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Robert J. Fleming is a lawyer who specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice and dental malpractice litigation. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University, his M.B.A. from Hofstra University and his law degree from Emory Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Texas, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, The Atlanta Bar Association and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Fleming has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict, resulting in millions of dollars of recovery to his clients. In addition, he has obtained substantial confidential settlements for his clients in numerous personal injury, medical malpractice and commercial cases.
Notable cases that Mr. Fleming has served as lead counsel on include: Wert v. Weiser, et al. No. 99VS15524D (Fulton County, Georgia State Court, September 26, 2002). This was the first medical malpractice case Mr. Fleming tried as lead counsel and resulted in a $5.5 million verdict. Defendants made no offer of settlement prior to trial. Mr. Fleming's first trial as lead counsel, Wilson v. Brantley, No. 93VS7837 (Fulton County State Court, February 22, 2002) resulted in a $705,000 verdict. The last offer of settlement by defendants prior to trial was $30,000.
Recently, Mr. Fleming successfully represented the founders of a small software company in a securities fraud case in the U.S. District Court—Northern District of Georgia. The clients were the founders of an Indiana company that developed and sold computer-based practice management systems to medical offices. The defendant corporation acquired the company in a stock-for-stock exchange. Soon after the merger (and prior to the clients being able to sell their newly acquired stock), the stock price of the acquiring company crashed. Mr. Fleming asserted claims against the acquiring company and its top management based on false and misleading statements made in the Merger Agreement about the defendant’s financial condition and business prospects. The case settled on the eve of trial for $3,250,000.00.
Prior to founding his current firm, Mr. Fleming was the founding partner of an Atlanta, Georgia based litigation law firm, Fleming Fried & Bonder LLC, and a partner with Evert & Weathersby, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. During his four-year tenure at Evert & Weathersby, Mr. Fleming acquired considerable trial and courtroom experience in commercial litigation, products liability, personal injury and toxic tort cases. Mr. Fleming started his legal career as an associate in the litigation section of Coats, Rose, Yale, Holm, Ryman & Lee in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Fleming is an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). His speeches and publications to other lawyers on trial advocacy include: Effective Use of Technology in the Courtroom (Invited Speaker) at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas; Trial Advocacy, How to Deliver an Effective Closing Argument (Invited Speaker) for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education; How to Achieve Large Verdicts (Invited Speaker) to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; and Recent Developments in Medical Malpractice Law published in the Verdict Magazine, Summer 2003.
Mr. Fleming enjoys the highest rating ("AV") in both legal professional ability and ethical standards given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Lawyer ratings are based on confidential evaluations by members of the Bar and the Judiciary. The ratings include over one million lawyers in 160 countries and only about 21% have achieved an “AV” rating, which signifies that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. Mr. Fleming has been named one of Georgia's "Super Lawyers" for Business Litigation by the publishers of Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine. He is admitted to practice in all Georgia and Texas State Courts and the Northern District of Georgia and Southern District of Texas federal courts. In addition, he has successfully litigated throughout the country pro hac vice.
Prior to attending college, Mr. Fleming served as a Military Policeman in the United States Army. During his tour of duty, Mr. Fleming served as a Military Police Liaison between East and West Berlin at Check Point Charlie in the American Sector along the Berlin Wall. While in the Army, he received numerous certificates of achievement and letters of appreciation for outstanding performance and professional competence.