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Whether holding medical device manufacturers accountable to make safer products, taking on companies that expose workers and their families to asbestos, or fighting for those who have been devastated by unsafe products or the negligence of others, Mark Lanier and the attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm continue to earn a reputation as nationwide litigation leaders in personal injury law. In addition to his considerable expertise on behalf of those who have been injured through no fault of their own, Mark also is regularly called on by companies from a variety of industries to represent them in business disputes and high-stakes litigation.
In July 2018, Mr. Lanier secured one of the largest verdicts in plaintiffs’ personal injury history, 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.
In reacting to the verdict, an editorial in The New York Times noted: “The size of the award sends a message that should be heard by the whole drug and medical device industry: Stop placing profits over safety.”
That verdict follows the firm’s success in three federal court jury verdicts totaling almost $2 billion against J&J and its Pinnacle division based on the claims of multiple plaintiffs 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 2014, Mark served as lead trial counsel in securing a combined $9 billion verdict against Actos manufacturer Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan and Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly & Co. Trial evidence showed that the defendants were aware of Actos’ link to bladder cancer seven years before a warning to patients was issued.
Mark’s peers and the media consistently recognize him as one of the country’s leading legal minds. The National Law Journal and The Best Lawyers in America each named Mark as Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2018. The NLJ has twice highlighted Mark as one of the nation’s Top 10 Trial Attorneys, in addition to naming him to the list of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America (2006) and one of the Influential Lawyers of the Decade (2010).
Closer to home, Texas Lawyer newspaper has featured Mark as one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Past Quarter Century (2010), and the top “Go-To” personal injury attorney in Texas (2002, 2007, 2012). Mark has earned a spot on the annual Texas Super Lawyers listing each year since 2003, including multiple selections as one of the Top 10 lawyers in the entire state.
Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mark is licensed to practice in all Texas and New York state and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, where he serves on the school’s Foundation Board.
Last updated October 2018