Barry Fleishman 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. Mr. Fleishman 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.

Mr. Fleishman was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law in 2017 and the seven years immediately preceding. He was recognized in 2016 and the five years immediately preceding 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 and published in the Washington Post. In 2011, Mr. Fleishman was recommended in the area of Insurance by Legal 500 US. He is also member of the Washington, D.C. team recognized as a Tier 1 practice in Insurance Recovery in 2011 by US News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms." Mr. Fleishman was 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. Mr. Fleishman was listed in the International Who’s Who of Reinsurance and Insurance Lawyers for 2013, 2015 and 2016.

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Professional & Community Activities

American Civil Liberties Union, Collaborator

Anti-Defamation League's Washington, D.C. Regional and Executive Board, Member; National Commission, Member

Anti-Defamation League's Washington, D.C. Region, Civil Rights Committee, Chair

Review of Law and Social Change, Note and Comment Editor, New York University School of Law. Serves on Law360’s 2009 Insurance Editorial Advisory Board

American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Insurance Coverage Committee, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2009-2010).American Bar Association member, Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress (2009-2010)

American Bar Association, Past Chair, Committee on Professionalism of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section (1999-2000)

American Bar Association, Past Chair, Energy Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Energy Law Committee (1997—1998)

American Bar Association, Past Chair, Coordinating Group on Energy Law (1998—1999)

American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC), Fellow

Power Quality Assurance Magazine, Advisory Board, Past Member

Pro Bono Committee, Chair, Dickstein Shapiro (2001-2009)


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

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia (1985)
  • Pennsylvania (inactive) (1981)


  • U.S. Supreme Court (2000)

Who We Are

Suite 900, 607 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20005-2018
t +1 202.508.5835
f +1 202.585.0003

Barry J. Fleishman

Experience Highlights

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. more
QBE Insurance Corporation v. Archstone
Serves as lead insurance coverage counsel for Archstone-Smith Operating Trust (Archstone) in a dispute involving losses in excess of $50 million more
Counsel for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Provide counsel to the Attorney General of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians regarding litigation matters and provide risk management and risk more
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 more