Wellesley, MA (PRWEB) January 09, 2014
Collaborative lawyer and business attorney Jeffrey Fink has built a reputation in Massachusetts and around the country as settlement counsel, a subset of the new field of Collaborative Dispute Resolution. As co-chair of the Civil Committee of Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, he will make a presentation entitled “Toward an Ethics of Civil Collaborative Practice” later this year.
“I’m thrilled to be able to participate in the development of Collaborative Dispute Resolution,” said Fink. “I’m really looking forward to speaking about professional ethics and practice concerns at the Civil Committee of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council on March 19, 2014. Cooperative negotiation is often in the best interests of our clients, although many lawyers and clients mistake the word ‘collaborate’ for ‘capitulate.’ That’s not the case, at least in the way we engage in the discipline of Collaborative Practice. The practice is really catching on in divorce cases, but one of the things holding it back in civil cases is that we, as lawyers, have not worked through all the twists and turns of how to use these collaborative tools in the way we actually deliver legal services. Our practice under existing professional responsibility rules does not always work so well with the ethical standards of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. In my opinion, attorneys are more likely to adopt some form of Collaborative Practice for appropriate cases if they have a good, consistent set of guidelines. Our clients will benefit.”
Fink, a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, works in private practice focusing on business law and dispute resolution. He volunteers as a mediator and arbitrator for several organizations including the Community Dispute Settlement Center and the Massachusetts Legal Fee Arbitration Board. In addition to being a frequent writer on legal topics, he also writes about applying martial arts theories to negotiation and conflict resolution.