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Steve Petkis is a litigation associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office. He has experience defending a variety of clients in their most sensitive and complex litigation matters in both state and federal court.

Steve is skilled in all phases of litigation, including discovery, trial, and appeal. In particular, he has played a lead role in crafting and executing dispositive, expert, and evidentiary briefing strategies, resulting in key victories at all stages. As a member of multiple trial teams, Steve also has stand-up court experience and has been responsible for taking and defending fact and expert depositions, drafting key witness examinations, and developing post-trial findings of fact and conclusions of law.

Steve previously served as a law clerk to Judge Katherine B. Forrest on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He maintains an active pro bono practice focused on civil rights and criminal justice issues.

In products and class action cases involving exposure to purportedly hazardous materials, plaintiffs often have trouble demonstrating concrete physical injuries, and in particular concrete physical injuries that would be common across a class.  To avoid dismissal and bolster class certification, those plaintiffs sometimes bring so-called “medical monitoring” claims, which seek recovery for the present-day costs

On the heels of the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Bowerman—which held that questions concerning the “existence of damages” for each class member can prevent certification—the Eleventh Circuit became the latest in a growing number of courts to conclude that class certification should be denied when plaintiffs cannot prove that each individual class member actually suffered damages.

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On July 29, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California issued a decertification order in a long-running class action dispute concerning Cricket Wireless’s 4G advertising, ruling that plaintiff’s counsel made “too critical a mistake” in fashioning their class-wide damages model.  See Freitas v. Cricket Wireless, LLC, 2022 WL 3018061, at *6 (N.D. Cal. July 29, 2022).

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