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Stephen I Leshner

Stephen I Leshner

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Trucking Accident, Motorcycle Accident, Wrongful Death

About Me

Steve Leshner has been practicing law in Arizona since 1976. He is a charter member of the first group of lawyers in Arizona in 1991 to be certified as a specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation. He is a Past President of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, included in "Best Lawyers in America", named an Arizona "Super Lawyer", a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a co-author of the Negligence chapter in the "Arizona Tort Law Handbook" published in 2012 by the State Bar of Arizona, and is a frequent seminar speaker on various personal injury topics for local and national organizations.



Steve limits his practice to plaintiff's accident, personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability cases. He has represented thousands of Arizonans who have been harmed by the intentional, careless and negligent conduct of others, and has collected millions of dollars for individuals from major corporations, large insurance companies, the health care industry and the government. In the largest settlement in Arizona history, Steve was one of only two Arizona lawyers designated by the State of Arizona as its outside counsel in the Master Settlement Agreement in its three billion dollar settlement with leading U.S. tobacco companies. More recently, Steve was one of ten lawyers around the country appointed to oversee the consolidated litigation in federal court as part of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in the Zicam Products Liability Litigation, and was elected Lead Counsel in the concurrent Zicam Arizona state court litigation.. If you need help with any type of car,truck or motorcycle accident, personal injury, alcohol liability, sexual assault, medical malpractice, birth injury, pharmacy malpractice, surgical mistake, or product liability case, please call us.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1976

  1. Trucking Accident: 20%
    39 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    39 years
  3. Car Accidents: 20%
    39 years
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
    39 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Linda Laurent Thomas

    Our firm sought Steve's expertise in a complex pharmaceutical case that was filed in Phoenix. Within a few months of working with Steve, an MDL was formed and Steve's hard work on the PSC helped win a very favorable result for our clients. I would definitely recommend Steve and would certainly work with him in the future.

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    Linda Thomas Birth Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Stephen I. Leshner, P.C.

1440 E Missouri Ave Suite 265
Phoenix, AZ, 85014-0001

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
AZActive 197607/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2016
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2012
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2011
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2010
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2009
Southwest Super LawyerSouthwest Super Lawyers2008
Certified Specialist, Injury and Wrongful Death LitigationState Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization1991
AV ratedMartindale-HubbellN/A
ListedWho's WhoN/A
ListedWho's Who In American LawN/A
Arizona's Finest LawyersArizona's Finest LawyersN/A

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Million Dollar Advocates ForumLifetime Member2006 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate1999 - Present
Maricopa County Superior CourtCivil Study Committee1999 - 2004
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1999 - 2000
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President1998 - 1999
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationTreasurer1997 - 1998
Nucleus ClubChairman1995 - 1996
Maricopa County Superior CourtJudge Pro Tem1993 - 2010
Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1990 - Present
American Association for JusticeSustaining Member1981 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Arizona Tort Law HandbookCo-Author, Chapter on Negligence2012
Advocate: Arizona Trial Lawyers AssociationConcept Focus Groups2007

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
State University of New York, Stony BrookN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Arizona College of Trial AdvocacyFaculty2015
A Day with the MastersNotices of Claim, Demand Letters and Mediation Memos2015
Auto Injury Litigation from Start to FinishCase Intake, Pre-Suit Investigation2013
Medical Malpractice 101Overview of Medical Liability Cases2012
Basics of Auto Accident LawBasics of Auto Accident Law2012
Advanced Expert Witness Deposition TacticsDeposing the Opposing Expert Witness2011
Handling the Auto Injury ClaimTaking the Case to Trial2010
Handling the Auto Injury ClaimTaking the Case to Trial2008
Trying the Wrongful Death Case in ArizonaTrying the Wrongful Death Case in Arizona2007
Automobile LitigationUM and UIM coverage litigation2007
Advanced Auto Accident LitigationAdvanced Auto Accident Litigation2007
Personal Injury Practice in ArizonaPersonal Injury Practice in Arizona2005
Advanced Personal Injury PracticeAdvanced Personal Injury Practice2005
Plaintiff's Personal Injury from Start to FinishPlaintiff's Personal Injury2004
How to Litigate Your First Trial in ArizonaHow to Litigate Your First Trial in Arizona2004
Handling a Motor Vehicle AccidentClosing Arguments2003
Auto Mediation/ArbitrationArbitration2003
Advanced Personal Injury PracticeAdvanced Personal Injury Practice2003
Failure to TreatMedical Malpractice2002
Advanced Personal Injury PracticeAdvanced Personal Injury Practice2002
Practice PointersVoir Dire2001
Learn at LunchVoir Dire2001
Annual ConventionDealing with the Defense Medical Examiner2000
National College of AdvocacyUsing the Information Learned in Voir Dire1999
Annual ConventionProving and Maximizing Non-Economic Damages in Wrongful Death Cases1997
Keeping the Pace in Practice ManagementWorking with the Personal Injury Client1992