Michigan native, Wade Fink, comes from an impressive lineage of two well-known, prominent lawyers in Michigan. The only son of Neil Fink and Kimberly Stout, Wade continued his parent’s legacy by following in their footsteps by pursuing a career in criminal and civil defense. For those unaware, Neil Fink was considered one of Michigan’s top attorneys, after taking on numerous well-known cases throughout his auspicious career. Wade would eventually graduate at the top of his law school class, achieve high scores on the Michigan Bar Exam, and spend the first few years of his career working for Dickinson Wright before taking the jump to start a law firm of his own.
Think313 had the opportunity to sit down with Wade and ask him a few questions.
Why criminal defense?
Growing up, Wade was in attendance with his father during multiple notable cases. With the opportunity to witness many of these high profile cases first hand, Wade developed a respect and appreciation for constitutional rights at a very early age. “I strongly believe in constitutional protections for the individual. By representing anyone and everyone, charged or accused, guilty or innocent and giving the best representation will ensure that the criminal justice system will be there for the person that is actually innocent.” says Wade Fink. He continued, “as a general manner, the main reason I am a criminal defense lawyer is that I am here to see that the system is protected for the person that is innocent”.
What is the main difference with retained or a court-appointed counsel?
“There is a big stigma that gets attached to appointed counsel. If you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you and I think people have attached a stigma to an appointed lawyer for one reason or another. Let me tell you, some of the best lawyers in the world who also happen to take big fees on cases also do appointed work as their charity work, community service, their dedication to the practice- myself included. Some of the lawyers that take on appointed work- that’s just what their drive and passion is, to help the indigent, to help the people who need it. Any bad stigma that comes from appointed lawyers comes from the fact that they are way too over-worked. Some of these lawyers have 600 files on their desk and are completely over-worked. You can’t expect them to know everyone personally. It’s unfair and unrealistic and that’s no fault to the lawyer but a fault to the system (which Michigan is working on fixing).”
Wade is currently at Wade Fink Law firm, of counsel at Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein PLLC law firm located on Maple Rd in Birmingham, Michigan. To look further more into Wade’s firm or practices please visit his website at www.wadefinklaw.com.
By Victoria Tsai
Social Media Coordinator at JMJ Phillip Group