W. Mark Lanier founded The Lanier Law Firm in 1990. Since then, Lanier has earned widespread recognition as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. His work for clients across the country is supported by firm offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles.
His peers and the media consistently recognize Mark Lanier among the country’s leading legal minds. In its coverage of Mark Lanier’s stunning verdict in the nation’s first Vioxx trial Ernst v. Merck, The New York Times described him as “one of the top civil trial lawyers in America…” Under his leadership, U.S. News and World Report has named The Lanier Law Firm to its list of Best Law Firms over the last three years. Further, U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers has named Mark Lanier to its Best Lawyers in America list for nine consecutive years and most recently as the 2013 Top Class Action Attorney in America. The National Law Journal has twice named him one of the nation’s Top 10 Trial Attorneys, as well as naming Mark as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. In 2010, The National Law Journal named Mark as one of the most Influential Attorneys of the Decade. He has earned similar honors from other publications, including being named to The Trial Lawyer Magazine’s America’s 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers of 2011. Mark also recently earned a spot on the 2012 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business list of the country’s top attorneys. He also earned special recognition as one of their “Leaders in Their Field” based on his work in product liability and mass tort cases. This annual guide to the best lawyers in the U.S. uses researchers to conduct independent interviews with thousands of lawyers and law firm clients.
In addition to national recognition, Mark Lanier also has earned accolades from his peers in Texas. In a statewide attorney survey published in Texas Monthly magazine, Mark Lanier has earned selection to the “Texas Super Lawyers” list in 2003 through 2012. The same publication also named him as its 2005 “Impact Player of the Year”. In 2010, Texas Lawyer named Mark as one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Past Quarter Century. Further he has been recognized, in “Texas Super Lawyers”, as one of the Top 10 Attorneys in Texas for several years and most recently in 2012. In 2002, 2007 and 2012, Texas Lawyer newspaper named Mark Lanier as one of the Top 5 “Go To” Personal Injury Plaintiff Attorneys in Texas. In the 2007 and 2012 editions, the same publication, which is published every five years, he was named The Top “Go To” Personal Injury Attorney. Texas Best Lawyers magazine has also listed him on their Texas Best Lawyers list for eight consecutive years including the 2012 list.
What the news clips can't measure or define is Mark Lanier's commitment to and passion for his clients. Often motivated by injustice and by a sense of fair play, he has sought to even the score whether his client is an individual or a large corporation.
Mark’s courtroom work has resulted in feature articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, New York Lawyer, Texas Lawyer, and Houston Chronicle among others. He also is a frequent guest on news shows such as CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” and Fox business News’ “Money – With Melissa Francis”. He also is a regular Co-Host and contributor to Fox Business News’ highly rated “Varney and Company” with Stuart Varney.
Mark Lanier has significant courtroom experience and has negotiated numerous significant settlements for his clients across the United States, including:
- Mark Lanier successfully represented numerous individuals in the VIOXX cases, involving the prescription pain-relief medication that was pulled from the market after being linked to heart attacks and strokes. He set the tone for the case, nationally, when his client was awarded $253 million.
- A settlement for Retractable Technologies, a syringe manufacturer, in an antitrust case against industry giant Becton Dickinson and Company, the world's largest manufacturer of medical syringes and needles.
- A $188.3 million verdict on behalf of 21 asbestos victims in February 1998, considered one of the largest asbestos verdicts in U.S. history.
- In 1993, a $473 million verdict for a small oil company in a business fraud case against one of the nation's largest oil providers.
- A settlement with a U.S. distributor of dangerous products imported from China.
- Mark Lanier has obtained favorable verdicts in cases involving train collisions, physician malpractice, defective products, commercial disputes, toxic products, water contamination as well as in representing Southern Methodist University in a land dispute regarding The George W. Bush Presidential Center and Library.
The Texas Board of Legal Specialization certifies Mark Lanier as a personal injury trial specialist. He is licensed to practice in all Texas State and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also licensed to practice law in New York State. The Lanier Law Firm represents clients from all over the world in courtrooms across the United States. Mark frequently instructs other attorneys about his trial techniques and how to try better cases in seminars held across the nation. He is solicited often to be the featured lecturer at many of the nation’s top law schools including Harvard, Stanford, Pepperdine University, University of Chicago and Texas Tech University.
Mark Lanier is enthusiastically involved in government and community activities outside the practice of law. Chairmen, presidents, and senior executives from major American corporations and universities often call on him for his respected business views on national and international issues. In 2011, Mark was also bestowed the distinguished Ambassador of Peace award by the Guatemalan government.
A strong supporter of his alma mater, Mark Lanier earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1984. He remains active at Texas Tech by serving on the Law School's Foundation Board. He was selected as the Texas Tech University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus for 2005. Mark Lanier was elected to The American Bar Association’s Fellows of the American Bar Association and was named a Life Fellow of the same organization in 2012. He is the founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, a non-profit organization whose goal is to create a network of principled attorneys to minister to others through civic-minded endeavours.
Mark Lanier is the founder of the Lanier Theological Library (www.LanierTheologicalLibrary.org), one of the nation’s largest private theological collections. Also, Mark teaches a weekly, 750-plus-member Sunday school class focusing on Biblical Literacy at Champion Forest Baptist Church. He serves on the boards of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Albright Institute.
Mark is the father of five wonderful children and lives in Houston with his wife, Becky.