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Joshua A. Fields

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  • Partner

San Diego, CA

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Joshua A. Fields is an experienced and accomplished complex litigation and appellate attorney. Mr. Fields has been licensed in California since 2006 and joined Schonbrun Seplow Harris Hoffman & Zeldes, LLP in 2022. He brings a broad and diverse background to prosecuting lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs.  He focuses on complex litigation matters, including class action and mass action lawsuits, and has achieved up to 8-figure settlements for classes.

Over the course of his 15 plus year career, Mr. Fields has prosecuted lawsuits in a wide variety of practice areas, such as consumer protection, fraud, truth in lending, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, free speech, employment harassment and discrimination, and catastrophic personal injury. He has successful outcomes in trial and arbitration proceedings. Mr. Fields’ aggressive representation has resulted in sizable victories for his clients and important victories for consumers across California.

Mr. Fields has acted as lead counsel in prosecuting all phases of class action lawsuits on behalf of consumers, from initial investigation through final approval of up to 8-figure settlements.  A sampling of successful victories in class action and mass action lawsuits includes:

  • $10,000,000 class settlement with a national bank in lawsuit alleging violations of the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and California’s consumer protection laws
  • $2,900,000 class settlement with a national retailer in lawsuit alleging violations of California’s consumer protection laws
  • Co-counsel at successful bellwether arbitration leading to $19,600,000 settlement in mass tort litigation for 1,300 trade school graduates alleging California consumer protection law violations
  • Successful opposition, on behalf of 100 plaintiffs, to summary judgment motion, leading to a multi-million dollar settlement in mass tort litigation alleging negligence against national retailer

Mr. Fields has also represented entertainers and public figures who seek to have their legal issues resolved through aggressive, yet discreet, representation.

Mr. Fields is also highly skilled in handling appellate matters. He has successfully briefed and/or argued appeals before state and federal courts of appeal in California, obtaining favorable opinions for consumers in the process.  For example:

  • He was the principal brief writer on Rubio v. Capital One Bank, 613 F.3d 1195 (9th Cir. 2010), a successful appeal in a groundbreaking federal TILA lawsuit, which involved briefing appellate matters all the way to the United States Supreme Court
  • He successfully briefed and argued the appeal in Rubenstein v. The Neiman Marcus Group, 687 Fed.Appx. 564 (9th Cir. 2017), wherein the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s California consumer protection claims
  • He successfully briefed and argued an appeal in an employment harassment and discrimination lawsuit before California’s Court of Appeal, which affirmed an order denying the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration, allowing his client to proceed to a successful trial court resolution

Outside of his work as an attorney, Mr. Fields enjoys playing basketball, beach sports, and traveling to remote destinations across the world.

Court Admissions:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • California


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. with a certificate in Environmental Law - 2005
    • Honors: Tulane Civil Litigation Clinic
  • Harvard University
    • B.A. - 1995
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: History


  • Southern California Super Lawyers (reserved for top 5% of attorneys) – 2017 to 2022
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (reserved for top 2.5% of attorneys under age 40) – 2009; 2014 to 2016
  • Wiley M. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State of California Bar Association 2004


  • Recent Development: Engine Manufacturers Association v. South Coast Air Quality Management District, 18 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 258 (2004)