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Barry J. Fleishman

Barry J. Fleishman

Tel 202.689.1900, ext. 3031
Cell 202.285.1361
Fleishman@slslaw.com
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Experience. Passion. Solutions.

Practice Areas:

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Business
  • Litigation and Trial Practice

Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
  • District of Columbia, 1985
  • Pennsylvania (inactive), 1981

Education:

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1981
  • B.A., New York University, Political Science and Journalism, magna cum laude, 1976

Professional Memberships:

  • American Civil Liberties Union, Collaborator
  • Anti-Defamation League - Washington, D.C. Regional and Executive Board, Member; National Commission, Member; Civil Rights Committee, Chair
  • American Bar Association - Vice-Chair, Insurance Coverage Committee, Tort, Trialand Insurance Practice Section, 2009-2010; Member, Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, 2009-2010; Past Chair, Committee on Professionalism of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1999-2000; Past Chair, Energy Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Energy Law Committee, 1997 – 1998; Past Chair, Coordinating Group on Energy Law, 1998 – 1999
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Fellow

Experience.

Barry J. Fleishman is a Principal of SLS and focuses his practice on complex policyholder insurance coverage issues. His insurance coverage experience includes representation before federal and state courts, arbitral tribunals, and judicial and private mediators, focusing on corporate policyholder claims for insurance coverage arising out of liability and loss from property damage, bodily injury, personal injury, and alleged wrongful acts of directors and officers. Barry has represented major corporations seeking insurance coverage with respect to liabilities and losses incurred as the result of catastrophic property damage, defective or misused products, environmental damage, alleged discrimination, and directors’ and officers’ activities in cases involving natural disasters, including major hurricane and cyclone-related losses, fires and explosions, mold and moisture, and alleged corporate wrongful acts.

Barry was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law in 2017 and the seven years immediately preceding. He has also been recognized for the past seven years as a Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" in the area of Insurance Coverage and a “Top 100 Lawyer” in Washington, D.C. from 2011-2016, as selected by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2011, Barry was recommended in the area of Insurance by Legal 500 US and recognized by Legal Media in its 2013 and 2014 Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. He was listed in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in 2014 for Insurance and was listed in the International Who’s Who of Reinsurance and Insurance Lawyers for 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Passion.

With his unparalleled knowledge of complex insurance coverage issues, it is no wonder that Barry is passionate about protecting his clients’ assets and limiting their exposure in the face of minor, major and catastrophic loss. His dedication to upholding the rights of policyholders ensures that the businesses, organizations and corporations he represents can continue to maximize their bottom line by limiting liability and optimizing loss recovery.

Barry understands that taking steps to take full advantage of existing coverage and aggressively obtain recoveries from insurers when a loss occurs is vital for every policyholder. That is why he chose to practice at a top-notch boutique law firm where conflicts are extremely minimal and he can provide deeper and better service to his clients.

The passion that Barry has to protect and his dedication to upholding his clients’ rights convey strongly in his professional as well as personal endeavors. He is deeply involved and fully committed to civil rights and liberties serving both the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). He is a Collaborator for the ACLU and a Washington, D.C. Regional and Executive Board Member and National Commission Member for the ADL. In addition, Barry is the Chair of the ADL’s Washington, D.C. Region Civil Rights Committee.   

Solutions.

His long and well-established record of success and solutions best attests to Barry’s extraordinary abilities as an advocate for his clients.

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  • Complex coverage matters involving environmental losses for city - Served as lead counsel for a New England city government with respect to complex coverage matters involving environmental and other liabilities.
     
  • Insurance litigation for Canada's largest bank - Lead counsel for Canada's largest bank regarding their property loss, business interruption, extra expense and other 9/11 losses.
     
  • Counsel for Poarch Band of Creek Indians - Provided counsel to the Attorney General of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians regarding litigation matters and provided risk management counsel.
     
  • Insurance coverage litigation for investment company regarding professional liability losses - Represented an investment company in litigation regarding coverage under errors & omissions policies for professional liability losses. 
     
  • QBE Insurance Corporation v. Archstone - Served as lead insurance coverage counsel for Archstone-Smith Operating Trust (Archstone) in a dispute involving losses in excess of $50 million.
     
  • Complex coverage matters involving environmental losses for global pharmaceutical company - Lead counsel for global research-driven pharmaceutical company with respect to complex coverage matters involving environmental and other liabilities.
     
  • Insurance litigation for leading investment consulting firm - Lead counsel for recognized leader in investment consulting regarding alleged director and officer wrongful acts.
     
  • Insurance litigation for leading energy industry firm - Lead counsel for Fortune 500 energy firm regarding alleged director and officer wrongful acts. 
     
  • Insurance litigation for world's leading cruise operator - Lead counsel for world's leading cruise operator regarding catastrophic hurricane losses. 
     
  • Insurance litigation for leading defense contractor regarding property damage and business interruption losses - Lead counsel for defense contractor in coverage dispute involving catastrophic hurricane losses. 
     
  • Insurance litigation for one of the largest traders of U.S. Treasuries regarding losses from domestic terrorist attacks - Lead counsel for one of the largest traders of U.S. Treasuries regarding their property loss, business interruption, extra expense and other 9/11 related losses.
     
  • Insurance litigation for prominent mechanical construction firm - Lead counsel for prominent mechanical construction firm regarding construction-related liabilities and losses. 
     
  • Insurance litigation for prominent mechanical construction firm - Lead counsel for prominent mechanical construction firm regarding construction-related liabilities and losses. 
     
  • Insurance recovery litigation for naval shipbuilding and repairing manufacturer - Successfully represented a naval shipbuilding and repairing manufacturer in a dispute regarding coverage for substantial property damage and business losses.   

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?