Richard “Rick” Meadow has been a practicing trial attorney for more than 30 years. He has represented the rights of individuals who have been injured by pharmaceuticals, medical devices, asbestos, medical malpractice, defective products, construction defects, lead poisoning, and motor vehicles, as well as the negligence of premises owners and municipalities. Mr. Meadow also has extensive experience in the representation of large national insurance companies as an insurance defense attorney. This experience provides a 360-degree perspective of the practice of tort law in the United States.
Mr. Meadow is the National Mass Tort Leader for The Lanier Law Firm, where his responsibilities include overseeing all the firm’s pharmaceutical mass tort litigation in addition to promoting and maintaining associated outside relationships at a national level. He has served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for several national litigations and currently acts as the Federal-State liaison in the Yasmin litigationas well as the Plaintiffs Negotiating Committee of the Yasmin Litigation.
Mr. Meadow has successfully tried over 25 cases to verdict. He was part of the winning trial team that obtained record-setting plaintiffs’ verdicts in the Vioxx litigation. While he was at his former firm, he helped win two significant jury awards recognized by The National Law Journal among the nation’s largest verdicts in 2002 and 2003. He has settled substantial claims for clients and argued appeals before the New York and New Jersey Appellate Divisions.
Mr. Meadow often is called on as a featured lecturer at many legal forums and conferences. In 2008, Mr. Meadow was asked to testify before the United States Congress based on his expertise regarding to the Sunshine Litigation Bill, which would have effectively amended the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding the use of protective orders in discovery and the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements. He has lectured at numerous legal conferences and he has been appointed to many committees that explore issues germane to the medical and legal communities. He also is a distinguished member of The Sedona Conference.
Prior to relocating to the firm’s Houston office, Mr. Meadow was recognized in the annual New York Super Lawyers list for six years straight as one of the top attorneys in New York. He has earned a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating and he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
A graduate of California Western School of Law (J.D. 1984) and Rutgers University (B.A. 1979), Mr. Meadow is licensed to practice law in New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in addition to numerous Federal Courts. He also is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Born in New York, he currently resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Kirsten, and is the proud father of Ruby and Joshua.