The late attorney Burt Fields was a close friend and fixture of the stars

In July 2012, she attended the office of legendary Hollywood litigator Burt Fields along with freelance journalist Bob Ferrini. We were doing a Q&A with the legendary Hollywood attorney, partner at Greenberg Glusker, on a steel and glass skyscraper in Century City. But once inside the Fields inner sanctuary, we entered a custom space of dim lighting, muted tones, wood paneling, and casebooks lining the walls.

“He held all my calls, unless it was Tom Cruise,” Fields said to his aide.

By that time, Fields had long held a high position in the entertainment attorney complex. In addition to Cruise, clients have included Michael Jackson, Warren Beatty, James Cameron, Madonna, and the Beatles — not to mention Spielberg, Lucas, Ovitz, and Katzenberg.

On the darker side of the business, Fields has engaged in some of the tricks of shadowy detective Anthony Pellicano, who often keeps his services.

Unlike most entertainment lawyers, Fields played the field (ignore the pun). He never parted ways with his work, and remained active in both litigation and transaction law, representing stars and studios alike.

But Fields was more than just a lawyer. He rose above his peers through his literary scholarship and became an expert on Shakespeare, who wrote three books about his world. He was also a connoisseur of Cole Porter, and like, and wrote mystery novels.

The term Renaissance man – with his masculine orientation – may be invalid, but let us apply it nonetheless to a mind that has ranged through the high-stakes realm of practical entertainment law while at the same time extending into a more theoretical realm of literary investigation, where different and more enduring truths reveal themselves .

Burt Fields enriched his career, and his death weakened it. We can only hope that in the future there will be others like him in color and intelligence.



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