The Lanier Law Firm Earns Texas’ Top Litigation Firm Honors

Following a banner year of courtroom victories, The Lanier Law Firm has earned the title of 2015 Texas Litigation Department of the Year among mid-sized law firms.

The annual listing from Texas Lawyer newspaper identifies the state’s top law firms based on litigation results. The major litigation victories recorded by The Lanier Law Firm in 2014 included a record-breaking $9 billion jury award against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly and Co. over the prescription diabetes drug Actos.

Firm founder Mark Lanier and fellow firm attorneys Dr. Robert LeoneAlex Brown and Lee Cirsch represented a New York man who was diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking Actos. The jury award handed down in Louisiana federal court represents the largest pharmaceutical liability verdict in U.S. history. After the trial, Takeda offered a $2.2 billion national settlement to resolve approximately 8,000 similar lawsuits filed by The Lanier Law Firm and other firms from across the country.

The firm also helped resolve a nationwide a class-action lawsuit involving a faulty trigger mechanism in certain Remington Arms Co. rifles. In July, Mr. Lanier and Mr. Brown helped negotiate the settlement over a dangerous trigger defect in Remington’s Model 700 rifles. Under the settlement, Remington agreed to replace the faulty triggers in order to resolve the claims of thousands of consumers who had purchased the unsafe weapons.

Also last year, The Lanier Law Firm’s Judson “Jud” Waltman won a $1 million settlement on behalf of an El Paso truck driver who was severely burned and disfigured in an electrical accident. The lawsuit against Central Florida Irrigation Services (CFIS) included claims that the company failed to properly train a crane operator who caused an electric power line to strike the driver’s truck, leaving him with severe burns and other life-altering injuries that he continues to deal with to this day.

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