George Fleming


Army Veteran who has won Billions in Verdicts and Settlements

About George Fleming

Founder of Fleming, Nolen & Jez L.L.P. (“FNJ”), a law firm of civil trial lawyers. FNJ concentrates its practice on personal injury and mass tort litigation. The firm has won billions in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 – 2024

Lead trial lawyer in a mass tort property damage case. Fleming tried the case to punitive damage jury verdicts eight times for different groups of clients over fourteen months of actual trial time. He was the only lawyer to ever try the case obtaining millions each time he tried the case. The case ended up settling for over two billion dollars.

Personal injury mass tort cases. Fleming was lead counsel on the first case the firm tried to a jury verdict. The jury returned a verdict of over $29 million. FNJ’s trial lawyers tried the case to juries 27 times with Fleming trying almost half of those. FNJ cases settled for over one billion.

George Fleming has been lead counsel on a number of trials against aviation companies¾Cessna, Piper, Beech, Continental Airlines (now United Airlines); Avianca; Tan; Sasha; Boeing; TWA; Eastern Airlines; American Airlines; Delta Airlines; among others.

Trials against major oil and gas companies. For example, Fleming tried a case against Exxon that resulted in a jury verdict of over $10 million that was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

FNJ lawyers have been appointed by a number of federal and state Judges to serve as lead counsel and on Plaintiff Steering Committees (PSC) in a number of major mass tort cases.

George Fleming is a native Texan who received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his law career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, representing the United States in major trial cases. George subsequently returned to Texas and became a partner in an Austin law firm.

Then he moved to Houston to start his own practice, focusing on mass torts, aviation disasters, product liability, and plaintiff’s personal injury. He founded the firm that became Fleming, Nolen & Jez, L.L.P., where he established his reputation in mass tort, aviation and consumer litigation cases.

George Fleming’s legal memberships include the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. George is widely published, with articles appearing in several major legal journals. He is also a frequent Speaker on emerging trial techniques and trends, mass tort litigation, and class action litigation.


Examples of Scope of Representation

  • Has lead Fleming Nolen & Jez in $5 billion in verdicts and settlements. A number of years ago the firm exceeded $5 billion in verdicts and settlements and we stopped counting.
  • In Re: Polybutylene Plumbing Litigation – represented 60,000 people in individual actions and a class of 6 million; was the only lawyer to try the case; tried the case 8 times over 15 months of actual jury trial time; over 10,000 depositions; 16 appeals; court-appointed auditor found $22 million in client-reimbursable expenses; and successfully concluded resolution for over $2 billion.
  • In Re: Diet Drugs Products Liability Litigation – conducted an echocardiogram program pursuant to MDL Court directive of over 40,000 individuals to identify over 8,000 “FDA positive” individuals; represented those over 8,000 individuals in the litigation; over 12,000 depositions; 27 trials conducted by FNJ attorneys with half as Mr. Fleming as lead trial counsel; spent over $38 million in client-reimbursable expenses and another $32 million in overhead expenses, Fen-Phen I and II successfully settled for over $1 billion.

Speaking Engagements to Professional Associations on Mass Torts Include

  • American Bar Association annual meeting
  • American Association of Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Mealey’s seminars
  • Harris Martin seminars
  • Mass Torts Made Perfect

Most Recent Article on Mass Litigation

  • MDL Practice: Avoiding the Black Hole; South Texas Law Review; Vol. 46 No. 1, Fall 2014

Articles and TV Shows Mr. Fleming’s Work Has Been Presented

  • 60 Minutes
  • New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Forbes
  • The Associated Press
  • United Press International
  • Houston Chronicle

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District of Texas and the District of Columbia
  • Texas Supreme Court

Awards and Honors

  • Top 25 in Mass Torts by the National Trial Lawyers

  • America’s 50 Most Influential Lawyers Trial Lawyers Roundtable

  • America’s 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, Trial Lawyers Roundtable

  • One of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers of the National Trial Lawyers Association

  • Member of the Million Dollar Advocates ForumÒ, published by Million Dollar Advocates Forum,

  • Who’s Who in American Law, a Marquis Who’s WhoÒ

  • Texas Top Rated Lawyers, published by LexisNexisÒ Martindale-HubbellÒ; Peer Review Rated AV PreeminentÒ

  • Texas Super LawyersÒ 2003-2022 by Thomson Reuters

  • Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

  • 2022 AV Preeminent Rating¾Judicial Edition by Martindale Hubbell

  • Top rated lawyer for 2022 by

Legal Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Other Memberships

  • University of Texas Law School Foundation Board
  • University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council executive membership
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Development Board
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Board
  • Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Houston, Board of Trustees
  • Sam Houston Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors


  • Stencel Aero v. U.S, 434 U.S. 882 (1977)
  • Miree v. Dekalb County, Georgia, 433 U.S. 25 (1977)
  • Amstadt v. U.S. Brass Corp., 919 S.W.2d 644 (Tex. S.Ct. 1996)
  • In Re: Polybutylene Plumbing Litigation, 23 S.W.3d 428 (Tex.App.-Hous. [1 Dist.] 2000)
  • Mathis, et al. v. Exxon Corporation, 302 F.3d 448 (5th Cir. 2002)
  • In Re: Diet Drugs Products Liability Litigation, 369 F.3d 293, (3rd Cir. 2004)
  • In Re: Enron (S.D. Tx.)
  • In Re: Prudential-Bache Energy Income Partnership Securities (E.D. La.).

Recent MDL and Class Action Cases George Fleming and FNJ Lawyers Have Worked on Include

  • MDL 2272 Zimmer NexGenKnee Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2187 In Re C.R. Bard, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2325 In Re American Medical Systems, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2326 In Re Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2327 In Re Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2387 In Re Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2440 In Re Cook Medical, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2511 Neomedic; JCCP 4710 Wright Hip System Cases
  • MDL 1928 In Re Trasylol Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL 1507 In Re Prempro Products Liability Litigation
  • Class Counsel in Harry Snowden, Individually and as Representative of All Persons Similarly Situated v. Farmers Insurance Company, Inc.; Cause No. CIV-2000, Cir. Ct. of Faulkner County, Arkansas, First Division
  • Class Counsel in Royce Yarbrough, Individually and As Representative of the Class of All Similarly Situated Persons v. ConocoPhillips Company, et al., Cause No. 99-DCV-107968, 268th Judicial District, Fort Bend County, Texas
  • Member of the Mississippi Litigation Group – In Re Bogalusa Chemical Release, No. 251-96-493-CIV, Circuit Court, First Judicial District, Hinds County, Mississippi.
  • MDL 2739 In Re Essure Birth Control Product Liability Litigation
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