Wendy R. Fleishman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in New York, NY

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
250 Hudson Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1413
Phone: 212-355-9500
Fax: 212-355-9592
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (60%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%)
Attorney Profile

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, 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 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.

About Wendy R. Fleishman

Admitted: 1992, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: https://www.lieffcabraser.com/attorneys/wendy-r-fleishman/


  • 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,” 2019-2021;  “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;“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, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Bioscience General Committee (2019); American Association for Justice (Board of Governors); American Association for Justice (Board of Governors, Women Trial Lawyers’ Caucus); American Bar Association (2000, Affair Chair, ABA Annual Meeting, Torts & Insurance Practices Section, NYC; 1997, Chair, Trial Techniques Committee, Tort & Insurance Practices; 1996, Chair Elect, Trial Techniques Committee, Tort & Insurance Practices); 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 Trial Lawyers Association (Secretary, 2012-Present; Treasurer, 2010-2011; Board of Directors, 2004-Present); New York State Bar Association; New York Women's Bar Association; PATLA;  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).

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • 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 – 1994Editor and Co-Author with James J. Brown, “Proving and Defending Damage Claims: A Fifty-State Guide”
  • Wendy also contributes to Google+ and the Lieff Cabraser civil justice blog.

Educational Background

  • University of Pennsylvania (Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med, 1982; Sarah Lawrence College (B.A., 1974).  
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Office Location for Wendy R. Fleishman

250 Hudson Street
8th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1413

Last Updated: 3/3/2020

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