Susan M. Sharko

New Jersey

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
600 Campus Drive
Florham Park, NJ 07932
United States

Tel: +1 973 549 7350


Susan Sharko is a certified civil trial attorney who concentrates her practice on products liability and mass torts. She has significant experience managing pharmaceutical and medical device litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including the successful strategic development of Daubert motions and Daubert hearing presentations and arguments.

Susan is highly regarded for her experience as global and national coordinating counsel in multidistrict pharmaceutical and medical device litigations. She also has significant experience in the design, negotiation and implementation of large national settlement programs. She has been appointed as lead and liaison counsel in MDL and state court litigations in New Jersey and around the country many times.

Susan received the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey’s Trial Bar Award, the highest honor given to trial attorneys in New Jersey in 2018. She is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in the area of Products Liability.

Susan is a frequent author and speaker at conferences for both lawyers and the judiciary, and actively participates in the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School. She volunteers her time with RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), which promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas.

When your company and products need a strong advocate, our product liability trial attorneys and litigators are in your corner. We are formidable first-chair trial lawyers with courtroom experience in large global, national and local product liability litigation and mass tort bellwethers, as well as single-plaintiff cases. Our trial savvy has paid off for clients who have won high-profile defense verdicts and bellwether trials affirming life-saving pharmaceutical and medical device products, over-the-counter medicines, industrial and manufacturing equipment, automotive products and consumer goods — even in jurisdictions known to be difficult for defendants.

Our team includes fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Board of Trial Advocates and certified civil trial attorneys who skillfully argue your case. We know the engineering and science behind the products we defend, and we use that to your advantage, presenting novel legal and factual defenses and scientific testimony to persuade judges and juries. In addition to a nationwide network of consultants in medical, pharmaceutical, engineering, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, forensic and information technology disciplines, we leverage in-house nurse paralegals for sophisticated medical analysis to strengthen your case.

With an inclusive approach, we build diverse teams to protect your brand in a coordinated, cost-effective way and can adapt to any turn your matter takes. We collaborate to zealously represent manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, food and dietary supplements, over-the-counter medicines, pesticides and other chemicals, consumer products, agricultural products, industrial equipment and more.

Faegre Drinker is a firm designed for clients. We opened our doors on February 1, 2020, uniting Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath, two firms known for exceptional legal and consulting capabilities and a commitment to service excellence. Clients are at the start — and the heart — of everything we do.

With more than 1,200 experienced attorneys, consultants and professionals in 21 locations in the United States, London and Shanghai, we have the strength to solve your most complex transactional, litigation and regulatory challenges wherever you need us. We partner with clients ranging from emerging startups to multinational corporations, delivering comprehensive and customized advice that advances your most ambitious business objectives.

Our culture is firmly rooted in relentless client focus and mutual trust that empowers collaboration. We listen to understand your priorities and pressure points. We bring you fresh ideas that work. And we deliver excellence — without arrogance. We are committed to our communities and to building a diverse and inclusive firm that reflects those communities and our clients.

Susan Sharko is adept at handling large product liability disputes, in which she often represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies. “Susan has a remarkable reputation in the products space; there is no one more dedicated and willing to work.”
Chambers & Partners