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. According to Chambers USA:

"Susan Sharko is adept at handling large product liability disputes, in which she often represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies.’ "She's brilliant," enthuses a client, adding: "She's extremely experienced, and she's very purpose-driven and wise." 

"Susan is ‘a brilliant strategist who puts together the strategy she wants people to execute and works very closely to make sure everyone is on the same page.’ She garners high praise for her strength in coordinating multidistrict litigation, and fields significant [experience] in complex pharmaceutical and medical device disputes."

"When you think of product cases, you think of Susan Sharko.’ She is ‘a great trial lawyer,’ and clients particularly appreciate her tenacity, explaining that ‘she is a really  excellent lawyer who is tough, aggressive and knows her stuff. Plaintiff lawyers are afraid of her.’ Susan is a ‘great negotiator who understands the global implications any decision might have for a company.’"

"Susan Sharko is a ‘masterful tactician’ who acts as national coordinating counsel for leading companies in mass torts and MDLs across a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and toxic torts." One client reports: "She uses resources efficiently to get to the right result. She absorbs all information and can find extra hours in the day."

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.

She was a law clerk to the late New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Clifford.


  • New Jersey Supreme Court Board on Trial Attorney Certification (Past Chairperson)
  • District X Fee Arbitration Committee (Past Chairperson)


Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Certified Civil Trial Attorney—New Jersey Supreme Court with regular recertification

New York University School of Law
J.D. (1979)

Lehigh University
B.A. with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa (1976)

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Speaking Engagement Recap September 28, 2023

2023 MDL Bench-Bar Leadership Conference

MDL Settlements and the Proposed Rule Amendment to FRCP 16
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Speaking Engagement Recap June 26, 2023

Multicounty Litigation — Mass Torts: 2023

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Speaking Engagement Recap October 24, 2022

Tulane Law School Class: Preparation of Company Witnesses for Deposition

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Speaking Engagement Recap October 20, 2022

Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) 2022 Fall Conference

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Speaking Engagement Recap July 21, 2022

NJICLE Recent Developments in NJ Law: 2022 Update

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Speaking Engagement Recap June 03, 2022

The Ins and Outs of Handling Multicounty and Multi-district Litigation

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News June 2022

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Speaking Engagement Recap February 24, 2022

George Washington School of Law’s Advanced Strategy Mass-Tort MDL Certificate Course

JPML Centralization Process
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Speaking Engagement Recap December 08, 2021

26th Annual Conference on Drug & Medical Device Litigation - New York, NY

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Recorded Webinar November 30, 2021 CLE

Faegre Drinker Life Sciences Month 2021 - Webinar

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Speaking Engagement Recap October 25, 2021

Tulane Law School’s Mass Torts Class

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News October 2021

Faegre Drinker Attorneys Recognized as Leading Lawyers in 2021 by LMG Life Sciences

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174 Faegre Drinker Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2022 Edition

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Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (Past President)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey (Past Trustee)
  • American Law Institute (Elected Member)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Elected Member)
  • Products Liability Advisory Counsel (Sustaining Member)
  • William J. Brennen, Jr. – Arthur Vanderbilt Inn of Court (Former Master)


  • Forbes — America’s Top 200 Lawyers, 2024
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2022-23
  • LMG Life Sciences — Leading Life Sciences Lawyer, 2021-23
  • LMG Life Sciences — Life Sciences Star, 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal — Product Liability Defense, 2023
  • Trial Attorneys of New Jersey — Trial Bar Award, 2018
  • New Jersey Law Journal — Top Women in the Law, 2018
  • Best Lawyers® — Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants, 2020-24; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Lawyer of the Year, 2020), 2020-24
  • Benchmark Litigation — "Litigation Star," 2017-19
  • Chambers USA — Band 1, New Jersey, Litigation: Products Liability, 2005-23
  • Chambers USA — Band 3, Nationwide, Product Liability & Mass Torts, 2020-23
  • Chambers USA — Band 4, Nationwide, Product Liability & Mass Torts, 2018-19
  • Chambers USA — Band 5, Nationwide, Product Liability & Mass Torts, 2015-17
  • LMG Life Sciences — Life Sciences Star, 2020
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