Irvine, CA 92618
Cathie Fields is a partner in the Irvine office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. Since 1997, Ms. Fields has represented school districts, community college districts, and other educational agencies in labor and employment matters, general education issues, and governance matters. She advises clients on employment issues ranging from hiring practices, preemployment inquiries and testing, and disability/accommodation concerns to disciplinary actions, certificated and classified layoffs, leaves of absence, contract drafting and interpretation, and wage and hour law. Additionally, she frequently advises administrators and governing boards regarding public records obligations, board meeting agendas, Brown Act compliance, and conflict-of-interest issues.
Ms. Fields represents employers before the Public Employment Relations Board, the California Labor Commissioner, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Office of Administrative Hearings, and other administrative venues. She is an experienced investigator of Uniform Complaints and workplace disputes. Ms. Fields is a member of the firm’s education technology group and the public sector wage and hour litigation group.
Ms. Fields earned her undergraduate degree in English with a concentration in linguistics from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Western State University College of Law.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Ms. Fields has presented dozens of workshops and training sessions for school districts and professional organizations, including the California School Boards Association, the Association of California School Administrators, and the California Association of School Business Officials. Presentation topics include mandated sexual harassment prevention training, mandatory child abuse reporter training, employee evaluation and discipline, wage and hour issues, Brown Act compliance, student record requirements, and conflicts of interest, among others.
Along with AALRR senior partner Warren Kinsler, Ms. Fields co-authored a chapter on the California Public Records Act in the treatise California Public Sector Employment Law, first published in 2011 and updated annually. Ms. Fields has written several amicus briefs on behalf of the California School Boards Association in connection with significant judicial appeals affecting public schools. She is also the co-author of “Police Cameras Promote Transparency, If You Can Access Them,” Daily Journal (August 2016).