Maria Fleming

Ms. Fleming is an associate in the Complex Litigation Department.

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It is rewarding to be part of a law firm that seeks justice for its clients and impacts the lives of others in a positive manner.

Maria Fleming is an associate in the firm’s Complex Litigation Department, working out of the Cleveland, Ohio office.  She handles motion writing and depositions involving the opioid crisis across the country.

Most recently she served as plaintiff trial counsel in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation MDL Bellwether trials of Lake and Trumbull Counties. In this role she was responsible for all of Plaintiffs’ exhibits to be introduced in trial and submitted to the jury.

Additionally Ms. Fleming played an integral role in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation MDL Bellwether settlements for Cuyahoga and Summit Counties in Ohio. She primarily handled the preparation work leading up to the trial.

Currently she is heavily involved in preparing for the upcoming Damages and Abatement trials to take place in Ohio and New York. She is focusing on preparation of depositions for expert witnesses and witnesses to be called at trial.

Prior to joining Napoli Shkolnik, Ms. Fleming worked as a corporate compliance analyst for a recruiting company.

She takes pride in serving her community and helping others. Ms. Fleming enjoys spending time with her son, travelling and singing in her home church.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio


  • Cleveland Marshall-College of Law, J.D.
  • John Carroll University, B.A. in Political Science

Professional affiliations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association

Media Appearances

Behind The Scenes With Opioid Attys At Landmark Jury Trial, Law360 (November 30, 2021)

Ohio Counties Deride Pharmacies’ Opioid Mistrial Bid, Law360 (November 17, 2021)


The Heavy Price of Gorgeous Hair: Cancer-Causing Parabens Still Found in Many Products for Black Women, Medium (December 13, 2022)

Court Appointments

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Exactech Polyethylene Orthopedic Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 22-md-03044) by United States District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis for the Eastern District of New York

Representative Cases and Settlements of Note

*Results May Vary Depending On Your Particular Facts and Legal Circumstances*

$650 Million Ruling in National Pharmacy Chain Opioid Trial
U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled that CVS, Walgreens and Walmart must pay over $650 million over 15 years and set up an abatement program to Lake and Trumbull counties. The ruling is the first by a federal judge that assigns a monetary amount against pharmacy chains for their role in the opioid epidemic.

The funds will be used in programs to address the fallout from opioid abuse the defendant’s marketing of opioids caused.

Jury Verdict in National Opioid Trial
This jury verdict was secured on behalf of our clients Lake and Trumbull Counties (OH) against pharmacy giants CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

$320 Million Opioid Settlement
This landmark settlement was reached on behalf of Cuyahoga County (Ohio), one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic.

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