Jonathan E. Fields

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Wellesley, MA

Fields and Dennis LLP
 | 80 William Street, Suite 210
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: 781-489-6776
Fax: 781-489-6233
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

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.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018

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About Jonathan Fields

Admitted: 1997, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.fieldsdennis.com/attorney-fields

Honors/Awards:

  • Jon was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2015.  This is a highly selective organization that requires a rigorous national examination and letters of recommendation from peer attorneys as well as judges.  Jon is 1 of only 49 attorneys in Massachusetts admitted to AAML., Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Jon was 1 if only 4 private attorneys appointed by the Chief Justice of the Trial Court to the Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Taskforce for 2017. The Task Force is responsible for the quadrennial review and amendments to the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines., Member, Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Parent Coordinator (approved to act as PC in Massachusetts cases)
  • “Mediation to Stay Married” training
  • AAML Certified Divorce Arbitrator
  • Certified Parenting Coordinator, National Parent Coordinator Association
  • MCFM Certified Mediator, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), 2005
  • Hearing Committee Member, Board of Bar Overseers of the Supreme Judicial Court
  • Member, Fee Arbitration Board Panel of the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Nominating Committee, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Massachusetts chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Conference Committee
  • Member, Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "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)
  • Prohibited Subject Matter in Prenuptial Agreements, Family Law Update, 2006
  • Co-Author, Family Team Decision Making, Family Mediation Quarterly, 2005
  • Lecturer, A Brief History of the Enforcement of Prenuptial Agreements in Massachusetts, MCFM Fall Conference, 2007
  • Forbidden Provisions in Prenuptial Agreements: Legal and Practical Considerations for the Matrimonial Lawyer, Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2008
  • Family Law Case Update, Speaker, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (2014)
  • Mediating Prenuptial Agreements in Massachusetts and the Problem of the 23C Disqualification, Family Mediation Quarterly, 2008
  • The Psychodynamics of Mediation: Overcoming Ego to Resolve Conflict, Family Mediation Quarterly, 2011
  • Family Law Update / Role of Law in Mediation, MCFM Fall Institute (2012)
  • More Questions than Answers After Bott, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2012
  • Contributor, Family Law Case Updates, Family Mediation Quarterly, 2008
  • Family Law Year in Review, Family Mediation Quarterly (Winter 2008)
  • "I'm OK, You're a X$!#@&%!!!: High-Conflict Behavior in Family Law Cases," Panelist, Massachusetts Association of Guardians Ad Litem, November 7, 2014
  • Presenter,  Alimony and Child Support, Annual MCLC Meeting (2014)

Educational Background:

  • Amherst College, B.A., cum laude, English and American Studies, 1986
Office Location for Jonathan E. Fields

80 William Street
Suite 210
Wellesley, MA 02481

Phone: 781-489-6776

Fax: 781-489-6233

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Last Updated: 3/14/2019

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