution and family law.
In addition to serving as outside general counsel to clients in a number of industries, Jeff advises on discrete projects including:
- Business and commercial law
- Contract preparation and review
- Business organizations (business formation and dissolution, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, representing early stage, venture-backed and established companies)
- Mergers and acquisitions of private companies
- Business financing
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Jeff became interested in alternative dispute resolution after seeing how frustrated his clients became with the time and resources the litigation system took to resolve certain kinds of disagreements. He has found that the combination of common sense, deal-oriented negotiation and the ability to listen closely to parties in conflict serves clients across the spectrum, particularly in helping to focus all the parties on incentives for resolution.
- Settlement counsel
- Collaborative law (Collaborative business law)
- ADR ethics
While he does not have the background of a traditional family lawyer, Jeff’s experience is that dispute resolution tools can be extremely helpful to clients in family matters, including divorces and estate disputes.
- Family mediation
- Collaborative law
Jeff’s litigation practice is limited to a strategic or litigation management mode. He does not make court appearances.
Jeff came to this mix of practices after many years in the corporate law departments of major international law firms in New York and Seattle: Proskauer Rose, LLP, where he was Senior Counsel; Friedman & Kaplan; Perkins Coie; and Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol (which has now been absorbed into Ropes & Gray). His broad experience included:
- representing private equity and venture capital funds and their portfolio companies, raising funds and establishing complex partnership and compensation arrangements for funds of up to $1 billion in committed capital;
- advising on, structuring and documenting public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public offerings and Rule 144A offerings, private debt and equity financings and debt restructurings;
- technology licensing and development; and
- acting as outside general counsel to publicly and privately held businesses in a wide variety of manufacturing, marketing and service industries, including employee matters, general commercial and other operational matters, attendance at board meetings, preparation of SEC periodic reports and interfacing with people at all levels of client organizations to address strategic and operational concerns.
After relocating to Boston, he was a partner in a small firm that focused on representing venture-backed companies, Convergent GC, LLC, before striking out on his own.
Jeff holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is active in a number of professional organizations including the American Bar Association, where he is Vice-Chair of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Dispute Resolution Section’s Collaborative Law Committee; the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, where he is a member of the Board of Directors, Co-chair of the Collaborative Business Law Practice Group and a member of the Public Education Committee; and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, where he is a member of the Marketing Committee. He is the author of the popular Kung Fu Mediation blog (he approaches conflict from a different perspective as a second degree black belt in kung fu) and is a regular contributor to Family Mediation Quarterly and various online publications.
Jeff’s pro bono work includes serving as a mediator for the Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and serving as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Legal Fee Dispute Arbitration Board.