George Fleming

Fleming, Nolen, Jez, LLP
2800 Post Oak Blvd., Ste 4000
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 621-7944
www.fleming-law.com


George Fleming is a native Texan who received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his law career in 1971 as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the United States in major trial cases. George subsequently returned to Texas and became a partner in an Austin law firm.
In 1981, he moved to Houston to start his own practice, focusing on aviation disasters, product liability, and the plaintiff’s personal injury. In 1981, he founded the firm that has become Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., where he established his reputation in mass tort and consumer litigation cases. George was the lead trial attorney in a number of landmark cases, including when he was with the AAJ Leaders ForumU.S. Department of Justice: Stencel Aero v. U.S, 434 U.S. 882 (1977), and Miree v. Dekalb County, Georgia, 433 U.S. 25 (1977); and including representing plaintiffs in: Amstadt v. U.S. Brass Corp., 919 S.W.2d 644 (Tex. S.Ct. 1996); In Re: Polybutylene Plumbing Litigation, 23 S.W.3d 428 (Tex.App.-Hous. [1st Dist.] 2000); and Mathis, et al. v. Exxon Corporation, 302 F.3d 448 (5th Cir. 2002).
George is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals: Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits; U.S. District Courts: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and District of Columbia; and the Texas Supreme Court. His legal memberships include the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. George is widely published, with articles appearing in a number of major legal journals. He is also a frequent speaker on emerging trial techniques and trends, mass tort litigation, and class action litigation.
Examples of Scope of Representation
In Re: Polybutylene Plumbing Litigation  represented 60,000 people in individual actions and a class of 6 million; was the only lawyer to try the case; tried the case 8 times over 15 months of trial time; over 10,000 depositions; 16 appeals; court-appointed auditor found $22 million in client-reimbursable expenses; and successfully settled after 10 years of work.
In Re: Diet Drugs Products Liability Litigation  conducted an echocardiogram program pursuant to MDL Court directive of over 40,000 individuals to identify over 8,000 “FDA positive” individuals; represented those over 8,000 individuals in the litigation; over 12,000 depositions; 27 trials conducted by FNJ attorneys with half as Mr. Fleming as lead trial counsel; spent over $38 million in client-reimbursable expenses and another $32 million in overhead expenses; after 10 years, Fen-Phen I and II successfully settled.
Speaking Engagements to Professional Associations on Mass Torts Include
American Bar Association annual meeting
American Association of Justice
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Mealey’s seminars
Harris Martin seminars
Most Recent Article on Mass Litigation
MDL Practice: Avoiding the Black Hole; South Texas Law Review; Vol. 46 No. 1, Fall 2014
Articles on Mr. Fleming’s Work Have Been Written Up In
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Forbes
The Associated Press
United Press International
Houston Chronicle
Admitted to Practice
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District of Texas and the District of Columbia
Texas Supreme Court
Other Memberships
University of Texas Law School Foundation Board
University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council executive membership
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Development Board
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Board
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston, Board of Trustees
Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors
LEAD TRIAL COUNSEL IN
Stencel Aero v. U.S, 434 U.S. 882 (1977)
Miree v. Dekalb County, Georgia, 433 U.S. 25 (1977)
Amstadt v. U.S. Brass Corp., 919 S.W.2d 644 (Tex. S.Ct. 1996)
In Re: Polybutylene Plumbing Litigation, 23 S.W.3d 428 (Tex.App.-Hous. [1 Dist.] 2000)
Mathis, et al. v. Exxon Corporation, 302 F.3d 448 (5th Cir. 2002)
In Re: Diet Drugs Products Liability Litigation, 369 F.3d 293, (3rd Cir. 2004)
In Re: Enron (S.D. Tx.)
In Re: Prudential-Bache Energy Income Partnership Securities (E.D. La.).
Recent MDL and Class Action Cases Mr. Fleming and FNJ Lawyers Have Worked on Include
MDL 2272 Zimmer NexGenKnee Product Liability Litigation
MDL 2187 In Re C.R. Bard, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
MDL 2325 In Re American Medical Systems, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
MDL 2326 In Re Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
MDL 2327 In Re Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
MDL 2387 In Re Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
MDL 2440 In Re Cook Medical, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
MDL 2511 Neomedic; JCCP 4710 Wright Hip System Cases
MDL 1928 In Re Trasylol Products Liability Litigation
MDL 1507 In Re Prempro Products Liability Litigation
Class Counsel in Harry Snowden, Individually and as Representative of All Persons Similarly Situated v. Farmers Insurance Company, Inc.; Cause No. CIV-2000, Cir. Ct. of Faulkner County, Arkansas, First Division
Class Counsel in Royce Yarbrough, Individually and As Representative of the Class of All Similarly Situated Persons v. ConocoPhillips Company, et al., Cause No. 99-DCV-107968, 268th Judicial District, Fort Bend County, Texas
Member of the Mississippi Litigation Group  In Re Bogalusa Chemical Release, No. 251-96-493-CIV, Circuit Court, First Judicial District, Hinds County, Mississippi.
Education:
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Business Administration  1968
Juris Doctor  1971
Career History:
Lieutenant U.S. Army  1971-1972
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Section  1972-1976
Partner in an Austin, Texas law firm  1976-1981
Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. and its predecessors  1981-present
Legal Memberships:
State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Awards and Honors:
America’s 50 Most Influential Lawyers  Trial Lawyers Roundtable 2016
America’s 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers  Trial Lawyers Roundtable
One of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers of The National Trial Lawyers Association 2011-2015
Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® in 2014, published by Million Dollar Advocates Forum, LLC
Who’s Who in American Law, a Marquis Who’s Who® publication 2008-2014
Texas Top Rated Lawyers, published by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®; Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent®
Texas Super Lawyers® 2003-2016 by Thomson Reuters
Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum