Mesirow & fink in the news
In the thirty two years the Steven Fink has been practicing law, the field of Employment Law has mushroomed from matters that largely dealt with unions to what has become one of the dominant and complex legal arenas of the 21st century. As Mr., Fink sums it up, “The secret to representing any employee against his or her employer or former employer is twofold: First you must the facts which give rise to a legitimate claim; and second, you need a good lawyer to keep you in court or to achieve a satisfactory settlement. The conceptual and legal barriers which any employee faces are daunting, if not downright scary. Most of the time I feel like David, battling Goliath,” adds Mr. Fink. “The employer is usually represented by a large law firm with highly paid lawyers. The bottom line is that if you can survive the legal gauntlet, most employers simply do not want to face a jury trial” Overcoming those odds is no small task, but it is the stuff on which Mr. Fink thrives and – sometime to the dismay of his family and friends – enjoys.
Mr. Fink is a partner in Mesirow & Fink, a small but energetic and creative law firm founded in 1976. Mr. Fink is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, and he has five times been selected by San Jose Magazine as one of the top lawyers in Employment Law. His longtime partner, Charles M. Mesirow, a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, has served as a member of the Santa Clara Country District Attorney’s Office and the chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California.
Mr. Fink concentrates his practice in the fields on Employment Law, Business and Civil Litigation, including state and federal civil rights, sexual harassment, gender and disability discrimination, Labor Code, “whistle-blower” and wrongful termination claims. While most of his clients are employees or former employees, he also represent employers. Though he began his career practicing Entertainment Law in Los Angeles, Mr. Fink and wife traded the glamour of Hollywood for the San Jose Area’s charms. That early exposure to big city, high pressure civil cases has served him well, particularly when dealing with the complex issues involved in modern employment cases.
“The best way I can put it that when faced with an Employment Law problem, pretend that you are dealing with an illness. The bad news is that you have an illness. The good news is that with the help of a good lawyer, and the legal tools available to him or her, those problems are often treatable, if not curable.