FIELDS is the founding and principal attorney in the Law Office
of Jane F. Fields. |
Ms. Fields is a family law attorney with
more than 30 years of experience. She is an experienced litigator
and negotiator. Her litigation experience includes all areas of
Family Law. She has successfully argued contested trials, hearings
on petitions and motions in the trial court, and oral arguments
before the Illinois Appellate Courts and the Illinois Supreme Court
involving divorce, custody, visitation, property valuations and
allocations, child support, maintenance, domestic violence,
parentage, removal and post decree proceedings for modification
and/or enforcement. Ms. Fields has also litigated international
issues involving the application rules of the Hague Convention for
the enforcement of a French custody order in a multinational child
custody matter. Ms. Fields has completed the Collaborative Divorce
Training and has mediated and negotiated many contested disputes and
law suits. Ms. Fields has assisted her clients in negotiating, and
then executing PreNuptial Agreements. Ms. Fields has successfully
represented parties in thousands of cases in Cook County as well as
in the surrounding counties.
Ms. Fields is committed to
providing her clients with insight into their individual situations
and concerns, and providing them with clear and insightful
explanations of their rights, the court's process, the procedures,
and in preparing them prior to a potential lawsuit.
Fields litigation experience also includes writing and
arguing-appeals before the Illinois Appellate Courts and the
Illinois Supreme Court, where she argued the paternity case which
resulted in the reformulation of prior Parentage Statute and the
enactment of the Parentage Act of 1984 which afforded children born
out of wedlock with the same rights as children born during a
marriage. Other cases argued to the Illinois Appellate Court
include: In re Marriage of Dagher. 145 111. App.3d 379 (1986): In
re Paternity of Perrv. 260 111. App.3d 374 (1994); In re Marriage of
Siegel. 271 111. App.3d 540 (1995): In re Marriage of Blackstone.
288 111. App.3d 905 (1997).
Ms. Fields served on the Board
of Directors of BETWEEN FRIENDS, ("Friends") (formerly FRIENDS OF
BATTERED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN) a non-profit organization
dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and abuse by
providing education, support, counseling, and advocacy services.
FRIENDS works with individuals, families, and communities to create
awareness of domestic violence and abuse and seeks to reduce its
prevalence and impact. During her tenure with FRIENDS, Ms. Fields
ran numerous workshops and clinics and assisted their paralegal in
analyzing and resolving contested matters.
Ms. Fields is a
graduate of NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, where she received Bachelor of Arts
Degree, attended GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY wherein she received
a Certificate in legal research and writing, and is a graduate of
the CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW, where she was awarded a Juris
Doctor Degree in 1980.
Ms. Fields' practice represents both
men and women during very difficult and emotional times in their
lives; she has been a court appointed attorney trained and
qualified to represent and promote the best interests of children
in contentious custody and visitation disputes for over 25 years.
She is a zealous advocate; yet seeks to negotiate amicable
resolutions when they are advantageous or in the best interests of
her clients. Zealous and tenacious litigation is only one tool in
her repertoire. Ms Fields' is keenly aware that often an amicable
settlement and resolution is the best alternative for the family,
and therefore her client.
Matt Farmer is an experienced trial lawyer who knows that the best way to secure a favorable settlement
for a client is to be well-prepared to try that client's case. During his career, Matt has tried a variety
of complex cases, including multi-week copyright infringement, whistle-blower and insurance coverage trials.
He was named a finalist for the 2013 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award after a federal jury
returned a verdict that was listed among the National Law Journal’s Top 100 of 2013. In the family law arena,
Matt has successfully litigated child custody and child removal cases against some of the Chicagoland area's top family law attorneys.
Matt has served for many years as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s “Building Trial Skills”
program, and he has also taught trial advocacy to practicing attorneys as a faculty member for the National Employment
Lawyers Association's "Trial Boot Camp."
In his spare time, Matt is a fierce advocate
for quality public education, about which he writes
frequently for The Huffington Post. His writing has also appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and
The Washington Post (online edition). He has been a guest on both MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes" and "Chicago Newsroom," a cable TV talk show that focuses
on state and local political issues.
In an ongoing effort to stay young, Matt continues to plays guitar and sing, and he has performed at venues from the
Jacara Club in Hiroshima, Japan to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.