Vernon I. Zvoleff

Senior Counsel


Vern Zvoleff specializes in scientific issues associated with pharmaceutical product liability cases. As a member of national trial teams for drug manufacturers, he has cross-examined and presented scores of expert witnesses on scientific issues, including epidemiology and biostatistics.

In his general litigation practice, Vern has tried antitrust, commercial, insurance coverage and product liability cases. Before entering private practice, Vern worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission as a special counsel in the Office of General Counsel, where he practiced appellate litigation. Vern clerked for Chief Judge Noel P. Fox of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Personal Interests

Vern and his wife, Anastazja, live in San Francisco and enjoy traveling, hiking, kayaking and sailing — the high point being sailing his boat, “Rabian,” to Hawaii.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


University of Michigan Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Michigan Law Review (1972)

The College of Wooster
B.A. (1969)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar

Firm Leadership

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Regional Partner in Charge, San Francisco
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