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Mildred Conroy

Mildred Conroy joined the Lanier Law Firm’s New York office as an associate in 2018 and practices in the areas of toxic torts, pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts and product liability.

Ms. Conroy proudly fights for injured clients and their families who have been harmed by defective products and corporate negligence. Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, Ms. Conroy was a legal assistant with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, where she worked primarily in the felony division.

Ms. Conroy is from Massachusetts and received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She then went on to attend Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol Rhode Island, where she focused on Maritime law.

Ms. Conroy is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.

When she is not passionately advocating for her clients, Ms. Conroy enjoys competitive sailboat racing, skiing and spending time with her family.

Harvey Brown

Harvey Brown serves as Of Counsel for The Lanier Law Firm out of the Houston office. Judge Brown joined The Lanier Law Firm in 2019 following distinguished service as a District Judge in Harris County and as a Justice on the First Court of Appeals for the State of Texas. While on the appellate court, Judge Brown also served on the Texas state multidistrict litigation panel.

Judge Brown served on the First Court of Appeals bench from 2010-2018. During his tenure, he was named Appellate Judge of the Year by the Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and Mentor of the Year by the Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He authored more than1,000 opinions on the court.

Judge Brown previously presided over the 152nd District Court in Harris County for more than six years, heard more than 150 jury trials and 200 bench trials, and served as the chair of a panel that administered the diet drug product liability litigation in Harris County.

Before his judicial service he was in private practice for more than 20 years, handling both trials and appeals. He was also appointed as a special master in a case and also frequently retained as an arbitrator and mediator.

Judge Brown is board certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, the Texas State Bar College, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, the Garland Walker American Inn of Court, and the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. Judge Brown is also a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.

A native Texan, Judge Brown attended high school in Houston and received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas, graduating with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Judge Brown earned his law degree from The University of Texas, with honors, and was a member of the Texas Law Review and the Order of Coif. He is also an award-winning author, having authored six law review articles.

 

Shannon Tully

Shannon Tully is an associate at The Lanier Law Firm New York office, where she practices in the areas of Asbestos Exposure and Mesotheliomapharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, and product liability.

Ms. Tully is highly dedicated litigator who’s focus has always been advocating on behalf of her clients.  She has represented, unflinching resolve, numerous individuals suffering from asbestos-induced diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by exposure to various asbestos-containing products, including talcum powder products.

Ms. Tully was born and raised in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Politics from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.

Her path is quite unique as she joined The Lanier Law Firm in 2012, as a paralegal.  She worked full-time, for the firm, while attending law school, part-time, in the evening.  In 2017, she earned her degree from Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey, where she also served as the Associate Editor of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal.

Ms. Tully is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New Jersey. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

When she is not passionately advocating for her clients, Ms. Tully enjoys training for marathons, cheering for the New York Yankees, and spending time with her friends and family.

Alex Brown

Alex J. Brown is the Managing Attorney of the Lanier Law Firm’s Commercial Litigation section.  Alex represents companies and individuals in federal and state courts across the country at both the trial and appellate level, and in domestic and international arbitration forums.

Before he became a plaintiff’s lawyer, Alex was a partner in the Houston office of one of the oldest and largest law firms in Texas.  There, he represented multi-national corporations in complex business disputes involving international project development, partnerships, oil and gas ventures, corporate governance and shareholder’s rights, real estate development, and mass tort litigation.

Alex worked closely with Mark Lanier as an integral member of his trial team, which tried two medical device cases in 2016 that resulted in a $1 billion jury verdict and a $502 million jury verdict, as well as the Actos drug trial in 2014 that resulted in a $9 billion jury verdict. Alex was recognized for his work on these cases with Mr. Lanier by The Legal 500 2016 publication – the world’s largest legal referral guide.  In addition to his commercial litigation practice at The Lanier Law Firm, Alex has represented large groups of clients in national/multi-district product liability litigation and served on the Talc MDL trial committee. He currently heads the trial committee of a joint venture organized to pursue environmental litigation on behalf of the State of New Jersey.

For years, Alex was selected multiple times as a “Texas Rising Star” by Texas Monthly Magazine and as a “Texas Super Lawyer” from 2017 to 2020 for his product-liability experience.  For nearly a decade, he has maintained an AV Preeminent® ranking, which is awarded by Martindale-Hubbell to those attorneys whose peers rank them “at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.”  In 2013, Alex was named to American Lawyer‘s list of Top Rated Lawyers for International Law & International Trade.  In 2020 Alex Brown was named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, one of the most respected guides to the legal profession.

Alex is a native Houstonian who is licensed in Texas and New York. He is admitted to practice in all United States District Courts in Texas, the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Alex received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Texas Tech University and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center where he served as an articles editor for the Houston Journal of International Law.

When he isn’t traveling around the country for firm clients, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and being outdoors.

 

Activities

Member, National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Member, College of the State Bar of Texas

Member, American Association of Justice

Member, American Bar Association

Member, International Dispute Resolution Centre

 

Alex has represented a wide variety of clients, including:

Served as outside counsel to represent the State of New Jersey against various defendants to recover Natural Resource Damages incurred by the state

Represented a class of homeowners in Carteret, New Jersey whose homes and yards have been contaminated with lead, arsenic, copper and other heavy metals

Bellwether plaintiffs in the Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal hip replacement litigation

A bellwether plaintiff in the Actos litigation

The family of an oil rig worker who was killed on a drilling rig

A man who lost his leg due to a rifle misfire

The family of a man killed in an airplane crash

A Texas energy company in ICC and ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Federal

Government of Nigeria

A motor cross track sued by an injured rider

Securities traders against a securities trading company

A U.S. retailer in a case against a Chinese manufacturer

A CEO who was sued by a minority shareholder

An oil and gas interest owner who was sued under a joint operating agreement

A creditor’s committee sued for alleged violations of a bankruptcy plan of reorganization

A land investor against the organizers of the Circuit of the Americas race track

A developer who was sued by his former partner regarding a Lake Travis development project

A national packaging company for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement

Landowners whose oil and gas properties were damaged by a multi-national oil company

A stockbroker who was sued by his clients for mishandling their trading accounts

A national real estate investment trust sued by a retail tenant for millions of dollars

A royalty owner in a lawsuit against the operator of his oil and gas wells

Leila Ayachi

Leila Ayachi joined Lanier Law Firm, in 2018, as an associate in the pharmaceutical liability section.

Prior to joining The Lanier Law Firm, Ms. Ayachi represented clients in a variety of public interest cases, including public and private housing, construction liability, public access, contractor and insurance fraud, and medical benefits claims, which gives her a well-rounded and unique ability of viewing her client’s cases.

Ms. Ayachi earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard College with a major in Comparative Religion, focusing on early Christianity and Buddhism,  and a minor in Italian Languages and Literature. She earned her law degree from Villanova Law School and is admitted to practice in Texas.

During her first semester at Villanova Law School, Hurricane Ike hit her native Galveston community.  Ms. Ayachi recruited fellow students and returned home each year to offer a variety of hurricane-related, pro bono legal services for the Galveston County community. Through this effort, over 50 Galveston residents were served and over 1500 hours of pro bono work were completed by the Villanova students. Ms. Ayachi was recognized as the 2011 Anne Bowen Poulin Pro Bono Service award recipient which is given to the student who has contributed the most meaningful pro bono service to those in need. With these efforts, Ms. Ayachi has proven time and time again her heart for service to her community and her passion for justice.

Ms. Ayachi currently resides in Houston with her fiancé and their ancient yellow Labrador.