Lieff Cabraser attorneys Wendy R. Fleishman and Lexi J. Hazam have been chosen by the American Association for Justice for inclusion in their 2015 Leadership Academy. An initiative of AAJ’s Diversity Committee, the Leadership Academy selects 12 plaintiff trial lawyers from different backgrounds and practice areas to develop their leadership roles within AAJ through workshops, training sessions, and conventions.
Fleishman is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, and has practiced law for over thirty years on behalf of those who were injured or died as a result of the wrongful misconduct of others. Her practice includes the representation of patients prescribed drugs with undisclosed and dangerous side effects as well as those who received defective medical devices. Fleishman has served in leadership roles in significant multidistrict litigation cases in federal and state courts, including the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II hip implant litigation, the Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant litigation, the Yaz and Yasmin litigation, and the DePuy hip implant litigation.
Hazam is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office, and an emerging leader within the plaintiffs’ bar, representing clients in mass tort cases and qui tam actions, along with complex class actions. She currently represents several hundred hip replacement patients in litigation over the DePuy ASR hip replacement (in which the firm has recovered over $30 million for its clients so far), the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip device litigation, and the Stryker Rejuvenate implant cases. Her qui tam cases include the $68 million settlement of litigation against Office Depot for overcharging California school districts and cities for school supplies; the $21.7 million settlement of litigation against Avaya, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T for charging governmental agencies for the lease of communications systems they no longer possessed; and several other cases alleging Medicare fraud.