Attorneys

Experience

Rachel Young Fields is a partner at HunterMaclean with experience representing corporate clients and individuals in all aspects of complex commercial litigation and other business disputes, including disputes involving banking, manufacturing, distribution and dealer networks, health care, logistics, intellectual property, employment matters, and numerous other industries and subject matters. Rachel advises clients through all aspects of litigation, including litigation avoidance, discovery, injunctive relief, trial, and appeal. Rachel also assist clients with alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation and arbitration.

Commercial and Fiduciary Litigation

Rachel represents local, regional, national, and international companies in matters pertaining to breach of contract, fraud, business torts, and breach of fiduciary duty. Her practice frequently involves disputes between partners, shareholders, or members of a company. Rachel also represents both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in various litigated matters, including will caveats, trust or estate administration, interpretation of instruments, appointment or removal of trustees, petitions for accounting, and claims for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty. Rachel has also advised manufacturers on numerous issues regarding dealer networks, construction and testing, intellectual property, proprietary information, and government contracts.

Intellectual Property

Rachel advises businesses and individuals on the acquisition, use, and enforcement of rights under trademark and copyright laws, including preparing and filing copyright applications with the U.S. Copyright Office and trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is a valued member of her clients’ brand-protection teams as she assists them in the strategic management of trademark portfolios. Rachel routinely prepares and responds to intellectual property cease and desist letters and has experience handling litigation and dispute resolution regarding copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, and unfair competition in courts, as well as proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Professional Activities

Rachel is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and has been active in the State Bar throughout her career. She currently serves on the State Bar’s 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 and the Intellectual Property Committee.

Rachel is a member of the Savannah Estate Planning Council and has been an adjunct professor of Wills, Trusts, and Estates at the Savannah Law School.

Rachel is admitted to practice in all courts of Georgia; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Georgia; the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Community Involvement & Honors

Rachel is actively involved with her community and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Savannah. Rachel also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Savannah Book Festival and the Savannah Philharmonic. She previously served as a board member and president of the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity.

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 been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2010 and 2016-2019. Rachel was also named a 2018 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine.

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. 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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Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: Business Litigation, 2010 & 2016-2019

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.

Georgia Trend Magazine Legal Elite: 2018

Georgia Trend Magazine’s annual listing of Georgia’s top attorneys, selected by their peers. The list includes eight practice areas: business law; personal injury litigation; criminal law; labor and employment; taxes, estates and trusts; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; family law; and general practice/trial law.

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.

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

Fourteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of eleven attorneys as 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers and three attorneys as 2019 Rising Stars. Attorneys are selected based upon peer review, professional achievements, and independent research.

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Six HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2018 Georgia Trend Legal Elite

Six HunterMaclean attorneys were recently recognized as 2018 Legal Elite by Georgia Trend. Legal Elite is compiled by attorneys submitting their nominations through the publication’s website, and the listing is determined solely by attorneys’ votes.

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Attorney Rachel Fields Selected for 2018-2019 Leadership Savannah Class

HunterMaclean partner Rachel Young Fields is one of forty-one professionals chosen by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce for its 2018-2019 Leadership Savannah Class.

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Eighteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

HunterMaclean was recently honored with the selection of thirteen HunterMaclean attorneys as 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2018 Rising Stars.

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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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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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