Stephen A. Sheller

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Sheller, P.C.
 | 1528 Walnut Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-790-7300
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1964
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

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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About Stephen Sheller

Admitted: 1964, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://sheller.com/attorneys/?id=2

Honors and Awards:

  • Stephen A. Sheller of Sheller, P.C. was awarded the Clarence Darrow Award at “An Evening With Thurgood Marshall” a benefit for Temple University Beasley School of Law’s Sheller Center for Social Justice at the Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia, March 3.   The award was presented by attorney and radio show host Mike Papantonio of Mass Torts Made Perfect, sponsor of the day’s plaintiff’s tort bar meeting. , Clarence Darrow Award, Mass Torts Made Perfect, 2016
  • Invited and presented the annual Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. The lecture, “Lawyering in Times of Saints and Evil-Doers,” reminded future lawyers to always lead with their conscience and to seek fairness and justice over personal gain. The talk, highlighted by newsreels and video illustrated significant career mileposts: representing Black Panthers in civil rights cases in the 1960’s, labor union strikes and environmental protection litigation and the initiative to bring “butterfly ballot” litigation based on citizens’ voting rights in Florida that led to Bush v. Gore in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election.  In the lecture, the experience prevailing in over $4.2 billion whistleblower qui tam settlements against pharmaceutical companies for false claims in just fifteen months was shared with law students and faculty, including in 2010 the largest settlement in Pennsylvania and the third largest False Claims Act Case in the U.S. , Invited Speaker: Annual Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation , Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2011
  • Awarded by The Tobacco Control Resource Center of Northeastern University Law School at the winter 2011 American Association for Justice conference in recognition of innovative legal strategies bringing tobacco manufacturers to litigation on "light" cigarette consumer fraud. , -First Annual "Pioneer" Award, 2010
  • Recognized with honors by U.S. Commanding General for Iraq Raymond T. Odierno for continued support and dedication to The Pennsylvania National Guard. Presented with a plaque and flag that flew over the American Embassy in Iraq., -Award of Dedication to The Pennsylvania National Guard, 2010
  • Mr. Sheller was selected for inclusion in the 2015 "Best Lawyers in America" guide for legal excellence in the Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs and Qui Tam Law" practice areas, 2015 Best Lawyers in America
  • First annual "Pioneer Award", Tobacco Control Resource Center of the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University, American Association for Justice conference, Winter 2011
  • Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for discovering Light Cigarette Fraud and initiating the litigation strategy to remedy the deception, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association

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Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mr. Sheller's book "PHARMAGEDDON: A Nation Betrayed," co-authored by New York Times bestselling author Sidney D. Kirkpatrick will be released May 2016., Author, PHARMAGEDDON: A Nation Betrayed, 2016
  • “ 'An American Hustle' Whistleblowers & Prosecuting False Claims Cases" was the title of Mr. Sheller's address as the featured CLE presenter 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., Bench Bar Conference, Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Temple University Beasley School of Law Annual Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation. in 2011. Video: "Saints and Evil-doers"

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $520 million: Recovery for U.S. Governent, represented whistleblower in AstraZeneca pharmaceutical qui tam case involving the drug Seroquel. Largest award and settlement for the year in Pennsylvania, third largest False Claims Act award and settlement for the year in the United States., 2010
  • $2.3 billion: Recovery for U.S. Governent, represented whistleblower in Pfizer pharmaceutical False Claims Act and off-label marketing case involving the drug Zyvox. Largest pharmaceutical whistleblower settlement to date in the United States., 2009
  • $1.4 billion: Recovery for U.S. Governent, represented whistleblower in Eli Lilly pharmaceutical off-label marketing case involving the drug Zyprexa., 2009
  • $10.1 billion: Consumer fraud action against Philip Morris for claiming "light" cigarettes were less harmful than regular cigarettes though testing proved they were actually more harmful. This strategy of consumer fraud rather than personal injury was innovative and continues to be used today. 2003, on appeal by the tobacco company.
  • $58.9 Million: Recovery for U.S. Governent, represented whistleblower in Shire Pharmaceutical False Claims Act and off-label marketing case involving the ADHD drugs Adderall & Vyvanse. 2014
  • $22 billion as member of the Castano litigation consortium of law firms in the recovery for the State of California on tobacco industry matters.  

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Drexel University Board of Trustees (2002-present) Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law Board of Governors (past) Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions Advisory Council Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees (past) Taught at National Judicial College for Judges Lectured at law schools and conducted continuing legal education courses on litigation and mass torts (pharmaceutical products, tobacco and others) Edward J. Rendell Gubernatorial Transition Team on Boards and Commissioners Sheller Family Foundation, President Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia and Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Fundraising Campaign, Cabinet Member Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware
 Cape May Jazz Festival and Cape May New Jersey State Film Festival, Board Member Numerous other boards and philanthropic endeavors     

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Educational Background:

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
  • University of Pennsylvania, L.L.B.

Industry Groups

  • Additional Practice Area: Whistleblower Qui Tam And False Claims Act
  • Office Location for Stephen A. Sheller

    1528 Walnut Street
    4th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Phone: 215-790-7300

     

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