Firm Founder: W. Mark Lanier
Number of attorneys: 58
Founded in 1990 by Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm represents a variety of individuals and businesses. The firm is home to some of the nation’s most respected trial lawyers, and has compiled an impressive record of courtroom wins and significant settlements that have impacted thousands, if not millions, of individual consumers, particularly in the area of pharmaceutical and medical device liability. Several of the firm’s attorneys have served as counsel to large national insurance companies, giving them valuable insights on building the strongest case on behalf of individual clients. The firm’s attorneys offer a distinct blend of compassion, empathy and zealousness, and are committed to achieving nothing less for their clients than the fullest remedies available under law.
Main Areas of Practice:
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation:
The Lanier Law Firm is a pioneer in its involvement in numerous claims involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The firm garnered national attention during its VIOXX litigation, most notably winning a substantial verdict against Merck & Co. in the very first VIOXX lawsuit to go to trial as well as securing two additional very significant plaintiff verdicts.
In 2018, the firm secured a $4.6 billion verdict on behalf of 22 women and their families against Johnson & Johnson, based on the company’s knowledge and negligence regarding the toxic effects of talcum powder use. The trial presented evidence that Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products have been tainted with asbestos for decades, despite the company’s repeated denials.
Since 2016, the firm has secured three separate jury verdicts totaling nearly $2 billion against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. on behalf of individu- als injured by defective metal-on-metal hip implants. While each of these awards was later reduced to align with Texas state laws limiting punitive damages, in each of these cases jurors concluded that the devices are defective and that company officials knew about the flaws but failed to warn patients and doctors of the risks.
The Lanier Law Firm has also represented clients who have suffered injuries involving such dangerous drugs as Risperdal, Xarelto, and Actos. In 2015 the firm was instrumental in negotiating a sizeable settlement with drug manufacturer Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. on behalf of thousands of women who suffered life-altering side effects after taking the prescription birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.
Asbestos & Toxic Exposure:
The firm is one of the nation’s most experienced law firms in assessing the scientific and medical issues that are common in asbestos and toxic exposure claims. Exposure to common chemicals that have many positive and helpful uses also can be dangerous or even fatal, and all too often these toxic substances can be discharged accidentally into a workplace or the surrounding environment. The Lanier Law Firm has represented dozens of families and victims of chemical exposures, winning substantial recoveries based on the defendants’ liability for marketing and design defects, negligence and malice. This experience and reputation for courtroom excellence gives the firm added leverage to negotiate significant settlements in advance of trial on behalf of its clients.
In addition to representing individuals, The Lanier Law Firm has significant experience working on behalf of businesses in cases involving breach of contract, patent infringement, oil and gas litigation, employment disputes, antitrust, fraud, and other causes of action. In several in- stances these legal actions have been brought against larger competitors using unfair and illegal business practices to gain a competitive edge. The firm’s approach to business litigation has resulted in several noteworthy — and often highly confidential — recoveries for its clients. Increasingly the firm is being called on to represent corporate defendants, as executives and in-house legal departments recognize the value of having experienced, aggressive and empathetic trial counsel. The perspective offered through the firm’s extensive work on behalf of plaintiffs has proved invaluable in developing the strategic approach to these cases, anticipating the moves of opposing counsel and securing successful resolutions in court and at the negotiating table.
Personal Injury Litigation:
Individuals, through no fault of their own, can be seriously injured by the negligence of others. The Lanier Law Firm is nationally recognized for the firm’s experience and tenacity in gaining substantial compensation to support families recovering from devastating injuries, or even the wrongful death of loved ones. When faced with the significant resources of many defendants, the firm’s years in the courtroom and state-of-the-art preparation provides a level playing field against major insurance companies, manufacturers, retailers and transportation companies. In addition, the firm has vast experience representing injured workers in all maritime-related catastrophic injuries. Several of the firm’s attorneys have a wealth of knowledge in this distinct area of the law, including advanced degrees and specialized certifications and designations.
Product Liability Litigation:
When a consumer buys a product, they rightfully expect it to perform safely and efficiently. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. For years, The Lanier Law Firm has represented consumers who have been seriously injured by defective products, both at home and in the workplace. The firm’s work has resulted in significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients and has pressured manufacturers to design safer toys, furniture, automobiles and other products. While no amount of money can truly compensate a family for a debilitating injury or the loss of a loved one, there is gratification in knowing that, in the future, consumers might not be put at the same degree of risk.
Firm Founder: Mark Lanier
Managing Attorney, The Lanier Law Firm: Dara Hegar
National Mass Tort Leader and Director of Business Development: Rick Meadow
Managing Attorney, Business Litigation: Alex Brown
Managing Attorney, New York Office: Evan Janush
Managing Attorney, Oklahoma City Office: Reagan Bradford
Managing Attorney, Personal Injury, Product Liability & Maritime Litigation: Jud Waltman