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OVERVIEW

Stephen L. Fink
Partner

Fort Wayne

888 S. Harrison Street
Suite 600
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

P 260-425-4664

F 260-424-8316

OVERVIEW

Stephen L. Fink
Partner

Fort Wayne

888 S. Harrison Street
Suite 600
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

P 260-425-4664

F 260-424-8316

Steve Fink is a traditional real estate lawyer who also litigates. He advises on real estate transactions, land use and zoning, eminent domain, construction, and local counsel opinions. He also represents clients in litigation involving real estate and in commercial disputes, including bankruptcy.

OVERVIEW

Steve Fink is a traditional real estate lawyer who also litigates. He advises on real estate transactions, land use and zoning, eminent domain, construction, and local counsel opinions. He also represents clients in litigation involving real estate and in commercial disputes, including bankruptcy.

As a young lawyer, Steve was a commercial litigator primarily representing creditors in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts. His clients frequently took title to real estate, and asked Steve to assist in the disposition of this real estate. This real estate was often distressed for a variety of reasons, and as a result, years ago, Steve gained significant experience in both litigation and commercial real estate.

Steve has been involved in litigation and transactions involving office buildings, strip malls, hotels, apartments, a swimming complex, a marina, incomplete housing developments, industrial parks, funeral homes, railroads and right of ways, manufacturing facilities, signage, livestock operations, gravel pits, schools, a college campus, and farming operations. He has represented a variety of businesses in real estate development, land use and zoning matters. He also regularly represents parties in construction disputes, property disputes, eminent domain, and all sorts of commercial litigation.

Steve is the author of Acquiring Distressed Commercial Real Estate, and co-author of The Bankruptcy Code and Indiana’s Mechanic’s Lien Law. He was seminar co-chairman, speaker and author for “Foreclosure and Repossession in Indiana,” sponsored by the National Business Institute. He was co-chairman and speaker at a seminar titled “Protecting Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy,” and co-chairman and speaker at a seminar titled “Credit & Collections in Indiana” sponsored by CPM Seminar Systems, Inc. He spoke on bankruptcy issues at an ICLEF seminar titled “Issues in Commercial Real Estate.”

Steve is annually recognized on the Indiana Super Lawyers and the The Best Lawyers in America lists in both bankruptcy and real estate. He has twice been named Fort Wayne Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year by Super Lawyers. In 2011, he was recognized as a "Northeast Indiana Top 100 Connector" by Leadership Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for being someone who is able to make meaningful connections for others.

In addition to his real estate and commercial litigation practices, Steve is a registered mediator.

Professional and Community Involvement

Council member, Indiana State Bar Association Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Section

Member, Allen County Bar Association Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Section

Former director, Allen County Bar Association

Member, American Bankruptcy Institute

Member, Commercial Law League of America

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2020

Indiana Super Lawyers, 2010-2020

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Northeast Indiana Top 100 Connectors, 2011

EXPERIENCE
  • Fisher Body v. Lincoln National Bank & Trust Company of Fort Wayne, 563 N.E.2d 149 (Ind. App. 1990)
  • Beradi v. Hardware Wholesalers, Inc., 625 N.E.2d 1259 (Ind. App. 1994)
  • Pollas v. Hardware Wholesalers, Inc., 663 N.E.2d 1188 (Ind. App. 1996)
  • Lachmund v. ADM Investor Services, Inc., 191 F.3d 777 (7th Cir. 1999)
  • In Re Bluffton Castings Corp., 186 F.3d 857 (7th Cir. 1999)
  • Greenfield v. Arden Seven Penn Partners, LP, 757 N.E.2d 699 (Ind. App. 2001)
  • Leasing One Corp. v. Caterpillar Financial Services Corp., 776 N.E.2d 408 (Ind. App. 2002)
  • Filmore LLC v. Filmore Machine & Tool Co., 783 N.E.2d 1169 (Ind. App. 2003)
  • Forty One Associates, LLC v. Bluefield Associates LP, 809 N.E.2d 422 (Ind. App. 2004)
  • Southtown Properties, LLC v. City of Fort Wayne Department of Redevelopment, 840 N.E.2d 393 (Ind. App. 2006)
  • Al Perry Enterprises, Inc. v. Appalachian Fuels, LLC, 503 F.3d 538 (6th Cir. 2007)
  • Charles Downey Family Limited Partnership v. S&V Liquor, Inc., 880 N.E.2d 322 (Ind. App. 2008)
  • AgStar Financial Services, FLCA v. Rock Creek Dairy Leasing, LLC, 709 F.Supp.2d 691 (N.D. Ind. 2010)
  • AgStar Financial Services, Inc. v. Rock Creek Dairy, 709 F. Supp.2d 691 (N.D. Ind. 2010)
  • Calkins v. Leto, 56 N.E.3d 728 (Ind. App. 2016)
  • Mitchell v. Turoczy Bonding Company, 2018 WL 3815057
  • DeKalb County Airport Authority v. DeKalb County Board of Zoning Appeals, 2018 WL 4939082
PUBLICATIONS
  • Acquiring Distressed Commercial Real Estate, July 2011
  • Commercial Finance & Insolvency Bulletin, September 2009
  • Auto Supplier Newsletter, Vol. 2, Issue 4, October 2007
  • Auto Supplier Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 5 
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