Archives: Attorneys


Alex Abston

Alex Abston is an associate attorney in the Houston office. Alex’s practice areas include products liability, pharmaceutical liability, and toxic torts. As a member of The Lanier Law Firm’s trial team, her practice is focused on client advocacy within mass tort federal multidistrict litigation and state court cases.

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W. Mark Lanier

Mark Lanier is consistently recognized as one of the top civil trial lawyers in America. Best known as a zealous advocate for individuals in personal injury and product liability claims against major corporations, Mark brings passion, creativity and an unparalleled ability to connect with juries in courtrooms across the nation.

During the past 30 years, Mark has taken on some of the biggest challenges in the legal field. In doing so, he has achieved some of the largest verdicts in history, accomplishments that have changed business practices to protect the public and have gained justice for the victims of dangerous drugs, medical devices, and other consumer products. In addition, he has successfully represented a select number of clients in claims involving fraud, breach of contract and other forms of business litigation.

These results cumulatively put Mark close to $20 billion in verdicts during his highly acclaimed career.

Mark’s success in the courtroom and perspectives on litigation have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg News and the Houston Chronicle, among many other publications. He is also a frequent guest on news and business programs for a wide range of broadcast and cable networks.

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Daniel LaTerra

Daniel LaTerra concentrates his practice in asbestos litigation and product liability in the firm’s New York office. Throughout his career as a litigator, Mr. LaTerra had the pleasure of helping victims suffering from mesothelioma, and other catastrophic injuries, obtain millions of dollars in compensation through settlements and verdicts. Mr. LaTerra represents victims in New Jersey and New York courts and he is responsible for handling all aspects of the litigation from client intake through trial.  Since 2014, Mr. LaTerra has been selected as a Super Lawyers New Jersey/New York Metro Rising Star, an honor given to no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in New Jersey and New York.

Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, Mr. LaTerra was an associate at a New York law firm where he practiced asbestos litigation, with a focus on cosmetic talc. In 2017, he assisted the trial team in the first New Jersey case to proceed to trial against Johnson & Johnson for its asbestos-containing talc products that resulted in a jury verdict in the sum of $117 million. Moreover, following his graduation, cum laude, from New York Law School, Mr. LaTerra worked at a prominent New Jersey personal injury law firm where he represented clients in a wide variety of personal injury matters, including, medical malpractice, automobile negligence, premises liability and worker’s compensation, among others. During that time period, Mr. LaTerra represented hundreds of clients and handled trials, arbitrations, mediations and countless depositions.

Mr. LaTerra received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School where he graduated cum laude. Mr. LaTerra graduated from Lafayette College with a degree in Government and Law and a minor in Spanish. Mr. LaTerra is admitted to the New Jersey, New York and District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court of New Jersey. He is a lifelong New Jersey resident.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, SCUBA diving, running and cheering on his beloved New York Mets.

Andy West

Andy West is an attorney within the ever-growing universe of The Lanier Law Firm Asbestos Resolution Team.  Prior to coming aboard with the firm, Andy had been working with our firm on issues related to asbestos bankruptcy claims for several years as a solo practitioner.  This journey has given Andy a unique perspective of viewing a client’s needs at The Lanier Law Firm from the outside and the inside. It tells you something when an attorney is so good at their job that another firm comes along and talks him into leaving his solo practice behind to join their team.  Yes, Andy is very good at his job of navigating the often torrential waters of asbestos bankruptcy.  Because of this, our clients win.

Andy was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2011 and has been qualified as a mediator in Texas (including cases affecting the parent-child relationship) since 2010.  His well-rounded background has made him immediately irreplaceable to the team as well as to our clients who depend upon his significant expertise.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude) from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2008.  While at Lamar, he was the recipient of the Jack Brooks Scholarship for Government and Politics, the Otho Plummer Award, and the Dawson Award, and served as an officer in the Lamar Pre-Law Society.

Andy went on to earn his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 2011.  As a law student at South Texas, he served a staff member of Currents: International Trade Law Journal, acted as mediator in the school’s Mediation Clinic, and was awarded the Pro Bono Honors Certificate, proving he not only has a heart for his profession but also for his community.

He is a native of Beaumont, Texas and has resided in Houston for more than a decade. He is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club and the Houston Rockets.

Skip McBride

Ralph (Skip) McBride serves as Of Counsel for The Lanier Law Firm out of the Houston office.  Mr. McBride began representing banks, energy companies and insurance companies in commercial and contract disputes more than 40 years ago, upon joining his former firm, Bracewell, LLP. During his tenure in the legal industry, he helped develop the firm’s insurance, contingency fee and banking litigation practices. He has long-term experience in representing financial institutions, inventors, energy companies, individuals, investors, and service companies.

As a member of The Lanier Law Firm team, Mr. McBride continues to represent commercial clients and individuals in real estate disputes, products liability lawsuits, oil and gas disputes, personal injury cases, construction contracts, trusts and probate matters and securities litigation.

Mr. McBride is admitted to practice in Texas and Arkansas. As well, he is admitted before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits; U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Supreme Court; and U.S. Tax Court.

Mr. McBride serves on the Audit Committee of the Memorial Hermann Health Care System, the Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University, the Board of Trustees of Camp Eagle and the Board of Trustees of The College of Biblical Studies.

Outside of the practice of law, Mr. McBride currently serves or has served on the boards of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Pride International, Inc., The Good Samaritan Foundation, the Memorial Hermann Foundation, Fannin Bank, SunBelt National Bank, and Camp Eagle.  Further he serves as a Director of Health Professionals Insurance Company, LTD (HePIC) (Offshore Insurance Company.

Mr. McBride received undergraduate and Masters degrees at Baylor University and then graduated cum laude from the Baylor University School of Law.  He is a member of The State Bar of Texas, Baylor University Law Review Association, Texas Bar Foundation.  He is recognized as a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the Houston Bar Association.  He has also been honored by Thompson Reuters on the list of Texas Super Lawyers and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. McBride is married to Lucy and they have two daughters and sons-in-law and six grandchildren.