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Six Lanier Law Firm Attorneys Honored Among State’s Top Young Lawyers

Lanier Law Firm 2024 Rising Stars

The Lanier Law Firm is pleased to announce that six firm attorneys have been named among the state’s top young lawyers on the 2024 list of Texas Rising Stars. Published by Thomson Reuters, the guide recognizes only 5% of Texas attorneys who are either 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less. These six represent the largest number of firm attorneys selected since the inception of the list in 2004. 

Jonathan Armour represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including toxic torts and asbestos-related injuries. In addition to his litigation expertise, he is also a trained mediator with experience mediating cases on matters including contract and family law. 

Natalie Armour is recognized for her work in trial and appellate litigation involving mass torts, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and other types of liability claims and commercial disputes. She was a key member of the firm’s litigation team that won a multibillion-dollar jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in 2018 and was a member of the team that successfully briefed the matter before the Missouri Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.   

Named to the list in Business Litigation, Ryan Ellis focuses his practice on business disputes and environmental class action matters. He has represented individuals and companies of all sizes and across a wide range of industries in both state and federal court, as well as in private arbitration.  

Caroline McLeod joined the Issues and Appeals section of The Lanier Law Firm in 2018. Her practice involves briefing in trial and appellate courts in mass tort litigation, product liability, personal injury, and commercial litigation. She was recently recognized by Best Lawyers on the nationwide list of “Ones To Watch” in Appellate Practice.  

With a diverse practice of personal injury litigation, including mass torts, class actions, and complex business cases, Rebecca Phillips was recently appointed as co-lead counsel in class action litigation seeking justice for individuals injured by defective port catheter products manufactured by Bard.   

Christopher Phipps focuses on bankruptcy-related actions for the firm’s acclaimed Asbestos and Toxic Exposure practice, where he applies his extensive administrative and regulatory knowledge to protect the rights of the firm’s clients and achieve the greatest results. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.  

The full list of Texas Rising Stars is published in the April 2024 issue of Texas Monthly.