Alex J. Brown


Alex J. Brown joined the Commercial Litigation section of the Lanier Law Firm in 2011. Alex represents clients in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate level, and in domestic and international arbitration forums. He specializes in complex commercial disputes involving international project development, oil and gas ventures, corporate governance and shareholder rights, bankruptcy estates, financial services firms and commercial real estate.

Alex is also heavily involved in the firm’s multi-district/mass tort litigation practice and serves on Mark Lanier’s trial team, which is responsible for getting the firm’s largest cases ready for trial.  Those cases include the two Pinnacle bellwether trials in 2016 that resulted in a $1 billion combined jury verdict and a $502 million jury verdict, as well as the Actos bellwether trial in 2014 which resulted in a $9 billion jury verdict.

Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, Alex was a partner in the Houston office of one of the oldest and largest law firms in Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center where he served as an articles editor for the Houston Journal of International Law. Alex has been recognized as a “Texas Rising Star” in Texas Monthly Magazine from 2006 to the present. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.  Alex’s work on several high profile verdicts led to him being recognized and recommended in The Legal 500 2016 publication, the world’s largest legal referral guide.

Alex is a native Houstonian who is licensed in Texas and New York. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern District of Texas as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has given lectures at continuing legal education seminars and published in the Houston Business Journal. When he isn’t traveling around the country for firm clients, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and being outdoors.


  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • Member, American Bar Association – Business Torts Committee
  • Member, American Inns of Court
  • Member, International Dispute Resolution Centre

Alex has represented a wide variety of clients, including:

  • Bellwether plaintiffs in the Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal hip replacement litigation
  • A bellwether plaintiff in the Actos litigation
  • The family of an oil rig worker who was killed on a drilling rig
  • A man who lost his leg due to a rifle misfire
  • The family of a man killed in an airplane crash
  • A Texas energy company in ICC and ICSID arbitration proceedings against the Federal Government of Nigeria
  • A motor cross track sued by an injured rider
  • Securities traders against a securities trading company
  • A U.S. retailer in a case against a Chinese manufacturer
  • A CEO who was sued by a minority shareholder
  • An oil and gas interest owner who was sued under a joint operating agreement
  • A creditor’s committee sued for alleged violations of a bankruptcy plan of reorganization
  • A land investor against the organizers of the Circuit of the Americas race track
  • A developer who was sued by his former partner regarding a Lake Travis development project
  • A national packaging company for alleged violations of a non-compete agreement
  • Landowners whose oil and gas properties were damaged by a multi-national oil company
  • A stockbroker who was sued by his clients for mishandling their trading accounts
  • A national real estate investment trust sued by a retail tenant for millions of dollars
  • A royalty owner in a lawsuit against the operator of his oil and gas wells


Arbitration: Is it the right forum for your dispute? – Panel member, CLE program

The Anatomy of an International Arbitration – Guest Lecturer, Chevron Corporation

Minor Lawsuits can block real estate transactions – Houston Business Journal