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District of Columbia, 20005

National Practice Area Star

Practice area:

Product liability and recall

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Stanford Law School, J.D., 1974; Managing Editor, Volume 26, Stanford Law Review
Holy Cross College, B.A., cum laude, 1971

Steve Urbanczyk has defended companies in major complex civil litigation matters for more than 30 years. He is currently representing a pharmaceutical company involved in an MDL products liability case, as well as directors and officers of a failed bank in class actions and other securities and regulatory matters. In 2010, Steve was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Steve has served as national trial counsel in the nationwide defense of mass tort litigation involving pharmaceuticals (Prempro, Norplant), biologics (vaccines), medical devices (silicone breast implants), appliances (coffeemaker fires), and agricultural equipment (tractor fires). Steve led trial teams to defense verdicts in the first bellwether Prempro trials, and has directed and participated in the trials of pharmaceutical cases in several state courts. In state and federal courts around the country he also has tried or been involved in the trial preparation of claims arising from alleged securities laws violations, alleged federal banking regulatory violations, oil and gas drilling accidents, the alleged contamination of food products, and other matters involving antitrust law, commercial fraud, medical malpractice, international trade, and other general commercial law issues.

Steve is nationally ranked in the area of products liability in the 2012-2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation and listed as a "Life Science Star" in LMG Life Sciences from 2012 to 2016.

Steve has served on Williams & Connolly’s Executive Committee and as chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee. He also has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross College, was the first chairperson of the Board of Directors of Covenant House Washington, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Representative Experience
  • Representing a major pharmaceutical company as part of its “virtual law firm” in an MDL products liability matter, primarily responsible for preparing company witnesses in a foreign country
  • Representing directors and officers of a failed bank against claims by the FDIC, shareholders, creditors and the SEC
  • Conducted independent internal investigations for a Fortune 500 company regarding possible tax fraud and for a national charitable organization regarding allegations about its CEO
  • Represented a major defendant in the Deepwater Horizon Litigation
  • Represented a major U.S. company alleged to have contaminated a U.S. crop with unapproved GMO materials

Key Practice Areas

  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Business & Commercial
  • Civil Litigation
  • Mass Tort
  • Securities

Last Updated 30th August 2017