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A Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

You can’t check your principles at the door when you arrive at the workplace. And you can’t quit on a case, a client or yourself just because the going gets tough. You must have the drive to do the right thing and the willingness to stick with it regardless of the challenges,” says Clark H. Fielding, Founding Principal of Fielding Law, APC. His firm’s motto reflects that attitude: Integrity and Tenacity.
Fielding began applying those principles to the practice of law in 2007 and has specialized in plaintiff personal injury since 2010. He founded Fielding Law, APC in March of 2019. Today his firm practices in the area of personal injury and maintains offices in Irvine, California and Tempe, Arizona.
Clients confirm his determined commitment to the highest ethical standards. For example, “Clark and his team were excellent. They constantly fought hard to combat the ridiculous liens the medical facilities filed against my case. Always on their game, they left no stone unturned. Additionally, they kept me informed at every step along the way, never hiding their intention. Their integrity and transparency are unmatched.”
Calling the contingency fee arrangement “the great equalizer,” Fielding says that structure allows a homeless person to get the same access and caliber of attorney as a multi-millionaire. Fielding has represented thousands of wronged and injured clients throughout multiple states, successfully and strategically handling complex and catastrophic and fatal injury cases, which include tragic cases of wrongful death, quadriplegia and traumatic brain injuries. Many of these cases involve individual people and families unable to afford legal counsel.

Empathy Is No Snow Job

Much of the empathy and compassion Fielding expresses comes from personal struggles, such as a November 2011 accident in which he blew out both knees snowboarding in Park City, Utah. He suffered excruciating pain and required emergency surgery. A few days later he experienced terrifying complications in the middle of the night that required an EMS team of firefighters and a life-or-death rush to the emergency room.
Fielding was in a wheelchair and, in his words, “an absolute mess” when he returned home to California, and struggling to hang on to his job. He says his “ride or die” wife Moranda would load him into his wheelchair, strap their one-year-old baby to her back, and wheel him up to his office and desk.
The road to recovery was long, grueling, uncertain and required several reconstructive surgeries and countless painful and exhausting physical therapy sessions. “That hellacious and darkest period of my life blessed me with empathy for my clients and their devastating injuries and excruciating pain, and their fear of future surgeries, of losing employment and of their life falling apart. It also taught me the power of faith, hope and perseverance,” he says.

Character Counts

An example of how integrity and tenacity are necessary elements of success is found in one of Fielding’s recent legal victories for a motorcycle accident victim in Phoenix, Arizona. A motorist failed to yield and made a negligent left turn causing damages requiring multiple ankle surgeries for his client. The case was disputed from the start with Fielding first facing in-house counsel and then three separate defense firms in conservative Maricopa County. In December 2019, the case was settled at mediation for a confidential, excess policy limits, seven-figure amount.
Not all cases are so dramatic, but they do reflect positive client response to Fielding’s approach. A client wrote, “Right away I was impressed with Clark’s integrity and high-level, high-touch customer service. My vehicle will be repaired, and I will not be without use of a vehicle while repairs are being made. I couldn’t be more impressed with Clark’s legal knowledge, counsel, and most of all his CHARACTER.”
Noting that hospitals and primary care physicians often “drop the ball” with traumatic injuries, the firm is a strong advocate for the proper diagnosis and treatment of their clients. Fielding says, “I enjoy the intersection of law and medicine and interacting with doctors. I also love the numbers aspect (he previously worked as a forensic accountant for an expert witness firm) and evaluating damages and negotiating. And our clients enjoy the benefits of that combination of interests and skills.”

Controlling His Destiny

Fielding grew up wrestling in school and is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, disciplines that require extraordinary physical, mental and emotional control. He says that it is impossible to read about the Jiu-Jitsu technique, the moves, or even see the technique demonstrated in-person, and then be able to proficiently execute the technique. Mastering the skill requires drilling countless times on the mats and then incorporating the technique into live training or grappling. “There is a saying that ‘Black Belts are simply White Belts who didn’t quit.’ It’s the same in the law. We train. We learn. We keep on learning and we excel.”
The ability to fully control who works for his firm (and who doesn’t) and the professional level of service provided to his clients were key motivators in his decision to form his own firm. “In my practice area as a plaintiff personal injury attorney and consumer advocate, opening my own shop seemed to be the natural progression.”
Fielding is also a long-time practitioner of Bikram Yoga, which in many ways reflects the flexible nature of his management style. Fielding manages a horizontal business structure. “I’m actively in the trenches shoulder-to-shoulder with my people. My management style is the servant-leader. It’s not me sitting on top of some vertical organizational structure where I’m a stern taskmaster barking orders or at the other extreme, the absentee boss. I am involved in all of the cases in my firm.”

Getting the Right Team “On the Bus”

Finding, hiring, training and maintaining the top professionals is an ongoing goal. Fielding Law offices are staffed with self-starters—people who can think outside the box, who are creative and ambitious. Fielding uses the “on the bus” concept of how he manages the growth of the firm. As Jim Collins in Good to Great teaches, igniting the transformation of getting from here to there is not to focus on the destination, but to first get the right people “on the bus” (and keep the wrong people off) and then move toward the destination. Fielding believes that the right people don’t need to be tightly managed or overly motivated. They will be self-motivated by the inner drive to produce the best results and to be part of creating something great. His earlier experiences in what he calls the “military taskmaster” and “pressure cooker” and “do as I say, not as I do” business environments are counter-productive.
As an attorney / manager, Fielding sees to it that his team gets the broadest experience possible. He does not want his people to limit their experience to a single task. They are continually challenged to use more of and develop their individual, natural aptitudes and talents.
“We take care of our team members and work hard to create and foster a positive and vibrant and collaborative working environment and develop (educate and train) them and challenge them so they are fulfilled and happy. The goal is for them to become the best version of themselves and to be patient and empathetic when interacting with our clients, healthcare providers, insurance companies, and defense attorneys and the courts,” he says.
Out-of-the-box thinking led Fielding to create a Quarterly Book Club for members of his team and friends of the firm. He has also established a Spanish Department specifically for members of the Hispanic community who do not speak English.
“If we can’t take care of our own team members, how can we and they be expected to take care of our clients? One of the reasons our offices are such a positive environment is because I find top professionals, give them the support and tools and resources, and then pretty much get out of their way. I am proud of the veteran team that I have assembled, they are the best in the business,” Fielding says.

Works Well With Others

Approximately 25 percent of the firm’s cases are referrals from other attorneys. “I believe wholeheartedly in collaboration and enjoy working with other attorneys and law firms. I am humble enough to realize when I need to associate with more knowledgeable and experienced counsel.” Fielding says he plans to pay out an impressive amount in referral fees over the next five years.
“I believe the best referrals come from satisfied clients,” he says.
One of those clients agrees wholeheartedly. “Clark from the start took a human approach to my case. A drunk driver hit me on the freeway. The moment my family called him, his team took matters into their own hands. His team was always calling and answering my family’s questions since I was in the hospital for weeks. Once I was out, they had all the patience to hear me out. My case took about two years to close. Nevertheless, they always gave me understanding. It was for my best interest. It surely was. During this time period my very close friend also had an accident that caused him to have a personal injury. I made sure to get him connected to this powerful lawyer, Mr. Clark Fielding.”

Work Hard, Serve Hard, Play Hard

Fielding believes in the motto: work hard, serve hard, play hard and applies that to his life. When Fielding has time to read for pleasure, he reads biographies. Recently a family legend was corroborated after doing some research. Moranda is the firm’s Creative Director and Director of Client Relations, and she has a fascinating connection to history and the law. Her maiden name is Goings and she is a direct descendant of Melissa Goings, who killed her abusive husband in self-defense and was accused of murder. An attorney by the name of Abraham Lincoln helped Goings escape from the courthouse so that she could move on and live a happy and productive life. Lincoln later said, “I did not run her off. She wanted to know where she could get a good drink of water, and I told her there was mighty good water in Tennessee.” The extraordinary situation is even mentioned in Spielberg’s film Lincoln.
“Moranda and I have two beautiful daughters, Violet Bryn (9) and Dahlia “Dolly” Blair (6) and a handsome son, Rio Zephyr (1). Violet and Dahlia are fellow Jiu-Jitsu practitioners,” Fielding says.
He is a certified scuba diver who also enjoys snorkeling. Other passions include snowboarding, traveling, and reading biographies.
Fielding is active in his community. He is a former Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee of San Clemente Little League; managed teams for San Clemente Little League for the past four years and is an assistant coach for this spring season. He managed both daughters’ San Clemente Little League baseball teams.
He serves as his Church congregation’s Clerk as a member of the Bishopric, responsible for, among other things, finances, the budget, processing donations, welfare payments for rent, utilities, food for individuals in need, the records, material orders, reports and statistics.
He served a two-year Church Mission to Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, Brazil. He speaks Portuguese and has a television satellite to pick-up one Brazilian TV station to keep up with the language.

Eulogy Virtues

Fielding is representing the widow of Police Officer Nathan Martin who was tragically killed on his motorcycle. While at the funeral service in February to honor Martin’s legacy and exceptional family life and life of public service, Fielding reflected on his own life choices and career and the forces that keep him motivated. Referencing a thought from The Road to Character by David Brooks, Fielding said, “I’ve been thinking deeply about the difference between what people write in their resumes compared to what others say about them in their eulogies. Those virtues on the resume reflect marketable skills that enhance the applicant’s viability and likelihood of success in business. The things people say in eulogies reflect the core of that person’s being—his or her ethics, honesty, bravery, trustworthiness, quality of relationships formed, and such. Ultimately, it is the eulogy virtues that have the truest meaning for me.”

» EDUCATION

  • Brigham Young University – Marriott School of Business, Bachelor of Science in Management with a Finance Emphasis
  • Brigham Young University – Hawaii
  • Congressional Intern for the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Jeff Flake of Arizona (former U.S. Senator) in Washington, D.C.
  • Vanderbilt University Law School in Venice, Italy – International and Comparative Law
  • Arizona State University – Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Juris Doctor | Pedrick Scholar | Pro Bono Distinction
  • Judicial Extern, Maricopa County Superior Court – The Honorable Timothy J. Ryan
  • Judicial Extern, United States District Court – The Honorable James A. Teilborg

» AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Star (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • 10 Best Attorneys – Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service – California, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (2019, 2020)
  • Elite Lawyer (2020)
  • Civil Plaintiff – Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers (2015 – 2020)
  • Avvo 10.0 rating since 2015
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Certificate of Recognition with Thanks, City of Irvine, California (2019)
  • 10 Best Law Firms – Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service – California, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (2019, 2020)

» LICENSES

  • The State Bar of California
  • The State Bar of Arizona

» ASSOCIATIONS

  • Founding 50 of Justice HQ, Inc., Member
  • The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Fellow
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout rank

» SERVICE

  • Two-year Church Mission to Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Former Treasurer – Member of Executive Committee – Board Member and Team Manager of San Clemente Little League

» OTHER LANGUAGES

  • Speaks Portuguese

Clark's greatest joy is his family; he is a loving and proud husband and father of two beautiful girls and a handsome boy.

Fielding Law, APC
Orange County, California office:
The Boardwalk, 18575 Jamboree Road, Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92612
Maricopa County, Arizona office:
The Watermark, 410 North Scottsdale Road, Floor 10
Tempe, AZ 85281
fieldinglawfirm.com
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