Bertram Fields

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Profile

Bert Fields is one of the nation's leading entertainment attorneys. Mr. Fields’ represents the industry’s top performers, directors, writers, producers, studios, talent agencies, book publishers and record companies. Clients have included DreamWorks, MGM, United Artists, The Weinstein Company, Toho, James Cameron, Tom Cruise, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Silver, The Beatles, Madonna, Sony Music and many others. In addition, he has represented such major authors as Mario Puzo, James Clavell, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Richard Bach.

Mr. Fields has represented virtually every major Hollywood studio and talent agency, and he 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, Las Vegas hotels and casinos, real estate developers and regional shopping centers, clothing designers, manufacturers, boxing promoters, investment firms and even a Japanese Bank.

Mr. Fields 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.

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. He teaches the course on entertainment law at Stanford Law School, lectures annually at Harvard Law School and has lectured on Shakespeare at various venues, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Entertainment Experience

  • Represented MGM against Disney in terminating Disney’s rights to use MGM name outside the U.S.
  • Represented Paramount in its appeal of the now famous Buchwald decision, successfully defended Paramount against the Garrison antitrust class action and in other civil litigations
  • Represented Twentieth Century Fox in numerous cases including defense of Disney antitrust litigation and Polygram soundtrack litigation, both successfully concluded
  • Represented Jeffrey Katzenberg in landmark action against Disney
  • Obtained multi-million dollar judgment for George Harrison against his former business manager
  • Represented Subafilms, Ltd. and the Hearst Corporation in a successful copyright action against United Artists and Warner Brothers, obtained damages and an injunction
  • Successfully represented Atlantic Records, Interscope Records, Sony Music and other record companies in music litigation
  • Represented the producer and director of "The Last Emperor" in a successful contract action against Hemdale Film Corporation
  • Represented DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg in defeating application for an injunction against exhibition of “Amistad”
  • Represented Tom Cruise in various actions including an action against Philips for unauthorized use of Cruise’s name and likeness in television advertising
  • Represented Warren Beatty in an arbitration to enjoin ABC and Paramount against cutting "Reds" for television exhibition. A permanent injunction was issued against ABC and Paramount
  • Represented The Beatles in an action against the producers of "Beatlemania" for invasion of publicity rights in performance, name and likeness; the case was tried in a six-week trial in which a precedent-shattering multi-million dollar judgment was awarded to the Beatles
  • Represented Mario Puzo in obtaining an injunction against Warner Brothers paying any "Superman" proceeds out of the country to the producer of the film; successfully collected Puzo’s gross participation plus attorneys’ fees
  • Represented Michael Flatley in persuading the California Supreme court that a lawyer who threatened to sue Mr. Flatley was guilty of civil extortion
  • Represented Brad Grey, Chairman of Paramount, in defeating claim of producer/writer
  • Represented boxer Oscar De La Hoya in successful federal litigation against Top Rank
  • Represented Latin American satellite company in complex arbitration against News Corp.

Contract Negotiation Experience

  • Represented Tom Cruise, James Cameron, Mike Nichols, Joel Silver, Dustin Hoffman, Warren Beatty, and many other artists, directors, writers and producers in motion picture negotiations
  • Represented The Weinstein Company in numerous key negotiations
  • Represented heads of every major studio, except Disney
  • Represented Cruise/Wagner in successful negotiations to take over United Artists
  • Represented Judith Regan and ReganBooks in dealings with HarperCollins and News Corp.
  • Represented Mario Puzo, James Clavell, and Richard Bach in various negotiations related to their writings
  • Represented George Lucas in contract negotiations with The Walt Disney Company regarding Disney theme parks

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