Lee K. Fink


Counsel
lfink@ggtriallaw.com
Direct: (949) 383-2865
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Orange County

650 Town Center Drive
Suite 1700
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Main: (949) 383-2800


Lee Fink is an experienced litigator and former senior government official.  Mr. Fink’s experience includes overseeing enforcement litigation for a federal cabinet department, overseeing securities litigation for a major public pension fund, and practice in the private sector representing a broad range of clients in complex commercial disputes, including motion picture studios, accounting firms, technology companies.  Mr. Fink has also engaged in significant pro bono practice, volunteering as a prosecutor through the Trial Advocacy Prosecution Program (TAPP) and being part of a litigation team that won a major civil rights case before the California Supreme Court.  In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Fink has held senior roles in several political campaigns.

Prior to joining Greenberg Gross, Mr. Fink served as the Deputy General Counsel for the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS), the $15 Billion public pension fund for Orange County.  In that capacity, Mr. Fink was responsible for litigating multiple claims brought against the retirement system as well as overseeing the system’s portfolio of securities litigation cases, including actions against several major financial institutions and publicly traded corporations.

Mr. Fink served as a senior political appointee and lawyer in the Obama Administration.  Most recently, Mr. Fink served as Principal Deputy Counsel at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the second ranking legal officer of more than 280 lawyers and legal professionals.  In that capacity, he was responsible for the lawyers involved in USDA’s regulatory enforcement, overseeing legal advice given to the biotech, food safety, nutrition, commodity, and rural development programs.  During President Obama’s first term, he was a Senior Advisor at NASA and worked in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, vetting political appointees.

Mr. Fink practiced for six years at the Century City office of O’Melveny & Myers, where he had a broad practice of complex commercial litigation.  After law school, Mr. Fink was a judicial clerk for the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Fink has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his law degree from New York University, where he served as Editor-in-Chief/Chairperson of the Moot Court Board and was selected as a member of the Order of the Barristers. In law school he interned for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and participated in the NYU Federal Defender Clinic.

Representative Matters

Private Practice

  • Obtained a complete defense judgment and award on cross-complaint in a multi-million dollar arbitration on behalf of a major electronics company, regarding the manufacturing and assembly of printed circuit boards.
  • Represented a major package delivery service in a multi-district litigation defending class action claims brought in 36 states over the employment status of its independent contractors.
  • Successfully represented a major motion picture studio in a dispute over the earnings and accounting of a trilogy of Academy Award winning motion pictures.
  • Represented a major motion picture studio in investigations by the Federal Trade Commission regarding violence in entertainment.
  • Represented Big Four accounting firm in multiple SEC investigations into its audit practices and clients.
  • Represented an individual plaintiff in a ground-breaking civil rights case to prohibit discrimination by medical providers on the basis of sexual orientation.North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, Inc. v. Superior Court (Benitez), 44 Cal. 4th 1145 (2008).
  • Prosecuted misdemeanor cases on behalf of the Redondo Beach City Prosecutor’s Office on a pro bono

Government Service

  • Represented a major public pension fund in securities litigation stemming from a mining company’s false statements in connection with the largest environmental disaster in Brazil history.
  • Represented a major public pension fund in antitrust litigation against numerous major banks who schemed to prevent the development of an anonymous exchange for securities lending.
  • Represented public pension fund in employment discrimination cases and retaliation claims.
  • Oversaw the litigation leading to the D.C. Circuit issuing a Writ of Mandamus to quash a deposition subpoena directed to the Secretary of Agriculture.
  • Defended the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Agriculture in depositions in civil litigation.
  • Represented the Department of Agriculture in responding to subpoenas and oversight investigations instituted by Congressional Committees.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member, OCBA Finance Committee, OCBA Community Outreach Committee, and OCBA Pro Bono Committee
  • Board Member and Membership Chair, Orange County Cal Alumni Association
  • Former Member, Redondo Beach Planning Commission, 2007-2008
  • Former Member, Redondo Beach Budget & Finance Commission, 2003-2007

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 2001

  • Order of the Barristers
  • Chairperson (Editor-in-Chief), NYU Moot Court Board
  • Federal Defender Clinic
  • Norman S. Ostrow Scholarship for Outstanding Service
  • First Place – Defendant, NYU Trial Advocacy Society 1L Tournaments, Fall 1998 and Spring 1999

 

B.A., University of California, Berkeley (Political Science) 1998

  • ASUC Executive Vice President
  • Solon E. Summerfield Leadership Scholarship for Outstanding Student Leaders
  • Tuba Section Leader and Assistant Drum Major for Administration, Cal Marching Band

 

Clerkship

Law Clerk for the Honorable David O. Carter, United States District Court for the Central District of California (2001-2002)

Admissions

State of California

District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

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