Jeffrey Neil Fink
Jeffrey Fink, Esq.
462 Washington Street
I am a lawyer in Wellesley, Massachusetts who strives to provide clients with large firm quality and responsiveness in a small firm setting. My 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, I advise on a number of different types of discrete business and commercial law projects. These include putting mergers and acquisitions, financing, complex business organization and other business deals together as well as helping to negotiate the resolution of issues such as partner disputes.
Alternative Dispute Resolution:
I became interested in alternative dispute resolution after seeing how frustrated my clients became with the time and resources the litigation system took to resolve certain kinds of disagreements. I have 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 I do not come from a traditional family law background, it has been my experience that dispute resolution tools can be extremely helpful to clients in family matters, including divorces and estate disputes.
• Family mediation
• Collaborative family law
My litigation practice is limited to a strategic or litigation management mode. I do not make court appearances.
I 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 I was Senior Counsel; Friedman & Kaplan; Perkins Coie; and Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol (which has now been absorbed into Ropes & Gray). After relocating to Boston, I was a partner in a small firm that focused on representing venture-backed companies, Convergent GC, LLC, before striking out on my own and expanding into the ADR and family law worlds.
I hold a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. I am active in a number of professional organizations including the American Bar Association, where I am 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 I am Co-chair of the Collaborative Business Law Practice Group and a member of the Public Education Committee; and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. I am the author of the Kung Fu Mediation blog, www.kungfumediation.com (and approach conflict from a different perspective as a second degree black belt in kung fu) and am a regular contributor to Family Mediation Quarterly and various other publications.
My 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.
Collaborative law and mediation of family and business disputes, arbitration, settlement counsel, outside general counsel, business law