JANET RUBIN FIELDS, ESQ.

  • Available in Los Angeles, All of California
  • Mediation Only

Introduction

Since 1999, Janet has mediated and resolved thousands of cases. Her view is that every dispute is different and while the law and the facts may be similar, it's the parties who make each mediation unique. She thoroughly prepares for each case and her enthusiasm and optimism to achieve a resolution is apparent. She is known for her unwavering commitment as she will follow up with the parties for as long as it takes, whether it is weeks, months or even years later, constantly offering new and creative solutions in order to obtain a settlement. One attorney commented, "Janet recognizes that disputes are about people, and she gets the human element." Another said, "I select Janet on cases that have many different and difficult dynamics. The issues are usually complex with multiple layers of insurance, many different personalities and knowing that these cases are hard to settle in one session, I need a mediator who will stick with it. Janet has a proven track record and gets it done!"

Specialties

Testimonials

Ms. Fields did a masterful job to get the case resolved. She spent just enough time on letting my clients tell their story, and focused on resolution once it was clear what the basic framework for settlement would be. I look forward to an opportunity to work with her again.
- Attorney, San Diego County, California

She understood the issues and parties and got us to a settlement.
- Attorney on a personal injury auto dispute

It was a pleasure working with Ms. Fields who quickly resolved a mediation within one day. Her professionalism and demeanor put my client at ease. I look forward to working with Ms. Fields again.
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California

She understood legal malpractice, pointed out the weaknesses and was willing to get tough with the parties when appropriate.
- Attorney on a legal malpractice dispute

Website

http://www.fieldsmediation.com/

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full time Neutral (1999-Present)
  • Arbitrator (1999-2008)
  • Partner, Fields & Fields, specializing professional liability plaintiff and defense (1993-1999)
  • Trial Attorney, specializing plaintiff's personal injury, commercial litigation, professional liability and real estate (1989-1993)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., Empire College of Law, Santa Rosa (1984)
  • B.A., Sonoma State University (1978)
  • Pepperdine University, School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, "Masters in Mediation"
  • Fellow and Board of Governors, International Academy of Mediators
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Achievements & Awards

  • Recognized each year by Los Angeles Magazine as one of California's "Super Lawyers", in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2002.
  • Selected by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top Neutrals in California" consecutively since 2007.
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in ADR, as featured in LA Times.
  • Has spoken on plaintiffs and defense panels for various of Bar Associations, Author of Sophisticated Mediation Topics
  • She was also the California Co-Chair for the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative Project at Harvard Law School.
  • In addition to her many achievements, she was a Leader of "Heartfelt Conversations," author of sophisticated mediation topics including Hidden Agendas, Master mediator Magic and Mediating with Challenging Personalities.
  • Finding the Balance is a program intended to highlight and discuss some of the challenges that working professionals face when trying to find a balance between their professional and personal lives.

Hobbies & Interests

Ms. Rubin Fields relishes family and friend time, enjoys baseball, snow skiing, cooking, wine, traveling, and collects salt and pepper shakers.

Legal Experience

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Commercial Litigation

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Business/Commercial

Contractual

  • Partnership business dispute with stock purchase settlement component
  • Partnership Dissolution, Breach of Contract with underlying emotional components involving gender change and a sophisticated food franchise

Employment

ERISA

  • ERISA and the definitions of disability after initial claim and appeal

Sexual Harassment

  • Plaintiff took her cell phone for repair and defendant's employee removed explicit photos and videos on to his phone for view. Plaintiff sued the defendant employee and employer on theories of negligent hiring, respondent superior, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring, conversion.

Wage and Hour

  • Wage and hour on the issues of meal breaks involving trucking industry

Wrongful Termination

  • Wrongful termination, sexual harassment and wage & hour concerning hospital employees
  • Sexual harassment of long term female employee by son of company owner concludes in a pre-litigation confidential settlement
  • Age discrimination alleged by a 70 year male dialysis nurse employed for 7 years. Employee defends termination on failure to properly document patient files.

Insurance

Bad Faith

  • Insurance bad faith involving a 90 year old insured and his claim for property damage snow balls to millions of dollars

Professional Malpractice

Professional Malpractice Legal

  • Legal malpractice brought by a professional athlete, underlying employment wrongful termination case against the sports organization
  • Legal malpractice with underlying medical malpractice of an amputated index finger of a 35-year-old male.

Real Estate

Real Property

  • Several investors sue national real estate companies for fraud, unfair business practices involving multi-unit apartment buildings outside California - several sessions culminate in settlement

Transaction

  • Lender liability regarding foreclosure on residential real property

Warranty of Habitability

  • Multi-party warranty of habitability and toxic exposure brought against a vexatious litigant landlord multi-dwelling owner by a pro bono housing rights organization

Tort

Catastrophic Injury

  • Minor pedestrian crossing the street in an uncompleted residential planned development sustains TBI claims against City, Architects, Developers. 4 mediation sessions involving insurance layers and coverage result in $10.5 million settlement
  • College bound only daughter struck in crosswalk by senior with her own family settles with a $500,000 personal contribution motivated by integrity and honor

Defamation

  • Defamation alleged against a dancer against her protege with a long time vengeance

Elder Abuse

  • Elder Abuse against national healthcare service company, breach of contract alleging stealing of Plaintiff's property

General Negligence

  • Television news anchor sustains permanent hair loss from hair color treatment, damages included lifetime hair extensions

Personal Injury

  • Sexual abuse against teacher at a private out of state boarding school, pre-litigation mediation for confidentiality
  • Pit bull dog bite on 5 year old girl results in permanent facial scarring settles $1.5 million
  • Pre-lit mediation where the 17-year-old plaintiff was skateboarding on the back of his friend's truck and fell and sustained a hematoma along with other injuries. He was not wearing a helmet. Primary assumption of the risk issue.
  • Mediated a sexual abuse matter involving a high school student against a teacher in a unified school district involving multiple defendants. Teacher allegedly had previous complaints and District knowingly provided false letters of recommendation which resulted in him being hired at two schools. Issues involved included liability, insurance coverage, negligent hiring and possible jail time. Case settled for over $5million including personal contribution.

PI Auto

  • Serious injury with policy limits exposure results in three mediation sessions in northern California
  • Business litigation dispute between a famous retired athlete and his managers involving breach of contract and embezzlement claims
  • Extremely difficult Plaintiff client control issues with $1 million in lien meds, first party case Plaintiff is an independent contractor for a ride share company with a six-figure insurance policy. Two surgeries required as a result of a rear-end accident.
  • Auto accident without a liability dispute, causation issue on damages involving multiple posterior and anterior prolapse repair surgeries, endometrial ablation resulting from vaginal tears and rectal herniation.

Toxic Torts

  • Allegations of spraying pesticide exposure against significant farm landowners in the State of California.
  • Mediated and settled allegations of spray pesticide exposure, against significant farm landowners in California.

Wrongful Death

  • Wife accidentally crushes and kills her husband with her car, children claim wrongful death, insurance policy coverage issues
  • Wrongful death of a daughter/girlfriend passenger in a race car at a speedway. Parents sued speedway, speedway cross complained against boyfriend who also sued speedway.
  • Wrongful death of a son. Seven-figure amount offered to the parties prior to representation by counsel no additional coverage needed convincing; additional money by the company outside insurance policy settled the case.

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

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11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

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Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
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1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
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100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
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Sacramento

980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

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