Wendy Fleishman

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP - New York
250 Hudson St, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 355-9500

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 Life 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.

Defective Products
Personal Injury & Mass Torts
Fraud on the Government

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
J.D.  1977
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med  1982
Sarah Lawrence College, Yonkers, New York
B.A.  1974

New York, 1992
Pennsylvania, 1977
U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2009
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1999
U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2013
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2012
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1999
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1999
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1995
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1984
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2001

American Association for Justice (Board of Governors)
American Association for Justice (Board of Governors, Women Trial Lawyers’ Caucus)
American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Bioscience General Committee (2019)
American Bar Association, Annual Meeting, Torts & Insurance Practices Section, NYC, Affair Chair, 1997; Trial Techniques Committee, Torts and Insurance Practices, Chair-Elect, 1996
American Institute of Legal Advocates, Elite Advocate, 2019
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

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”

Life 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, 2020
American Association for Justice, Board of Governors Outstanding Achievement Award, 2019
“10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in New York,” American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2019
“Super Lawyer for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
“New York Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2016
Legal 500 recommended lawyer, 2013
“Lawdragon Finalist,” Lawdragon, 2009

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

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 Danger

New York

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