Lori B. Leskin is valued by her clients for her ability to successfully assess, strategize, and implement unique solutions to their unique problems.

Ms. Leskin handles all aspects of litigation strategy for complex nationwide and multidistrict litigations involving a variety of products, including successfully defending consumer fraud and other class actions on behalf of clients such as Hain Celestial and Avon in the Southern District of New York and other venues throughout the country, and representing Bayer Corporation and Pfizer Inc. as national counsel in several on-going product liability litigations.

In addition to her work in mass actions and class actions, Ms. Leskin has represented death row inmates in challenges to convictions and sentences, including the commuted death sentence of Virginia inmate Percy Levar Walton to life in prison without parole on the grounds that he was mentally incompetent to understand his situation. For her work with death row inmates, Ms. Leskin was one of four firm recipients of the 2008 Thurgood Marshall Award for Capital Representation from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Committee on Capital Punishment.

Perspectives

The Ethics of Electronic Information 2016: Competence, Confidentiality, and Other Ethical Conundrums
Speaker, Practising Law Institute, New York, NY
Litigation Strategies for Debunking Daubert Expert Testimony
Newsletter
Social Media and the In-House Counsel (pdf)
Pharmaceutical Executive
Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Kaye Scholer's Lori Leskin
Legal Industry Law360
Consumer Fraud: Strict Liability and Fraud – the Odd Couple of Products Liability Litigation
Speaker, 14th Annual ABA Women in Products Liability Regional CLE Workshop, New York, NY

Recognition

Best Lawyers
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants (2009-2019)
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2009-2019)
LMG Life Sciences
"Life Sciences Star" – Product Liability (2017-2018)
"Life Sciences Star" – Non-IP Litigation (2012-2016)
The Legal 500 US
Litigation: Product Liability & Mass Tort (2013, 2014, 2016)
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Credentials

Education
  • JD, Rutgers School of Law-Newark, 1992, Highest Honors, Order of the Coif, Anthony Englebrecht Prize
  • BA, American University, 1988, magna cum laude, University Honors with High Distinction, Phi Kappa Phi
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York
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