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Texas Mesothelioma Lawyer

For nearly half a century, the asbestos industry knowingly concealed the dangers of asbestos, resulting in millions of workers, their families, and members of the public contracting mesothelioma and other deadly asbestos-related illnesses. Lanier Law Firm’s Texas mesothelioma lawyers specialize in bringing these companies to justice.

Legally Reviewed By: Sam E. Taylor
Managing Attorney | Mesothelioma & Asbestos in Houston

Sam Taylor

Legally Reviewed By: Sam E. Taylor
Managing Attorney | Mesothelioma & Asbestos in Houston

Approximately 15,348 Texans died from asbestos exposure from 1999 to 2017. Of these, 2,688 were from mesothelioma, 10,752 were from asbestos-related lung cancer, and 2,012 were from asbestosis, according to the Environmental Working Group.

These deaths could have been prevented had the companies that manufactured, processed, and used asbestos chosen to do the right thing. Instead, these companies chose to sacrifice the health and well-being of their workers and the public to maximize profits.

Fortunately, Texas laws recognize these companies’ responsibility for the harm that occurred to their workers. The Texas mesothelioma lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm specialize in holding these companies accountable and helping asbestos-exposure victims recover significant compensation.

The Lanier Law Firm Is One of the World’s Most Experienced and Successful Mesothelioma Law Firms Right Here in Texas

We have been accepting asbestos cases for more than 25 years. During that time, our successful litigation strategies have allowed us to build a reputation as one of the most respected mesothelioma law firms in Texas and across the nation.

We have won more than $20 billion in compensation for our clients, including the following mesothelioma verdicts and settlements in Texas:

  • $115 million verdict for 21 steelworkers diagnosed with mesothelioma
  • More than $4 million in settlements from multiple defendants on behalf of the family
    of a doctor exposed to asbestos in a shipyard where he worked before attending
    medical school
  • $2.1 million in settlements from multiple defendants on behalf of a deceased oil field
    worker’s family
  • $1.6 million settlement for the family of a deceased woman with mesothelioma who
    worked at a manufacturing plant

These are only a few remarkable results our attorneys have achieved for our clients. Results like these are the reason our peers have consistently selected our firm and our attorneys for such honors as:

  • Best Law Firms, Tier I ranking (U.S. News and Best Lawyers)
  • The Largest Verdict in the U.S. in 2018, according to U.S. News and the National Law Journal
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year – Mark Lanier
  • Best Lawyers in America – 12 attorneys
  • To 10 Super Lawyers in Texas – Mark Lanier, multiple years

Our reputation as a skilled team of formidable trial lawyers gives our clients an advantage when negotiating settlements. Most defendants do not want to face us in court and are thus more amenable to accepting responsibility and agreeing to a fair and reasonable settlement.

We provide a personalized approach and treat our clients with compassion and concern. Below are examples of the feedback we consistently receive from our satisfied mesothelioma clients:

The Lanier Law Firm is totally awesome. When I have had bad days, they have lifted me up. They truly care. You do not find that at very many places. I feel so blessed having them and all they have done for my family. They are family. They are the best of the best.” — Carla Hunter

“I can’t recommend a greater firm than The Lanier Law Firm! All members are fantastic and will work tirelessly to get the result you want. Sam Taylor is very knowledgeable and does excellent work in his field, so you’ll know you’re getting the best with him.”
— Owen Meaney

“Sammy Taylor at Lanier Law Firm has represented me, and he did a phenomenal job! Sammy is the perfect blend of professional and straightforward while still being empathetic to his clients’ needs. He was able to give me a better understanding of my situation and our steps moving forward. Sammy is a great communicator while being all class and plenty of relentlessness.”
— Shawn Stone

Our Features Texas Mesothelioma & Asbestos Attorneys

Mark Lanier

Mark Lanier is consistently recognized as one of the top civil trial lawyers in America. He is known as a zealous advocate for individuals in personal injury and product liability claims against major corporations.

Mark won the largest verdict in Texas in 2016, according to VerdictSearch and Texas Lawyer, as well as the third largest verdict, with $1 billion and $502 million, respectively. Mark’s $118 million verdict on behalf of 21 asbestos victims is considered one of the largest asbestos liability awards in U.S. history.

He has earned the respect of his peers and received numerous honors, including

  • Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Texas Trailblazer Award of 2019

Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor is the Managing Attorney of the Asbestos Exposure & Mesothelioma litigation team out of The Lanier Law Firm’s Houston office. Sam is a Texas native and a successful trial lawyer rated in the top five percent of Texas lawyers. Mr. Taylor was named as one of the Top Attorneys in Texas with his selection to the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2008.

He has successfully tried more than 50 civil trials and 40 personal injury trials, including mesothelioma cases. He is board-certified in civil trial law and has been named a fellow of the Texas Bar Association.

Why hire an attorney with experience in handling mesothelioma cases in Texas?

Mesothelioma is a specialized area of law that requires specific knowledge of asbestos companies, products, and health effects. Although your asbestos exposure and mesothelioma case may seem straightforward, the large companies responsible for asbestos exposure make every maneuver possible to avoid taking responsibility.

Effectively Stand Up to Large Corporations

Asbestos companies may resort to such tactics as the following:

  • Stalling the case, hoping you will die before your case moves forward
  • Blaming you for your illness
  • Claiming you were exposed to asbestos elsewhere
  • Refusing to admit to the asbestos exposure or knowledge of harm

The Texas mesothelioma attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm are familiar with these tactics. We know how to thwart them to ensure asbestos companies answer for the harm they have caused.

Identify Your Sources of Exposure

Many of our clients are unaware of how they were exposed to asbestos. Some were exposed through multiple sources but were unaware of them all. An experienced Texas mesothelioma lawyer can help you identify all sources of exposure to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

The Lanier Law Firm has built one of the largest collections of asbestos products in the world to help clients identify sources of asbestos exposure.

Determine the Correct Claim Type and Venue

You may be eligible to file multiple claims in various jurisdictions. The experienced lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm can ensure your mesothelioma claim is filed in the jurisdiction most favorable to you and that you file every type of claim for which you qualify.

Asbestos Exposure in Texas

Asbestos exposure may occur in the home, in public buildings, and even in natural environments. However, the workplace is the most common source of asbestos exposure.

Which industries had the highest levels of asbestos exposure?

Asbestos exposure has been significant in the following Texas industries:

  • Oil refineries
  • Steel mills and foundries
  • Chemical and petrochemical plants
  • Automobile factories
  • Ships and shipyards
  • Railroads
  • Construction companies

Which workers have the highest risks of asbestos exposure?

The following workers may have directly handled asbestos or asbestos-containing products, or they may have been involved in the repair, destruction, or removal of these products:

Construction worker

Texas Companies Who Exposed Their Workers to Asbestos:

A vast number of companies in Texas have exposed workers to asbestos. Some of the largest such employers include the following:

  • Todd Shipyard/Todd Shipping Company
  • Bethlehem Steel/Bethlehem Shipping Company
  • Gulf Oil
  • Gulfport Shipping Company
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical
  • Lyondell Chemical
  • Texas Chemical
  • Lone Star Industries
  • Texaco Oil
  • BNSF Railway

Asbestos-Related Illnesses