Timothy L. "Tim" Fields

Timothy L. "Tim" Fields


Modrall Sperling

Recognized since 2007

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Practice Areas

Insurance Law

Litigation - Health Care

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Railroad Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Railroad Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Railroad Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Railroad Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Railroad Law
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Tim Fields is an experienced practitioner in litigation and insurance defense. For more than thirty years, Tim has represented clients in their civil litigation matters including personal injury defense, railroad, transportation/trucking, insurance coverage/bad faith, medical malpractice, construction defects, products liability, toxic exposure and environmental, and FELA. His practice also includes nursing home/hospital/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.

Benchmark Litigation selected Tim as a Litigation Star in New Mexico and Southwest Super Lawyers® has named him one of the Top 25 New Mexico Super Lawyers. Tim has achieved an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible based on peer review. He has been continuously recognized by Best Lawyers of America® since 2007 and was named “Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law – Albuquerque” in 2019, 2017 and in 2012 by Best Lawyers.

Tim currently serves as President of Modrall Sperling, Co-Chair of the Railroad/Transportation Industry Service Group, and is a member of the Executive Committee. He has served as the firm’s Vice President, and Chair of the Litigation Department, the Tort/Product Liability/Railroad Practice Group, and the Recruiting Committee.

Contact & Links

Location

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

Education

  • Georgetown University , J.D., graduated 1986
  • United States Coast Guard Academy, B.S. in Civil Engineering, graduated 1980

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico, State Bar of New Mexico
  • New Mexico, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • New Mexico, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Sections of Litigation and Tort & Insurance
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel - Member
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel - Member
  • New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association - Member

Modrall Sperling
Headquarters: Albuquerque, New Mexico

32 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Railroad Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Railroad Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Railroad Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Railroad Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Railroad Law, Albuquerque (2021)
  • Railroad Law, Albuquerque (2019)
  • Railroad Law, Albuquerque (2017)
  • Railroad Law, Albuquerque (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Railroad Law

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America┬« in Railroad Law, 2007-present
  • Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, recognized as Local Litigation Star, 2012-present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV┬« Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Southwest Super Lawyers® (derived from a lawyer survey), 2013-present; Top 25 Super Lawyers in New Mexico, 2014, 2015, 2016

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.

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