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Taylor Fields

Managing Partner

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Practice Areas

Experience

Taylor Fields is the founding member and the managing partner of Fields & Brown. Mr. Fields’ practice has been primarily in the areas of employment defense and labor relations. He has served as employment and labor counsel to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority for more than 28 years. He also served in the same capacity for the Kansas City Missouri School District for more than 13 years and has defended employment claims for Fortune 500 companies. He has litigated numerous cases involving Title VII, Title IX, and Americans with Disabilities Act as well as under state employment discrimination laws. Mr. Fields also has extensive experience in commercial litigation. He has represented major governmental agencies and Fortune 100 companies in the defense of multi-million dollar class actions and complex multi-district litigation matters.

Bar Involvement

Taylor Fields is a member of the Missouri Bar and the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before federal district courts and courts of appeals, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Missouri Council of School Attorneys and the Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association. He was President of the Jackson County Bar Association and held offices in the National Bar Association and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

 

Community Involvement

Taylor Fields’ civic participation includes appointment to and service on the Board of Directors for the Greater Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Association, and service on the Board of Directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Salvation Army Bell Ringers, the YMCA, and Research Mental Health Center. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Black Archives of MidAmerica. He was elected to three terms on the Board of Education for Consolidated School District #4 in Jackson County, Missouri. He is founder of Harmony in Grandview, and served on the Board of Directors of Harmony of Greater Kansas City, which are organizations established to promote racial and ethnic harmony.

Awards and Recognition

The KCMBA selected Taylor Fields as a 2003 recipient of the prestigious Dean of the Trial Bar Award in recognition of his superb litigation skills and professional demeanor. Taylor Fields was designated a Super Lawyer in the area of employment law by Kansas City Magazine in its November issue every year since 2006. Mr. Fields was also the recipient of the 2010 Cora Walker Legacy Award from the National Bar Association and was inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame.

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D.
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 1971
  • State of Michigan, 1972
  • United States Supreme Court, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit
  • Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court
  • Western District of Missouri
  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • District of Kansas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Missouri Council of School Attorneys
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Jackson County Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Black Archives of MidAmerica
  • Board of Directors, Greater Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Association
  • Board of Directors, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Board of Education for Consolidated School District #4 Jackson County, Missouri
  • Founder, Harmony in Grandview
  • Board of Directors, Harmony of Greater Kansas City
  • Board of Directors University of Missouri School of Law Alumni Association

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer 2006-2014, Employment Law
  • Dean of Trial Bar Award
  • Judge Lewis W. Clymer Award
  • Cora Walker Legacy Award
  • National Bar Association Hall of Fame

Article

  • Disparities in Local Government Contracts, State of Black Kansas City, Urban League of Greater Kansas City, 2002

Charles R. Brown

Senior Partner

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Practice Areas

Experience

Charles R. Brown is a founding member and senior partner of Fields & Brown. Mr. Brown began developing his litigation skills in the 1980s by working as an attorney for the Office of State Public Defender. He was lead counsel in numerous high profile trials, including several capital murder trials. In addition, Mr. Brown served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and as special prosecutor for Jackson County.

During his 37 years of experience, he has prosecuted and defended as many jury trials of all types as any attorney in Jackson County, Missouri. In 1987, Mr. Fields and Mr. Brown established Fields & Brown. As a result of his vast trial experience, Mr. Brown has been involved in most of the complex litigation matters handled by Fields & Brown during the past 25 years. Currently, Mr. Brown manages the workers’ compensation and insurance practice areas of the firm. On average, he is responsible for overseeing more than 300 open workers’ compensation and personal injury matters. As such, during the past 37 years, Mr. Brown has tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict and has conducted numerous workers’ compensation hearings. Additionally, Mr. Brown has often been asked to provide demonstrations of various trial techniques for students at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law.

Bar Involvement

Charles Brown is a member of the Missouri Bar Association and is admitted to practice before federal district courts and courts of appeals, including the United States Supreme Court. He has been a speaker at the Missouri Bar Annual Law Update regarding recent Workers’ Compensation decisions, and he has served on the Regional Disciplinary Committee for Jackson County. Also, he is a former Vice Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Community Involvement

Charles Brown has contributed several years of service to the Board of Directors of Camps for Kids and the Brookside Care Center for battered women. In addition, Mr. Brown serves on the advisory committee of the Kansas City Metro Junior Golf Club and participates regularly in golf events to raise funds for charitable organizations. He is also on the advisory board of the Interscholastic League Athletic Alumni Association (ILAAA). The ILAAA’s primary goal is to enrich the lives of Kansas City School District student athletes through financial, developmental, emotional, and historical support through the resources of its members. He also volunteers time at local schools tutoring, teaching and judging debates and mock trials.

Education

  • University of Iowa School of Law, J.D.
  • Graceland University, B.A. Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 1977
  • United States Supreme Court, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit
  • Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court
  • Western District of Missouri
  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • District of Kansas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Jackson County Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Camps for Kids
  • Advisory Committee, Kansas City Metro Junior Golf Club
  • Advisory Committee, Interscholastic League Athletic Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors Brookside Care Center

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell

J. David Bowers

Partner

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Practice Areas

Experience

Mr. Bowers’ practice focuses on defense of commercial, employment, and insurance disputes. He has 30 years of experience representing defendants in cases involving employment matters, breach of contract, construction matters, misrepresentation, first and third party personal injury and property damage, premises liability, bad faith/vexatious refusal and various business torts. Mr. Bowers’ wide ranging experience includes jury and bench trials, appellate arguments, mediations, arbitrations and settlement negotiations. The clientele Mr. Bowers represents ranges from Fortune 100 companies to school districts, insurance companies and governmental agencies. He currently represents Fortune 100 companies in multidistrict litigation and local class action cases with national implications.
In addition to defending clients in federal or state courts, Mr. Bowers also represents clients before state and local human rights agencies. His employment practice also includes the development of personnel policies and procedures and handbooks for businesses. He understands the intricacies of local, state and federal employment laws and the agencies that enforce them. He takes great pride in dealing with the day-to-day operational questions posed by his clients.

Recently, Mr. Bowers successfully argued a complex insurance coverage issue on behalf of a national insurance carrier before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. In his work through the Missouri Bar Association’s Legislative Committee Section, Mr. Bowers reviews proposed legislation and offers comments to the authors. Mr. Bowers has also drafted proposed legislation for the firm’s clients. Mr. Bowers also works with companies in the area of bankruptcy, primarily as creditors counsel, and has significant experience defending preference actions.

Bar Involvement

David Bowers is a member of the Missouri State Bar Association and is admitted to practice before federal district courts, courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bowers is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar Association. He is active and held offices in the Labor and Employment Committee and the Insurance Law Committee. He also takes an active role in the Legislative Review Subcommittee where he frequently comments on proposed legislation prior to its adoption by the Missouri House and Missouri Senate.

Community Involvement

Mr. Bowers volunteers for various activities associated with the American Cancer Society, such as the Relay for Life, and has worked with other organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in October building and remodeling homes for the needy and elderly.

Education

  • Washington University School of Law, J.D.
  • Missouri State University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 1983
  • United States Supreme Court, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit
  • Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court
  • Western District of Missouri
  • Eastern District of Missouri
  • District of Kansas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Education Law Section
  • Civil Practice and Procedure Section
  • Legislative Review Subcommittee
  • Insurance Law Section
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Council of School Attorneys

Carla Fields Johnson

Partner

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Practice Areas

Experience

Carla Fields Johnson has 19 years of litigation experience in the areas of workers’ compensation and insurance defense. She is responsible for Fields & Brown’s workers’ compensation litigation for General Motors Corporation, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Highway Commission. She has defended claims resulting from minor injuries to allegations of permanent total disability. She has handled matters both at the trial and appellate level.

Bar Involvement

Ms. Johnson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). She is a member of the NAMWOLF Board’s Executive Committee and serves as Treasurer for the Association. She is also chairperson of the Finance Committee.

Ms. Johnson is a Missouri State Delegate on the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. Action taken by the House of Delegates on specific issue becomes official ABA policy. Ms. Johnson is one of 12 attorneys in the state of Missouri currently on the House of Delegates. Additionally, Ms. Johnson was elected National Bar Association (NBA) Region VIII Director for two terms. She was also appointed by three NBA Presidents to serve on the NBA’s Nominations Committee.

On the local level, Ms. Johnson served as President of the Jackson County Bar Association for two years. Ms. Johnson served as the 2007 co-chairperson on the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s SLIP program. The SLIP program places urban high school students with area law firms for paid internships. Ms. Johnson currently serves on the Jackson County Bar Foundation Board of Directors.

Carla Fields Johnson is a member of the Missouri and Kansas State Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before state and federal district courts and courts of appeals.

Community Involvement

Ms. Johnson actively participates in the Kansas City community. She served as the General Chairperson of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated 2008 Debutante Ball, one of the largest events of its nature in Kansas City. Ms. Johnson currently serves as Treasurer for both the Kansas City Missouri Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. and the Johnson County Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc.

Awards & Recognitions

Ms. Johnson was recognized as Kansas City’s Top 40 under Forty in 2006 by Ingram’s, Kansas City’s Business Magazine. She is also a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program.

Education

  • Texas Southern University, J.D.
  • Boston College, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 1995
  • State of Kansas, 1996
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Eighth Circuit
    • Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court
    • Western District of Missouri
    • District of Kansas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Member House of Delegates
  • NAMWOLF
    • Treasurer
    • Board of Directors
    • Member of the Executive Committee
    • Chairperon of the Finance Committee
  • National Bar Association
    • Past Regional Director
    • Nominations Committee, past
  • The Missouri Bar
    • Pro Se Litigation Commission
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • SLIP Co-Chairperson, past
  • Jackson County Bar Association
    • Past President
    • Jackson County Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • LEAP Foundation Board of Directors, past

Community Affiliations

  • General Chairperson of the Alpha Kappa•Alpha Sorority, Inc. 2008 Debutante Ball
  • Treasurer, Kansas City Missouri Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc.
  • Treasurer, Johnson County Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. 

Honors and Awards

  • Elected member of NAMWOLF Board of Directors
  • Kansas City’s Top 40 under Forty by Ingrams Magazine (2006)
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program

Denise F. Fields

Associate

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Practice Areas

Experience

Denise F. Fields represents employers in all aspects of employment law and assists clients in human resources counseling. She has experience litigating cases under numerous federal and state employment law statutes, including discrimination and harassment laws, as well as whistle-blower/anti-retaliation statutes. In addition, Ms. Fields’ experience includes assisting human resources personnel with issues related to employee recruiting and employee retention; ADA, FMLA, workers’ compensation issues; executive employment agreements, non-compete/non-solicitation provisions, handbook creation and revision and internal investigations. Ms. Fields also has general experience in complex commercial litigation, encompassing all aspects of the litigation process, including case strategy, pre-trial briefing, depositions, hearings, and trial preparation.

Bar Involvement

Denise F. Fields is a member of the Missouri and Kansas State Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before state and federal district courts and courts of appeals. She is also a member of the Jackson County Bar Association and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Community Involvement

Ms. Fields is an active participant in the Kansas City community. She serves as the Chairperson of the Kansas City, Missouri Human Relations Board, which is the final appeal board concerning employment-related actions for all employees of the City of Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Ms. Fields is the Treasurer of the Friends of Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

Awards & Recognitions

In 2013, Ms. Fields was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Missouri Super Lawyers.

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, J.D., 2007
  • UMKC Law Review
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, B.J., B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 2007
  • State of Kansas, 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit
  • Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court
  • Western District of Missouri
  • District of Kansas

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Jackson County Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Chairperson, Kansas City, Missouri Human Relations Committee
  • Treasurer, Friends of the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center & Museum

Rachel A. Lawrence

Associate

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Practice Areas

Experience

Ms. Lawrence joined Fields & Brown in August 2016. She began her practice as an intern in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and subsequently worked as an associate for a plaintiffs’ law firm in St. Louis where she specialized in personal injury and workers compensation. There, Ms. Lawrence played an integral role in every step of the litigation process. She currently represents the interest of employers and insurers in workers compensation and general liability matters. She also conducts research and drafts memorandum on a variety of legal issues for the commercial litigation department. Having worked on both sides of civil litigation, Ms. Lawrence gives a unique perspective to her cases and the challenging issues clients face.

Bar Involvement

Rachel is a member of the Missouri, Illinois and Kansas State Bar Associations.

Community Involvement

Ms. Lawrence was an active member of the Women’s Law Association and Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. She is currently involved in The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section.

Education

  • University of Missouri, J.D. with honors
  • University of Missouri, B.J.

Honors and Awards

  • University of Missouri Law Dispute Resolution Certificate
  • University of Missouri Law Review – Note and Comment Editor

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 2014
  • State of Illinois, 2015
  • State of Kansas, 2017
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court Western District of Missouri
  • United States Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys