Richard Fields | Chairman & CEO | Email RichardRichard Fields - Richard W. Fields is the founder and CEO of Juridica Asset Management Limited (“JAML”), one of the most successful litigation funding firms in the world. Founded by Mr. Fields in 2007, Juridica has gathered a team of innovators to provide corporations and law firms with economic support for complex lawsuits in business-to-business disputes. The firm manages Juridica Investments Limited (“JIL”) which successfully went public in late 2007 on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.read more >
Previously, Mr. Fields was a partner at major Washington, D.C.-based law firms, addressing complex litigation and dispute resolution, with a focus on insurance coverage. After training at Arnold and Porter, Mr. Fields was a partner at what was then Howrey & Simon (1989-1994), Swidler Berlin (1994-1999) and Dickstein Shapiro (2003-2008).
As a litigator of complex corporate claims, Mr. Fields came to realize that claims are assets on the balance sheet like plant, equipment and inventory, and that litigation itself is a tool to monetize those claims. As a new and growing asset class, commercial litigation interests are especially attractive during times of economic uncertainty because they are uncorrelated to the larger economy. As an investor, Juridica recognizes the key is in the due diligence to determine which cases – based on their merit, and based on how they are managed – justify financing. Experts are retained in the relevant jurisdiction to provide case assessment, an evaluation process that normally takes from 60 to 90 days. The use of outside capital to finance litigation allows General Counsels to hedge risk and make more efficient use of corporate capital in the same way that alternative fee arrangements provide them with these benefits. Historically, Juridica invests in less than 5% of the cases it reviews and does not invest in speculative or high-risk cases.
Mr. Fields’ pioneering work at Juridica has inspired interest among a variety of reform-minded organizations – including the RAND Institute – that see in Juridica a free market-based solution to the abuses and inefficiencies of the civil justice system.
During his legal career, Mr. Fields recovered several billion dollars for numerous Fortune 500 clients. In 2006, during his tenure at Dickstein Shapiro, Mr. Fields was named by Lawdragon magazine as a “Leading Lawyer” and described as "widely considered one of the top lawyers in the field working on behalf of policyholders...he brings an expertise in resolving insurance disputes in both the United States and Europe." These disputes involved professional negligence, securities fraud, pollution, asbestos, products liability, and mass torts for major oil, chemical, utility, banking, and manufacturing concerns. Over the course of his career Mr. Fields resolved many of the largest claims ever presented to London market insurers and became a widely recognized authority on the resolution of London market insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Over the years, Mr. Fields has represented Credit Suisse First Boston, Amtrak, and Professional Services Insurance Corporation Limited (the captive insurer of Arthur Andersen LLP), among others. In the oil industry, Mr. Fields represented numerous global oil companies, including BP Amoco (and its predecessor companies, British Petroleum and Amoco), Phillips Petroleum, Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, Ashland Oil Company, and British Gas. He helped Amoco Oil Company settle, in just a few months, a 10-year-old insurance dispute with the London market involving claims related to plastic pipe products as well as a multi-year dispute involving environmental and toxic tort claims.
In the gas and electric industry, Mr. Fields represented dozens of national and regional companies, including Edison International, Pacificorp, Niagara Mohawk, Florida Power Corporation, and many others. He represented major industrial and commercial companies such as General Electric, American Airlines, and General Motors Corporation.
In the area of products liability insurance, Mr. Fields represented 3M Company in resolving a major insurance dispute with the London market arising out of breast implant claims. He also represented numerous multinational companies facing asbestos and other major product liability claims.
At Swidler Berlin, Mr. Fields managed the firm’s insurance coverage practice. Under his leadership, the practice grew rapidly and became one of the most profitable of its kind in the United States.
Mr. Fields was ranked in the 2006 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business annual guide as a leader in the area of Insurance: Dispute Resolution for New York. According to the guide, he was widely recognized as a "leading light on complex insurance disputes."
Long before founding Juridica, Mr. Fields was a successful entrepreneur as well as a lawyer. In 1999, he founded a company that developed an Internet-based software platform for placing commercial insurance and resolving insurance claims. The company was successfully sold to a Bermuda insurer and London insurance broker. In 2001, he founded an international consulting firm in London called Global Risk Strategies concentrating on insurance coverage problems for policyholders in the United States and abroad. The model that Mr. Fields developed, of trading claims against insolvent London market insurers, is still widely used today. For Mr. Fields, it was an important venture as it crystallized his thinking about claims as assets that can be traded like other kinds of assets and derivatives.
Mr. Fields is also known as an advocate for human rights. Since the September 11th attacks, he has been representing victims of terrorism and their families that have pursued claims against those alleged to have assisted in the financing of terrorism. He actively supports Human Rights Watch, where he served as Co-Chairman of the New York Committee and is currently a member of the Audit Committee and the Advisory Committee of the Children’s Rights Division.
Mr. Fields is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, B.A. (1977), and received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Indiana University (1982). He is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University and the Advisory Board of the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice. He is also serves on the Board of two privately held biotech companies.
John Sicilian | CIO | Email JohnMr. Sicilian has over 25 years of legal and investment experience in complex transactions. Throughout his career, Mr. Sicilian has served on the board of directors of numerous travel and transportation-related companies, both public and private (including Pan American World Airways, ARINC, AgentWare, OneTravel, Eastern Airlines, Jetstream Aviation Management).read more >
Prior to joining Juridica, Mr. Sicilian co-founded 1848 Capital Partners, a private equity firm. He has managed investments that include the creation of Heartland Food Corp. with its 248 Burger King franchised restaurants, the second-largest Burger King franchise in the world (including its ultimate sale to a Blackstone-affiliate in 2006). Among other transactions, Mr. Sicilian also has co-led control investments in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museums in New York City and London (the largest Ripley museums in the world), as well as Sunbelt Diversified Enterprises, Brazil Tower Company (Brazilian-based provider of telecommunications towers), and Chicago-based Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) (the largest independent provider of warranty coverage to the corporate aircraft industry).
Previously, Mr. Sicilian was the Chairman and President of the reorganized Eastern Airlines from 1995-2002, and its Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 1990-1994. During his tenure, Mr. Sicilian consummated over 150 transactions involving over $2.2 billion in assets, including regulated international route authorities, complex airport leasehold interests, over 130 aircraft, over 300 engines and numerous intellectual property assets. His responsibilities also included the disposition of eight operating entities employing over 1,500 employees as well as resolution of pension claims involving approximately 25,000 ex-employees and retiree health benefit claims relating to approximately 10,000 retirees. Mr. Sicilian also negotiated the resolution of general labor, secured financing, environmental, frequent flyer plan-related and airport/landlord claims in excess of $15 billion.
Formerly, Mr. Sicilian was an attorney with Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now merged with DLA Piper Rudnick) in Washington, D.C. and Ford & Harrison in Atlanta. Mr. Sicilian holds a J.D. from Washington & Lee Law School (cum laude) and a B.A. from Holy Cross College (magna cum laude).
Bill Yuen | COO | Email BillMr. Yuen has over 25 years of investment and risk management experience and has held numerous senior and strategic positions at several multi-national institutions. Mr. Yuen co-founded and was Chief Operating Officer of Alpha Financial Technologies, a financial engineering and product development company.read more >
Mr. Yuen spent seven years in different strategic capacities at GE. He was the only person at GE to ever concurrently serve on the investment, operating and risk management committees of GE Equity, GE’s Insurance and Capital Markets Divisions. As Managing Director of GE Capital Markets Services, he led a team of 27 professionals managing portfolios consisting of $10BN private and public equities, $5BN mortgages, $20BN off-balance sheet assets, and $1BN High Yield Bonds, as well as overseeing new product development. Prior to Capital Markets Services, Mr. Yuen was Director of Funding in Corporate Treasury for four years. He was responsible for funding GE Capital’s international operations and risk management. He managed, structured and executed over $100BN of financing and derivative transactions for GE businesses. Mr. Yuen also served as financial advisor to GE businesses such as private equity, insurance, project finance, commercial real estate, aircraft engine & leasing, commercial & consumer finance, as well as its pension group. Mr. Yuen spearheaded many acquisition due diligences as well as post acquisition integrations. Mr. Yuen received a process improvement Black Belt certification at GE.
Additionally, Mr. Yuen was the Head of Financial Engineering and Sales & Trading for Royal Bank of Canada in New York. Mr. Yuen was Head of Research & Trading for several start-up hedge funds, headed strategic risk management at Eastman Kodak’s Treasury Group; and was a derivatives trader for HSBC and RBC.
Mr. Yuen received an M.B.A. from the Simon School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester, where he also earned his undergraduate degree.
Tom Moore | Underwriting | Email TomFor over 33 years, Mr. Moore has been litigating a wide variety of cases in almost every conceivable forum, including federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, state trial and appellate courts across the nation, and international and domestic arbitral tribunals. Prior to joining Juridica in November, 2014, at various times, Mr. Moore has been a state prosecutor, partner in a major law firm, in solo practice and a litigation support and jury consultant.read more >
Mr. Moore joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office after a federal clerkship in the District of Connecticut. After three years as an Assistant D.A., Mr. Moore was elevated to Senior Investigative Counsel. Mr. Moore then joined the Proskauer law firm as an associate, making partner there after six years. Mr. Moore spent 14 more years at Proskauer, litigating nearly every kind of commercial matter, from antitrust and securities cases, to contractual disputes and bankruptcy matters, as well as international and commercial arbitrations, patent infringement and other intellectual property enforcement actions, civil RICO and major construction suits. Mr. Moore, seeking new challenges, then opened his own litigation practice, focusing on representing businesses in New York City, including as plaintiff’s counsel in contingent fee matters.
Mr. Moore received his J.D. and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). He obtained his B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of California, Davis. Mr. Moore sits by appointment of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court (First Department) on its Character and Fitness Committee, and as a Referee on Departmental Disciplinary Committee matters. Mr. Moore has lectured nationally on such subjects as conducting electronic trials, jury persuasion and electronic discovery.
Mark Broadwater | | Email MarkMr. Broadwater has been with Juridica Capital since its inception, serving as a member of the executive Management Team for Juridica Capital Management, the Operations Manager contributes to the development and implementation of the strategies, policies and practices of the Group and is tasked with the primary responsibility of ensuring organizational effectiveness of the Group’s various financial functions arising in connection with the operations of fourteen (14) related entities (the “Group”).read more >
Prior to Juridica, he was the General Manager for nine years at Ten State Street, LLP, an International Business Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina. He worked directly with the firm’s partners to develop and implement successful business strategies while managing staff of associate lawyers, paralegals, bookkeepers and secretaries employed in the firm’s Charleston and London offices. Administered formation process and worked closely with multiple fiduciaries to maintain more than 90 client companies and trusts in 17 global jurisdictions. Mr. Broadwater graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1995.
Elizabeth Shealy | | Email ElizabethMs. Shealy joined Juridica in 2009 as an associate attorney. She works directly with Juridica’s General Counsel and together with the Management Team to assist in structuring, drafting and closing investment transactions and contribute to the development and implementation of policies and practices of Juridica and its related entities.read more >
Ms. Shealy began her legal career as a litigation trial paralegal at a nationally recognized plaintiffs’ firm where she focused on asbestos litigation and other complex civil litigation. After 5 years, she left full-time employment to attend the Charleston School of Law. She earned a Juris Doctor in May 2009, graduating in the top third of her class. While in law school, Ms. Shealy worked as a faculty research assistant and as a law clerk at a real estate firm. She also served as an elected member of the Student Bar Association. Ms. Shealy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wofford College in 1999
Stephen McMullin | | Email StephenMr. McMullin focuses on financial analysis, deal structuring and terms drafting. Mr. McMullin is a member of the underwriting team and contributes to the development and implementation of practices developed to maximize the value of Juridica's portfolio investments and its related entities.read more >
Mr. McMullin spent three years at Goldman Sachs & Company as a financial analyst prior to attending law school. Stephen received his LLB. From the University of Oxford and his LLM. from Harvard Law School where he was a research assistant to the professor of bankruptcy law. He wrote an extensive dissertation on Preference Litigation and underwriting defendant side liabilities which was subsequently published. Mr. McMullin completed his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University (Magna Cum Laude). Mr. McMullin is a member of the New York Bar.
Joy Sims | | Email JoyMs. Sims has been with Juridica since 2009. She primarily works with the Head of Operations to develop, maintain and monitor all accounting systems and procedures. She is responsible for managing accounts receivable, accounts payable, organizational HR, matter-related data entry, and matter invoice processing, as well as handling the business formation and maintenance of the Company’s 14 related entities.read more >
Prior to working with Juridica, she was the Operations Manager for Willow Creek Cabinets, a high-end cabinetry manufacturer. Additionally, she had her SC Real Estate Salesman’s License and worked as a Charleston-based realtor for several years. Ms. Sims graduated from The College of Charleston in 2004 with a BA in Communications.