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Steve Harkins practices products liability litigation, with a focus on pharmaceuticals and multidistrict litigation (MDL). He works on products liability matters in both state and federal courts ranging from single plaintiff claims to nationwide consumer class action cases. Steve is involved in defending manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, industrial chemicals, and consumer products.

Steve has taken and defended numerous depositions ranging from parties and fact witnesses to opposing experts. He has taken fact witness depositions in products liability cases involving single plaintiff medical device incidents as well as pharmaceutical MDLs. He serves as lead on several co-defendant subcommittees and has taken lead on briefing numerous aspects of the Valsartan MDL. He has assisted with briefing to and preparation for appearances before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Steve previously represented physicians, hospitals, and other health care professionals in medical malpractice claims, and represented property owners in general liability matters. In that capacity he secured multiple dismissals with prejudice on behalf of his clients and handled briefing in the successful appeal of a $22 million medical malpractice verdict before the Georgia Supreme Court.

Capabilities

Experiencia

  • Represents pharmaceutical manufacturer in defending multidistrict litigation based on the largest Class 1 drug recall in U.S. history at the time MDL was formed.
  • Assists in defense of pharmaceutical manufacturer in multidistrict litigation and coordinated state-court actions involving a chemotherapy medication.
  • Counsels pharmaceutical products manufacturers in relation to regulatory compliance, risk management, and recall handling.
  • Represented pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in single-plaintiff product liability litigation involving surgical contrast agent and ophthalmic surgical instrument.
  • Represents chemical company in litigation alleging contamination of municipal water supply.
  • Handled briefing in successful appeal of $22 million medical malpractice jury verdict.°
  • Represented physicians, medical providers, and hospitals in wrongful death medical malpractice claims.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Harkins prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Staff Attorney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2013-2015

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," 2021-2022
    • Health Care Law, 2021-2022
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2022
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year - Georgia,” 2018
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation
    • Co-Chair, Mass Torts Litigation Committee, 2021-Present
    • Co-Chair, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Subcommittee, 2020-2021
    • Member, Mass Torts Litigation Committee, 2020-Present
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association
  • Member, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Credentials

Educación
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University School of Law
    • Senior Articles Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.S., Economics, cum laude, Arizona State University
    • Graduate, Barrett Honors College
Con licencia para ejercer en
  • Georgia
  • Nueva York
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit