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Alex Brown

Alex J. Brown is the Managing Attorney of the Lanier Law Firm’s Commercial Litigation section. He represents companies and individuals in federal and state courts across the nation at both the trial and appellate level, and in domestic and international arbitration forums.

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 has represented multi-national corporations in complex business disputes involving international project development, partnerships, oil and gas ventures, corporate governance and shareholder’s rights, real estate development, and mass tort litigation.

In addition to his commercial litigation practice at The Lanier Law Firm, Alex used his trial skills in representing large groups of clients in national/multi-district product liability litigation and served on the Talc MDL trial committee.

Alex served on two Pinnacle hip implant trial teams in 2016 that secured newsworthy jury verdicts, and the Actos drug trial in 2014 that resulted in one of the largest verdicts in the nation that year. Alex was recognized for his work on these cases with Mark Lanier by VerdictSearchThe National Law JournalTexas Lawyer and The Legal 500 publication – the world’s largest legal referral guide.

For years, Alex has been selected as a “Texas Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters and as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in 2017 and 2018, as published in Texas Monthly. For nearly a decade, he has maintained an AV Preeminent® ranking among his peers, which is awarded by Martindale-Hubbell to those attorneys whose peers rank them “at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.”  America Lawyer Media recognized Alex for several years among the Top Rated Lawyers for International Law & International Trade.

Alex is a native Houstonian and 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.

Alex received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Texas Tech University and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center where he served as an articles editor for the Houston Journal of International Law.

When he isn’t traveling around the country for firm clients, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and being outdoors.

Activities:

Member, National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Member, College of the State Bar of Texas

Member, American Association of Justice

Member, American Bar Association

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

Publications/Presentations

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

Leila Ayachi

Leila Ayachi joined Lanier Law Firm, in 2018, as an associate in the pharmaceutical liability section.

Prior to joining The Lanier Law Firm, Ms. Ayachi represented clients in a variety of public interest cases, including public and private housing, construction liability, public access, contractor and insurance fraud, and medical benefits claims, which gives her a well-rounded and unique ability of viewing her client’s cases.

Ms. Ayachi earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Harvard College with a major in Comparative Religion, focusing on early Christianity and Buddhism,  and a minor in Italian Languages and Literature. She earned her law degree from Villanova Law School and is admitted to practice in Texas.

During her first semester at Villanova Law School, Hurricane Ike hit her native Galveston community.  Ms. Ayachi recruited fellow students and returned home each year to offer a variety of hurricane-related, pro bono legal services for the Galveston County community. Through this effort, over 50 Galveston residents were served and over 1500 hours of pro bono work were completed by the Villanova students. Ms. Ayachi was recognized as the 2011 Anne Bowen Poulin Pro Bono Service award recipient which is given to the student who has contributed the most meaningful pro bono service to those in need. With these efforts, Ms. Ayachi has proven time and time again her heart for service to her community and her passion for justice.

Ms. Ayachi currently resides in Houston with her fiancé and their ancient yellow Labrador.

Marcia Turner Luke

Marcia Turner Luke is an associate practicing in pharmaceutical liability.  She joined Lanier Law Firm’s Houston office in 2018.

Before joining the Lanier Law Firm, Marcia worked for an international e-Discovery and managed review provider.  Marcia managed teams of up to 60 attorneys in large scale document review projects, and provided law firm clients with solutions to complex e-discovery needs.  Prior to that, Marcia began her legal career with a busy family law practice.

Born in Buffalo, NY, Marcia attended the University at Buffalo and graduated in 2003.  She attended Law School at Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006.

Marcia is a former foster mom and now is a mom to an amazing group of kids.  She currently lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and children.

Rebecca Phillips

Rebecca Phillips joined The Lanier Law Firm team because she believes in the power of the civil justice system to promote good corporate behavior and public safety. She loves helping individuals utilize that power to seek justice, through both trial work and appeals.  Rebecca’s practice is diverse, having experience in mass torts, class actions, and complex commercial cases.  Most recently, she focuses her time on litigation concerning the opioid epidemic and on litigation concerning injuries caused by the diabetes drug Onglyza.

Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, Rebecca worked passionately in representing nearly 2,000 individuals who were injured by transvaginal mesh.  During that time, she also submitted amicus briefing to the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of California on a seminal case concerning personal jurisdiction, and she wrote to the Supreme Court of Texas on behalf of a client in a contract dispute.  Prior to that, Rebecca represented companies in commercial and class action litigation.

Rebecca has been recognized as Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers for the past two years, and she was also selected as a member of the American Association for Justice’s Fifth Leadership Academy.  She is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.

Rebecca is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review.  She is also a graduate of Arkansas State University, where she was voted by the faculty as Most Outstanding Political Science Graduate.

Rebecca grew up in small-town Arkansas, the daughter of an English teacher and a football coach. As a native of The Natural State, when Rebecca is not practicing law, she can be found outdoors – running, rock climbing, or hiking. She is also an active member of the Houston Blues Dance Community.

Kimberly Yi

Kimberly Yi is an associate at the Lanier Law Firm in Houston, practicing in the area of pharmaceutical liability. She joined the Lanier team in 2018 and is a noted expert if the field of eDiscovery. Ms. Yi has over two decades of litigation experience and is known for her persuasive nature combined with a compassionate heart. Ms. Yi’s work ethic captures the respect of clients, co-workers and jurors alike.

Ms. Yi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She went on to pursue a law degree from South Texas College of Law where she was awarded several American Jurisprudence Awards and a member of the South Texas Law Review.

Ms. Yi is admitted to practice law in Texas and currently resides in Houston.