Richard D. Meadow

Richard “Rick” Meadow is the National Mass Tort Leader as well as the Director of Business Development for The Lanier Law Firm.  His responsibilities include overseeing all the firm’s pharmaceutical mass tort litigation in addition to promoting, recruiting and maintaining associated outside relationships at a national level. In 2020 Mr. Meadow was named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, one of the most respected guides to the legal profession.

Mr. Meadow has represented the rights of individuals who have been injured by pharmaceuticals, medical devices, asbestosmedical malpracticedefective products, construction defects, lead poisoning, and motor vehicles, as well as the negligence of premises owners and municipalities for over 30 years. He further 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.

Mr. Meadow has successfully tried over 25 cases to verdict. He was an integral part of the winning Lanier team that obtained record-setting plaintiffs’ verdicts in the Vioxx litigation. While at his former firm, he helped win two significant jury awards recognized by The National Law Journal among the nation’s largest verdicts in 2002 and 2003. He has settled claims for clients in the tens of millions.  He has also argued appeals before the New York and New Jersey Appellate Divisions. For over the past 20 years, Mr. Meadow has developed an extensive practice in mass tort and aggregate litigation. He has been nominated and selected to a variety of leadership positions by both his peers and courts across the country.  He has served in leadership positions in many cases that have resulted in nationwide settlements against many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and automotive companies.  He has served or is currently serving in a leadership capacity in the following litigations:

In re: Levaquin Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 1943

In re: Chantix Prod. Liab Litig.   –   MDL 2092

In re: Yasmin and Yax (Drospirenone) Marketing Sales Practices Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2100

In re: Zimmer Duron Hip Cup Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2158

In re: DuPuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2197

In re: DuPuy Orthapaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2244

In re: Zimmer Nexgen Knee Implant Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2272

In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System. Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2325

In re: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair Sys. Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2326

In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2331

In re: Mirena IUD Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2434

In re: Bextra   –   MDL 1699

In re: Zyprexa Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 1596

In re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Litig.   –   MDL 2738

Mr. Meadow is often called on as a featured lecturer at legal forums and conferences. In 2008, Mr. Meadow was given the high honor to testify before the United States Congress.  His testimony was based on his expertise regarding the Sunshine in Litigation Bill, which would have effectively amended the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding the use of protective orders in discovery and the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements. He has been appointed to many committees that explore issues germane to the medical and legal communities and he is a distinguished member of The Sedona Conference.

Mr. Meadow has been regularly interviewed by, and quoted in, a variety of international, national and local media outlets regarding class action and mass tort cases including the following:

  • The New York Times
  • Bloomberg News
  • Reuters
  • CBS
  • ABC
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Law 360

In 2004, prior to relocating to the firm’s Houston office, Mr. Meadow opened, managed and grew the New York office of the Lanier Law Firm to what is now three floors and 17 attorneys. Mr. Meadow has been recognized on the annual New York Super Lawyers list for six years straight as one of the top attorneys and further received the Super Lawyer distinction for the State of Texas, after his relocation there.  He was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in New York. He has earned a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Meadow was recently recognized by Law Dragon as one of the Top 500 Lawyers in the Country.

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, New Jersey, Texas and Pennsylvania, in addition to numerous Federal Courts.  He also is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.  Born in New York, he currently resides in Houston, Texas, and is the proud father of Ruby and Joshua.