Hunter J. Shkolnik


  • Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States Supreme Court


Hunter J. Shkolnik is an esteemed and dedicated attorney who focuses on the trials of significant personal injury cases, primarily in the area of drug, automobile, aviation-related, and heavy truck product liability litigation.

He leads the discovery and trial teams of various mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device litigations for the Napoli Shkolnik PLLC law firm. He is also active in managing national litigation and plaintiff litigation groups including the American Association of Justice’s Actos Litigation Group.

Mr. Shkolnik is currently serving as a chairman, leader, or court-appointed representative on Plaintiff Steering Committees in various drug and other mass torts. Additionally, Mr. Shkolnik has also held officer positions in the New York State Trial Lawyers, Nassau County Bar Association and Committee Chair positions in ATLA Health Care Finance Litigation Group, Orthopedic Implant Litigation Group, AAJ Breast Cancer Litigation Group, Co-Chair AAJ Heart Device Litigation Group, and the Chair of the Medtronic ICD and CRTD Litigation Sub Group.

Hunter is a founding board member and Vice President of the Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico (TLPR), a trade association bringing together top trial lawyers to share expertise, build partnerships, and to add value to the local Puerto Rico community.

Mr. Shkolnik has also lectured and organized seminars on issues involving Guidant, Medtronic, and St. Jude pacemakers; ICD and lead wire recall science and litigation; cardiac device product liability litigation; class action topics such as Ethics of Mass Tort Settlements, Lone Pine, State Federal Coordination and Preemption; and has — on multiple occasions — lectured on the science related to various pharmaceuticals. He will return as a speaker at Mass Torts Puerto Rico (MTPR) in May 2023.

He is a legal and political news analyst with extensive experience in areas such as civil and criminal law as well as election-related issues.

Other Experience

  • Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP
  • Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Shkolnik & McCartney

Awards & Honors

American Association for Justice – Leaders Forum Best Law Firms in New York, U.S. News & World Report, 2019 The Best Lawyers in America: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs The Best Lawyers in America© The Best Lawyers in America: Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow Marquis Who’s Who®, 2018 The National Trial Lawyers, Aviation Trial Lawyers – Top 10 New York Super Lawyers®: 2006 – 2021


Lawyer Limelight: Hunter Shkolnik, Lawdragon (May 17, 2021) Elmiron Litigation: Emerging Torts, Mass Tort News (May 27, 2020) Law Firm of the Month: Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, Attorney at Law Magazine (October 31, 2019) Sikkelee: A Victory for Plaintiffs and its Implications for Aviation Product Liability Claims, American Association for Justice Aviation Law Newsletter, Winter 2017 Danger in the Ring by Marie Brenner, Vanity Fair, January 2014 Divided They Fall: Concepcion’s Effect on Consumer and Employee Claims (Co-Author: Richard J. Arsenault, Esq.), NYSTLA, Vol. 1, 2012 Anti-clotting Drug Pradaxa Linked to More than 500 Deaths, AVVO Legal Guide, February 8, 2013 Lecturer and Written extensively in the areas of Auto Product and Drug Product Liability

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Global Settlements Update in Mass Tort Litigation and Mass Tort Management, Perrin Virtual Mass Tort Litigation Conference (March 2, 2022) Panelist, Opioid Litigation Conference, Perrin Virtual Conferences (September 9, 2021) Presenter, Mass Tort Webinar: Elmiron, CAMG January Webinar Series (January 21, 2021) Panelist, “Elmiron Eye Damage Litigation”, HarrisMartin’s Webinar Series (October 28, 2020) Featured Speaker, “Achieving Sustainable Law Firm Growth Through Digital Marketing”, HarrisMartin’s Webinar Series (October 1, 2020) Featured Speaker, “The Roundup Settlement Class – Are Futures Class Actions and Science Panels the Answer?“, HarrisMartin’s Webinar Series (July 28, 2020) Featured Speaker, “Masstort: COVID-19 and the Law”, Mass Tort (June 30, 2020) Speaker, “What’s Happening in the Litigation?”, Perrin Conferences: The Opioid Litigation Conference (June 6, 2019) Featured Speaker, “Elmiron: Legal Optics and Overview“, CAMG Webinar (May 13, 2020) Speaker, “How the Uptick in Opioid Litigation is Affecting the Industry: Key Takeaways from the MDLs”, American Conference Institute (ACI) 2nd Annual Forum on Controlled Substances (February 5 – 7, 2019) Speaker, “Mass Tort Landscape: Part 2”, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Current Mass Torts from E-Discovery Through Exit Strategies – Navigating “Game-Changing” Dynamics (November 28, 2018) Co-Chair, HarrisMartin’s Water Contamination Litigation Conference, 2018 Speaker, “Current Motions and Defenses, The JPML Petitions: One MDL or Two? / State Court Cases” Speaker, “Product Liability”, Decision 2018: Recent Developments in Tort Law, New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) Speaker, “Opioids: Science, Medicine & Litigation”, HB Litigation Conferences presents Mass Tort Med School: Emerging medical & litigation issues for plaintiff attorneys (May 9 -11, 2018) Presenter, “Incretin drugs including Victoza, Byetta, Januvia and Janumet causing cancer and severe side effects”, CAMG Incretin Litigation Webinar (January 29, 2018) Speaker, “Opioid MDL Update”, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Onglyza, Opioid & Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System Litigation (January 24, 2018) Speaker, “Opioids – The Latest Information and Strategies”, Masters of Mass Tort Seminar (January 17-19, 2018) Faculty Member, “Opioid Crisis: Claims, Damages & Science”, HB Litigation Conferences Speaker, “Hot Topics in Mass Tort Litigation Seminar”, American Association for Justice Continuing Legal Education Faculty Member, “Litigating Public Health Epidemics”, Current Issues in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotech Litigation: American Bar Association Regional CLE Featured Panelist, “Who are the Governmental Action Plaintiffs and What are the Causation Theories?”, National Opioid Litigation Conference: HarrisMartin Publishing Faculty Member, “Public Nuisance: No Doubt, But Can We Prove It?”, Prepare to Fight the Opioid Crisis: American Association for Justice Leaders Forum Co-Chair, “The Impact of Daimler and BMS-Plavix”, HarrisMartin California Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation Conference Speaker, “Flint Water Crisis: Get in the Know about Lead Poisoning and How It’s Litigated”, Perrin Conferences Faculty Member, “Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar”, American Association for Justice Speaker, “Flint Water Crisis”, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Pharmaceutical and Environmental Mass Tort Litigation Speaker, “Uber and the Sharing Economy: Law, Ethics and Policy”, Temple University Fox School of Business Speaker ” Pharmaceutical and Environmental Mass Tort Litigation”, HarrisMartin Conference Co-Chair, “Fantasy Sports, Volkswagen, Porsche and Pharmaceutical Litigation”, HarrisMartin Conference Speaker, “Volkswagen Diesel Fuel Emissions Fraud”, HarrisMartin Conference Speaker, “Mass Tort vs. Class Action: What it is and What it is Not.”, The American Association for Justice (AAJ) Speaker, “Diabetes Drugs (Actos, Januvia, Byetta” at Mass Tort Med School, A Boot Camp for Plaintiff Attorneys, HB Litigation Conferences Speaker, “Decisions 2013: Recent Developments in Tort Law”, NYSTLA Seminar Series Speaker, “Class Certification: Defining or Challenging Class Membership”, Strafford Webinars Speaker, “HarrisMartin’s Complex Litigation Conference” Speaker, “Mirena IUD, Tylenol, Granuflo, Byetta & Januvia”, HarrisMartin MDL Conference Speaker, “Plaintiff Pharmaceutical Litigation Forum 2013”, HB Litigation Conferences Speaker, Breast Cancer Litigation, ATLA Breast Cancer Litigation Group Educational Seminar Speaker, “Transvaginal Mesh and Actos Litigation Group”, Harris Martin MDL Conference Speaker, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Xarelto & Power Morcellators Speaker, HarrisMartin’s Major Developments in Drug & Device Litigation HarrisMartin’s MDL and Complex Litigation Seminar Speaker, 11th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium presented by the LSBA, “Multi-district Litigation and the Parallel State Court Universe: A Practitioner’s Global Positioning Guide” Speaker, NYSTLA, “Product Liability Mass Tort & Class Actions: What every lawyer should know and understand” Speaker, Pharmaceutical Litigation Forum, “Case Theories, Challenges and Case Selection Considerations for your Actos Inventory.”

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Justice (AAJ), PFC Water Contamination Group, Co-Chair American Association of Justice (AAJ), The Actos Bladder Cancer Litigation Group, Co-Chair American Association of Justice (AAJ), Past Vice-Chairman, Healthcare Finance Litigation Group American Association of Justice (AAJ) Health Orthopedic Implant Litigation Group, Past Vice-Chairman, Science Committee Director American Association of Justice (AAJ), Past Chairman, Health Breast Cancer Litigation Group American Association of Justice (AAJ), Co-Chair, Health Heart Device Litigation Group Law360’s 2020 Editorial Advisory Boards: Trials Law360’s 2021 Product Liability Advisory Board Long Island Affiliate of the NYSTLA, Past President Nassau County Bar Association, Past Vice-Chairman, Medical Legal Committee New York State Trial Lawyers (NYSTLA), Board of Directors; Past Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer Suffolk County Bar Association Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico, Vice President