Roberta Browning Fields is a trial lawyer whose primary practice is focused on the representation of employers in all areas of employment law, including litigation in state and federal courts, in arbitrations, and before regulatory and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL) and Oklahoma Human Rights Commission. She has successfully handled litigation involving claims of wrongful discharge, harassment and employment discrimination (based on race, age and disability) as well as disputes involving wage and hour matters, medical leave, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, employee handbook and company policy violations, and breaches of employment agreements.
As part of her employment practice, Roberta trains and counsels employers on a broad range of matters affecting the workplace, including hiring, discipline, terminations, policies and procedures, drug and alcohol testing, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment, employment contracts and confidentiality agreements, workplace safety, and the National Labor Relations Act. For companies who seek to remain non-unionized, she also provides counseling on union avoidance strategies.
A portion of Roberta’s practice is devoted to railroad law, public utility law and commercial litigation. She has successfully represented major railway, electric utility and telephone companies in lawsuits involving claims of negligence, environmental damage, asbestos exposure, wrongful death, and personal and property damage.
Roberta has been a featured speaker on various legal topics and has twice served on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Trial Advocacy.
Roberta’s achievements have earned her inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers.
Prior to entering law school, Roberta worked as a correctional officer and as a case worker for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for five years. In addition to her law degree, she holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in sociology/corrections.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of an information technology staffing company in a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging disability discrimination based on mental health issues, disparate treatment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a non-profit organization and an individual leader in a wrongful discharge case.
- Obtained summary judgment in the Western District of Oklahoma on behalf of a municipality in an environmental case brought under the Clean Water Act.
- Obtained defense verdict for a telephone company in a federal court case alleging race discrimination related to a corporate downsizing.
- Obtained summary judgment in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, state court on behalf of an electric utility in a wrongful death case.
- Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a gas pipeline company in a wrongful discharge drug testing case.
- Obtained summary judgment in a non-jury trial for an electric utility accused of employment discrimination based on race.
- Obtained jury verdict for an electric utility in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, in a wrongful termination and tortious breach of contract case.
- Successfully represented a railroad company as plaintiff in a Garfield County, Oklahoma, property damage jury trial.
- Obtained summary judgment for a railway company in an Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, state court action alleging negligence in a crossing accident.
- Obtained dismissal in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, state court of a malicious prosecution lawsuit brought by a former employee of a railroad company.
- Obtained summary judgment for an electric utility in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, state court in a wrongful death case which involved allegations of asbestos exposure.
- Obtained summary judgment for an electric utility in an Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, state court case alleging negligence and claiming personal injury.
- Obtained summary judgment in the Eastern District of Oklahoma on behalf of an electric utility where plaintiffs claimed ERISA violations related to a corporate restructure.
Honors and Awards
- Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
- Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
Professional Organizations and Memberships
- Oklahoma County Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Foundation (Fellow)
Civic Involvement and Leadership
- Development Associates International (Chair, Board of Directors)
EEOC steps up enforcement of genetic information non-discrimination
Oklahoma Employment Law Letter | July 2013
Supreme Court declines opportunity to resolve split in the circuits over ADA job reassignment issue
EmployerLINC Employment Law Update | June 11, 2013
Firing a TTD employee
The Journal Record | September 6, 2012
Taxation: The Tax Benefit Rule and Its Application to Corporate Liquidations
Oklahoma Law Review Vol. 37, No. 3 | 1984
In The News
The Journal Record | June 25, 2015
May 1, 2015
April 29, 2013
At The Podium
EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakesOklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015
EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakesTulsa, OK | April 28, 2015
OCU Master of Arts in Applied Sociology Nonprofit Leadership Law and Non-Profit OrganizationsOklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 18, 2015
EmployerLINC WebinarOnline | February 25, 2015
Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership AcademyOklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 6, 2014
EmployerLINC Seminar: Workers' Compensation OverhaulTulsa, Oklahoma | June 20, 2013
EmployerLINC Seminar: Workers' Compensation OverhaulOklahoma City, Oklahoma | June 19, 2013
Western Oklahoma Human ResourcesElk City, Oklahoma | June 13, 2013
Misclassifying Independent Contractors
EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 26, 2013
Misclassifying Independent Contractors
EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 23, 2013
Social Networking in the Workplace
Risk Management Society Central Oklahoma Chapter MeetingOklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 2, 2012, 11:45 - 01:30
Avoiding the hazards of workplace safety programs
EmployerLINC WebinarOnline | June 13, 2012
Downsizing done right: revisited
February 25, 2015
Understanding and Responding to Unionization (for supervisors and managers)
February 5, 2015
Workers Compensation Overhaul Seminar — Part 1
June 19, 2013
EmployerLINC2013: Government Gone Wild (Part 3)
April 23, 2013