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Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Fred Finch is an experienced trial lawyer who has practiced in the areas of employment and labor law, business torts, and related matters for more than 39 years. After graduating from William Mitchell College of Law, Fred became a shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron. In 1990, he joined Bassford Remele.

He is an active and enthusiastic leader of the organized bar.  He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.  Among his other leadership positions, he has been President of the Hennepin County Bar Association, a member of the Assembly, Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association and has twice received the MSBA’s President’s Award for his exceptional contributions to the organization.  He served as Minnesota State Delegate to the American Bar Association.  He has made substantial contributions to the profession as chair of the MSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and a member of the MSBA Task Force on the 2005 Revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct.  He served as co-chair of the MSBA Hurricane Katrina Task Force, which has provided more than $500,000 in assistance to legal services programs in the Gulf Coast area since September, 2004.  That effort won the Harrison Tweed award from the American Bar Association.  He was a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee which led to the July 2009 comprehensive revision of the Minnesota Rules of Judicial Conduct.

Fred was guest moderator on legal issues for KSTP Radio’s “Ask the Lawyer.” He has presented numerous lectures and written articles on employment law, labor law and lawyers professional responsibility.


Practice Areas

Employment Law
Labor Law



Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Education

William Mitchell College of Law

J.D., 1973
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

University of Minnesota

B.A., 1967




Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Bar Admissions

State Bars
Minnesota, 1973

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1973
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1973
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 1973

Appellate Bars
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

 


Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Honors and Awards

David Graven Award for Public Service, Minnesota State Bar Association, as Co-Chair of the MSBA Katrina Relief Fund Task Force with The Honorable Cara Lee Neville, 2006

Harrison Tweed Award, American Bar Association, as Co-Chair of the MSBA Katrina Relief Fund Task Force

President’s Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2003

President’s Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2002

Who's Who in America

Charles J. Morris Award, 1981




Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Professional Awards and Memberships

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Member, 1990 - Present

Hennepin County Bar Foundation

Director
Member, 1985 - Present

Hennepin County Bar Association

President, 1988 - 1989
Member, Executive Committee, 1985 - 1990
Delegate to American Bar Association, 1991 - 1996
Member, Governing Council, 1980 - 2000
Member, Labor and Employment Law & Hennepin Lawyer Committees
Member, Ethics Committee, 1980-1986, 1990-1996, 1998-2002
Member, Task Force on Governance, 1990 - 1992

Minnesota State Bar Association

Executive Committee, 1999 - 2001
Board of Governors, 1991 - 2005
Assembly, 2005 - Present
Chair, Assembly Governance Committee, 2008 - Present
Member, Civil Litigation & Labor and Employment Law Sections
Member, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1993 - Present
Chair, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1998-2002
Chair, Combined Jurisdiction Committee, 1994 - 1997
Delegate to American Bar Association, 1997 - 2000
Co-Chair, Katrina Relief Fund Task Force, 2004 - 2006

American Bar Association

Member, Board of Governors, 2009 – Present
Member, Standing Committee on Strategic Communications, 2005 - 2009
Minnesota State Delegate, 2000 - 2009
ABA Nominating Committee 2000 - 2009
   Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee
Drafting Committee
Technology and Communications Committee
House of Delegates, 1991 - Present
Labor & Employment Law Section
   Member, Development of the Law Under the National Labor
   Relations Act Committee
   Member, State and Local Government Collective Bargaining Committee
Litigation Law Sections

American Bar Foundation

Life Fellow
State Co-Chair, 2009 - 2010

Minnesota Supreme Court

Advisory Committee on Rules of Judicial Conduct, 2007

Operation de Novo, Inc., Hennepin County Pretrial Diversion Program

Consultant

Commercial Arbitration Panel, American Arbitration Association




Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Community Involvement

Legal Advice Clinics, Ltd., now known as Volunteer Lawyers Network
   Volunteer Attorney, 1980 - Present
   Chair, 1980 - 1982

Citizens League
   Director, 1991 - 1992
   Vice Chair, Study Committee on Public Sector Lobbying, 1989 - 1990

Director and Consultant, Operation de Novo, Inc., Hennepin County Pretrial Diversion Program

Designated Alumnus of Notable Achievement by the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 1994




Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Representative Cases

Zebeck v. Metris Companies, 2008 WL 2168333 (Minn. App. 2008).

Milner v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, 748 N.W. 2d 608 (Minn. 2008).

Lerohl v. Friends of Minnesota Sinfonia, 322 F.3d 486 (8th Cir. 2003), cert denied, ___ U.S. ___, 124 S. Ct. 469 (Nov. 3, 2003).

Kolton v. County of Anoka, 645 N.W.2d 403, 407 (Minn. 2002).

Anderson v. Hunter, Keith, Marshall & Co., Inc., 417 N.W.2d 619 (Minn. 1988)

C & C Teletronics, Inc. v. U.S. West Information Systems, Inc., 414 N.W.2d 758 (Minn. App. 1987).

Strand v. Special School Dist. No. 1, 392 N.W.2d 881 (Minn. 1986).

Minneapolis Ass'n of Administrators and Consultants v. Minneapolis Special School Dist. No. 1, 311 N.W.2d 474 (Minn. 1981).




Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Publications

What To Do When You Receive An Ethics Complaint, Hennepin Lawyer, Mar./Apr. 1984




Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Presentations

Adjunct Professor, Labor Law, William Mitchell College of Law, 1974 - 1980

Lecturer, Ethics 2003, The Minnesota State Bar Association’s Proposed Amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, Minnesota Chapter, Federal Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 12, 2003

Lecturer, Hot Topics in Employment Law - Are Claim Reps Entitled to Overtime Pay? Twin Cities Claims Managers Association, February 6, 2002

Lecturer, Discharge and Documentation, Lorman Business Centers, November 10, 1995

Lecturer, Mandatory Arbitration of Fee Disputes, Sixth District Bar Association, March 16, 1995

Lecturer, Hot Topics in Business Law: Conflicts of Interest in Business Transactions, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, November 10, 1994

Lecturer, Professional Responsibility: Practical Ethics for Lawyers, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, June 1, 1994

Lecturer, Legal Fee Arbitration and Malpractice, MTLA Seminar, May 29, 1992

Lecturer, Insurance Claims & Management: Employment Claims, Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, May 6, 1992

Lecturer, Labor Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, November 10, 1989

Lecturer, Representing Employers, Minnesota Institute for Legal Education

Guest Expert on the Law and Lawyers, WCCO Radio, May 4, 1989

Minnesota Pay Equity Legislation: A Local Government Perspective, DCA Inc., October 6, 1988

Lecturer, Labor and Employment Law for Minnesota, National Business Institute, Inc.

Lecturer, Lawyers' Professional Responsibility, Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board

Lecturer, Employment Issues, Minnesota Medical Administrators Association

Guest Moderator on Legal Issues, Ask the Lawyer, KSTP Radio, 1985 - 1987

Numerous Lectures and Articles on Employment Law, Labor Law and Lawyers Professional Responsibility




Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Previous Employment

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
(1973 1989)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Shareholder
Chair, Labor and Employment Law Department




Frederick E. Finch

Shareholder

Email: ffinch@bassford.com

Phone: 612.376.1628

Fax: 612.746.1228

Fred Finch is an experienced trial lawyer who has practiced in the areas of employment and labor law, business torts, and related matters for more than 39 years. After graduating from William Mitchell College of Law, Fred became a shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron. In 1990, he joined Bassford Remele.

He is an active and enthusiastic leader of the organized bar.  He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association.  Among his other leadership positions, he has been President of the Hennepin County Bar Association, a member of the Assembly, Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association and has twice received the MSBA’s President’s Award for his exceptional contributions to the organization.  He served as Minnesota State Delegate to the American Bar Association.  He has made substantial contributions to the profession as chair of the MSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and a member of the MSBA Task Force on the 2005 Revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct.  He served as co-chair of the MSBA Hurricane Katrina Task Force, which has provided more than $500,000 in assistance to legal services programs in the Gulf Coast area since September, 2004.  That effort won the Harrison Tweed award from the American Bar Association.  He was a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee which led to the July 2009 comprehensive revision of the Minnesota Rules of Judicial Conduct.

Fred was guest moderator on legal issues for KSTP Radio’s “Ask the Lawyer.” He has presented numerous lectures and written articles on employment law, labor law and lawyers professional responsibility.


Practice Areas


Employment Law
Labor Law

Education


William Mitchell College of Law

J.D., 1973
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

University of Minnesota

B.A., 1967

Bar Admissions


State Bars
Minnesota, 1973

Federal Bars
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1973
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1973
U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 1973

Appellate Bars
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1982
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

Honors and Awards


David Graven Award for Public Service, Minnesota State Bar Association, as Co-Chair of the MSBA Katrina Relief Fund Task Force with The Honorable Cara Lee Neville, 2006

Harrison Tweed Award, American Bar Association, as Co-Chair of the MSBA Katrina Relief Fund Task Force

President’s Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2003

President’s Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2002

Who's Who in America

Charles J. Morris Award, 1981


Professional Awards and Memberships


Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Member, 1990 - Present

Hennepin County Bar Foundation

Director
Member, 1985 - Present

Hennepin County Bar Association

President, 1988 - 1989
Member, Executive Committee, 1985 - 1990
Delegate to American Bar Association, 1991 - 1996
Member, Governing Council, 1980 - 2000
Member, Labor and Employment Law & Hennepin Lawyer Committees
Member, Ethics Committee, 1980-1986, 1990-1996, 1998-2002
Member, Task Force on Governance, 1990 - 1992

Minnesota State Bar Association

Executive Committee, 1999 - 2001
Board of Governors, 1991 - 2005
Assembly, 2005 - Present
Chair, Assembly Governance Committee, 2008 - Present
Member, Civil Litigation & Labor and Employment Law Sections
Member, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1993 - Present
Chair, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1998-2002
Chair, Combined Jurisdiction Committee, 1994 - 1997
Delegate to American Bar Association, 1997 - 2000
Co-Chair, Katrina Relief Fund Task Force, 2004 - 2006

American Bar Association

Member, Board of Governors, 2009 – Present
Member, Standing Committee on Strategic Communications, 2005 - 2009
Minnesota State Delegate, 2000 - 2009
ABA Nominating Committee 2000 - 2009
   Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee
Drafting Committee
Technology and Communications Committee
House of Delegates, 1991 - Present
Labor & Employment Law Section
   Member, Development of the Law Under the National Labor
   Relations Act Committee
   Member, State and Local Government Collective Bargaining Committee
Litigation Law Sections

American Bar Foundation

Life Fellow
State Co-Chair, 2009 - 2010

Minnesota Supreme Court

Advisory Committee on Rules of Judicial Conduct, 2007

Operation de Novo, Inc., Hennepin County Pretrial Diversion Program

Consultant

Commercial Arbitration Panel, American Arbitration Association

Community Involvement


Legal Advice Clinics, Ltd., now known as Volunteer Lawyers Network
   Volunteer Attorney, 1980 - Present
   Chair, 1980 - 1982

Citizens League
   Director, 1991 - 1992
   Vice Chair, Study Committee on Public Sector Lobbying, 1989 - 1990

Director and Consultant, Operation de Novo, Inc., Hennepin County Pretrial Diversion Program

Designated Alumnus of Notable Achievement by the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 1994


Representative Cases


Zebeck v. Metris Companies, 2008 WL 2168333 (Minn. App. 2008).

Milner v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, 748 N.W. 2d 608 (Minn. 2008).

Lerohl v. Friends of Minnesota Sinfonia, 322 F.3d 486 (8th Cir. 2003), cert denied, ___ U.S. ___, 124 S. Ct. 469 (Nov. 3, 2003).

Kolton v. County of Anoka, 645 N.W.2d 403, 407 (Minn. 2002).

Anderson v. Hunter, Keith, Marshall & Co., Inc., 417 N.W.2d 619 (Minn. 1988)

C & C Teletronics, Inc. v. U.S. West Information Systems, Inc., 414 N.W.2d 758 (Minn. App. 1987).

Strand v. Special School Dist. No. 1, 392 N.W.2d 881 (Minn. 1986).

Minneapolis Ass'n of Administrators and Consultants v. Minneapolis Special School Dist. No. 1, 311 N.W.2d 474 (Minn. 1981).


Publications


What To Do When You Receive An Ethics Complaint, Hennepin Lawyer, Mar./Apr. 1984


Presentations


Adjunct Professor, Labor Law, William Mitchell College of Law, 1974 - 1980

Lecturer, Ethics 2003, The Minnesota State Bar Association’s Proposed Amendments to the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct, Minnesota Chapter, Federal Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 12, 2003

Lecturer, Hot Topics in Employment Law - Are Claim Reps Entitled to Overtime Pay? Twin Cities Claims Managers Association, February 6, 2002

Lecturer, Discharge and Documentation, Lorman Business Centers, November 10, 1995

Lecturer, Mandatory Arbitration of Fee Disputes, Sixth District Bar Association, March 16, 1995

Lecturer, Hot Topics in Business Law: Conflicts of Interest in Business Transactions, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, November 10, 1994

Lecturer, Professional Responsibility: Practical Ethics for Lawyers, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, June 1, 1994

Lecturer, Legal Fee Arbitration and Malpractice, MTLA Seminar, May 29, 1992

Lecturer, Insurance Claims & Management: Employment Claims, Minnesota Institute for Legal Education, May 6, 1992

Lecturer, Labor Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, November 10, 1989

Lecturer, Representing Employers, Minnesota Institute for Legal Education

Guest Expert on the Law and Lawyers, WCCO Radio, May 4, 1989

Minnesota Pay Equity Legislation: A Local Government Perspective, DCA Inc., October 6, 1988

Lecturer, Labor and Employment Law for Minnesota, National Business Institute, Inc.

Lecturer, Lawyers' Professional Responsibility, Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board

Lecturer, Employment Issues, Minnesota Medical Administrators Association

Guest Moderator on Legal Issues, Ask the Lawyer, KSTP Radio, 1985 - 1987

Numerous Lectures and Articles on Employment Law, Labor Law and Lawyers Professional Responsibility


Previous Employment


Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
(1973 1989)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Shareholder
Chair, Labor and Employment Law Department