HOUSTON – Mark Lanier, founding partner of The Lanier Law Firm, has been named the 2018 Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year by the editors and reporters of ALM and The National Law Journal. The prestigious award will be presented at the 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers event on Oct. 5, 2018, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.
“There are so many outstanding and experienced attorneys representing the interests of their clients and the public every day in courts across the nation,” said Mr. Lanier. “To be selected from among that group for this award is a supreme honor.”
In July, Mr. Lanier won one of the largest verdicts in plaintiffs’ personal injury history. He and his experienced trial team secured a nearly $4.7 billion verdict on behalf of 22 women who developed ovarian cancer as a result of longtime use of asbestos-laced talcum powder made by Johnson & Johnson.
That verdict follows the firm’s success in three federal jury trials where a total of nearly $2 billion was awarded against J&J and its Pinnacle division based on claims from multiple people who suffered serious medical complications caused by the company’s defective hip implant devices. These results cumulatively put Mr. Lanier close to $20 billion in verdicts during his highly acclaimed career.
In addition, for the fourth time in the Elite Trial Lawyers award’s five-year history, The Lanier Law Firm is a finalist for recognition in three separate practice areas: Mass Torts, Medical Devices, and Product Liability.
According to the ALM legal news and information service, its researchers reviewed more than 300 submissions across 23 categories to arrive at a list of finalists that “have demonstrated exemplary performance in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last 18 months.”
The Lanier Law Firm has offices in Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. For close to 30 years, the firm has worked tirelessly to find unique solutions to its clients’ unique needs. The firm is composed of more than 60 skilled attorneys, practicing in a broad array of areas, including business fraud, asbestos exposure, personal injury, commercial litigation, and others.