Mr. Fields was born in Los Angeles, California. He received a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1949. He then attended Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, receiving a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, magna cum laude in 1952.
During the Korean War, Mr. Fields served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. In 1955, he began the general practice of law that has continued to the present time. Mr. Fields is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. He is admitted to practice in California and New York, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court and various other federal courts.
Mr. Fields has represented many top performers, directors, writers, producers, studios, talent agencies, book publishers and record companies. Examples are DreamWorks Animation, United Artists, The Weinstein Company, Toho, Kadokawa Pictures, Inc., Tom Cruise, James Cameron, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Silver, The Beatles, Madonna, Sony Music and many others. He has represented such major authors as Mario Puzo, James Clavell, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Richard Bach.
In selected litigation, Mr. Fields has represented virtually every major Hollywood studio and talent agency and has tried many of the landmark cases in the entertainment and communications industries over the past 30 years. Mr. Fields’ practice is international in scope and extends beyond the field of entertainment, having represented such diverse clients as Arizona cotton farmers, a Las Vegas hotel and casino, real estate developers, and a regional shopping center, clothing designers, manufacturers, a boxing promoter, investment firms and even a Japanese Bank. He has been the subject of numerous personal profiles in magazines and newspapers in the United States and the United Kingdom, such as the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Times, the London Sunday Times and Vanity Fair.
Mr. Fields is the author, under a pseudonym, of two novels, the first published by Simon and Schuster and the second by Random House. His third book is a biographical work on Richard III published by ReganBooks/HarperCollins under his own name. His fourth book is an analysis of the Shakespeare authorship question, also published by ReganBooks/HarperCollins. He is currently working on an analysis of the reign of Elizabeth I.
Mr. Fields is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been a contributor to the Op/Ed pages of the Los Angeles Times. He is a recipient of the Interest of Justice Award by the Legal Aid Foundation and the Vero Nihil Verius Award for Scholarly Excellence. He teaches the course on entertainment law at Stanford Law School and has lectured on law at Harvard Law School, as well as at UCLA and Southwestern Law Schools. He has lectured on Shakespeare at various venues, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Mr. Fields is married to Barbara Guggenheim, an internationally known art consultant. He has a son, James Eldar Fields and a granddaughter, Annabelle Fields.