Keith M. Fleischman, the Firm’s Principal, is a nationally recognized litigator and trial lawyer having successfully investigated, litigated and tried to verdict some of the largest and most complex civil and criminal cases in the country.
Keith’s practice presently focuses on representing public and private companies, financial institutions, and institutional and individual investors in connection with the prosecution and defense of complex financial and commercial litigation on a national scale.
Keith began his legal career with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. In 1988, Keith joined the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section as a trial lawyer. During his tenure, he supervised international undercover operations involving counterfeiting, money laundering and passport fraud. As a member of the Dallas Bank Fraud Task Force, he successfully tried to verdict several of the largest criminal prosecutions brought by the government during the Savings and Loan Crisis, including serving as the chief federal prosecutor in a two year investigation that culminated in a four month trial (See U.S. v. Heath below).
In 1990, Keith accepted a position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Connecticut, where he was in charge of financial fraud, originated the Connecticut Bank Fraud Working Group and was a member of the New England Bank Fraud Task Force Coordinating Committee. As an AUSA, he successfully investigated and prosecuted major financial, violent and white-collar violations.
After leaving the government, Keith spent eleven years at the national plaintiffs’ firm Milberg, Weiss, where he rose to Senior Managing Partner and established himself as one of the premier plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country. During this period, Keith litigated and negotiated to settlement numerous high profile individual and class actions. Prior to founding the Fleischman Law Firm in 2011, Keith served as a Director in the New York office of Grant & Eisenhofer, litigating high profile complex lawsuits including class actions.
Keith has been a trial practice instructor at the Trial Practice Institute of the U.S. Justice Department, and served for ten years as co-chairman of the Practicing Law Institute’s annual conference on class actions. He has lectured in the United States, Canada and Europe on the investigation, litigation and prevention of securities and financial fraud.
U.S. v. Heath, 970 F.2d 1397 (5th Cir. 1992)
Serving as chief federal prosecutor, Keith led a two year investigation that culminated in a four month trial resulting in the largest sentences ever obtained during the Savings and Loan Crisis.
Robbins v. Deloitte Touche L.L.P., 1995 WL 17205104 (M.D. Fla. June 28, 1995) rev’d sub nom. Robbins v. Koger Properties, Inc., 116 F.3d 1441 (11th Cir. 1997)
In this securities fraud case against a former Big Six accounting firm, Keith obtained a verdict of $81.3 million after a five-week federal trial.
Novak v. Kasaks, 216 F.3d 300 (2nd Cir. 2000)
In front of the Second Circuit, Keith litigated this significant decision, which established precedent as to the appropriate pleading standard under the PLSRA and as to the disclosure of confidential informants, precedent which has been cited and followed by courts throughout the United States.
In re Satyam Computer Services Ltd. Securities Litigation, No. 1:09-MD-02027-JPO (S.D.N.Y. 2009)
In this case, involving India’s own version of “Enron,” Keith and a team of other lawyers obtained a settlement comprising a cash payment of $125 million and twenty-five percent of any recovery should the company decide to sue its auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In re Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Securities Litigation, 2009 WL 5178546 (S.D.N.Y.)
Keith spent four years as co-lead counsel litigating and ultimately negotiating a $400 million settlement with Marsh & McLennan in this federal securities class action. The settlement represented at the time the 25th largest securities class action settlement to date under the PSLRA.
Millennium Drilling, Co., Inc. v. Beverly House-Myers, et al., 12-cv-462 (D. Nev. 2016)
Following nearly four years of intense litigation culminating in a multi-week jury trial before the Hon. Miranda M. Du in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Keith and the Firm achieved a trial victory and verdict for its clients in consolidated lawsuits stemming from multi-million-dollar oil and gas general partnership investments. This matter was recently honored as being one of the Top 20 Verdicts in Nevada for 2016.
J.D., California Western School of Law, 1984
B.A., University of Vermont, 1980
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