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 Judge Richard S. Fields

Judge Richard S. Fields
Trial Judge - Division XVIII
Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

Telephone: (520) 724-8434


   Judge Fields, born and raised on a dairy farm in Northeast Ohio, learned early on about the value of hard work. As a young man he worked on dairy and truck-produce farms and later paid for his education by working as a Teamster on the loading docks of East Cleveland warehouses. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State University in 1975, he turned his sights to the West and attended the University of Arizona College of Law, from which he received a J.D. in 1978. Thereafter, Judge Fields settled in Tucson and began his 18.5 years of private practice.

   Following his admission to the Arizona Bar in October, 1978, he started practice as a sole practitioner initially doing criminal defense. In 1979, he joined another solo practitioner, which later led to the formation of the successful firm of Linden, Chapa & Fields. While a partner at this firm, Fields recharted his direction and became a personal injury trial lawyer with an emphasis in flood cases and personal injury cases. While primarily engaged in civil litigation, Judge Fields maintained a practice which included domestic relations matters, Indian Law and a 14-year stint as the City Attorney and Prosecutor for the City of South Tucson. In 1995, the firm reorganized and became Chapa, Fields & Brown, P.L.C., until Fields’ appointment to the bench.

   Appointed by Arizona Governor Fife Symington to Division XVIII of the Arizona Superior Court for Pima County, Arizona, on April 17, 1997, he has since served on the Criminal Bench, Civil Bench, and the Family Law Bench. He has served as Associate Presiding Judge to Judge Leonardo and Judge Kearney. He recently served as Criminal Presiding Judge until June 2012. Judge Fields is currently serving on the Criminal Bench.

   In addition to his devotion to family (wife and two adult daughters), Judge Fields is an ardent outdoorsman. He is an experienced bow hunter and spends as much time as possible in the wilds. His community involvement includes membership in various wildlife conservation groups, as well as his previous position on the Board of Directors of the Family Counseling Agency, a social service agency serving the metropolitan Tucson area for over 45 years. Judge Fields currently resides in Tucson and very much enjoys his family, his job and outdoor lifestyle.

Last Updated: 7/9/2012 9:00:00 AM
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