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. As an esteemed attorney, he leads the discovery and trial teams of various mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device litigations for the 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.
- Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP
- Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Shkolnik & McCartney
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$650 Million Ruling in National Pharmacy Chain Opioid Trial
U.S. District Court for Northern Ohio Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled that CVS, Walgreens and Walmart must pay over $650 million over 15 years and set up an abatement program to Lake and Trumbull counties. The ruling is the first by a federal judge that assigns a monetary amount against pharmacy chains for their role in the opioid epidemic.
The funds will be used in programs to address the fallout from opioid abuse the defendant’s marketing of opioids caused.
$600 Million Settlement in the Flint Water Litigation
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, as co-liaison and negotiating counsel in the Flint Water Litigation, along with interim class counsel and representatives of the State of Michigan Attorney General’s office, reached a landmark wide- reaching $600 million settlement with the State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy), City of Flint, former Governor Richard Snyder, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and several other State and City employees in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation on behalf of the citizens of Flint, Michigan.
Jury Verdict in National Opioid Trial
This jury verdict was secured on behalf of our clients Lake and Trumbull Counties (OH) against pharmacy giants CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.
$1.1 Billion Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
This settlement was reached with the three largest drug distributors, AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson, in the first opioid jury trial.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)
$50 Million Settlement: New York Opioid Jury Trial
Endo Pharmaceutical agreed to this settlement to end their involvement in the NY opioid jury trial, where the company was accused of its role in the opioid epidemic.
(Napoli Shkolnik is Counsel to Nassau County.)
$320 Million Opioid Settlement
This landmark settlement was reached on behalf of Cuyahoga County (Ohio), one of the bellwether plaintiffs in the National Opioid Litigation, against four of the key players responsible for the opioid epidemic.
Jeffrey Boatman, et ano. v. Uniflight, LLC
$24.1 Million Verdict in favor of helicopter crash victim
$650 Million Pharmaceutical Settlement
In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation: clients participated in the $650 Million Pradaxa Master Settlement Program for compensation for their bleeding injuries caused by the blood thinner Pradaxa.
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
Lawdragon Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, 2023
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow Marquis Who’s Who®, 2018
The National Trial Lawyers, Aviation Trial Lawyers – Top 10
New York Super Lawyers®: 2006 – 2023
• 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