"Justice is about righting a wrong; it’s about correcting what happened, and about getting a remedy for something terrible or tragic that’s happened to someone."

Wendy R. Fleishman

Wendy R. Fleishman

Wendy R. Fleishman

New York, New York

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. These 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 the President of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Tort, Environmental and Product Liability Litigation, and the New York State Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.

Areas of Practice

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • False Claims


  • 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
Bar Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • 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 Northern District of California
  • 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
Professional Associations and Memberships

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors
  • 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
Published Works

Published Works

  • “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 and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Top 100 Trial Lawyers," The National Trial Lawyers
  • "New York Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2013 - 2015
  • "Super Lawyer for New York Metro," Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2014
  • Legal 500 recommended lawyer, 2013
  • "Lawdragon Finalist," Lawdragon, 2009
Past Employment Positions

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

"One of the nation's premier plaintiffs' firms." American Lawyer

"Representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs' bar." The National Law Journal