Bert Fields ‘dead at 93’: Lawyer defended Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise

Celebrity attorney Bert Fields dead at 93: The lawyer defended Michael Jackson when accused of child molestation and Tom Cruise for allegedly ‘abandoning’ Suri… as Cruise calls him a ‘gentleman’

  • Famed celebrity attorney Bert Fields has died at the age of 93 
  • The attorney passed away late Sunday night at his Malibu home 
  • He had wife Barbara Guggenheim by his side, a spokesperson told DailyMail.com
  • Fields  representing clients such as The Beatles , Madonna and Warren Beatty
  • He was best known for defending Michael Jackson when the King Of Pop was hit with molestation accusations 
  • And he also worked with Tom Cruise when a tabloid accused him of being gay
  • Later he repped Cruise when Bauer Publishing claimed he had ‘abandoned’ the daughter he had with Katie Holmes, Suri Cruise 
  • Cruise said: ‘Bert Fields was a gentleman, an extraordinary human being’
  • ‘He had a powerful intellect, a keen wit and charm that made one enjoy every minute of his company. I loved him dearly and always will. It was a privilege to be his friend’ 

Famed celebrity attorney Bert Fields has died at the age of 93.

The Los Angeles based attorney passed away late Sunday night at his Malibu home with his wife Barbara Guggenheim by his side, a spokesperson for his law firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger Llp., shared with DailyMail.com on Monday.

Fields was famous for representing several high-profile clients such as The Beatles, Madonna and Warren Beatty.

But he was best known for defending Michael Jackson when the King Of Pop was hit with molestation accusations and for working with Tom Cruise when a tabloid accused him of being gay and another claimed that the mega star had ‘abandoned’ the daughter he had with Katie Holmes, Suri Cruise.

Gone! Famed celebrity attorney Bert Fields has reportedly died at the age of 93. The Los Angeles based attorney passed away late Sunday night at his Malibu home, a spokesperson for his law firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger Llp., announced on Monday. Seen in 2011

Gone! Famed celebrity attorney Bert Fields has reportedly died at the age of 93. The Los Angeles based attorney passed away late Sunday night at his Malibu home, a spokesperson for his law firm, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger Llp., announced on Monday. Seen in 2011

Quality clients: The attorney worked with Tom Cruise when tabloids accused him of being gay

Tough times: He repped Michael Jackson when the pop star was accused of being a child molester

Quality clients: The attorney worked with Tom Cruise, left, when tabloids accused him of being gay and also said he had ‘abandoned’ Suri Cruise, and Michael Jackson, right, when the pop star was accused of being a child molester

Cruise said in a statement: ‘Bert Fields was a gentleman; an extraordinary human being. He had a powerful intellect, a keen wit and charm that made one enjoy every minute of his company. I loved him dearly and always will. It was a privilege to be his friend.’

Fields also worked with Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, James Cameron, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Silver, and writers Mario Puzo, James Clavell, Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler. 

Fields did not only represent artists, he often worked with movie studios such as DreamWorks, MGM and United Artists.

His worked with Jackson was legendary. Fields represented the pop singer when he was accused of molesting children.

Ver close: Fields with  Jeffrey Katzenberg at the American Cinematheque Award Show, Los Angeles in 2015. He represented Katzenberg in an action against Disney, and also obtained a multimillion-dollar judgement for George Harrison against his former business manager

Ver close: Fields with  Jeffrey Katzenberg at the American Cinematheque Award Show, Los Angeles in 2015. He represented Katzenberg in an action against Disney, and also obtained a multimillion-dollar judgement for George Harrison against his former business manager

Per the LA Times, in 1993, Evan Chandler accused the American Jackson of sexually abusing his 13-year-old son, Jordan Chandler.  Jackson had befriended Jordan after renting a vehicle from Jordan’s stepfather. 

And he also held a press meeting where he said that the crooner was addicted to drugs and was getting held.

As far as Cruise, Fields represented the Top Gun star in two notable cases.

One was when a tabloid accused the movie star of being gay, something Cruise strongly denied.

And Fields also worked with the Jerry Maguire actor when Bauer Publishing accused Cruise of abandoning Suri as he had not been photographed with the child in years. Cruise argued he had not abandoned his child emotionally. Bert handled his divorce from Holmes as well. 

He hung out with some big names: See with director Roland Emmerich in 2011

He hung out with some big names: See with director Roland Emmerich in 2011

He was linked to Anthony Pellicano. The private detective was plagued with scandal. He was known for being rough spent 10 years in prison for wiretapping, racketeering and weapons possession.

‘Scores of people retained [Pellicano’s eponymous agency] for its often illegal services,’ a federal appeals court wrote. Fields used the unsavory detective over a 20 year period but Bert was never accused of a crime.

Fields represented George Lucas in contract negotiations with The Walt Disney Company regarding Disney theme parks. 

He also represented Paramount Pictures in its appeal of the Buchwald v. Paramount case over Coming To America

The star attorney represented Jeffrey Katzenberg in a landmark action against Disney, and also obtained a multimillion-dollar judgement for George Harrison against his former business manager, per his company’s press release.

His top client: The lawyer worked with pop star Madonna for decades; seen in 2021

His top client: The lawyer worked with pop star Madonna for decades; seen in 2021

Another top client: Representing DreamWorks SKG and Steven Spielberg, he defeated an application for an injunction against exhibition of AMISTAD; seen in April

Another top client: Representing DreamWorks SKG and Steven Spielberg, he defeated an application for an injunction against exhibition of AMISTAD; seen in April

Representing DreamWorks SKG and Steven Spielberg, he defeated an application for an injunction against exhibition of AMISTAD. 

Fields also taught law as well as Stanford University and Harvard University.

According to Green Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger, ‘Bert has represented virtually every major Hollywood studio and talent agency, and he has tried many of the landmark cases in the entertainment and communications industries over the past 30 years.’

And he worked with Arizona cotton farmers, Las Vegas hotels and casinos, real estate developers.

Fields attended Harvard Law School (1952) and University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 1949). He passed the bar in both New York and California.

Such a lucky lady! Fields and his wife attend the grand opening of Indiana Jones Adventure In Adventureland in 1995

Such a lucky lady! Fields and his wife attend the grand opening of Indiana Jones Adventure In Adventureland in 1995

Bert was also an author, under a pseudonym, of two novels, per his company’s website.

The first published by Simon and Schuster and the second by Random House.

His third book is a biographical work on Richard III published by ReganBooks/HarperCollins under his own name. 

His fourth book is an analysis of the Shakespeare authorship question, also published by ReganBooks/HarperCollins.

He also penned Destiny about Napoleon and Josephine, and Shylock a short novel about Shakespeare and Gloriana, a biography of Elizabeth I. 

These books were published by Marmont Lane Books.

Fields is survived by his wife, Barbara Guggenheim, a nationally known art consultant; his son, James Elder; his grandson, Michael Lane; and his granddaughter, Annabelle. 

Tarnished image: He was linked to Anthony Pellicano. The private detective was plagued with scandal. He was known for being rough spent 10 years in prison for wiretapping, racketeering and weapons possession

Tarnished image: He was linked to Anthony Pellicano. The private detective was plagued with scandal. He was known for being rough spent 10 years in prison for wiretapping, racketeering and weapons possession

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