Lanier Law Firm Attorneys, Mark Lanier Earn National Best Lawyers Honors

Firm founder named top Houston attorney for plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation

HOUSTON – Four attorneys from The Lanier Law Firm in Houston have been named among the best in the nation by other lawyers and the publishers of the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Founder Mark Lanier earned special recognition as Houston’s Lawyer of the Year for plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation following the firm’s record-setting verdict earlier this year on behalf of five people harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by the DePuy/J&J Orthopaedics division of health care giant Johnson & Johnson.

Mr. Lanier has been listed in Best Lawyers for more than a decade for his work in commercial disputes, serious personal injuries, dangerous consumer products and mass torts.

The Lanier Law Firm’s Richard D. Meadow claimed his fourth consecutive listing in Best Lawyers based on his work for plaintiffs in class actions and mass torts, as well as personal injury claims. The firm’s National Mass Torts Leader, Mr. Meadow is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top attorneys in mass tort cases and class actions.

Dara G. Hegar, the firm’s managing attorney, is listed for the first time in Best Lawyers for her work on behalf of victims of serious personal injuries. In addition to the win in the hip implant case earlier this year, she previously helped the firm prevail in the nation’s first trial over the controversial painkiller Vioxx and another significant courtroom victory over the diabetes medication Actos.

The Lanier Law Firm’s in-house trial psychologist Dr. Robert Leone also claimed his first Best Lawyers selection based on his work in cases involving dangerous products. An accomplished lawyer who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, Dr. Leone has been involved in some of the highest-profile cases in history, including the McDonald’s coffee cup case, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Selena murder trial.

With offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles, The Lanier Law Firm is committed to addressing client concerns with effective and innovative solutions in courtrooms across the country. The firm is composed of outstanding trial attorneys with decades of experience handling cases involving pharmaceutical liability, asbestos exposure, commercial litigation, product liability, maritime law, and sports and entertainment law. Visit

For more information, contact J.D. Cargill at 713-659-5200 or [email protected].

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