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General Info

Email: lmccormick@wickersmith.com
Direct: (305) 461-8733
Offices: Miami

Biography

Leslie A. McCormick joined Wicker Smith in 1986 and is a partner in the firm’s Miami office.
An AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Leslie has handled numerous medical malpractice cases for healthcare providers and hospital facilities in a wide range of complex issues involving wrongful death, brain damage, surgical and nursing issues. Among her many successful cases, Leslie served as counsel for NutriSystem, Inc. in the State Court and multi-district litigation involving over 300 lawsuits concerning the NutriSystem Weight Loss Centers. She also served as local counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, handling over 100 lawsuits in the State Court, Federal Court and multi-district litigation involving breast implants.
A dynamic public speaker, Leslie has actively lectured over the course of her 25+ year career to several healthcare organizations including Baptist Hospital of Miami, South Miami Hospital, and Mount Sinai Medical Center, to name a few, sharing her expert knowledge in legal issues related to the healthcare industry. Some of the many topics that she has covered include: Patient Safety as a Risk Management Strategy, Nursing Documentation and the Impact on Litigation, Critical Skills for Obstetrical Nurse, and Your Role in the Litigation Process.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clemson University in 1984, Leslie went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1987. Leslie is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. She is currently a member of The Florida Bar, The Federal Bar, American and Miami-Dade County Bar Associations, Dade County Defense Bar Association, ASHRM, Defense Research Institute and the Florida Hospital Association. She was also a member of the AD HOC Trial Practices and Procedures Committee of Dade County for 10 years. Among recent honors, she was named to the list of Best Lawyers in America from 2010 to 2017, Florida Super Lawyers from 2008 to 2014, South Florida Legal Guide’s Top Lawyer 2013 to 2015, and Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite 2008.

Education

  • University of Miami (1987, J.D.)
  • Clemson University (1984, B.A.)

Admitted

  • 1987, Florida and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • The Federal Bar, Southern District of Florida Trial Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • AD HOC Trial Practices and Procedures Committee of Dade County 1994 – 2004
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association (Officer, 1995 – 1997)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Hospital Association
  • Riviera Country Club, Coral Gables, FL – Board of Governors 2006 – 2010; Executive Committee 2007 – 2008
  • University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association, Presidential Appointee 2000 – 2001
  • Council on Litigation Management

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2017
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2014
  • South Florida Legal Guide’s Top Lawyers in Medical Malpractice, 2013-2015
  • Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, 2008

Speeches & Publications

  • Electronic Medical Record in the Emergency Department, Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, FL (July 19, 2012)
  • Medical Malpractice Case Law Update, Wicker Smith Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (June 8, 2012)
  • Bariatric Surgery Issues that impact Hospital Liability, Wicker Smith Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (June 8, 2012)
  • Preservation of Evidence in a Medical Malpractice Claim, Wicker Smith Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (June 10, 2011)
  • Utilization of Expert Witnesses in a Medical Malpractice Claim, Wicker Smith Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (June 10, 2011)
  • Trends in Stroke Cases, Stroke Team Presentation, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida (March 29, 2011)
  • Trends in Radiology Medical Malpractice Claims, Physician Residency Program, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida (February 10, 2011)
  • Management of the Electronic Record, Versant Nursing Residency Program, South Miami Hospital, Miami, FL (June 16, 2009)
  • Patient Safety and the Medical Record, Versant Nursing Residency Program, Nova Southeastern University, Miami, FL (February 2, 2009)
  • Litigation Overview and T-System Improvement in the Emergency Department, Baptist Health South Florida, Mariners Hospital, Tavernier, FL (June 16, 2008)
  • Fraudulent Personal Injury Claims, Wicker Smith Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (June 6, 2008)
  • Documentation and the Litigation Process, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Pulmonary Department, Miami, FL (January 16 – 17, 2008)
  • Fraud in the Courtroom, CNA HealthPro, In-Service for Claims Staff, Tampa, FL (October 29, 2007)
  • Risk Management Conference Series: Postmortem of a Medical Record, Baptist Health South Florida, South Miami Hospital, Miami, FL (September 27, 2007)
  • Fraud in the Courtroom and in the Field, Wicker Smith Annual Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (July 27, 2007)
  • Primary Care Focus Symposium Realities of Litigation and Documentation Pitfalls: The Impact on Litigation and Patient Safety, Baptist Health South Florida, Captiva Island, FL (June 23, 2007)
  • Risk Management Conference Series: Postmortem of a Medical Record in Litigation, Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami, Miami, FL (November 27, 2006)
  • Enforcement of Mediation Agreements, Electronic Discovery & Non-Binding Arbitration, Wicker Smith Annual Claims Seminar, Orlando, FL (August 18, 2006)
  • Florida’s Medical Malpractice and Determining Non-Economic Damages and Related Topics, CNA HealthPro (May 23, 2006)
  • Organizational Learning: Documentation and Communication, Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami, Miami, FL (May 2, 2006)
  • Risk Management Conference Series: Informed Consent, Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami, Miami, FL (April 5, 2006) *Complete List Of Presentations Available Upon Request.