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Hyung P. Steele

Hyung P. Steele is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. He is a member of the Health Effects Litigation Practice Group. He focuses his practice on counseling and defending pharmaceutical clients in multi-district and class action personal injury litigation, state Attorney General investigations and government investigations.

Mr. Steele’s recent representations include:

  • defending pharmaceutical companies against wrongful death, personal injury and consumer fraud actions involving marketed products
  • defending pharmaceutical companies and their employees in federal criminal and civil investigations into the sales and marketing practices of marketed products
  • counseling and defending pharmaceutical companies in state Attorney General investigations and inquiries by congressional committees
  • defending a pharmaceutical company in a qui tam action brought to recover damages under the Federal False Claims Act, various State False Claims Acts and the Anti-Kickback Statute
  • conducting internal corporate investigations
  • advising pharmaceutical companies on regulatory compliance and risk avoidance, including prophylactic counseling on sales and marketing issues for both marketed products and investigational new drugs
  • counseling multiple pharmaceutical companies on corporate compliance programs
  • conducting litigation risk due diligence for potential acquisitions by pharmaceutical companies
  • defending pharmaceutical companies against aggressive and misleading plaintiff advertising
  • conducting an independent investigation into acts of violence at a public high school.
Mr. Steele’s speaking engagements include:
  • “The FDA Takes Aim at Gun-Jumping - Recent Trends in Enforcement of Pre-Approval Promotion of Investigational Products,” Pepper Hamilton LLP Life Sciences Speaker Series, Boston, MA (December 17, 2013) and Gladwyne, PA (December 19, 2013)
  • “Connecting In-House Teams Compliantly – Medical Affairs, Sales/Marketing and Field Based MSLs” at CBI’s 6th Annual Forum on Field-Based Dissemination of Scientific Information (May 19-20, 2009).
Mr. Steele was selected for the 2013 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and is a member of the LCLD’s Advocacy Group Committee. The LCLD’s Fellows Program is intended to help diversify the legal profession by producing attorneys with strong leadership and networking skills who enjoy relationships with industry leaders and who are committed to fostering diversity within their individual institutions. Mr. Steele also serves as the DRI Drug and Device Committee state liaison for Pennsylvania and, within Pepper, he serves on the Hiring and Information Governance Committees and is an active participant in Pepper’s associate mentor program. He has previously served as co-chair of the firm’s Summer Associate Committee and as a member of the firm’s Associate Liaison and Diversity Liaison Committees.

Mr. Steele is experienced in litigating pro bono matters. He has handled multiple asylum appeals and has provided assistance to the Immigration Domestic Violence Pro Bono Practice Group. In 2007, Mr. Steele handled the appeal of a former Angolan child soldier seeking asylum, withholding of removal and protection under the convention against torture, which included oral argument before the Third Circuit. He also serves as a volunteer for a Philadelphia homeless shelter during the winter.

Mr. Steele  is recommended in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500 United States and was selected for inclusion on the 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list.

Mr. Steele graduated cum laude from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, where he was a member of the Villanova Moot Court Executive Board. He received the Best Brief award at the 2003 Fordham Securities Law Moot Court Competition. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1997, with a B.A. in English and economics. Mr. Steele was a summer associate with Pepper in 2001 and 2002, and joined the firm as an associate in 2003. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

B.A. 1997 Kenyon College
J.D. 2003, cum laude, Villanova University School of Law; member, Villanova Moot Court Executive Board

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Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

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