401 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Howard M. Fields is Of Counsel to Wittenberg Law. Mr. Fields has decades of experience and expertise in Professional Liability, Real Property, Insurance and Business matters. Mr. Fields has built his reputation by providing consistently high-quality service, individual attention and personal concern for each client’s unique needs throughout the litigation process with a determined focus on resolving problems on favorable terms and in a cost-effective manner. He develops at the outset of a new matter a fluid blueprint and works with the clients to identify their objectives after explaining various options and outcomes, and then pursues a well thought out strategy to achieve those objectives. Mr. Fields is also an incredibly effective mediator.
Mr. Fields has represented numerous attorneys, as well as small to mid-size law firms in hundreds of claims relating to purportedly insufficient settlements, losses at trial and appeal, lapsed statutes of limitation, conflicts of interest, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, RICO, fraud, negligence in the handling of family law, real estate, probate, criminal, tax, workers’ compensation and other areas of law. He has acted as third party administrator for an errors and omissions program insuring hundreds of attorneys requiring monitoring of outside counsel, setting of reserves and paying claims. He has advised insurers and insureds regarding coverage or lack of coverage.
Mr. Fields has also successfully defended at trial three bank officers sued for breach of fiduciary and fraud in connection with a multimillion dollar construction loan followed by a non-judicial foreclosure sale; defended a surplus lines broker in RICO cases in three United States District Court cases brought by banks and the FDIC which claimed the client was the mastermind of an elaborate insurance premium finance fraud scheme; and defended a variety of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty cases.
Mr Fields successfully epresented real estate brokers accused of malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty; a trustee of various intervivos trusts accused of breaching duties owed to contingent beneficiaries; a trustee/attorney accused of a panoply of breaches dating back to the 1960’s.
Mr. Fields has successfully represented a corporation and officers of one large commercial contractor accused by a competitor of theft of trade secrets; after the conclusion of the case obtained an award of attorneys’ fees with a lodestar enhancement as punishment for the pursuit of frivolous litigation; successfully represented a pipe manufacturer brought into numerous multiple party construction defect cases; an architectural firm in lengthy arbitration involving dispute over unauthorized use of plans resulting in favorable award.
Mr. Fields also has significant experience representing clients in the areas of Privacy / Defamation / Social Media, Sexual and Workplace Harassment, Contract Disputes, Construction Disputes, Corporate / Partnerships, and Homeowner Associations.
Southwestern Law School, Juris Doctor,1976
University of California, BA Political Science, 1973
Partial List of Significant Reported Decisions:
SASCO v. Rosendin Electric, Inc., et al. (2012) 207 Cal.App.4th 837
Hearn v. Howard (2009) 177 Cal.App.4th 1193
Hall v. Superior Court (2003) 108 Cal.App.4th 706
Village Nurseries, LP v. Greenbaum (2002) 10 Cal.App.4th 26
Marshak v. Ballesteros (1999) 72 Cal.App.4th 1514
Levin v. Gulf Insurance Group (1999) 69 Cal.App.4th 1282
DeLaPena v. Wolfe (1986) 177 Cal.App.3d 481
In re Marriage of Hisquierdo (1978) 439 U.S. 572, 19 Cal.3d 613.