Harold (Hal) Field, Jr., a longtime partner at Leonard, Street and Deinard, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at the age of 87. Field practiced at Leonard Street and Deinard for 55 years, joining the firm in 1952 and retiring in 2007. (Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard merged Jan. 1, 2014, to become Stinson Leonard Street.)
Field is credited with pioneering the firm’s complex litigation practice, focusing on major intellectual property and commercial cases. He did work for such significant clients as Honeywell, Allegheny Corporation, Appleton Paper, Lamaur Corporation and Kodak. He was the first attorney in the firm to utilize jury consultants and was computer literate long before the rest of the legal industry and led the firm into the broader use of technology. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America since the publication’s inception and was the recipient of the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award in 1994.
He graduated high school from St. Paul Academy and received electrical engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his law degree from Yale University Law School in 1951. He practiced briefly in New York City before returning to the Twin Cities and joining Leonard, Street and Deinard, where his father and grandfather had been clients.
Survivors include Joyce, his wife of 64 years, and sons Stephen, Larry and Richard. Larry has been an attorney at the firm since 1982. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9, at 12:30 p.m. at Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave. So., Minneapolis.