Attorneys

Experience

Rachel Fields is a partner at HunterMaclean and concentrates her practice in the areas of fiduciary litigation, business litigation, and trusts and estates. Rachel has experience in trust administration, trust disputes, estate administration, will contests, business torts, contractual and commercial disputes, and fraud cases. Rachel also assists trustees, executors, and other fiduciaries with various petitions in court, including petitions for resignation, appointment, discharge, and accounting.

Rachel also practices in the area of intellectual property. Rachel has experience in intellectual property disputes involving copyrights and trademarks. Rachel counsels businesses and individuals on protecting and managing their intellectual property, including filing trademark and copyright applications.

Rachel is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to practice in all courts of Georgia, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Savannah Bar Association. Rachel is a member of the Fiduciary Law, General Practice & Trial Law, and Appellate Practice Sections of the State Bar of Georgia. Rachel serves on the State Bar of Georgia Bench and Bar Committee. Rachel is also a past member of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division board of directors and served for two years as co-chair of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy. She is also a member of the Savannah Estate Planning Council.

Rachel is actively involved with her community and nonprofit organizations. She is a current member of the board of directors and immediate past president of the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Savannah Book Festival.

Rachel is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by the Fulton County Daily Report as a “40 under 40” On the Rise Attorney and as one of the GenerationNEXT: Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business. She has also been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2010, 2016, and 2017.

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where she earned her J.D. with magna cum laude honors. She is a member of the Order of the Coif. While at the University of Georgia, she was on the Georgia Journal of Intellectual Property Law. In 2001, Rachel received her B.A. in Political Science and Theatre from Winthrop University, where she graduated cum laude.

Published Opinions

  • Kersey v. Williamson, 284 Ga. 660 (2008)
  • Chatham County Board of Tax Assessors v. Bock, 299 Ga. App. 257 (2009)
  • Nalley v. Langdale, 319 Ga. App. 354 (2012)
  • Wang v. Liu, 292 Ga. 568 (2013)
  • Wylie v. Denton, 323 Ga. App. 161 (2013)
  • Brannies v. Internet ROI, Inc., 2015 WL 1137803 (S.D. Ga. Mar. 13, 2015)

Recognition

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Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

The Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.

Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: Business Litigation, 2010 & 2016-2017

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Fulton County Daily Report’s On the Rise Attorney: 2015

The Fulton County Daily Report publishes an elite list of “On the Rise” Attorneys each year, recognizing 40 of the state’s leading lawyers under the age of 40. Winners are nominated and selected based on their contributions to law in Georgia.

GenerationNEXT: Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business, 2015

In their annual GenerationNEXT: Savannah’s Rising Stars of Business competition, Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah recognize local business and community leaders under the age of 40. The winners are nominated and selected based upon their business accomplishments and humanitarian efforts.


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Publications & Presentations

Publications

Georgia Has a New Uniform Power of Attorney Law

Attorney Rachel Fields discusses the new Georgia Uniform Power of Attorney Act (GUPOAA) and how it affects the law governing powers of attorney in Georgia.

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Does Your Business Need to Register Its Trademarks or Copyrights?

By Rachel Young Fields, published on May 16, 2012, in Business in Savannah.

As e-commerce expands and access to original work on the Internet increases, the need for businesses to protect intellectual property has become increasingly urgent.

Trademarks and copyrights, two distinct forms of intellectual property, are governed by different bodies of law. A copyright protects original works of authorship that have been fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Books, songs, paintings, plays, architecture and computer software, for example, are all eligible for copyright protection. Although a copyright does not protect facts, ideas, concepts, systems or methods, the way these things are expressed can often be protected by copyright. Copyright protection originates in the United States Constitution and is outlined by the Copyright Act.

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Copyright Registration Necessary to Enforce Rights Under Copyright Act

By Rachel Young Fields, published on June 22, 2011, in Business in Savannah.

Although it is true that a copyright is formed at the moment of creation, enforcing that right is impossible without a valid copyright registration from the U.S. Copyright Office.

A copyright is a form of protection for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works; a copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods. Books, songs, paintings, sculptures, and plays, for example, can all be copyrighted. This grant of protection originates in the U.S. Constitution and is outlined by the Copyright Act.

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Presentations

Intellectual Property Concerns for Filmmakers

Presented to Savannah College of Art and Design documentarian students in May 2013 by Rachel Young Fields with co-presenter Benjamin Karpf.

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News

Thirteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of eight HunterMaclean attorneys as 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2017 Rising Stars. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research.

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Savannah Tribune: Savannah Book Festival Names New President, Directors

HunterMaclean partner Rachel Young Fields was elected to a three-year term on the Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors. The Savannah Tribune covered the story.

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Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Ten HunterMaclean attorneys were recently selected as 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2016 Rising Stars. The prestigious Super Lawyers honor, awarded annually, represents the top five percent of attorneys in each state in the nation.

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HunterMaclean Partner Rachel Young Fields Recognized as Georgia “On the Rise” Attorney

HunterMaclean partner Rachel Young Fields was recently recognized as an “On the Rise” Attorney by the Fulton County Daily Report, an honor received by only 40 attorneys statewide under the age of 40.

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HunterMaclean Partner Rachel Young Fields Named a Generation NEXT Rising Star of Business

Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah recently honored HunterMaclean partner Rachel Young Fields as a 2015 Generation NEXT: Savannah’s Rising Star of Business. She joined HunterMaclean in 2007 and primarily practices in the areas of business litigation and intellectual property.

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Attorney Rachel Young Fields Named Partner at HunterMaclean

Attorney Rachel Young Fields has recently been named a partner at HunterMaclean. Fields, who joined the firm in 2007, primarily practices in the areas of business litigation, appellate practice, and intellectual property.

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Savannah Morning News: 3 Savannah Attorneys named to state bar's young lawyers division leadership roles

Rachel Young-Fields has been appointed to serve on the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors.  Rachel will serve as director of leadership development.

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SMN: Goodwill Hunting Good for Business

Intellectual property attorneys Rachel Young Fields and Matthew Henderson spoke about the importance of trademarks at the Small Business Council Smart Luncheon held at the Savannah Morning News Auditorium on May 6, 2014.

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Help Savannah Country Day Mock Trial Team to Advance to State Finals for Fifth Consecutive Year

On February 12, Savannah Country Day School’s Mock Trial Team won the regional mock trial competition, held at the Chatham County Courthouse. Savannah Country Day students earned top honors at the regional mock trial title for the fifth consecutive year.

The fictional case that served as the backdrop for this year’s competition involved a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a detective who was fired from the police department after posting critical comments directly addressing the department on a mythical social networking site called “MiltFace.”

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Seven HunterMaclean Attorneys Named 2010 Rising Stars

Georgia Super Lawyers recently honored seven HunterMaclean attorneys as 2010 Rising Stars. All Georgia Rising Stars are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

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Savannah Country Day School Mock Trial Team

On February 6, Savannah Country Day School’s Mock Trial Team won the regional mock trial competition, held at the Chatham County Courthouse. Savannah Country Day students earned top honors at the regional mock trial title for the fourth consecutive year.

The 2010 SCDS Mock Trial Team will head to the state championship tournament in Lawrenceville, Ga. on March 13 and 14. The state mock trial tournament is sponsored by the Georgia State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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HunterMaclean Associate Rachel C. Young Inducted Into Prestigious Order of the Coif

Attorney Rachel C. Young, a member of HunterMaclean’s business litigation practice group, was recently inducted into the Order of the Coif, a prestigious honor society for U.S. law school graduates.

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Atlanta Magazine Names 11 HunterMaclean Attorneys to Prestigious Georgia Super Lawyers List

Atlanta Magazine recently named 11 HunterMaclean attorneys as Georgia Super Lawyers in its March 2007 issue. The Georgia Super Lawyers honor is given annually to the top five percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research by Law & Politics, a magazine which published the first list of Super Lawyers 16 years ago.

HunterMaclean’s attorneys were selected after ballots were sent to Georgia lawyers who have been licensed in the state for five years or more. Listed in the Georgia Super Lawyers 2007 publication as well as in a special edition of Atlanta Magazine, the attorneys are organized by their primary areas of practice.

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Videos & Podcasts

Podcasts

Savannah Logistics Lunch 2015

Podcast: Savannah Logistics Lunch August 18, 2015

The first Annual Savannah Logistics Lunch was held at the Embassy Suites Savannah Airport on August 18, 2015.  The Logistics Lunch was presented by HunterMaclean and the Center for Innovation in Logistics, and offered a regional, in-depth focus from the Georgia Logistics Summit.

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