Dr. Lawrence Paikoff, MD, JDLawrence S. Paikoff, MD, JD

Dr. Lawrence S. Paikoff is an experienced attorney for over 18 years, having represented individuals in a variety of legal matters, including Metal on Metal Hip Litigation, Vioxx-Celebrex-Bextra Litigation, and the Sulzer Hip and Knee Litigation, among many others. Dr. Paikoff also has extensive experience representing clients in medical malpractice cases including Kaiser arbitration matters.  He is a physician attorney who is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 25 years.   Dr. Paikoff also has a background in pharmaceutical drug testing, having served as the Associate Medical Director for the Product Investigation Company.

Dr. Paikoff has also served as Chief Public Health Officer of Stanislaus County. In this role, he was actively involved in implementation and enforcement of one of the first anti-smoking ordinances. He received national attention for directing a large control for an epidemic of hepatitis A. Dr. Paikoff brings his medical expertise to his legal practice to assist clients in their injury cases.


  • 1981 B.A Williams College of Williamstown, Massachusetts
    Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Highest Honors Biology
  • 1985 M.D. Upstate College of Medicine State University of New York, Syracuse, New York
  • 1985-1988 Residency Training - Internal Medicine St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1997 J.D. University of California Davis School of Law
  • 1997 Admitted to Bar

Admitted to Practice in the Following Jurisdictions:

  • All California State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Claims, Washington D.C.

Practice Areas:

  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Health Care Law


  • Fen-phen diet drugs
  • Baycol
  • Sulzer hip and knee litigation
  • Vioxx
  • Bextra
  • Celebrex
  • Viagra
  • National Vaccine Act
  • Contaminated heart valve and tissue cases
  • Mirapex Gambling cases
  • Metal on metal hip litigation
  • Kaiser malpractice
  • Fosamax femur fracture cases
  • Pelvic mesh injury casees

Special Background:

  • Former Public Health Officer, Stanislaus County, California; Instrumental in controlling a county-wide outbreak of Hepatitis A, which received national attention, leading to the present effort to immunize all American children against Hepatitis A
  • Contributor and listed author Journal of Medicine Virology 2000 Oct, 62(2) 144-150 Relatedness of Hepatitis A Virus Isolation During a Community-Wide Outbreak
  • Responsible for treatment of many patients with communicable diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases
  • Leader and chief enforcement officer of one of the first smoking bans in the United States
  • Was responsible for overseeing jail medical system
  • Was on committee deciding appeals to denials of service for county employees under county health insurance


  • California Bar
  • California licensed physician
  • Board certified internal medicine
  • Recertified American Board of Internal Medicine 2015