Fields PLLC has relationships with world-class litigation teams and leading consulting firms and specialists, and will field a first-rate multi-disciplinary team to recover claims for states, sovereign Indian tribes, corporations and individuals. Our consultants have unique practices in identifying litigation opportunities in antitrust, insurance and other related fields; developing settlement models; and managing large data analytics projects.
Richard W. Fields, the founding partner of Fields PLLC, is an innovative lawyer whose creative approach to the practice of law has earned him the reputation as a pioneer in settling complex large scale litigation and the creation of the modern litigation finance market. His strong ability to solve problems by bringing in different perspectives has been key to his long track record of success.
Mr. Fields was previously a partner at major Washington, D.C.-based law firms, addressing complex litigation and dispute resolution, with a focus on representing Fortune 500 companies in large insurance coverage disputes. After training at Arnold and Porter, Mr. Fields was a partner at what was then Howrey & Simon (1989-1994), Swidler Berlin (1994-1999) and Dickstein Shapiro (2003-2008).
Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Fields has recovered billions of dollars for numerous Fortune 500 clients and in 2006, he was named a “Leading Lawyer” by Lawdragon magazine. Mr. Fields has litigation experience in disputes involving insurance coverage, products liability, professional negligence, securities fraud, pollution, asbestos, and mass torts. He has represented hundreds of Fortune 500 companies in the oil, gas, electric, chemical, banking, and manufacturing industries. Mr. Fields has resolved many of the largest claims ever presented to London market insurers, leading to his recognition as an authority on the resolution of insurance and reinsurance disputes. For over a decade, Mr. Fields has also represented victims of terrorism in numerous cases.
As a premier litigator working as a fund manager from 2008-2015, Richard managed $600 million in private and public litigation funds. As the founder and CEO of Juridica Asset Management Limited (“JAML”), Mr. Fields launched the first publicly-traded fund for complex lawsuits involving business-to-business disputes on the London Stock Exchange. A savvy financier, Mr. Fields invested over $100 million in antitrust opt-out cases that collectively generated over $1.0 billion in settlements. He also invested in and managed a successful portfolio of intellectual property, breach of contract, fraud and other large-scale commercial cases.
Recently, Mr. Fields led the development of one of the largest single portfolios of patents relating to the application of technology to professional sports. He is also a co-inventor and patent holder for a patent covering the use of a wearable broadcasting system on the playing field. In addition to his experience as a litigator and fund manager, Mr. Fields has raised over $1.0 billion in capital for various start-ups and early-stage companies, including two biotech companies on whose boards he served for several years.
Mr. Fields is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, B.A. (1977), and received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Indiana University (1982). He is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University, the Audit Committee of Human Rights Watch and previously served as co-chair of the New York Committee of Human Rights Watch and on the Advisory Board of the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice.
For over thirty years, Martin Cunniff has been involved in all types of high-stakes litigation. This experience includes “on his feet” courtroom experience in dozens of trials, arbitrations and regulatory hearings. His varied litigation experience allows him to handle complex legal and economic analysis and his courtroom experience helps him present those arguments in a persuasive and understandable manner.
Mr. Cunniff has practiced in both large national firms and high-powered litigation boutiques. He served as chair of commercial litigation for the then largest litigation firm in the world supervising a group that conducted over 400 trials with a 92%-win rate. He was a member of the top-rated unfair trade and competition practice in the world and served as chair of antitrust for a national law firm. He started his career at Howery & Simon (later Howrey LLP) and was there for twenty-two years (1989-2011), then moved to Arent Fox (2011-2016), Innovista Law (2016-2018) and RuyakCherian (2018-2020).
Much of Mr. Cunniff’s litigation experience has been as lead counsel in high-exposure cases involving complex economic analysis and large damage exposure. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in hundreds of cases involving various types of business and consumer litigation. Some of his notable cases include the BCS Antitrust case which helped force a college playoff system, hearings before the Copyright Royalty Board to set statutory rates for digital streaming services, the largest gold mining fraud ever, the largest credit ratings cliff case, high-profile international arbitration under the NAFTA treaty, environmental litigation before the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and several class actions for homeless citizens in the District of Columbia (one of which inspired a character in a John Grisham novel). He also helped move thirty inmates from death row to life imprisonment in Maryland.
Throughout his career, Mr. Cunniff has followed a “focus on damages” approach to litigation. Many of the cases he has litigated involved the use of complex economic or financial models to prove damages. He is the co-editor of Calculating and Proving Damages (Law Journal Press) which is a leading treatise on damages. This treatise is unique because it is the product of collaboration between testifying experts and litigators, each bringing their perspective to damages. He also served on the board of Capital Economics for many years which was an economic and financial consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with over eighty economists and financial professionals.
Mr. Cunniff has extensive experience in teaching trial advocacy. For ten years, he was chair of training at an international litigation firm and supervised a staff that produced 300 programs a year worldwide. He and his team won numerous national awards for innovation in training including the American Society of Training and Development’s “BEST” award. He developed one of the first attorney competency models which was featured in a book published by the ABA. He has also taught expert witnesses in various programs including at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA and with the AICPA.
Mr. Cunniff is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland. He graduated from the University of Florida Law School with high honors. He has been selected to SuperLawyers (D.C.) six times.
In the area of intelligence collection and analysis, Fields PLLC has a long-term relationship with Ambassador Cofer Black, former Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, who brings to the firm a global network of intelligence, political and other resources.Learn More
Gilbert LLP focuses on developing innovative, often ground-breaking strategies to resolve clients’ most complex and difficult legal challenges and disputes. The firm’s lawyers have litigated high-stakes, multi-party cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts and arbitration fora around the country. They have negotiated settlements of some of the largest and most challenging disputes in U.S. history and have recovered tens of billions of dollars for their clients in the course of their careers.Learn More
Former Attorney General of Kentucky Jack Conway is a national leader in standing up to large corporate, banking and pharmaceutical companies. During his tenure from 2008 to 2016, his office collected more than a half-billion dollars for the state treasury and consumers. In addition to collecting tens of millions dollars from pharmaceutical companies, Conway led the battle against the opioid epidemic in Kentucky by creating Kentucky’s first statewide prescription drug task force and closing half of the state’s rogue pain clinics; the latter ultimately led to a drastic reduction of the number of painkillers prescribed in the state. Conway now brings that experience to Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, and currently works with Fields PLLC in representing the Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation in his efforts to stop the opioid epidemic in the Cherokee Nation.Learn More
McCue & Partners LLP is an internationally recognized human rights, international affairs and public interest law firm. It is known for its expertise in public interest litigation, international law and human rights, transitional justice and conflict/dispute resolution, cross-border asset recovery, and for its representation of and negotiation on behalf of prisoners abroad and political prisoners worldwide.Learn More
SKDKnickerbocker, a leading strategic communications firm, works closely with Fields PLLC to raise public, and interest group awareness around the cases. These communications efforts are a critical part of the strategic plan, driving the narrative to create change on the issues Fields PLLC is taking on.Learn More
Boies Schiller Flexner, an internationally recognized firm, has established a record of taking on and winning complex, groundbreaking, and cross-border matters in diverse circumstances and industries for many of the world's most sophisticated companies. Boies Schiller Flexner has worked with Mr. Fields for almost a decade on complex litigation matters involving the pharmaceutical industry, the tobacco industry, and state Attorney Generals. Boies Schiller Flexner is co-counsel with Fields PLLC in representing the Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation in its fight against the scourge of the opioid epidemic.Learn More
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP was established in 1976 with a single purpose – to represent Indian tribes. The firm represents tribes across the country in litigation, lobbying, economic development, health care, self-determination and self-government, transportation, tribal government, and more. Sonoksy Chambers is the leading Indian law firm in the United States and is counsel with Fields PLLC in representing the Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation in its fight against the scourge of the opioid epidemic.Learn More
RuyakCherian is a leading antitrust and intellectual property litigation trial boutique firm. The partners of RuyakCherian and Mr. Fields have worked together since the late 1980s on various matters including large commercial insurance coverage litigation. RuyakCherian is co-counsel with Fields PLLC in its representation of the Cherokee Nation in connection with antitrust, consumer fraud, and unfair and deceptive trade practices litigation on behalf of the Cherokee Nation.Learn More