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Steven Alan Fink

Real estate Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2014

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    25%
    Representation of general contractors and homeowners in contract negotiations and dispute resolution

    44 years

  2. Contracts and agreements
    25%
    Drafting business contracts, buy-sell agreements, purchase and sale agreements, partnership agreements

    44 years

  3. Litigation
    25%
    Superior Court litigation in business, real estate, construction and contract disputes

    44 years, 500 cases

  4. Real estate
    25%
    Representation of mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, homeowners regarding purchase and sale of property and title issues

    44 years

Legal services are too expensive and too impersonal.  My mission is to change that.  I offer big firm quality at small firm prices and service.

 

When not practicing law, I love to play tennis, read mysteries, and do the NY Times crossword puzzle in pen.

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Location

Steven Alan Fink
13 Corporate Plaza Dr Ste 150
Newport Beach, CA, 92660

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Posted by MW | August 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steve is a rare find.
He works exceedingly harder than the lot of lawyers out there and is an expert. He has an admirable and fun sense of humor that we enjoyed throughout his representation of us. My husband is on Active Duty in the military and I am a veteran. We were blessed to find Steve on an emergency recommendation from our valued new realtor. Our case was in shambles from a previous lawyer and Steve was kind enough to not only take it over mid swing and repair it, but he was also able to settle everything out of court. He rescued us from being stuck with a full mortgage on an enlisted military salary for an uninhabitable home. He is wise, forthright, ethical and a champion. He is a one of a kind lawyer.
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Posted by Angie Weeks | July 16, 2014
Amazing Results for Orange County Real Estate Attorney Services - So thankful!!!!
I just wanted to profusely thank Steve Fink for helping my client through a very sticky real estate situation!!! He is amazing & I highly recommend him :) Last week, I had a seller deny an inspector access to his property, which caused my buyer to be late on her closing. The seller threatened to cancel the escrow and keep the buyer's deposit, while he knew the reason we could not close was because the inspector was not allowed back in. I called CAR legal, and was beyond disappointed when they told me there was nothing that could be done past day 17 to force a seller allow additional inspections, even if they were follow up. Seriously??? Nothing??!! In desperation I went to Steve because I knew this was not fair, he has dealt with thousands of contracts, and he would have an angle. Within hours, Steve had a letter beautifully written and emailed to the stubborn seller. The next day the seller let the inspector in (it was over an FHA loan requirement for smoke detectors in every bedroom of all things!) and the buyer was able to get her loan funded. I gave her the keys today, and this is all thanks to Steve's knowledge and quick action to help a deserving person in need. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
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Posted by Sheldon | February 4, 2011
Prescriptive Easement
The only Lawyer to answer my problem . Although a little hard for a laymen to understand his legal talk, he did answer my questions. Thank you.
Posted by Angela | December 29, 2010
Avvo response
I posted a question on Avvo "Ask a Lawyer" page. He responded right away. I sent him a follow up question email, and he gave me helpful responses/answers. The situation is such that I could not pursue the course necessary, but I was grateful for his sincere responses and help.
Posted by Shaun | June 28, 2010
Steven is very knowledgable when it comes to helping clients with mortgage troubles.
Steven and I have established a relationship through the O.C.LeTip group we belong to. Steven and I have discussed many avenues and situations on how to combat illegal Trustee Bank Auction sales. We have saught to give the clients the best advise and direction through our collective knowledge in our separate fields. Steve has saved my clients undo pain and strain just by being a good listener and keeping the clients focused on the ultimate goal, renegotiating a better loan situation. I whole heartedly endorse Steven and he has earned that by going the extra mile for his clients and mine.
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Posted by Scott | May 12, 2010
Great Lawyer with exceptional skills!
Steve has worked with me in contract review, document setup for my corporation, and overall advice for my business. I will use him for all of my business dealings in the future.
Posted by DW | September 28, 2009
Steven Fink saved me 25 Million Dollars
Steven Fink was retained to clean up a big mess left by previous counsel. The case involved dealing with individuals who did not operate inside any ethical boundaries. He handled our case professionally and did not allow the pathetic nature of the plaintiff to intimidate him or engage him in any type of behavior that wasn't completely professional. We worked well with him when collaborative efforts were needed. He was flexible and available to talk off line. Steve was very accomodating when it came to coordinating schedules for emergency meetings. He helped eliminate much of the anxiety associated with the type of case we were involved with and we are grateful that we chose to work with him. Mr. Fink looks like a mild mannered attorney, which he is, but he will stand up for you when the time comes. We are so relieved to know that we have an attorney that will fight our battles for us so we don't have to end up in the courtroom! Thank You, Steve!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 495-550 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014.

Discipline, Probation; no Actual Suspension issued in CA, 2014
updated on 01/20/2016

This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Law Offices of Steven A. Fink
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Fink & Abraham LLP
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Of Counsel
  • Daehnke And Cruz
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Partner
  • Eisenberg & Fink
  • 1999 - 2004
  • Of Counsel
  • Crowell & Moring
  • 1992 - 1999
  • Partner
  • Thelen Marrin Johnson & Bridges
  • 1985 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of David Bloom
  • 1980 - 1985
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Education

  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Tulane University
  • undergraduate
  • 1976

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Banaag v. Case Systems, Inc.
  • Judgment for Defense. Affirmed on appeal
  • Phalen v. Equicity
  • Defense Judgment and award of fees and costs
  • Boyajian v. Ayvazian
  • Court found note usurious. Reduced interest.

Associations

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County
  • Mock Trial Coach
  • 2007 - Present
  • William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of Court
  • Program Director
  • 2002 - Present
  • Orange County LeTip
  • President
  • 2008 - 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Jerusalem Leadership Award
  • Jewish Federation of Orange County
  • 1992

Publications

  • California Law
  • Zero Tolerance
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • How to Litigate Residential Foreclosure Cases
  • Real Estate
  • 2015
  • Sept. Real Estate Focus Group
  • Real Estate Law
  • 2014
  • Real Estate Issues in Current Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • 2007
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Construction Law
  • 1996
  • Crowell & Moring LLP Annual Conference
  • California Construction Law
  • 1995
  • Crowell & Moring LLP Annual Conference
  • California Labor Law
  • 1994
  • CEB Expert Witness in California
  • Expert witnesses
  • 1993
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Attorney endorsements

Received (43)
Given (39)
Endorse Steven
Real estate Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven without reservation. He has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and is a superb litigator."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Other
"Highly skilled and respected in the community. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Steven Fink. His legal answers in the Avvo community are accurate and helpful to individuals who have asked for some advice on how to handle their case. His contributions show an excellent knowledge of law and procedure. He is an asset to our profession."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer as one who is a specialist in their field and highly recommend."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Steven Fink. Based on his legal answers on Avvo, he has an impressive knowledge of the law. He is obviously experienced, skilled, and dedicated to his profession. An asset to the legal field."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Construction and development Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With a great track record of hundreds of published answers to consumer questions on Avvo.com and the recommendations from clients and attorneys alike, it is easy to see that attorney Fink is skilled and knows the law well, too. Kudos."
Business Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is an expert at what he does and is well respected by his peers. I have sought guidance from him on several occasions, and have found him to be extremely helpful and insightful. Steve is a consummate professional and I would not hesitate to turn to him for my clients' complex business matters."
Business Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Fink's stellar reputation in the community preceded him prior to me coming to know him personally. Upon meeting and getting to know Mr. Fink, his reputation was reaffirmed--he is insightful and passionate about his clients and their interests."
Real estate Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven Alan Fink has helped a number of people through his contributions on avvo. I have read several of his contributions and have found them to be thoughtful, informative and practical. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Since joining Avvo I have read many of the answers posted by Mr. Fink and they are consistently accurate, thoughtful and thorough as well as polite and to the point. I can't think of a better combination of qualities that a client would wnat in seeking an attorney."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Fink exemplifies the very best attributes of an active attorney and a level of professionalism we should all aspire to. Honesty, dedication and a love of the law which means. giving back to others who lack our understanding of the law. The thousands years of combined legal experience of professionals activity participating in forum represent some of the very best of our profession, which is after all, at its base is desire to those in need. This Attorney’s experience allows to obtain excellent results for his clients. Most importantly, this Attorney is willing to help complete strangers (as is the case in this forum) with legal problem for which we may have some helpful information and thereby demystify the legal process as much as possible. I would recommend this Attorney without any hesitation for all practice areas listed.."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven Fink demonstrates excellent knowledge and experience in a wide variety of legal matters, particularly with regard to real estate and business disputes. I have tremendous respect for his sound legal knowledge and ability to communicate that knowledge. He is an asset to our legal community. It is my pleasure to endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Mr. Fink through coaching high school mock trial. I can say without a doubt that Mr. Fink is a zealous advocate and a strategic thinker. His mastery of trial procedure and practice is first-class, and he is an amazing coach and mentor to the kids. I definitely endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Mr. Fink through his responses to questions on avvo.com, and from there have gained a great respect for his knowledge in Real Estate and Development issues.. These matters can be extremely convoluted, but his answers clearly demonstrate his abilities. I have confidently added Mr. Fink to my attorney referral list and should I have a client in need of a construction development consultation, I would not hesitate to call."
Family Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is a lawyer with a great deal of experience who is generous with his free substantive answers to questions online. He truly has a mission."
Child support Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Fink is an outstanding attorney with an wonderful reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal professin."
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Newport Beach Real estate Lawyer Steven Alan Fink
Steven Alan Fink
Real estate Attorney
Newport Beach, CA
Licensed for 43 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014. See details

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