Michael M. Weinkowitz, Esquire is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Michael has substantial professional experience in complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and has served as Court-appointed Executive, Steering or major committee member in pharmaceutical cases, including, by way of example, the following recent cases: In re: Xarelto (Phila. C.C.P. No. 2349) (Co-Lead); In re: Xarelto Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL 2592 (E.D. LA)(Federal State Liaison); In re: Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Prod. Liab. Litig. (Phila. C.C.P. No. 1307) (Co-Lead and Member of Negotiating Plaintiffs Committee); In re: Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Prod.. Liab. Litig. MDL 2428 (D.MA)(Discovery Co-Chair); In re: Pradaxa Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL 2385 (S.D.IL)(Plaintiff Steering Committee member). He has served on various Discovery and Science Committees including in In re: Vioxx Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1657 (E.D. LA). He worked as a member of the subcommittee responsible for crafting the Vioxx trial package and assisted in the negotiations, and crafting of the Settlement Agreement that led to the 4.85 Billion dollar settlement with Merck. He served as a member of a joint defense and plaintiff review committee for the Vioxx Settlement Program.
He has represented those injured by various drugs and medical devices including Talcum Powder, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Tylenol, Yaz/Yasmin, Hip Implants, Diethylstilbestrol (DES), Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch, Vioxx/Bextra/Celebrex, Fosamax, Digitek, Actos, and Cough Cold and Diet Medications containing Phenylpropanolamine (PPA).
He is a frequent seminar instructor and lecturer in the area of mass torts. He was selected Pennsylvania Rising Star – Super Lawyers, in 2005 and in 2009-2017 as a Pennsylvania Super-Lawyer. He is Advisory Board member, LexisNexis Practice Guide(s): Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice, and Pennsylvania Civil Trial Practice, 2017 Editions.
Michael was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from West Virginia University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1991) and Temple University, School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995).
He is admitted to the United States District Courts, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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