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David Alan Fink

Mediation Attorney at Oakland, CA

3.9   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

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Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    In addition to mediation, neutral services include Private Judging, Arbitration, recommending Referee and Parenting Coordination.

    36 years

  2. Family
    Practice limited to client-focused consensual dispute resolution, consultation for mediation, second opinion, Collaborative Practice, and consultation for settlement negotiations.

    36 years

My practice with individual clients is limited to consensual dispute resolution (settlement) of family law disputes (divorce, separation, premarital agreements), without going to court and without the intervention of third party decision makers. Such processes include working in Collaborative Practice, as Settlement Counsel and as a consulting attorney for a client in mediation.


I also serve couples and families by helping them to resolve their own disputes in private and on their own terms by acting as a neutral mediator.


I help people to reach fair and equitable resolutions that respect the needs of both parents and the needs of their children. I believe that people should have every opportunity to craft their own solutions when their family undergoes a transition.  In my experience, this leads to better results and minimizes the emotional anf financial damage that can occur in a hostile and adversarial separation and divorce.


Fink Family Law
1425 Leimert Blvd.
Suite 402
Oakland, CA, 94602

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Posted by Mark | February 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Mediator
David is an expert, first and foremost. My ex-wife and I hired him to mediate the property-division aspect of our case. David was patience with us and guided us through the process with a steady-hand. I found his fees to be completely reasonable, and staff was very pleasant. Divorce is a difficult process. If you have to hire attorneys, mediators, etc., you want to hire not only a qualified expert but also someone who is a compassionate individual. David is a true pro and will make the process easier for you.
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Posted by Anna | October 31, 2015
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Smart and compassionate attorney.
David helped guide me towards a fair and decent settlement, and did so allowing me to make my own decisions while giving me solid financial and legal advice. Divorce is painful and difficult. David helped with kindness, clarity and emotional support, as well as business smarts, and great negotiating skills...I was extremely lucky to have him as attorney.
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Posted by Naozer | October 27, 2015
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The Right Balance of Heart and Mind
David was my attorney for a collaborative divorce. The thing I liked most about David was his focus on getting to the right outcome from a human perspective. He never lost sight of the importance of the continuing relationship between my former spouse and me. His knowledge and experience were helpful in guiding me through the pros and cons of options for addressing issues, and he gave clear advice while leaving the decision to me. I have recommended David to two friends since, and expect I will refer him to others in the future.
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Posted by Bruce | October 26, 2015
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Trust me! He's the guy you want to hire.
David was amazing. Getting divorced is messy and was a first for me. David helped me understand the process and provided the sage advice that resulted in the best of all possible outcomes. 3 years later, I still look back thinking how lucky I was to have called him.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
David is a total pro
David is an outstanding attorney and mediator. He represented me in a challenging situation and his demeanor and approach are calm and collaborative.
Posted by Julia | February 22, 2011
A lawyer with integrity
David is currently helping me go through a complicated divorce that spans two continents. He is level-headed, intelligent, intuitive and pro-active when necessary. He's brought calm to some very tense moments in my divorce. I am happy to have found him.
Posted by Jim | February 22, 2011
A Comfortable Process And Winnning Result
I went to see David Fink on the recommendation of a firm that had been doing other kinds of work. I was about to embark on a major life change and begin a life partnership with the woman in my life. David worked very hard to make sure I fully understood the not only the legal possibilities, liabilities, and documentation required, but also my objectives in creating a legal road map for this step. I was more than pleased with the effort and the result.
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Posted by Lisa | February 22, 2011
Best Lawyer Money Can Buy
In addition to having a tremendous amount of integrity, legal expertise, and experience, David is the rare professional who truly cares about his clients. He helped me get the best possible settlement under difficult circumstances and did it with a great deal of gentlemanly panache. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Horrible, Bias, Unethical and Vindictive
David Fink was assigned to my ex and me as a special master to help mediate some very contentious issues between us. Initially David was very fair, and did a good job managing a very high conflict divorce. His bills however were off the charts. I began to fall behind in paying him and could not pay his bills in full. Once I fell behind in paying him David ruled 12 times against me on custody matters financial matters and even went so far as to deny my daughter medical treatment that was recommended by her doctor. He threatened me several times and when I would call him asking for help and to work on something he would remind me I owed him money. I hired an attorney and asked him to step down 12 times he never would until finally I got him removed by the Superior Court . He perjured himself in court and then asked the judge to grant him 24k in back fees I owed him. The judge only gave him half and removed him. I complained to the state BAR and they put him under the highest investigation. If you have a lot of money and time to waste hire him he will do well by you as long as you pay him off. All he does is travel to one of his 4 houses takes days weeks to get back to you and as a special master has ex parte with each party when he feels like it. He made me go to a meeting with my Ex and his new wife though I begged not to go and he was so enamored with her he kept casually touching her arm and letting her interrupt me over and over though she wasn't even part of the stipulation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2014
A lawyer with no integrity
I hired David to handle my divorce. His positive reviews are questionable since I had a very different experience. He was cordial in the first meeting but his indifference, lack of cultural sensitivity and disregard for others soon became apparent. It was a mistake to hire David Fink. He will do no work and charge you for it. A poor character serving his own best interest than helping his clients who funds his many out of town trips. Select an attorney wisely and beware of greed and callousness with this one.
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Posted by ziba | May 16, 2013
he did me wrong
David was my attorney for my divorce. my husband made over 12 million and I ended up with $530,000, David even told me that I have health insurance why do I need to get it from him. and he made me to give up my right for his SS. now 10 years later I can not afford a health insurance. what kind of attorney would give advice like that. as long as you have money to pay him ,he is fine, but as soon as he knows that money has run out he will try to settle even it is not good for his client . like me. after paying him an arm and leg, as soon as he knew the money is running out , he made me to settle for penats,with that much money with no health insurance and no SS. you tell me what kind of good attorney would do that. he even did not made sure that my daughter future would be secure.I still have problem with my x because of the way he deal with my daughter. David Fink I will never ever forgive you. You did not care to secure my daughter and my future even you got paid quite well. I can not afford a health insurance , I was married to a man for more than 9 years who made over 12 million dollars and I can not even afford health insurance . thank you , thank you. and they choose you as a best attorney? is a laugh ziba pourian
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  • Hourly Rates $ 595-625 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fink Family Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Principal
  • Nachlis & Fink, An Association of Attorneys
  • 1995 - 2019


  • Golden Gate University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983


  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2000 - Present
  • Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • 1993 - Present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • Board President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter
  • Chapter President
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Council of State Bar Sections, State Bar of California
  • Co-Chairman
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Family Law Section, State Bar of California
  • Chairman
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Family Law Section Exec. Comm., State Bar of California
  • Member/Advisor
  • 1996 - 2007
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • Board Member
  • 1996 - 2015
  • Family Law Section, Bar Assn of San Francisco
  • Chairman
  • 1995 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Northern California Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Northern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Eureka Award
  • Collaborative Practice California
  • 2007
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • 2007
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 10
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • Northern California Super Lawyer - Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2004
  • Bay Area's Top Family Law Attorneys
  • S.F. Chronicle
  • 2003
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Oakland Mediation Lawyer David Alan Fink
David Alan Fink
Mediation Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 36 years