Timothy L. Fields - Modrall Sperling

Timothy L. Fields

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Tim Fields is an experienced practitioner in litigation and insurance defense. For more than twenty-five years, Tim has represented clients in their civil litigation matters including personal injury defense, insurance coverage/bad faith, construction defects, products liability, railroad, transportation/trucking, medical malpractice, toxic exposure and environmental, and FELA. His practice also includes nursing home/healthcare litigation defense, complex multi-party litigation, commercial and intellectual property disputes.

Tim serves as lead trial counsel for a number of national companies and he has successfully tried to verdict numerous jury and bench trials.  His undergraduate degree in engineering provides a useful background for litigating lawsuits involving technical or engineering issues including products liability, construction cases, accident reconstruction, and environmental/soil contamination issues.

U.S. Coast Guard AcademyBS 1980Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. 1986
International Association of Defense CounselAmerican Bar AssociationNational Association of Railroad Trial CounselDefense Research InstituteNew Mexico Defense Lawyers Association

Case History

Keith v. Manorcare, Inc.
  • Successful appeal for nursing home, the New Mexico Court of Appeals overturned what had been New Mexico's largest personal injury verdict of $53.2 Million ($3.2 in compensatory, and $50 Million in punitive) in a case involving a woman who died in a nursing home.  The Court of Appeals decision was appealed to the Supreme Court and the case settled after the Court granted a writ of certiorari.  One of the lead counsel for the Modrall Sperling defense team representing nursing home.  See Keith v. Manorcare, Inc., 218 P.3d 1257 (2009).
NMED v. Lea Land, Inc., et al.
  • Represented trucking company and landfill operator in administrative permitting compliance action before the New Mexico Environment Department and in negotiations of future permitting for hazardous and nonhazardous waste disposal. See NMED v. Lea Land, Inc., et al., No. SWB 08-18 (CO).
Dingle v. Crane Care, Inc., et al.
  • Represented out-of-state corporations in successfully challenging personal jurisdiction.  See Dingle v. Crane Care, Inc., et al. , No. 1:09-cv-00388; Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. et al. v. Thyssen Mining Construction of Canada, Ltd., et al., Case No. 10-cv-00401.

Office Location

500 Fourth Street, NW, Suite 1000
P.O. Box 2168
Albuquerque, NM 87103
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law of the Albuquerque Metro Area
Timothy L. Fields has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Timothy L. Fields has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Railroad Law