Services

Fields Mediation provides prompt, effective alternative dispute resolution services to help you settle disputes quickly and without excessive costs. You are involved in determining whether the method of resolution is mediation, arbitration, fact determination using a special master, or neutral evaluation.

Judge Fields (Ret.) works directly with you to reach efficient and economical dispute mediation resolution to your dispute and to ensure that the facilitated agreement is a product of your efforts and desires.

At Fields Mediation, we provide consultation, conflict resolution, dispute mediation and arbitration services to participants in areas including, but not limited to the following:

  • Commercial Law
  • Marital Disputes
  • Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Technology
  • Personal Injury
  • Condemnation

Virtual Mediation

Judge Kenneth L. Fields (Ret.) conducts both mediations and arbitrations via video conferencing using the Zoom-platform. This capability allows continued representation of parties and resolves disputes without in-person meetings. Meeting links will be provided with a confirmed scheduled event.

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Honorable Kenneth L. Fields (Ret.)

About Judge Kenneth L. Fields (Ret.)

Since his retirement, Judge Fields (Ret.) 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 2020 Judge Fields (Ret.) began conducting both mediations and arbitrations via video conferencing. During the COVID-19 crisis, video conferencing with Judge Fields (Ret.) will allow continued representation of clients and the ability to resolve disputes without having to have a face-to-face meeting in a mediation or arbitration. In February 2020 he began training judges, attorneys, mediators and arbitrators in the use of online platforms for mediation and arbitration for the Superior Court of Arizona (Maricopa County), NADN and BRDGES Academy.

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Judge Kenneth L. Fields (Ken) (Ret.) 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).

In addition to civilian courts, Judge Fields (Ret.), 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.

From late November 2002 to June 2007, Judge Fields (Ret.) 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. He 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. He was a founding member of the National College of Business Court Judges.

Judge Fields (Ret.) has also taught internationally. In 2004, prior to his retirement, he 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 (Ret.) taught Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Faculty of Law, Belgrade, Serbia. In April and September 2014, he 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, he 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 chair/co-chair at the symposium on international mediation and alternative dispute resolution at the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) in Salzburg, Austria in 2015, 2017 and 2019. In 2015 he was inducted into the Congress of Fellows for the Center for International Legal Studies.

In 2020 Judge Fields (Ret.) began conducting both mediations and arbitrations via video conferencing. During the COVID-19 crisis, video conferencing with Judge Fields (Ret.) will allow continued representation of clients and the ability to resolve disputes without having to have a face-to-face meeting in a mediation or arbitration. In February 2020 he began training judges, attorneys, mediators and arbitrators in the use of online platforms for mediation and arbitration for the Superior Court of Arizona (Maricopa County), NADN and BRDGES Academy.

Professional mediation is about conflict resolution skills. When it comes to solving your conflict, hire the best. Judge Fields brings with him the following qualifications and experience that make him the right choice for you:

Admitted

  • District of Columbia (1974)
  • Arizona (1977)

Trial Attorney

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal & Civil Rights Divisions, Washington D.C., 1974 – 1982; Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona
  • Private Practice of Law, Civil and Criminal Practice, 1982-1989

Judge

  • Trial Judge, Superior Court of Arizona, 1989 to 2007
  • Presiding Judge, Domestic Relations Department, Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, AZ, 1993-1995
  • Judge, Arizona Complex Civil Litigation Court, 2002-2007
  • Military Trial Judge, State of Arizona, 2010-2015
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, 2007 to present

Expert/Consultant

  • U.S.-Canadian Evaluation Team sponsored by USAID to assess State Court Reforms, United States of Mexico, 2007
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, since 2007

Adjunct Faculty & Instructor

  • US Army Command and General Staff College, 1988-1995
  • Judicial Remedies, Arizona State University College of Law, Fall Semester 2013

Founding Member

Member

With years of experience, Judge Fields understands the importance of quality alternative dispute resolution processes.

As an experienced Arizona attorney, he has represented litigants in nearly every type of case. As a member of the judiciary, Judge Fields has presided over numerous complex civil and criminal matters:

  • Land Condemnation
  • Redistricting of Political Voting Boundaries for State Legislative and Congressional Districts
  • Accounting Fraud and Professional Malpractice
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Education

Invited Speaker​

  • National Judicial College, Madrid, Spain, Comparative Law-Civil Procedure, 2004
  • Complex Construction Defect Litigation, Brookings Institute/American Enterprise Joint Project for Judicial Education, Washington, DC, 2006
  • Construction Defect Litigation, Colorado Springs, CO and Key West, FL, 2005 and 2007
  • Electronic Litigation and Electronic Court Filing, 2004 and 2006
  • Formation of Complex or Business Courts at Florida Bar Convention, 2007
  • Azov Legal Conference 2014, Bedanyansk, Ukraine, Paper Presentation: Specialty Litigation: Business Courts in the United States, An Arizona Experience

Guest Lecturer, Center for International Legal Studies, Senior Lawyers Program, Law Faculty, Courses:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution with Focus on Mediation
    Serbia, 2013
    Kosovo 2018
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  • Business Law
    Kosovo 2014
  • Comparative Law​
    Russia 2015

Board of Advisors

  • Brookings Institute-American Enterprise Joint Project for Judicial Education, Washington, DC
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Commendations

I have had the distinct pleasure and honor of with working Judge Fields on many international and intercultural trainings.  His ability to grasp complicated concepts is keen; his skills to interact with others is not only unusually patient and understanding, but remarkably insightful as well. He is in all respects a truly international colleague for whom I have the greatest respect.

Lynn

I have known Ken for a few years now and I have always appreciated his composure, kindness and straightforward approach to things. I also shadowed and co-mediated with him several US-based mediations. He is a well-experienced commercial mediator: very knowledgeable with regard to the legal consequences of a dispute – he conducts amazing reality checks –  and he deals with the counsels and the parties in an impartial, independent and neutral way. His familiarity with technology and digital platforms used for ODR stands out in comparison with average ADR professionals.

Claudia Caluori, Attorney & Mediator, Italy

Thank you, Judge Fields, for your expertise in turning a difficult issue into an agreeable solution.

Counsel

“Ask forgiveness, not permission”

Admiral Grace Hopper, USN

Calendar

To reserve a mediation session, please select from any of the available dates below. A quick ONLINE APPOINTMENT REQUEST will collect contact details and case information. Once submitted, we will be in touch as quickly as possible.