Richard D. Meadow has been a practicing trial attorney for more than 24 years. He has represented the rights of individuals who have been injured by pharmaceuticals, medical devices, asbestos, medical malpractice, defective products, construction defects, lead poisoning, and motor vehicles, as well as the negligence of premises owners and municipalities. Mr. Meadow also has extensive experience in the representation of large national insurance companies as an insurance defense attorney. This experience provides a 360 degree perspective of the practice of tort law in the United States. He is the National Mass Tort Leader for The Lanier Law Firm, where his responsibilities include overseeing all the firm’s pharmaceutical mass tort litigation in addition to promoting and maintaining associated outside relationships at a national level. He further serves on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee of several national litigations.
Mr. Meadow has successfully tried over 25 cases to verdict. Since joining the Lanier Law Firm, Rick Meadow was part of the trial team that obtained plaintiffs' verdicts in the Vioxx litigation in excess of $300 million. As part of the trial team at his former firm, he obtained jury awards of over $53 million and $47 million for his clients. Both verdicts appeared in the National Law Journal's list of largest verdicts in 2002 and 2003, respectively. He has settled millions of dollars in claims and argued appeals before the New York and New Jersey Appellate Divisions.
A graduate of California Western School of Law (J.D. 1984) and Rutgers University (B.A. 1979), Mr. Meadow is licensed to practice law in New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, numerous Federal Courts and is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. He is currently serving as Co-Liasion Counsel for the New Jersey Coordinated Levaquin litigation before Judge Carol Higbee.
An active participant in New York and National Bar Associations, Mr. Meadow currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Meadow has lectured at numerous legal conferences and has been appointed to many committees that explore issues germane to the medical and legal communities. Born in New York, he currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, Kirsten, and is the proud father of Ruby and Joshua.