Wendy R. Fleishman

Wendy R. Fleishman: Attorney with Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP AV stamp icon
  • Partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
  • 250 Hudson Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10013
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  • Wendy is a partner in our New York office who represents individuals injured, and the loved ones of those who died, from the negligence of others.
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One of the Nation’s Leading Mass Torts Litigators

A partner in our New York office, Wendy R. Fleishman is a passionate and experienced lawyer for the injured and the loved ones of those who died due to the wrongful misconduct of others. With more than thirty years of courtroom experience to draw upon, a large part of Wendy’s practice today consists of representing patients prescribed drugs with undisclosed and dangerous side effects or who received defective medical devices .

Wendy has served in leadership roles in significant Multidistrict Litigation cases in federal and state courts involving pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and personal health products, including a recent appointment to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the IVC Filter Injuries Litigation . Wendy’s leadership roles in other cases include the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II hip implant litigation, Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant Litigation, Yaz and Yasmin litigation, DePuy hip implant litigation, Medtronic Sprint Fidelis heart lead, the Guidant cardiac defibrillator, the Ortho Evra Patch litigation, and contaminated contact lens solution litigation against Bausch & Lomb and Abbott Medical Optics.

Wendy devotes a part of her practice to a wide range of individual catastrophic injury cases. Her expertise includes vehicle accidents based on design defects, as well as serious and complicated medical malpractice cases.

Since 2006, Wendy has been named a New York Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. She is an AV+ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which indicates she is regarded as preeminently qualified by her peers. She has been named in the top 100 trial lawyers in America. Wendy is an officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the New York State Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and past President of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Tort, Environmental and Product Liability Litigation.

Published Works & Appearances

•Moderator, “Jurisdiction: Defining State Courts’ Authority,” Pound Civil Justice Institute Judges Forum, Boston, MA, July 2017
•Speaker, “Diversity in Mass Torts,” AAJ Education Programs, Boston, MA, July 2017
•Speaker, “Mass Torts & Criminality,” JAMS Mass Torts Judicial Forum, New York, NY, April 2017
•Speaker, “Settling Strategies for MDLs,” JAMS Mass Torts Judicial Forum, New York, NY, April 2016
•Moderator & Chair, “Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, July 2014
•“Where Do You Want To Be? Don’t Get Left Behind, Creating a Vision for Your Practice,” Minority Caucus and Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, July 22, 2013
•“Ethics of Fee Agreements in Mass Torts,” AAJ Education Programs, July 2009
•“How to Find, Understand, and Litigate Mass Torts,” NYSTLA Mass Torts Seminar, April 2009
•Co-Author with Donald Arbitblit, “The Risky Business of Off-Label Use,” Trial Magazine, March 2005
•Co-Author, “From the Defense Perspective,” Scientific Evidence, Chapter 6, Aspen Law Pub, 1999
•Editor, Trial Techniques Newsletter, Tort and Insurance Practices Section, American Bar Association, 1995 - 1996, 1993 - 1994
•Editor and Co-Author with James J. Brown, “Proving and Defending Damage Claims: A Fifty-State Guide”

Honors & Awards

•fellow, American Bar Foundation
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
•“Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” The National Trial Lawyers
•Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions” Plaintiffs,- 2019
•“Super Lawyer for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
•“New York Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2016
•Legal 500 recommended lawyer, 2013
•“Lawdragon Finalist,” Lawdragon, 2009

Past Employment Positions

•Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, Counsel, 1993 - 2001
•Fox, Rothschild O’Brien & Frankel, Partner, 1988 - 1993
•Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, Associate, 1984 - 1988
•Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Assistant District Attorney, 1977 - 1984

In the News

•March 29, 2017
Wendy Fleishman to Speak at Mass Torts Judicial Forum in New York City
•April 5, 2016
Wendy Fleishman Featured at Mass Torts Judicial Forum
•September 25, 2015
Dangerous Side Effects of Johnson & Johnson’s Drug Risperdal Subject to Comprehensive Investigation
•August 10, 2015
Wendy Fleishman Elected to AAJ Board of Governors
•July 22, 2015
Children Poisoned By Laundry Pods: Consumer Reports Highlights Dange

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Defective Products
  • Personal Injury & Mass Torts
  • Fraud on the Government

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
212.355.9500 Ext.6619  Phone
212.355.9592  Fax
University Attended:
Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., 1974; University of Pennsylvania, Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med, 1982
Law School Attended:
Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., 1977
Year of First Admission:
1998, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit; 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit; 2013, U.S. District Court District of Arizona; 1999, U.S. District Court Northern District of New York; 1984, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2014, U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit; U.S. District Court Western District of New York; 1999, U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York; 2013, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin; 2001, U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania; 2010, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit; 2010, U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit; 2012, U.S. District Court Northern District of California; 1995, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York; 1992, New York; 1977, Pennsylvania; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

•American Association for Justice (Board of Governors)
•American Association for Justice (Board of Governors, Women Trial Lawyers' Caucus)
•American Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Torts & Insurance Practices Section, NYC, Affair Chair, 1997; Trial Techniques Committee, Torts and Insurance Practices, Chair-Elect, 1996
•Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Product Liability Committee, 2007 - present; Judiciary Committee, 2004 - Present
•Federal Bar Association
•Fight for Justice Campaign
•Gender and Race Bias Task Force of the Second Circuit, 1994 - Present
•New York County Lawyer's Association
•New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers
•New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary 2013 - present; Treasurer, 2012 - 2013; Board of Directors, 2004 - Present
•New York State Bar Association
•New York Women's Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 1993 - Present; Committee on Attorney Advertising, 1993 - Present; Vice-Chair, Task Force on Attorney Advertising, 1991 - 1992
•Philadelphia Bar Association, Member of Committee on Professionalism, 1991 - 1992

Reported Cases:
Representative Cases; AMO Contact Lens Solution; Baycol Class Action; DePuy Hip Implant Recall; Guidant Defibrillators; Ortho Evra Patch; Reglan; ReNu with MoistureLoc; Vioxx Patient Injuries; Zimmer Durom Cup Failures

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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