Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death Managed Care Abuse Litigation Unsafe & Defective Products Environmental Toxic Torts Complex Tort Litigation
Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1993 University of Tennessee at Knoxville, B.S. , 1990
Leslie M. Kroeger is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and Co-Chair of the firm's Complex Tort Litigation practice group. She focuses on complex, high-profile product liability, wrongful death, and managed care abuse litigation.
Ms. Kroeger is a highly accomplished trial attorney who began her legal career in the courtroom as an Assistant Public Defender for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida and later became an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida. She then moved into private practice where she continues to handle a variety of complex civil litigation before state and federal courts in Florida and nationwide.
Currently, Ms. Kroeger is litigating the following notable matters:
Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail Litigation: Cohen Milstein represents more than five families of decedents and victims of catastrophic injuries in a series of individual products liability, wrongful death and catastrophic injury lawsuits in Tennessee and South Carolina state courts against the Lindsay Corporation and several related entities for designing, manufacturing, selling, and installing defective, X-Lite guardrails on state roadways.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Assistant Public Defender, 18th Judicial Circuit for Brevard and Seminole Counties, Florida Assistant State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit for Miami-Date County, Florida
In re Chiquita Brands International Inc. Alien Tort Statute and Shareholder Derivative Litigation Irizarry, et al. v. Orlando Utilities Company, et al. Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Beuttel and Davison Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Blankenship Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Byrd Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Eimers Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Moyer Paz-Orjales v. Ford Motor Company Pulse Nightclub Shooting Ratha v. Phatthana Seafood Saori Yamauchi, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. United States of America, et al. v. AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Wal-Mart
Caterpillar, Inc. Engine Products Liability Litigation DynCorp International - Ecuadorian Farmer Litigation Herrera et al v. JFK Medical Center Limited Partnership and HCA, Inc. Mincey v. Takata Pelico v. Yorktown Association, Inc. Quinlan v. Toyota Motor Corporation Staton v. Elite Auto Logistics, Inc.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
"Environmental Group of the Year: Cohen Milstein," Law360 Seven Cohen Milstein Attorneys Named to Palm Beach Illustrated 2018 "Top Lawyers" List Eleven Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Recognized as Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America Florida Trend Recognizes Five Cohen Milstein Attorneys as 2018 Legal Elite Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Sworn In as President - Elect to the Florida Justice Association Twenty Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers; Twelve Recognized as 2018 Rising Stars Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Recognized as a 2018 "Distinguished Leader" by the Daily Business Review Seven Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America; Ted Leopold Named Product Liability "Lawyer of the Year" Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Elected Treasurer to the Florida Justice Association Five Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Five Cohen Milstein Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Florida Trend Legal Elite Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Elected Secretary to the Florida Justice Association Five Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Cohen Milstein Partner Leslie M. Kroeger Receives Champion of Consumer Safety Award Five Cohen Milstein Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Congratulations to Cohen Milstein's 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Three Cohen Milstein Attorneys Make "Best Lawyers" List for 2015 Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized as Florida Legal Elite Congratulations to Cohen Milstein's 2014 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Leslie Kroeger Re-Elected to Florida Justice Association Board of Directors, Executive Committee Three Attorneys Recognized in 2013 "Florida Super Lawyers" Leopold Law Shareholders Named to 2013 Florida Trend Legal Elite Leopold Law Receives Distinguished Service Award for Child Safety Advocacy Leslie Kroeger Re-Elected to Florida Justice Association Executive Committee and Board of Directors Leslie Kroeger Receives 2011 Leaders in the Law Distinction Leslie Kroeger Elected to Florida Justice Association Executive Committee Attorney Leslie Kroeger Sworn in as Past President of Martin County FAWL AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Board of Directors, Guardians for New Futures Past-President, Founder, Martin County Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers
President Elect, Florida Justice Association, 2018-2019 Treasurer, Florida Justice Association, 2017-2018 Secretary, Florida Justice Association, 2016-2017 Executive Committee Member, Florida Justice Association, 2011-Present Professional Ethics Committee Member, Florida Bar, 2011-2017 Board Member, Past President and Founder, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Martin County Chapter Women's Caucus Chair, Florida Justice Association, 2011-2012
"Wal-Mart Can't Ax Women's Gender Bias Suit, for Now," Law360 "Meeting Held Over Cancer Concerns Near Avalon Park-Area Power Plant," ClickOrlando.com "Lawsuit Alleging Contamination from Orlando Coal Plants May Take in More East Orange Neighborhoods," Orlando Sentinel "Attorneys Will Hold Town Hall Tonight on Lawsuit Accusing OUC of Toxic Coal Plant Pollution," Orlando Weekly "Public Meeting Set for Lawsuit Alleging OUC Coal-Plant Contamination in East Orange," Orlando Sentinel "Class-Action Lawsuit Blames OUC, Developers For Alleged Cancer Cluster," WKMG News6 "Lawsuit Accuses Orlando Utilities Commission of Not Protecting Residents from Coal Plant Contaminants," Daily Business Review "Lawsuit Alleges OUC Exposed Thousands to Cancerous Toxins," WESH2 "Lawsuit Claims Orlando Utilities Commission Polluted Area with Cancerous Toxins," WKMG-TV Orlando "30,000 Residents Say OUC Polluted Their Neighborhood with Cancerous Toxins," WFTV 9 Orlando Orlando Utilities Commission, Developers Accused of Polluting Communities with Cancerous Toxins "OUC Coal Plants Linked to East Orange County Cancer Spike, Lawsuit Claims," Orlando Sentinel "OUC Coal Plants Linked with Spike in Rare Cancer Cases in East Orange County, Lawsuit Claims," Orlando Weekly "Orlando Utility Sued over Coal Plant Property Damage," Law360 "Orlando Plant Caused Children's Cancers, Nearby Residents Say," Bloomberg Law "Lawsuit Links Stanton Coal Plants with Pediatric Cancer," 90.7 WMFE Orlando "Judge Rules to Keep Pulse-Related Lawsuits in Orange County," News 13 "Patients Ink Deal Worth $220M in X-Ray Overcharge Row," Law360 "Barrier Turned Into Spear: Families Question Deadly Accidents," NBC San Diego "Farmers, Dairy Co-Op Reach $40M Deal To End Milk Price Suit," Law360 "Lytal, Other Palm Beach County Lawyers Take Lead at State Legal Group," The Palm Beach Post "Distinguished Leader: Leslie M. Kroeger," Daily Business Review "Guardrail Safety Concerns," WPTV5 "Broken Guardrail Pierces SUV, ?Mutilates,' Kills Woman; Husband Sues SCDOT, Guardrail Company," WYFF-TV4 "New Lawsuits Claim Guardrail Design Flaws Led to Deaths," WCNC-TV Lindsay Corporation Facing Two More Lawsuits as Death Toll Related to Defective Guardrails Rises "Tennessee Dad Buys Pre-Super Bowl Ad in Palm Beach to Reach Trump," The Palm Beach Post "More Lawsuits Accuse Guardrail Manufacturers of Negligence," Knoxville News Sentinel "Maryland Pulls Guardrail Blamed for Fatalities From Approved Products List," News4 NBC Washington "Guardrails Designed to Protect Drivers May Be Unsafe," NBC Nightly News "Guardrail Blamed for Fatal Crashes Still on Roads in Maryland, Virginia," NBC Washington News4 "Family Says Defective Guardrail Killed Teen Daughter," Law360 "Lawsuit Filed Against Maker of Defective Guardrail After Deadly 2016 McMinn County Crash," WBIR Seeking to Bring Attention to Safety Risk on Nation's Highways, Family of Teen Killed by Defective Guardrail Files Consumer Protection Lawsuit "New Lawsuit to Be Filed Against Pulse Shooter's Employer," WFTV 9 Orlando Families Demand Action as More Than Half of U.S. States Utilize Highway Guardrails That Pose Deadly Safety Risks to Motorists "New Lawsuit Filed Against Manufacturer of Highway Guardrails," NBC's TODAY Show "Families Hit Guardrail Cos. With Wrongful Death Suits," Law360 "Trial Starts April 3, 2017 in 15-year Old Human Rights Case, Quinteros v. Dyncorp," International Rights Advocates "Former Takata Executives Indicted for Fraud and Conspiracy," CBS Evening News "Contractor to Face Chemical-Spray Claims," Courthouse News Service "Family Sues Car Seat Maker After Child Injured in Crash," News JAX "Lawsuit Against Car Seat Manufacturer Set For Trial Next Year: Jacksonville 5-Year-Old Was Permanently Injured in 2014 Crash," News 4 JAX "DynCorp Chem Spray Suit Given Second Wind," Law360 "Caterpillar Reaches $60 Million Settlement in Class Action Over Alleged Engine Defects," Legal Newsline "Caterpillar to Pay $60 Million to Settle Engine Defect Claims," Transport Topics "11th Circ. Reverses Class Denial in X-Ray Overbilling Suit," Law360 Federal Appeals Court Reinstates Class Claims in Florida PIP Case Against HCA Hospitals "Caterpillar Inks $60M Deal To Exit Bus Engine Defect Suit," Law360 Broward County Public Schools Sued for Sexual Harassment of Mentally Disabled Student by Teacher Under Title IX Cohen Milstein Partners Joseph M. Sellers, Richard A. Koffman, and Leslie M. Kroeger selected to Law360's Editorial Advisory Boards Florida Justice Association Produces Video Honoring Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger, Recipient of the FJA Champion of Consumer Safety Award "Court Agrees to Hear Appeal in Hospital PIP Case," The Palm Beach Post "11th Circ. Takes up Pip Overbilling Suit Against HCA,"Law360 "Makers of Big Kid Sport Booster Seat Hit With Product Liability Suit After Wreck," SE Texas Record Former AIDS Healthcare Foundation Managers File Whistleblower Act Claims Against Nation's Largest HIV/AIDS Medical Company for Patient Referral Kickback Scheme "?Exorbitant' Hospital Charges Rob Florida Drivers, Suit Claims," The Palm Beach Post "Auto Insurance Could Be Cheaper with This One Tweak," The Palm Beach Post "Lawsuit Claims HCA Hospitals Overcharge," The Ledger "Lawsuit: North Florida, Other HCA Hospitals, Overcharged," The Gainesville Sun "Jacksonville Hospital Accused of Overcharging Patients," WJAX/WFOX Florida PIP Coverage Class Action Lawsuit Expands to Memorial Hospital Jacksonville and North Florida Regional Medical Center "Cat Slapped with Another Class Action Suit for ACERT Defects," Trucking Info Caterpillar Charged With Defective Truck Engine Exhaust Emission System "South Florida Women Sue HCA over 'Unreasonable' ER Bills," Tampa Bay Times Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against JFK Medical Center and HCA for Exorbitant and Unlawful Billing of Auto Accident Patients with PIP Coverage "Florida Hospital Charged Exorbitant Fees for Scans, X-Rays, Lawsuit Claims," The Tampa Tribune Evidence Toyota Knew of Defective Brake Override System Allowed in Florida Man's Catastrophic Vehicular Injury Trial "Ecuadoreans Press DC Circ. To Revive DynCorp Chemical Suit," Law360 Leopold Law Firm Merges with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC Leslie Kroeger Presents Florida Bullying Litigation and Child Injury Protection Laws
PUBLICATIONS "E-Cigarettes: An Exploding Market," FJA Journal "Rethinking Florida's Statute of Repose for Automotive Product Liability," Florida Justice Association Journal "Recovery for Injured Workers Outside Florida's Workers' Compensation System," Florida Justice Association Journal "Guardians of the Rail: Who Is Monitoring Our Nation's Guardrails?" FJA Journal "Blind Spots in Booster Seats," American Association for Justice Trial Magazine "WARNING! Spoiler Alert." Florida Justice Association Journal "Dangerous Toys," Florida Justice Association Journal "Florida's Autonomous Vehicle Law ? 2016: First State to Legalize Fully Self-Driving Cars," Florida Justice Association Journal "A Gap in Child Seat Safety," Florida Justice Association Journal "Florida's New Smoke Alarm Law Falls Short," Florida Justice Association "GM'S Ignition Switch Recalls: The List Keeps Growing," Florida Justice Association Journal "Supreme Court Passes Up Opportunity to Further Chip Away at Class Relief," Florida Justice Association Journal "Deadly Roadways: Guideposts for Defective Guardrail Litigation," Florida Justice Association Journal "Picking up the Pieces: Making the Jury Aware of the Draconian Consequences Florida's Intoxication Defense Law Seeks to Impose on Plaintiffs," Florida Justice Association Journal "Avoiding Mandatory Arbitration in Products Liability Cases," Florida Justice Association Journal "Is There a Products Liability Case Without the Product?," Florida Justice Association Journal Tire Aging: Why Should You Care? "Safety of Florida's Children Ignored During Legislative Session," Florida Justice Association Journal "The Importance of D'Amario v. Ford and How it Protects Florida's Consumers," 85 Florida Bar Journal 4
Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Invited to Speak at BCTLA Member Meeting Lawyers, Scientific Expert to Host Townhall on Allegations of Toxic Coal Plant Pollution in Orlando Communities Cohen Milstein's Betsy A. Miller and Leslie Kroeger Invited to Speak at National Trial Lawyers' 2019 Summit Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Invited to Speak at the National Business Institute "Auto Injury Litigation From Start to Finish" Seminar Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Presents at the 2018 Florida Workers' Advocates Annual Conference Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Presents at 360 Advocacy's 2018 Trial Skills from the Woman's Perspective Conference Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Speaks at the Florida Justice Association's 2018 Annual Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, FL Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger, FJA Treasurer, Invited to Present a Mid-Session Legislative Update at the PBCJA's February CLE Seminar Cohen Milstein's Judge Martha Geer, Leslie M. Kroeger, and Douglas J. McNamara Invited by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice to Present a 3 Hour Expanded CLE Seminar Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger and Poorad Razavi Speak at the Florida Justice Association's 2017 Annual Masters of Justice Seminar Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Invited to Co-Present at Upcoming PBC FAWL Mentoring Luncheon Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Teaches at the Florida Justice Association's 2017 Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Co-Chairs the Advanced Trial Skills Seminar at the 2017 Florida Justice Association's Annual Convention Cohen Milstein's Leslie M. Kroeger Speaks at the Florida Justice Association's 2017 Annual Workhorse Seminar Cohen Milstein Partner Leslie Kroeger to Lecture at the Florida Justice Association's 2016 Masters of Justice Seminar Cohen Milstein Partner Leslie Kroeger to Lecture in the Florida Justice Association's "The Expert Witness Advantage" Webinar Series Cohen Milstein's Theodore J. Leopold and Leslie M. Kroeger Teach at the 2016 Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute Held by the Florida Justice Association Cohen Milstein Partners Theodore J. Leopold and Leslie M. Kroeger Speak at the Florida Justice Association's 2016 Workhorse Seminar