What Makes a Professional Mediator? Dispute mediation and arbitration tend to be cheaper and quicker methods for reaching resolutions. Jurisdictions seem increasingly aware of the value of mediation, as all have alternative dispute resolution programs. In fact, some now require alternative resolution among certain disputants.Although all Arizona counties require basic mediation training, there are no state requirements or guidelines for the practice of mediation. So, be wary. Retain a well-qualified, knowledgeable mediator to facilitate the resolution of your dispute. You want only the best mediator to help settle your conflict out of court.



Judge Fields is a licensed Arizona attorney whose education include:

  • University of Kentucky, B.A., Major in Political Science
  • University of Kentucky, J.D., Member of the Law Journal
  • Economic Institute for Judges, Kansas State University
  • Brookings Institute/American Enterprise, Washington DC
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law



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:


  • 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


  • 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
  • Arbitrator/Mediator, 2007 to present

Adjunct Faculty & Instructor

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


  • US Army Command and General Staff College – Adjunct Faculty & Instructor, 1988-1995
  • 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

Guest Lecturer – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Law Faculty, Belgrade, Serbia, 2013

Board of Advisors – Brookings Institute/American Enterprise Joint Project for Judicial Education, Washington, DC

Founding Member – American College of Business Court Judges

Member – U.S.-Canadian Evaluation Team sponsored by USAID to assess State Court Reforms, United States of Mexico, 2007