Boston Family Law Attorney & Divorce Mediator
Attorney Jonathan Fields has more than 27 years experience representing clients with a high level of personal care and professionalism. His approach to the complex area of family law is innovative, compassionate and geared to the best interests of his clients.
Attorney Fields is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). The AAML, according to its website, is “comprised of the top 1,600 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation.” The AAML website notes that Fellows “are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill, and integrity.” Mr. Fields is one of only 49 Fellows in Massachusetts.
He has successfully litigated complex family law cases throughout his career involving matters such as inheritances, closely-held businesses, trusts, hedge funds, private equity firms, startup companies, venture capital firms, 401-k plans, 403-b plans, defined benefit plans, cash balance plans, deferred compensation, 457 plans, stock options, restricted stock units, excess benefit plans, employee stock purchase plans, parenting plans, mental health issues, addiction issues, special needs children, and international child custody disputes.
Mr. Fields believes that while the law is always critical in a family law case, his experience has taught him that most of the time it is the psychodynamics of the parties and counsel that determine whether and how a case settles. That is why process is so critical to resolution — and why choosing the right “container” is vital. Put another way: “getting there” is important but the way you get there is just as important. Mediation may work for some clients. Collaborative Law may work for others. Sometimes, a more traditional representation or litigation is appropriate. Often, there may be a creative combination of processes that will suit a certain dynamic.
Mr. Fields served a two year term as president of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) and has been on the board of MCFM since 2006.
Attorney Fields was recently honored by the prestigious Journal of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers for his “exceptional” article about prenuptial agreements: “Forbidden Provisions in Prenuptial Agreements: Legal and Practical Considerations for the Matrimonial Lawyer,” Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Taskforce — 1 of 4 private attorneys appointed by the Chief Justice of the Trial Court
Hearing Committee Member of the Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court
Experience as a Neutral
Family Law Mediator
Hearing Committee Member, Board of Bar Overseers
Fee Arbitration Panel, Massachusetts Bar Association
Family Law Conciliator
Guardian Ad Litem
Parenting Coordinator — Approved per Standing Order 1-17
Recent News Media
“Meet Jonathan Fields of Fields and Dennis in Wellesley,” Boston Voyager (Jonathan Fields interviewed) (2018)
Interview with Jonathan Fields on Terrible Things People to Do to Each Other in Divorce by Eric Parker, Esq. on Inter Alia podcast (to be released early Summer 2018)
Interview with Jonathan Fields on Grey Divorce on That’s The Law! NewTV (2018)
“Bitcoin Bitterness Starts to Make Messy Divorces Even Worse,” Hannah George, Bloomberg News (Quoted in Article) (2018)
“Divorce Lawyer Fends Off ‘Negotiating Malpractice’ Suit,” Pat Murphy, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Quoted in Article) (2017)
“2017 Divorce Statistics and their Stories,” Avvo Stories (Quoted in Article) (2017)
“Legal Tender: Insights and Tips from Legal Professionals,” Ellen M. Keiley, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Interview with Jonathan Fields) (2016)
Recent Speaking Engagements
“Mediating Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: Challenges and Opportunities,” co-presenter with Vicki Shemin, Association of Professional Family Mediators (Webinar) (2018)
“Grey Divorce: Tips for the Matrimonial Practitioner” (AAML — Utah Bar Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah) (2017)
“Inheritance, Trusts & Divorce,” Chair of Faculty, MCLE (2016, 2018)
“The New Tax Law and its Impact on Family Law,” Boston Bar Association (2018)
“Updating your Boilerplate in Separation and Prenuptial Agreements,” MCLE (2018)
“Gray Divorce: Representing the Elderly Divorce Client”, Panelist, Massachusetts Bar Association (2017)
“Making the Collaborative Law Shoe Fit the Clients: Creative Options for A Better Fitting Practice Model,” Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (co-presenter with Vicki Shemin) (2017)
“Prenups and Business Partnerships: Collaborating for Love and Money,” Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, co-presenter (2015)
“I’m OK, You’re a X$!#@&%!!!: High-Conflict Behavior in Family Law Cases,” Panelist, Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem (2014) (co-panelist with Bill Eddy, J.D., LCSW)
“Tips for the Practitioner Handling Grey Divorce,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2018)
“Grey Divorce: Tips for the Matrimonial Practitioner,” 29 J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law. 57 (2017)
“Inheritance, Trusts & Divorce,” MCLE Chapter in Financial Aspects of Divorce (2017)
“Parenting Coordination: The Emancipation Proclamation,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, by Vicki Shemin and Jonathan Fields (2017)
“More Questions than Answers After Bott,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2012)
“The Psychodynamics of Mediation: Overcoming Ego to Resolve Conflict,” Family Mediation Quarterly (2011)
“Mediating Prenuptial Agreements in Massachusetts and the Problem of the 23C Disqualification,” Family Mediation Quarterly (2008)
“Forbidden Provisions in Prenuptial Agreements: Legal and Practical Considerations for the Matrimonial Lawyer,” Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Received AAML award) (2008)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Spring 2008)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Summer 2008)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Winter 2008)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Fall 2009)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Spring 2010)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Summer 2010)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Spring 2011)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Fall 2011)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Winter 2012)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Spring 2014)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Spring 2015)
Family Law Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly (Winter 2015)
“A Brief History of the Enforcement of Prenuptial Agreements in Massachusetts,” submitted at MCFM Fall Conference, (2007)
“Prohibited Subject Matter in Prenuptial Agreements,” Family Law Update, s.1.01, 2006 Family Law Update, Ronald L. Brown & Laura W. Morgan, eds., Aspen Publishers (2006)
Mr. Fields received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law (1990) and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Amherst College (1986).
Contact Attorney Jonathan Fields for a confidential consultation.