Since 1999, Janet has mediated and resolved thousands of cases. Her view is that every dispute is different and while the law and the facts may be similar, it’s the parties who make each mediation unique. She thoroughly prepares for each case and her enthusiasm and optimism to achieve a resolution is apparent. She is known for her unwavering commitment as she will follow up with the parties for as long as it takes, whether it is weeks, months or even years later, constantly offering new and creative solutions in order to obtain a settlement. One attorney commented, “Janet recognizes that disputes are about people, and she gets the human element.” Another said, “I select Janet on cases that have many different and difficult dynamics. The issues are usually complex with multiple layers of insurance, many different personalities and knowing that these cases are hard to settle in one session, I need a mediator who will stick with it. Janet has a proven track record and gets it done!”
One noted trial attorney comments: “Janet has a knack for listening to the clients concerns rather then dictating what she thinks should happen. She incorporates economics and considers the needs of all sides working and guiding them toward settlement by asking the really important questions. All feel comfortable settling because Janet empowers parties to decide on their own accord, not because they are pressured into it.”
Janet served as an arbitrator from 1990 to 2009 and a mediator from 1999 to the present. She is a trial attorney specializing in professional liability, understanding the merits of the underlying case in legal malpractice, defense and plaintiff and has represented plaintiffs in serious injury, insurance, employment, real estate, business, and commercial litigation. She is a member of the International Academy of Mediators, Fellow and Board of Governors, California Academy of Mediation Professionals, California Woman Lawyers, California Women Neutrals, Women’s Lawyers of Los Angeles, and the American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section.
She received her J.D. from Empire College of Law, Santa Rosa, California and her B.A. from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. Janet has attended the Pepperdine University, School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, “Masters in Mediation.” She has been named 2012 Mediator of the Year, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Antelope Valley Bar Association and “Best Lawyers in America” in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles Times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). The Daily Journal has named Ms. Fields in its “Top Neutrals in the State of California” (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Los Angeles Magazine has conferred the “Super Lawyers” in Alternative Dispute Resolution status on Janet (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
Janet enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and baking, enjoying a great glass of wine and wine tasting, being outdoors snow skiing, hiking, biking, collecting salt and pepper shakers, and giving back to charity. Board of Trustees for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.