Felecia L. Stern
Felecia L. Stern is one of two partners heading the Firm’s mass tort group and currently concentrates her practice in the areas of medical device and pharmaceutical product liability and consumer protection. Ms. Stern graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1992, where she served as a comments editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Cornell University. Following law school, Ms. Stern served as a law clerk to the Honorable Francis X. Altimari of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. Stern has been selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers Magazine for the last five years and was listed as one of The Top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro Area in 2012-2015. In addition, Ms. Stern was recommended in The Legal 500 in 2012.
After a decade of practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing defendant corporations in complex civil litigations and investigations, Ms. Stern joined the plaintiffs’ bar and for the past fourteen years has focused exclusively on representing injured plaintiffs.
Leveraging her experience in complex and class action litigation along with her experience in medical device litigation, Ms. Stern is working on a wide array of medical device and pharmaceutical injury cases. Currently, she is litigating cases involving defective hip replacement devices, where, to date, Bernstein Liebhard has obtained more than $40 million in settlements for our clients. Ms. Stern also serves as one of the Firm’s primary attorneys representing clients injured by multiple other medical products, and has successfully negotiated millions of dollars of recoveries for the firms’ clients.
Ms. Stern also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Law and Briefing Committee in the multi-county mass tort litigation, In Re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Implant Litigation, which is pending in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. Ms. Stern played an instrumental role in the negotiation of two settlements as part of the Bellwether Mediation Program, which included mediation of 21 representative cases from the New Jersey multi-county litigation, and which helped determine settlement guidelines in the global settlement program, valued at over $1 billion.
Ms. Stern has long had particular interest and involvement in women’s health issues, beginning with her success at forcing a multinational pharmaceutical company to re-label a popular at-home ovulation testing device to accurately reflect the product’s limitations. Since then, she has become involved in litigating cases involving the Mirena IUD, the popular osteoporosis medication Fosamax, and the implantation of transvaginal mesh. She is also spearheading the firm’s recently-launched investigations of injuries caused by Zofran use during pregnancy and power morcellator use during laproscopic gynecological surgeries.
Since joining Bernstein Liebhard in 2002, Ms. Stern’s many achievements also include securing hundreds of millions of dollars for injured investors. As one of the Firm’s partners in charge of the day-to-day management of In re Marsh & McLennan Cos., Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 04-CV-8144 (CM) (S.D.N.Y.), Ms. Stern was instrumental in securing a $400 million settlement fund on behalf of the class. Other successful securities actions Ms. Stern has handled include In re Deutsche Telekom A.G. Securities Litigation, No. 00-CV-9475 (S.D.N.Y.) ($120 million settlement fund for investors) and In re Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Securities Litigation, No. M21-83 (S.D.N.Y.) ($6.05 million settlement fund).
Ms. Stern also has significant appellate experience and is a member of the firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group. She has played a key role in drafting numerous noteworthy appeals, including In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation, No. 21 MC 92 (S.D.N.Y.), one of the largest securities class actions in history, which settled for $586 million.
Ms. Stern has lectured on mediation at Cornell Law School and been involved in workshops for young women lawyers at the New York City Bar Association.
Ms. Stern is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She resides in New York with her husband and four children.