Stephen L. Huffaker is a partner in the Austin office. Steve’s practice focuses mainly on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigation, with an emphasis on fact and expert witness development and discovery, mass tort coordination and strategy, early assessment and resolution of cases, group settlement administration and litigation risk strategy.
Steve represents an array of life sciences companies in a variety of litigation contexts, ranging from the largest consolidated mass tort proceedings to the smallest individual claims. He has served on national counsel teams for major pharmaceutical and medical device litigations in which he has developed company witnesses and company defense theories, retained and prepared expert witnesses in various disciplines, investigated the key scientific and regulatory issues, and participated in discovery and motion practice in various jurisdictions.
Steve has represented these companies in smaller, individual product liability cases as well, in which he has had primary responsibility for litigation strategy, early case assessment, substantive and jurisdictional discovery, and settlement negotiations. Steve is currently managing a large aggregate settlement program for a manufacturer of female pelvic mesh devices.
Utilizing this experience, Steve also advises pharmaceutical and medical device companies in assessing the product liability litigation risks pertaining to their current, developing, or targeted products.
Steve is an active member of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device group. He has tried twelve cases to verdict as a temporary prosecutor for the City of Austin.
- J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
- B.A. Political Science, Yale University
- U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
- Austin Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
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