Justin Fields

Justin Fields: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP
  • Associate at Duane Morris LLP (889 Attorneys)
  • One Market Plaza, Suite 2200, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Justin Fields represents individuals and businesses in commercial litigation, with a focus on general commercial litigation, legal malpractice, professional liability, and real estate disputes. He also has experience in the areas of internal corporate investigations, white-collar criminal defense, regulatory compliance, products liability, and government contract disputes. Mr. Fields has represented clients in complex commercial litigation disputes in both state and federal courts. Mr. Fields is presently serving a three-year term as a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct ( COPRAC ), to which he was appointed by the California State Bar. For the 2014 and 2015 calendar years, Mr. Fields served as Co-Chair of the Firm-wide Associates Committee.

During law school, Mr. Fields served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Robert L. Dondero, Then-Presiding Judge - Civil Division, Superior Court of California, City and County of San Francisco.

Mr. Fields is a 2008 magna cum laude graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, and a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Selected Publications

•Author, Identifying and Defending Malpractice Cases Almost Certainly Destined for Trial , ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, September 24, 2014
•Co-author, Five Ways to Invite (and Avoid) a Malpractice Lawsuit, The Recorder, August 1, 2013
•Co-author, Gunn v. Minton: The End of Legal-Malpractice Actions in Federal Court? American Bar Association Section of Litigation-Professional Liability, May 13, 2013

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Panelist, Trial Skills, Duane Morris Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2013
•Panelist, Secrets of Success for Associates, Duane Morris Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2015

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct ( COPRAC ), CA State Bar
- Member, 2017 to present.
•National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association and United States Soccer Federation
- Referee, NCAA and other soccer matches throughout California, 2001 to present
•American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO)
- Volunteer Referee and Referee Mentor, 1998 to present

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
  • White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Products Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
415 957 3079  Phone
415 651 9085  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005
Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Member, Order of the Coif, Thurston Honor Society, Member, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 2008
Year of First admission:
2008, California; United States District Court for the Northern District of California; United States District Court for the Central District of California; United States District Court for the Eastern District of California; United States District Court for the Southern District of California
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Professional Liability; Obtained nonsuit following opening statement at trial on behalf of regional law firm. Successfully argued the appeal before the California Court of Appeal.; Obtained dismissal of legal malpractice claim pending in arbitration on behalf of California law firm by way of dispositive motion.; Obtained six figure settlement in favor of national law firm facing multi-million dollar malpractice claim arising out of patent litigation.; Defended national law firm based in Texas in lawsuit by bankruptcy trustee claiming firm failed to detect improper insider transactions in internet startup in high end antiquities/fine art/pawn/lending space.; Provided advice to international clothing retailer regarding conflict of interest and engagement questions concerning outside counsel.; Represented law firm and individual attorneys in bad faith/insurance coverage/malicious prosecution litigation arising out of complex construction defect litigation.; White Collar; Conducted internal investigation on behalf of the Board of Directors of federally chartered savings association regarding propriety of conduct of bank officials arising out of inquiry by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.; Represented CEO of major energy corporation in connection with antitrust investigation brought by the Department of Justice.; Represented pharmaceutical services company in connection with fraud investigation by the Department of Justice.; Represented individual in lawsuit claiming violation of federal civil rights arising out of an allegedly orchestrated arrest by local police.; Counsel to international corporation and four of its subsidiaries in U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, investigation and the parallel class action multi-district litigation regarding alleged global price-fixing in liquid crystal display ( LCD ) market.; Real Estate and Construction; Represented developer/purchaser in breach of contract/specific performance dispute with seller over multi-million dollar property. Obtained judgment in favor of client following trial.; Represented property owners and contractors in complex construction defect disputes.; Represented commercial property owner in dispute over easement agreement involving neighboring properties in Downtown San Francisco.; Represented real estate and insurance brokers in errors and omissions litigation.; General Commercial Litigation And Other Experience; Obtained summary judgment award of over $1 million in favor of southern California business in breach of contract dispute.; Represented major Bay Area amusement park in breach of contract/fraud action. Obtained settlement following two-week jury trial.; Represented start-up car share company in Unfair Competition Law action brought by local government entity.; Advised start-up clients regarding trademark and copyright license agreements and letters of understanding.

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