Keith M. Fleischman
Keith M. Fleischman is a founding partner of Fleischman Bonner & Rocco, as well as its predecessor firm, the Fleischman Law Firm. Keith is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who has successfully investigated, litigated and tried to verdict some of the largest and most complex civil and criminal cases in the country. Keith began his career as a prosecutor, first with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and later with the Department of Justice. His practice presently focuses on representing public and private companies, financial institutions, and institutional investors in connection with the prosecution and defense of complex financial and commercial litigation.
During his tenure as a prosecutor, Keith supervised international undercover operations involving counterfeiting, money laundering and passport fraud. As a member of the Dallas Bank Fraud Task Force, Keith successfully tried to verdict several of the largest criminal prosecutions brought by the government during the Savings and Loan Crisis. After joining the United States Attorney’s office for the District of Connecticut, Keith was placed in charge of financial fraud, where he was responsible for creating the Connecticut Bank Fraud Working Group and was a member of the New England Bank Fraud Task Force Coordinating Committee.
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, tried, 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 an 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 one of 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 PSLRA 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.