Bert Fields
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Greenberg Glusker

Bert
Fields

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At 87, he is still a formidable presence in and around the Los Angeles court system. He famously, and successfully, took on Disney and Michael Eisner, winning a stunning $250 million payout for the ousted Jeffrey Katzenberg in the late 1990s. He repped “Star Wars” creator George Lucas in negotiations with Disney, Warren Beatty against Paramount over “Reds,” and has also represented such industry heavyweights as Tom Cruise, the Weinsteins, James Cameron, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, and studios including Universal, Paramount and Dreamworks.

He’s also repped major authors, including Tom Clancy, James Clavell, Clive Cussler and “Godfather” author Mario Puzo and his estate. His sterling reputation was briefly tarnished in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping and racketeering scandal after he hired the celebrity P.I. who was subsequently sent to prison, but Fields emerged largely unscathed.

Recent clients include Sumner Redstone’s former companion Manuela Herzer, and Irwin Winkler whom Fields successfully repped in a case against Warner Bros. for profits from “Goodfellas.” Fields has been a Stanford Law School instructor and lectured regularly at his Harvard alma mater, and has also authored several books, including two novels using a pseudonym.

Career

  • Greenberg Glusker

Education

  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)
  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

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Q&A with Bert Fields

Super-attorney Bert Fields joined Greenberg Glusker 30 years ago. Through that Century City firm – now monikered Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger – Fields has repped some of Hollywood's most high-profile clients in groundbreaking cases. These include Jeffrey Katzenberg against Disney, George Harrison against his former business manager, Michael Jackson in contract talks with Sony, Tom Cruise against the author of an unauthorized biography, and Mario Puzo against Paramount. Fields was involved in the Anthony Pellicano case and has...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“Be careful in taking advice.”

What or who inspires you?

“The U.S. Constitution and legal system.”

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