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
Fax: 215-546-0942
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1964
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Stephen A. Sheller is the founder and managing partner of Sheller, P.C., which is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Serving clients throughout the greater Philadelphia metro region, Mr. Sheller has more than 56 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched advocacy and support to those dealing with complex and pressing legal challenges involving any of the following:

    · Personal Injury

    · Defective Drugs and Medical Devices

    · Medical Malpractice

    · Qui Tam/Whistleblower claims

    · Product Liability

    Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Sheller has achieved remarkable success fighting for the rights and interests of his plaintiff clients who are suffering needlessly through no fault of their own. He has represented clients in a number of high-profile cases, including the defense of the Black Panthers in the 1970s as well as the Bush vs. Gore controversy in the 2000 presidential election. He has taken on some of the largest corporations in America, including major automobile manufacturers, big pharmaceutical companies, the tobacco industry and others.

    Honored for his success, he has gained a reputation as a champion for those who would otherwise have no legal recourse, and he has earned numerous awards and honors for his outstanding professionalism and service. Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Sheller has received designation from America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators and the Best of the Bar award in 2020. He has also received the Clarence Darrow Award, the Trial Lawyer of the Year award in 2003 and consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America.

    Heavily involved with philanthropic programs in his area, Mr. Sheller helped establish the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University, The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law, The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Scholarship for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation and The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Commons of the South Philadelphia Free Library.

    Mr. Sheller has been awarded honorary degrees including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2019 and in 2017, a Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from Drexel University. He has received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Citizens Commission on Human Rights in 2015 as well as The National Liberty Museum’s Heroes of Liberty Award in 2017.

    Mr. Sheller earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania's Carey Law School. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., and he is an active member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.

    Practice Areas
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Medical Malpractice


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    Admitted: 1964, Pennsylvania

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    • "The school will give additional honorary degrees at three separate school and college ceremonies: Bob Woodward — Klein College of Media and Communications on May 9; Stanley Merves — Fox School of Business on May 9 and Stephen A. Sheller — Beasley School of Law on May 16. Temple bestows honorary degrees upon leaders from many backgrounds and fields whose achievements exemplify the university’s ideals and mission. The university has awarded nearly 900 honorary degrees throughout its history.", Doctor of Humane Letters, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2019
    • Stephen A. Sheller, who has served on the board of trustees of Drexel University since 2003 and on Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law advisory board, received an honorary degree at the Drexel University commencement ceremony on June 13, 2017 at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia. For his commitment to championing the disenfranchised, Drexel will present him with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa., Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Drexel University, 2017
    • The National Liberty Museum’s Heroes of Liberty Award, 2017
    • Distinguished for the past six years as a Top 100 Philadelphia Super Lawyer
    • Humanitarian of the Year Award, Citizens Commissions for Human Rights, 2015
    • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2003 - 2020
    • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2020
    • Best of the Bar, 2020
    • 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, and Big Pharma, Big Greed” 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 1960s, 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
    • First annual "Pioneer Award", Tobacco Control Resource Center of the Public Health Advocacy Institute at North Eastern University, American Association for Justice conference, Winter 2011
    • 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
    • Awarded by The Tobacco Control Resource Center of North Eastern 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
    • 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:

    • State Court in New York
    • Pennsylvania State University, Past Service on the Board of Trustees
    • State and Federal Courts in Pennsylvania
    • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
    • American Association for Justice
    • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
    • Pennsylvania Bar Association

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School, Law Advisory Board
    • Young Heroes Program at the Tanner Duckrey School, Pennsylvania National Guard & Funding
    • The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center., 2014
    • The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University, 2013
    • The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation, Inc. announced the Stephen and Sandy Sheller Scholarship program. Funded by the Sheller Family Foundation, the Stephen and Sandy Sheller Scholarship is available to students at PASSHE universities that are pursuing degrees leading to careers in law or in art therapy., 2010
    • The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia: Recipient with Sandy Sheller of the "Others Award," for their "extraordinary spirit of service to 'Others' and exceptional 'Spirit of Service' to The Salvation Army and community, Advisory Board

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lecturer, Temple University Beasley School of Law Annual Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation, 2011
    • “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
    • Mr. Sheller's book "PHARMAGEDDON: A Nation Betrayed," co-authored by New York Times bestselling author Sidney D. Kirkpatrick will be released in May 2016., Author, PHARMAGEDDON: A Nation Betrayed, 2016


    • $70 million verdict in pharmaceutical product liability and injury:  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Tuesday it would not hear an appeal from a Johnson & Johnson unit aimed at striking down a $70 million verdict won four years ago by a man who grew breasts after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal as a child., 2020
    • $22 billion as member of the Castano litigation consortium of law firms in the recovery for the State of California on tobacco industry matters.  
    • $520 million: Recovery for U.S. Government, 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. Government, 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
    • $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.
    • $1.4 billion: Recovery for U.S. Government, represented whistleblower in Eli Lilly pharmaceutical off-label marketing case involving the drug Zyprexa, 2009
    • $58.9 Million: Recovery for U.S. Government, represented whistleblower in Shire Pharmaceutical False Claims Act and off-label marketing case involving the ADHD drugs Adderall & Vyvanse. 2014

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Drexel University Board of Trustees Emeritus of the Board, 2003; 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 endeavours


    Educational Background:

    • Drexel University, Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa for his service and work, 2017
    • Temple University, the Degree of Humane Letters honoris causa, 2019
    • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
    • University of Pennsylvania, L.L.B.

    Industry Groups

    • Additional Practice Area: Whistleblower Qui Tam And False Claims Act


    • “A superior lawyer and a dedicated mentor with a long and storied history of protecting individuals harmed by corporations and wrongdoers.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    1528 Walnut Street
    4th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Phone: 215-790-7300

    Fax: 215-546-0942

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