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- Practice Commenced: 2008
- Total Mediations (as of Jun 2019): 800
- Total Arbitrations (as of Jun 2019): 50
Judge Kenneth L. Fields is a retired Judge of the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona. He presided over civil, juvenile, criminal, probate, special assignment and family court calendars. From February 1993 through June 1995, he served as the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Department (family court).
From late November 2002 to June 2007, Judge Fields was one of three judges state-wide assigned to the Complex Litigation Court, which was the first paperless (electronic filing) Court in the State Courts of Arizona. Judge Fields participated in establishing and organizing the Complex Litigation Court as a part of this assignment. The Complex Litigation Court handled complex business and commercial litigation as well as other types of complex cases such as fraud/white collar crime, dissolution of marriages involving business assets and election/voter fraud.
Since his retirement, Judge (ret) Fields has worked as a re-call judge doing both civil and criminal cases in various courts in the State of Arizona in addition to having an active mediation and arbitration private practice. He is the presiding commissioner for a five-person arbitration commission deciding disputes between the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe (Native American tribes). In addition to civilian courts, Judge Fields, a retired Army officer, acted as a Military Trial Judge for the Arizona National Guard presiding over Court-martials from 2010 until 2015. He also taught Judicial Remedies as an adjunct faculty member at the Law School at Arizona State University in 2013.
Judge Fields has also taught internationally. In 2004, prior to his retirement, Judge Fields presented a class on U.S. Civil Procedure to European judges in Madrid, Spain as part of a comparative law conference. In 2007-2008, he taught Mexican judges, prosecutors and public defenders as a member of a U.S.-Canadian team. In 2013, Judge Fields taught Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Faculty of Law, Belgrade, Serbia. In April and September 2014, Judge Fields served as a guest lecturer on Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of South Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom. That year, he also taught U.S. Business Law in Pristina, Kosovo and had a paper presented at the Azov Legal Conference in Berdyansk, Ukraine on Business Courts in the U.S. In 2015, Judge Fields was a guest lecturer on Common Law legal traditions at the Law School at Udmurt State University, Izhevsk, Russia. He returned to Pristina, Kosovo in 2018 to teach Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Judge Fields was the program co-chair at a symposium on international mediation and alternative dispute resolution at the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) in Salzburg, Austria in June 2015 and June 2017. He is again serving as co-chair of the June 2019 CILS Mediation Symposium. In 2015 he was inducted into the Congress of Fellows for the Center for International Legal Studies.
- Banking & Finance
- Business Dissolution
- Consumer Fraud
- Contract Disputes
- Divorce (High Asset)
- Elder Abuse
- Eminent Domain
- Family Businesses
- Legal Malpractice
- Lemon Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Mortgage Foreclosure
- Native American
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Professional Fees
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Professional Negligence
- Property Damage
- Real Estate
- Shareholder Disputes
- Title Disputes
- Wrongful Death
- University of Kentucky, B.A., Major in Political Science 1968
- University of Kentucky, J.D., Member of the Law Journal 1974
- Economic Institute for Judges, Kansas State University
- Brookings Institute/American Enterprise, Washington DC
- Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law
Memberships & Affiliations
Judge (ret) Fields was a member of the Judicial Advisory Board of the Joint Education Program for State Court Judges sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institute, Washington, DC. While assigned to the Arizona Complex Litigation Court, he participated in the founding and organization of the American College of Business Court Judges, an organization of state courts specializing in business and complex litigation. In addition to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Judge (ret) Fields belongs to the Association of Attorney-Mediators.
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