Steven Leinicke

Direct: (954) 847-4802
Fax: (954) 760-9353
Offices: Fort Lauderdale
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General Info

Direct: (954) 847-4802
Fax: (954) 760-9353
Offices: Fort Lauderdale


Steven Y. Leinicke, a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office, joined Wicker Smith at the start of his legal career. Over the past 30+ years, Mr. Leinicke has served as lead trial counsel for individuals and corporations in numerous complex civil litigation suits involving general negligence, products liability, legal malpractice, fire loss litigation, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical litigation, asbestos litigation, construction, premises liability, automobile liability, and all aspects of insurance litigation such as professional errors and omissions coverage, policy interpretation and bad faith claims.

An AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Leinicke serves as National Coordinating Counsel for major product manufacturers and as Florida statewide trial counsel for many product manufacturers. He has successfully represented such clients as The Stanley Works, Black & Decker, Inc., Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd., Evenflo Company, Inc., Navistar, Morrow Crane Company, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Chubb Insurance, ProAssurance, First Professionals Insurance Company, Gulf Atlantic Legal Defense and Chartis (formerly AIG).

Mr. Leinicke graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from DePauw University in 1971 and he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1973. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in the state of Florida.


  • University of Miami  (J.D., 1973)
  • DePauw University (B.S., 1971)


  • 1974, Florida
  • 1975, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida including Trial Bar
  • 1996, S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • 2009, S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Vice Chair of the Specialty Litigation Group
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Council
  • Rotary International

Speeches & Publications

  • Product Recalls: Managing Public Perception and Media Relations, DRI Product Liability Conference, Las Vegas, NV (April 11, 2012).
  • Co-author: “Medical Legal Aspects of Treating Diabetic Foot Problems” Chapter in 7th Edition, The Diabetic Foot, Levin and O’Neal.