Leslie M. Kroeger is a Partner at Cohen Milstein, and a member of the firm’s Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death, Managed Care Abuse, and Unsafe & Defective Products practice groups. Ms. Kroeger joined Cohen Milstein in January 2014 and is based in the firm’s Florida office. She specializes in complex, high-profile product liability, wrongful death, and managed care abuse litigation.
Ms. Kroeger is a highly accomplished civil trial attorney who began her legal career in the courtroom as an Assistant Public Defender for Brevard and Seminole Counties, 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 matters both in the state of Florida and nationwide.
Currently, Ms. Kroeger is litigating the following notable matters:
- HCA: Cohen Milstein is co-lead counsel in a class action lawsuit alleging that four Florida plaintiffs and others like them were billed inflated and exorbitant fees for emergency radiology services, in excess of the amount allowed by law, covered in part by their mandatory Florida Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Ms. Kroeger is involved in all aspect of the litigation charging HCA hospitals with gouging patients with PIP coverage. The case is ongoing.
- United States of America, et al. v. AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Inc.: Cohen Milstein represents three former managers of the AHF in a Federal and Florida State Whistleblower Act claims against the nation’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care for illegal patient referral kickbacks. Ms. Kroeger has been involved in all aspects of the litigation. The case is ongoing.
Ms. Kroeger has successfully litigated the following lawsuits:
- Mincey v. Takata: Cohen Milstein was lead counsel in a lawsuit brought on behalf of Patricia Mincey and her family, a Florida woman who sustained catastrophic injuries that rendered her a quadriplegic in 2014 when the driver’s side airbag in her Honda Civic deployed too aggressively during a collision due to a product defect. Patricia Mincey passed away in early 2016 due to complications from her quadriplegia casued by the problematic airbag. The suit charged that Takata, the manufacturer of the airbag system, knew of the airbag defect and hid the problem from consumers. Evidence uncovered by the firm showed that Takata concealed the defective nature of the airbag system for more than a decade. The case was resolved in July 2016
- Quinlan v. Toyota Motor Corporation: Cohen Milstein was lead counsel in a product liability case filed against Toyota Motor, alleging that manufacturing defects in the defendant’s car caused the car being driven by the plaintiff Quinlan to suddenly accelerate and go out of control, resulting in catastrophic injuries that left him a quadriplegic. The defendant entered into a settlement, which is confidential. Ms. Kroeger was engaged in all aspects of the litigation.
- Love v. Walmart: Ms. Kroeger represented individual female Walmart employees in a lawsuit alleging that the company discriminated against them on the basis of their sex. The defendant reached a confidential settlement with the plaintiffs.
- In re: Caterpillar, Inc. Engine Products Liability Litigation: Cohen Milstein was co-lead counsel in a nationwide product liability class action lawsuit alleging Caterpillar sold diesel engines with defective exhaust emissions system that resulted in power losses and shutdowns. Ms. Kroeger was involved all aspects of the litigation.
Ms. Kroeger has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the field of Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. She was named to Law360’s 2016 Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board. She speaks frequently on strategies and tactics for addressing the standards for expert witness testimony in light of the Supreme Court’s Daubert ruling.
Ms. Kroeger currently serves as the Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Florida Justice Association and is past Chair of the Women's Caucus. She serves on the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee. She is Past President of the Martin County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and is on the Board of Directors of Guardians for New Futures; as well as serving as an active member of The Florida Bar, the American Association for Justice, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Martin County Bar Association, the Palm Beach County Justice Association, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Martin County Chapter.
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.