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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.
Ms. Kroeger is the President-Elect of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), one of the nation’s premier plaintiffs trial associations. In June 2019 she will serve as President of FJA, the second female President in the history of the association. Since 2001, Ms. Kroeger has been an active member of FJA, serving on the Executive Committee since 2011 and more recently as FJA’s Secretary and Treasurer. She is a past Chair of the Women’s Caucus.
FJA has also recognized Ms. Kroeger for her leadership and advocacy efforts. In 2017 and 2018, she was presented with FJA’s Cornerstone Award in recognition of her leadership and efforts in recruiting new members to the organization. In 2015, Ms. Kroeger was awarded FJA’s Champion of Consumer Safety Award for her lobbying efforts before the Florida legislature, resulting in passage of SB 518, a state law requiring children under age five to be secured in federally-approved child-restraint devices.
Ms. Kroeger also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Guardians for New Futures, and she oversees a Safe Kids bi-annual booster-seat give-away. She is Past-President and Founder of the Martin County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She also served six years on the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee.
Ms. Kroeger is widely recognized for her leadership and legal skills. She was recently awarded Daily Business Review’s 2018 Distinguished Leader award. She is consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the field of Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, as well as Florida Super Lawyers, and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Ms. Kroeger is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Ms. Kroeger often speaks and writes on a range of issues dealing with litigation strategies and tactics from addressing the standards for expert witness testimony in light of the Supreme Court’s Daubert ruling to delivering compelling opening statements and other trial skills, as well as legal trends related to automotive negligence, roadway safety and guardrail systems, managed care abuse, and denial of workers’ compensation claims. She is frequently invited to speak at the Florida Workers’ Advocates Annual Conference, the 2017 North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Conference, and the Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute and other CLE programs hosted by the Florida Justice Association. In 2016, Ms. Kroeger was named to Law360’s Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board.
Ms. Kroeger graduated with high honors from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and obtained her law degree from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. Following law school, she served in a trial clerkship in Miami.