In the March 25, 2013 issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly, David H. Fink discusses the need to increase compensation for Michigan’s judges in the publication’s weekly Viewpoint feature. Scroll down to read the text of the article, or click the link to view the online version.
Case closed: It is time to pay our judges more than starting associates
By: David H. Fink
The last time judges in the state of Michigan were given a pay increase was 2002. Since then, the consumer price index has increased nearly 30 percent.
Over that same period, despite significant concessions, pay for nonelected state employees has kept pace with inflation. It is well past time for the legal community to engage in a serious discussion about judicial compensation, and it’s time for the state Legislature to recognize we cannot continue to underpay our judges.
As a commissioner serving on the State Officers Compensation Commission, I proposed a modest increase in 2011 in what we pay our state Supreme Court justices — a 3 percent increase in 2013 and a 3 percent increase in 2014.
With the State of Michigan declaring a financial crisis in the City of Detroit, MyTV20 interviewed Managing Partner David H. Fink for his thoughts on the situation. Prior to founding Fink + Associate Law, Mr. Fink served in Governor Granholm’s cabinet as State Employer. In this role, he secured more than $350 million in savings for the State through negotiated employee concessions. Click on the photo below to watch the full clip.
In the most recent issue of Metro Detroit Attorney at Law, David H. Fink discusses how technology has leveled the playing field between big firms and small firms. Please click the article below to download a copy of the story, or scroll down to read the text of the article.
In the December 2012 edition of Metro Detroit Attorney at Law, Managing Partner David H. Fink wrote a feature Legal Trends article regarding judicial compensation. In the story, Mr. Fink explains why Michigan Judges should receive higher salaries. As Commissioner of the State Officers Compensation Commission, Mr. Fink sought a pay increase for state judges in 2011, but the State Legislature did not accept that recommendation. The last time Michigan’s judiciary was awarded a pay increase was more than 10 years ago. Please click the article below to download a copy of the story, or scroll down to read the text of the article.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., December 17, 2012 — Darryl Bressack has been named partner at Bloomfield Hills-based Fink + Associates Law. Managing Partner David H. Fink made the announcement.
“Darryl is an extraordinary legal talent committed to helping our clients,” said Fink. “He is focused, creative and fiercely intelligent. I am honored to have him as a partner.”
Mr. Bressack joined Fink + Associates Law in April of 2011 and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including individual and class actions, in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud and consumer fraud. In 2012, Mr. Bressack was honored as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” outstanding young litigators in Michigan by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Bressack earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida and his juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He has been listed multiple times as a Rising Star in Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine and was named a Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer in 2011. Mr. Bressack is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based Fink + Associates Law represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of complex commercial litigation and class action matters. The firm’s areas of practice include business disputes, antitrust, consumer fraud, environmental law, intergovernmental disputes, securities fraud, shareholder derivative litigation, and construction contract matters. For more information, call 248.971.2500 or visit www.finkandassociateslaw.com.