Hollywood Law Impact List
Firm: Greenberg Glusker
The practice: Bert Fields, the legendary Hollywood lawyer, has a string of “onlys” after his name. He is the only major dealmaker to do litigation and the only major entertainment lawyer to represent both talent and all the studios, except Disney.
Mario Puzo, a client, once described Fields as “the greatest consigliere of them all.” As Hollywood becomes more corporate and technology-driven, he may also be the last. Famed for his toughness as well as his urbane manner, Fields serves a unique advisory role to a diverse group of clients.
With the shadow of the Pellicano scandal lifting, Fields — who turns 78 Saturday — is back in action. He’s currently handling a jury trial for book author Clive Cussler in a breach-of-contract action against Philip Anschutz and his Crusader Entertainment revolving around the underperformance of the 2005 pic “Sahara,” and he reps ousted publisher Judith Regan in her nasty battle with Rupert Murdoch. He brokered client Tom Cruise’s summer exit from Par and subsequent landing at UA.
Fields client list also includes Harvey and Bob Weinstein, James Cameron, DreamWorks, Jeffrey Katzenberg (whom he’s represented since his signature case, Katzenberg v. Disney), David Geffen, Japanese film companies Toho and Nippon Herald, Warren Beatty, the Cisneros Group, Brad Grey and Sherry Lansing.
POV: “The entertainment industry is more interesting and exciting than ever, and I’m having more fun than ever being a part of it,” Fields says. “But it’s always been a delight for me, and I thank God for the life I’ve been given.”