Steven Skikos

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Steven Skikos, a founding partner of Skikos, Crawford, Skikos & Joseph LLP, has been a trial attorney since 1990. Skikos has tried multiple pharmaceutical and medical device cases, tried numerous employment law cases in state and federal court on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, prosecuted and tried criminal cases while clerking at the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, and tried personal injury cases. Since 1996, Skikos has focused on complex pharmaceutical drug and medical device litigation. He has been court-appointed lead and/or liaison counsel for California Judicial Counsel Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP) and/or for the federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in more than a dozen cases. Skikos has been a lead negotiator responsible for settling more than $4 billion in cases for tens of thousands of plaintiffs and has served as strategic leader in several more national litigations.

His experience most recently includes serving in the following roles:

  • Plaintiff’s Co-Liaison Counsel and member of the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee appointed by the Honorable Dan A. Polster in the National Prescription Opiate case before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. This litigation is a response to the national opioid crisis, with plaintiffs including cities, counties, native tribes, and others taking legal action against manufacturers and distributors of opioid medications. [In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio]
  • Plaintiff’s Co-Liaison Counsel and member of the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee appointment by the Honorable Curtis E.A. Karnow in the California North Bay Fire Cases, JCCP No. 4955, San Francisco Superior Court. This litigation seeks to hold PG&E liable for personal injury and property damages caused by the fires that consumed Napa, Sonoma, and other counties in Northern California in October 2017.
  • Co-Lead Counsel appointed by the Honorable David Katz resulting in a multibillion-dollar settlement for almost 10,000 patients suffering a revision surgery and other consequences from the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant. [In re: DePuy Orthopedics Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio]
  • Co-Lead Counsel and Court Appointed Co-Liaison for the California Reglan/Metoclopramide Litigation Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings (JCCP No. 4631), San Francisco Superior Court. The case resulted in a $250 million nationwide settlement resolving approximately 5,000 cases located in 18 different venues and involving three coordinated jurisdictions with 16 pharmaceutical brand and generic manufacturer defendant groups.
  • The firm’s recent work on behalf of patients taking generic pharmaceutical products has resulted in Teva v. Superior Court and amicus brief for the United States Supreme Court in the Fosamax/Alendronate Sodium Drug Cases, JCCP No. 4644.

Prior to founding Skikos, Crawford, Skikos & Joseph LLP, Steve was the managing partner of the San Francisco office of Lopez, Hodes, Restaino, Milman & Skikos.

Steve graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1990 where he was executive publications editor of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and recipient of the Hastings 1066 Scholar Award. While at Hastings, Steve clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco where he was given the opportunity to prosecute and try criminal cases. He received his undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.

Steve is a sought-after speaker and has presented at conferences on issues relating to pharmaceutical mass tort litigations, Skikos was selected by Super Lawyer® as a top-rated class action and mass tort attorney in San Francisco.

Memberships


  • State Bar of California
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • The Summit Council
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Institute for Complex Litigation & Mass Claims at Emory Law School, Advisory Board Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • National College of Advocacy
  • Hellenic Law Society
  • The Pound Civil Justice Institute

Leadership Appointments


Federal / Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) Appointments / Leadership

  • Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Dan A. Polster in In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Co-Lead Counsel appointment by the Honorable David A. Katz in the In re: DePuy Orthopedics Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Co-Lead Counsel appointment by the Honorable David A. Katz in the In re: DePuy Orthopedics Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2197, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • A primary negotiator of the $700 million settlement of more than 8,000 cases related to use of the pharmaceutical drug Zyprexa. [In re: Zyprexa® Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1596, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York]
  • State-Federal Liaison Counsel to the consolidated California litigation appointment by the Honorable David R. Herndon in In re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2100, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • Science and Expert Committee member appointment by the Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan in In re: Rezulin Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1385, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • Science and Expert Committee member appointment by the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff in In re: Ephedra Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1598, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • 706 National Expert Committee member appointment by the Honorable Sam C. Pointer in In re: Silicone Gel Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 926 U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • Court Appointed Mediator appointment by the Honorable David A. Katz in In re: Ortho Evra Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1742, U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • State Federal Liaison appointment by the Honorable Donovan W. Frank in In re: Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1708, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in In re: Metabolife International, Inc. (Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Southern District of California; Case No. 05-06040-H11)
  • Ephedra Claimants Committee in In re: TL Administration Corporation, et al. (f/k/a Twinlab Corporation, et al.) (Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Southern District of New York; Case No. 03-15564)

California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding (JCCP) Leadership Positions

  • Individual Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Curtis E.A. Karnow in the California North Bay Fire Cases, JCCP No. 4955
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee member appointment by the Honorable Maren E. Nelson in the Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cases, JCCP No. 4872
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee member appointment by the Honorable Richard A. Kramer in the DePuy ASR Hip System Cases, JCCP No. 4649
  • Plaintiff’s Liaison Counsel (Co-Lead Counsel) appointment by the Honorable Richard A. Kramer in the Reglan/Metoclopramide Cases Litigation, JCCP No. 4631
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Richard A. Kramer in the Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents Product Liability Cases, JCCP No. 4546
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee member and Co-Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Carolyn B. Kuhl in the Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella Contraceptive Cases, JCCP No 4608
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee member appointment by the Honorable Steven L. Perk in the Fosamax/Alendronate Sodium Drug Cases, JCCP No. 4644
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee member appointment by the Honorable Kenneth R. Freeman in the Actos Product Liability Cases, JCCP No. 4696
  • Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Kim Dunning in the Zoloft Birth Defect Cases, JCCP No. 4771
  • Plaintiff’s Steering Committee member appointment by the Honorable Anthony J. Mohr in the Toyota Motor Cases, JCCP No. 4621
  • Plaintiff’s Lead Counsel appointment by the Honorable Emilie H. Elias in the Trasylol Drug Cases, JCCP 4593
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Emilie H. Elias in the Ortho Evra Litigation, JCCP No. 4506
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Wendell Mortimer, Jr. in the Baycol Cases I and II, JCCP Nos. 4217 and 4223
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Ronald L. Styn in the Metabolife 356 Cases, JCCP No. 4360
  • Co-Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Anthony J. Mohr in the PPA Litigation, JCCP No. 4166
  • Co-Liaison Counsel appointment by the Honorable Carl J. West in the Rezulin Litigation, JCCP No. 4122

Bar Admissions


  • State of California

Education


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1990)
  • Honors: Hasting 1066 Scholar Award
  • Law Review: Hasting International and Comparative Law Review, Executive Publications Editor
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1987)

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