Attorney Michelle Carreras

M. Michelle Carreras

Attorney

PRACTICE AREAS

Michelle Carreras has been an attorney at The Lanier Law Firm since 2009. She initially worked in the Bankruptcy Litigation group, where she focused on litigation matters arising out of corporate bankruptcies. In September 2011, Ms. Carreras joined the Issues and Appeals group, where she handles complex appeals and trial-level briefing and research.

Michelle Carreras has been an attorney at The Lanier Law Firm since 2009. She initially worked in the Bankruptcy Litigation group, where she focused on litigation matters arising out of corporate bankruptcies. In September 2011, Ms. Carreras joined the Issues and Appeals group, where she handles complex appeals and trial-level briefing and research. Since joining the appellate section, she has worked on a wide variety of cases, including mass tort, products liability, personal injury, business litigation, and sports law litigation. She was a key member of the firm’s Pinnacle bellwether trial team that won a $1 billion combined jury verdict and a $502 million jury verdict in 2016.

Ms. Carreras earned her undergraduate degrees in English and Anthropology from Rice University in 2000. She then earned her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 2003. Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, she spent six years as an associate at a prominent Texas defense firm, where her efforts were focused primarily on bankruptcy-related litigation and environmental litigation matters.

Ms. Carreras is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Carreras previously served as a member of the State Bar of Texas District 4-F Grievance Committee, where she presided over disciplinary proceedings brought against attorneys in Harris County, Texas. She is also a member of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Ms. Carreras lives in Houston, with her husband, and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and art.

  • Member of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • She has been published multiple times in The Legal 500: Country Comparative Guide on Product Liability
  • Former member of the State Bar of Texas District 4-F Grievance Committee

Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, she spent six years as an associate at a prominent Texas defense firm, where her efforts were focused primarily on bankruptcy-related litigation and environmental litigation matters. Ms. Carreras lives in Houston, with her husband, and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and art.

Since joining the appellate section, she has worked on a wide variety of cases, including mass tort, products liability, personal injury, business litigation, and sports law litigation. 

  • Key member of the firm’s bellwether trial team that obtained jury verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs in MDL 2244, In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, resulting from injuries caused by the “Pinnacle” metal-on-metal hip implants sold by Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics: 
    • $1 billion verdict in 2016: Rosa Metzler, et al. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 12-2066; Michael Weiser v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 13-3631; Judith Rodriguez v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 13-3938; Linda Standerfer v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 14-1730; Kathleen Davis, et al. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 15-1767; Marvin Andrews, et al. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 15-3484. (Six cases consolidated for trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division)
    • $502 million verdict in 2016: Aoki v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:13-cv-01071-K; Christopher v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:14-cv-01994-K; Greer v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:12-cv-01672-K; Klusmann v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:11-cv-02800-K; and Peterson v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:11-cv-01941-K. (Five cases consolidated for trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division)
    • $247 million verdict in 2017: Alicea v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 3:15-cv-03489-K; Barzel v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 3:16-cv-01245-K; Kirschner v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 3:16-cv-01526-K; Miura v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 3:13-cv-04119-K; Stevens v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 3:14-cv-01776-K; Stevens v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 3:14-cv-02341-K (Six cases consolidated for trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division)
  • In addition to the trials, Ms. Carreras was the leader of the teams that handled the appeals from the Aoki and Metzler Pinnacle trials.  She successfully obtained favorable rulings from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on a number of legal issues, including personal jurisdiction and parent corporation liability.  
  • Member of the trial team that obtained jury verdicts totaling $4.7 billion in favor of twenty-two plaintiffs in Ingham, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., Cause No. 1522-CC10417-01, resulting from personal injuries caused by Johnson & Johnson’s asbestos-contaminated talc products.  The cases were consolidated for trial in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Key member of the Law & Briefing team in MDL 2804, In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, in the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  She represents the interests of various local governmental entities in this massive and complex litigation involving the pharmaceutical industry’s improper promotion, distribution, and dispensing of prescription opioid medications.  She was a key member of the firm’s bellwether trial team that obtained jury verdicts in favor of Lake and Trumbull Counties (in Ohio) against Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart for causing a public nuisance in those counties through their improper dispensing of prescription opioids.

  • J.D. – University of Chicago Law
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology from Rice
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas
  • Licensed in the United States Supreme Court
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas
  • Licensed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Licensed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Licensed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Licensed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Licensed in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 in Texas – 2020 – 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Appellate Practice – 2021 – 2022