Our Attorneys

 Super Lawyer Combined


Defective Drugs
Defective Medical Devices
Qui Tam/Whistleblower
Medical Malpractice
Consumer Class Action
Products Liability
Complex Automotive Products Liability
Personal Injury
Complex Commercial Litigation


State and Federal Courts in:
New York
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Sheller also works with courts in other states as admitted counsel for specific litigation or in cooperation with co-counsel.


University of Pennsylvania, J.D. & L.L.B.
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.


Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Pennsylvania Association for Justice
Pennsylvania Bar Association
American Association for Justice


America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators 2020

Best of the Bar 2020

Clarence Darrow Award, Mass Torts Made Perfect 2016

Humanitarian of the Year Award, Citizens Commissions for Human Rights 2015

Selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Distinguished for the past six years as a Top 100 Philadelphia Super Lawyer and Top Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for five years

Best Lawyers 2015

Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture at Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2011

Trial Lawyer of the Year 2003

Best of the BarHighStakes-2020



Download Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Stephen A. Sheller

Founding Partner
Print Friendly

Stephen A. Sheller is founding and managing partner of Sheller, P.C., a plaintiff’s personal injury, class action and whistleblower/qui tam Philadelphia-based law firm established in 1977.

His long and storied career can be summed up in a few words:  a champion of the disenfranchised, those harmed by the negligence or intentional acts of corporations or others, in need of a strong legal voice.

His early legal battles saw him take on government and corporate entities in 1970‘s Philadelphia— from defending the Black Panthers to protecting the rights of African American female workers in one of the first successful equal pay for equal work cases in the country.  He also championed the rights of Penn State students to vote in the towns where they attend school, setting precedent for student voting rights across the country. 

He has been described in the media as a modern day “Forrest Gump”— seemingly always in the right place at the right time for a cause:  the first legal boots on the ground in what would turn into the Bush v. Gore litigation controversy of the 2000 presidential election;  the first to blunt the tobacco industry with multi-billion dollar verdicts and settlements due to his unique legal theories focusing on fraud, not personal injury; responsible for Ringwood Mines/Landfill, the Ford Motor Company’s industrial dump site becoming the first site to be added back to the National Priorities List; and his use of the little-known/utilized False Claims Act (or ‘Lincoln Law,’ stemming back to the civil war) to bring pharmaceutical companies to heel— with settlements and fines in the billions. To this day, nearly half of the top ten Pharma False Claims settlements have his name on them.

Mr. Sheller has written two books about his career and life experience: a memoir, “Lawyering in Times of Saints and Evil Doers” and “Big Pharma, Big Greed.” The latter focuses on his dogged pursuit of the illegal marketing of pharmaceutical drugs, primarily the antipsychotic, Risperdal. In March of this year, he was interviewed by Mike Papantonio on the RT Network television program “America’s Lawyer” about this book.

America’s Most Admired Lawbreaker,” Huffington Post Highline’s first online DocuSerial, published in 2015 by Steven Brill, also highlights Sheller’s Risperdal cases. The true story of Mr. Sheller taking on the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for the illegal promotion of the drug Risperdal to children has now been optioned by a production company.

In addition to his service on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia and his past service on the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Sheller now serves as Trustee Emeritus of the Board of Drexel University where he served as a trustee since 2003.  He also serves on Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law Advisory Board.

In 2017, Mr. Sheller received, from Drexel University, the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa for his service and work.  Mr. Sheller also received, from Temple University, the Degree of Humane Letters honoris causa in 2019.

Mr. Sheller received his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  The distinguished list of accolades and awards Mr. Sheller has received include: the 2016 Clarence Darrow Award, Mass Torts Made Perfect Award bestowed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.; the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Legal Intelligencer; the 2015 Best Lawyer in America; the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year, Citizens’ Commission for Human Rights Award presented by actress Anne Archer; the 2011 Tobacco Litigation Pioneers Award for discovering the tobacco industry documents and developing the legal theories underlying “Light”/”Low Tar” cigarette class actions; the 2003 Trial Lawyer of the Year- Trial Lawyers for Public Justice; and achieving Pennsylvania SuperLawyer, SuperLawyer Top 100 Philadelphia, and Top 100 Pennsylvania for five or more years.  In 2010 Mr. Sheller received from General Raymond T. Odierno, the then Commanding General United States Forces-Iraq, a U.S. flag flown over the U.S. Embassy, in Baghdad, Iraq on April 15 of that year in recognition of support of the troops of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Committed to improving lives and addressing economic and social disparity, Mr. Sheller, together with his wife Sandra, established The Sheller Family Foundation. Some of their philanthropy recognition includes receiving Temple University’s highest award to a non-alumni, The 2014 Russell H. Conwell Award, and in 2007 The Other’s Award, The Salvation Army’s highest citizen’s award, given to “an individual or organization exemplifying an extraordinary spirit of service to others.” Most recent philanthropic initiatives include:

  • The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center of Drexel University which in 2016 was recognized as a model for the country for health care delivery to underserved populations by the National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health & Health Care Initiatives.

  • 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

  • The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Commons of the South Philadelphia Free Library.

  • The Shellers were honored with The National Liberty Museum’s Heroes of Liberty Award in the Fall of 2017 for their work to help establish a permanent exhibit honoring the Pennsylvania National Guard and for funding their Young Heroes Program at the Tanner Duckrey School.

Related Articles

  • shire,vyvanse,adderall,whistleblower,stephensheller,qui,tam
    American Lawyer Media’s Top Pennsylvania Verdicts and Settlements for 2014 reveals Sheller, P.C. in a familiar spot again in 2014. The firm has been at or near the top of the list for five of the l
  • Testosterone Prescription Drugs Carry Risk of Death, Heart Attack & Stroke Testosterone is FDA-approved as replacement therapy only for men who have low testosterone levels due to disorders of t
  • Wooden gavel from the court and law book isolated on white background. Shallow DOF
    Pfizer Inc. ignored a 2005 FDA warning letter to stop promoting its antibiotic Zyvox@ as clinically superior to the significantly less expensive, generic vancomycin when its own FDA-approved label ind
  • Sheller social media square logo
    Welcome to Sheller, P.C. Sheller, P.C. is among the preeminent consumer and patient plaintiff and qui tam whistleblower law firms in the United States. For over 35 years, the attorneys led by foundin


  • The American Law Journal