The founding partner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, firm Sheller, P.C., Stephen A. Sheller serves consumers in the metropolitan area and nationwide in a broad range of litigation matters, including medical malpractice, defective products, drugs and medical device litigation, and complex automotive products liability. Dedicating the bulk of his practice to qui tam matters, consumer class actions and medical malpractice litigation, he is an astute and zealous advocate highly regarded by many as an authority in his field.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Sheller continued on to earn his Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor at the same university. He founded Sheller, P.C., in 1977. Admitted to practice law before state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., he also argues cases either in cooperation with co-counsel or as admitted counsel for specific litigation in numerous courts in other states.
Among Mr. Sheller's highest profile recoveries are multiple settlements exceeding $6.4 billion against major national and international medical device and pharmaceutical corporations. Notably he secured a $10.1 billion award in a case against Philip Morris, and in just four years, pharmaceutical off-label marketing and False Claims Act settlements amounting to $2.3 billion against Pfizer, Inc., $2.2 billion against Johnson & Johnson, $1.4 billion against Eli Lilly and Company and $520 million against AstraZeneca. In 2013, Sheller, P.C. was instrumental in bringing the first whistleblower in the Johnson & Johnson Risperdal matter, garnering $2.2 billion in recoveries for the U.S. government. As of 2013, this was the largest whistleblower settlement over a single drug in U.S. history. In 2014, with a $7.3 million qui tam settlement achieved with the U.S. Attorney's office over the False Claims Act and off-label marketing claims against Astellas for their drug Mycamine, Mr. Sheller's total pharmaceutical whistleblower settlements to date are over $6.4 billion. Videos detailing the firm's achievements have more than 110,000 views on the Sheller, P.C. YouTube channel.
Mr. Sheller's current focus is on the representation of hundreds of boys and young men across the country with gynecomastia, the growth of femaie-like breasts and hormonal disturbances while taking the Johnson & Johnson drug Risperdal. The first six Risperdal gynecomastia injury trials ended in confidential settlements; the litigation continues in 2014.
“An American Hustle: Whistleblowers & Prosecuting False Claims Cases" was the title of Mr. Sheller's address as the featured CLE for the Montgomery County Bench Bar conference September 2014. The multimedia presentation discussed the latest whistleblower qui tam and False Claims Act verdicts and settlements. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Trautwein was co-presenter.
A published author and highly sought-after speaker, Mr. Sheller regularly lends his commentary to Philadelphia CNN News-affiliate WFMZ-TV's "The American Law Journal" talk show. He has also appeared on CNN, CBS, MSNBC and every major network news program in the Philadelphia area. His professional alliances include memberships in the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Sheller is writing a book with New York Times bestselling author Sidney Kirkpatrick entitled "A Nation Betrayed: A National Trial Lawyer Reveals How Greed is Crippling Our Country and Destroying Our Democracy" to be released 2015.
A commitment to effecting social change through charitable endeavors inspired him to found the Sheller Family Foundation with his wife, Sandra, in 2006. Mr. Sheller and his wife's commitment to giving back to the community at large include the $1.5 million gift to establish the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University in 2013, and in 2014 the announcement of $2.5 million gift for the building construction and expansion of programs in the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Center with Drexel University. Their other philanthropy has included leadership roles in and support of the Salvation Army (for which they won the Army's celebrated "Others" award), the establishment of a permanent exhibit on the Pennsylvania National Guard at the National Liberty museum, their support of U.S. troops in the wars against Iraq and Afghanistan, and more in the arts, education, and civic organizations in and around Philadelphia. For the past twenty years, Mr. Sheller has sponsored constitutionally-related programming on The American Law Journal television program, including "A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics and the Supreme Court," "Has the Supreme Court 'Tipped' Corporate?," "Wiretapping, the NSA, and the Right to Privacy" (at the National Constitution Center), "The Pennsylvania Voter I.D. Controversy," "Roe v. Wade: 40 Years On," and "Same Sex Marriage: The Long and Winding Road to the Supreme Court."
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