Six Lanier Law Firm Attorneys Recognized on 2017 Texas Super Lawyers List

HOUSTON – Six attorneys from The Lanier Law Firm have earned spots on the 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list, the largest number of firm attorneys selected to the prestigious roster of the state’s top lawyers since its inception in 2003.

Firm founder W. Mark Lanier was again named one of the Top 10 attorneys in the state based on his work in class actions and mass torts. Mr. Lanier served as lead counsel in trials that resulted in two of the largest verdicts in the nation in 2016, with juries collectively awarding more than $1.5 billion to multiple victims of faulty metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by the DePuy/J&J division of Johnson & Johnson.

Appellate lawyer Kevin P. Parker earned a spot on the list for the sixth time. He leads the firm’s Issues and Appeals practice group, where his team analyzes and briefs legal issues at the trial and appellate court levels.

Charles F. Herd Jr. was named to the list for the fifth consecutive year for his success in maritime-related claims, maritime product liability cases and related commercial matters.

Three firm attorneys are named to the Texas Super Lawyers list for their representation of clients in the area of Personal Injury.

For the ninth year, Sam E. Taylor II was recognized for his accomplishments in the courtroom. As lead counsel, he has tried more than 40 personal injury jury cases, including those involving wrongful death and other incidents that resulted in serious personal injuries.

Lawrence P. Wilson earned his sixth consecutive selection based on his years of experience in cases involving industrial plant explosions, FELA/railroad claims, and other transportation-related claims.

Patrice McKinney was honored on the Texas Super Lawyers list for the first time. Active in several Houston-area philanthropic and educational organizations, she has secured numerous jury awards and substantial settlements on behalf of individuals injured in the workplace.

To develop the list of Texas’ top attorneys, researchers with Thomson Reuters conducted a statewide survey asking attorneys to nominate their top legal peers. A blue-ribbon panel of lawyers then assisted Texas Super Lawyers staff with final selections. No more than 5 percent of Texas attorneys are named to the list each year.

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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.

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