Bert Fields, legendary lawyer for A-list clients, dies at 93


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Entertainment attorney Bert Fields, known for his work with celebrity clients, died Sunday at the age of 93 at his California home.

Fields’ law firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, announced the attorney’s death Aug. 8 via a statement.

“Most of his career was spent at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, a company he helped grow into a Hollywood giant. In addition to landmark industry deals he helped negotiate , this American legal legend has tried numerous landmark cases in the entertainment, sports and communications industries, and he has been the subject of several personal profiles in magazines and newspapers,” the statement read.

Fields reportedly suffered “long-term neurological effects from COVID-19” before his death, company spokesman Seth Horowitz told The Associated Press.

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Fields’ most notable clients were Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson and the Beatles, as well as Harvey and Bob Weinstein. The longtime lawyer was known for his sharp wit as well as his oral advocacy in the courtroom.

“He was a brilliant Renaissance man…and yet he still had time to be an amazing, kind friend. He was godfather to my daughter and officiant at her wedding. He was fiercely true to his heart . He was a true gentleman and I have never known, and never will know, anyone like him. … I will miss him more than words can express,” actor Dustin Hoffman said in the statement. Press.

Bert Fields, attorney for Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, speaks to reporters as he arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse for a trial in the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Outside the courtroom, Fields was the published author of several books on William Shakespeare and King Richard III, where he demonstrated his deep love for history.

“Bert Fields was a heavyweight. He accomplished everything with dignity and enthusiasm and with his indomitable taste for life and adventure. I had the honor and the privilege of knowing this remarkable man and, for that, I will be forever grateful,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer said in the statement.

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Fields has taken on several high-profile cases during his career, including a multimillion-dollar judgment for George Harrison against his former manager, as well as George Lucas’ negotiations with Disney. Fields was also involved in representing Bob and Harvey Weinstein as they attempted to separate their company, Miramax, from Disney.

Fields was born in Los Angeles, California on March 31, 1929, to a retired ballet dancer and an eye surgeon. He then graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, then studied law at Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and endowed with a professorship in law.

Attorney Bert Fields kisses his wife, art consultant Barbara Guggenheim, at the opening and inaugural dinner of the Broad Museum on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Attorney Bert Fields kisses his wife, art consultant Barbara Guggenheim, at the opening and inaugural dinner of the Broad Museum on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Los Angeles.
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Fields began practicing law after serving as a first lieutenant in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He then taught at Stanford Law and was an annual lecturer at Harvard.

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Fields is survived by his wife, Barbara Guggenheim, as well as his son, James Elder Fields, and his grandchildren, Michael Lane Fields and Annabelle Fields.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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