Wendy R. Fleishman
Partner, New York Office
212 355-9500

“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

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 2022 appointment by the District Court as Co-Lead Counsel in the Bovine Milk Formula MDL, a 2019 appointment by the District Court as Co-Lead Counsel in the NFL Concussion Injuries litigation, the 2019 appointment in the MDL lawsuit against the Riddell Helmet Manufacturing Co., and a recent appointment to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the Bard IVC Filter Injuries MDL pending in the District of Arizona.

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.

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  • 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, 1995
  • 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
  • Colorado District Court, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2016
  • 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, Western District of New York, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2013
  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • 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 – Present
  • 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
  • Board of Advisors for Hofstra Law School’s Mass Tort Institute
  • 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
  • Panelist, “Branding Yourself as The Super Hero You Are,” Class of Our Own: Litigating Women’s Summit, May 2023
  • 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
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in fields of  Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2019-2024
  • “Litigator of the Year for Personal Injury Law,” American Institute of Trial Lawyers, 2024
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2021, 2022, 2024
  • “Lawyer of the Year for Mass Tort & Class Action Litigation,” New York City, Best Lawyers, 2023
  • “Super Lawyer for New York Metro,” Super Lawyers, 2006-2022
  • “Top 10 Attorneys in New York,” Attorney & Practice Magazine, 2021
  • “Top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers in NY,” The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2021
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs,” 2019-2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2020, 2021
  • 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
  • “New York Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2016
  • Legal 500 recommended lawyer, 2013
  • “Lawdragon Finalist,” Lawdragon, 2009