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Austin Taylor

Austin Taylor

Austin Taylor is an associate attorney at The Lanier Law Firm’s Houston office. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2017. Mr. Taylor focuses his practice on plaintiff’s civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on toxic tort and asbestos-related injuries.

Mr. Taylor was born and raised in the small town of Stephenville, Texas. After graduating from high school, Mr. Taylor moved to Houston to continue his education at The University of Houston, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Political Science. He then received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law Houston, where he was a Dean’s Honor List recipient.

Mr. Taylor joined The Lanier Law Firm in 2015 as a law clerk while attending law school. During that time he gained valuable experience and knowledge in civil litigation and representing injured clients and their families who have been harmed by asbestos and other toxic substances.  Mr. Taylor’s professionalism, experience and work ethic led to him being hired as an associate after his admission to the State Bar of Texas.

Austin lives in Houston, Texas with his wife, Madison. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association, the South Texas College of Law Alumni Association.

In his spare time, Austin enjoys spending time with his family, cooking barbeque, playing golf and watching every college football game he can.

Leydyluz “Luz” Symphorien-Restrepo

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Leydyluz “Luz” Symphorien-Restrepo joined The Lanier Law firm in 2017 with more than six years of experience in trial litigation. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she practices throughout the firm’s offices and is dedicated to advocating on behalf of the firm’s Spanish-speaking clients.

Mrs. Symphorien-Restrepo has focused her practice on representing the injured party in court. Before joining The Lanier Law Firm, Mrs. Symphorien-Restrepo worked as an associate at one of the first law firms in Central Florida dedicated to championing the cause of the area’s Latino community in personal injury matters. In this capacity, she managed more than eighty plaintiff’s cases arising out of injuries from automobile collisions and premise-liability incidents.

Mrs. Symphorien-Restrepo’s  significant trial experience includes her work as a prosecutor for the office of the State Attorney at the Ninth Judicial Circuit, in Orlando, FL., where she tried more than 25 cases to verdict for drug trafficking and other felony-level offenses.

Mrs. Symphorien- Restrepo graduated cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and received book awards for performing at the top of her class in International Criminal Law and Professional Responsibility.  During law school, Mrs. Symphorien- Restrepo studied for a short term at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her strong passion for those who are victimized motivated her in spearheading an effort to volunteer and raise funds for Ikhaya Likababa, a home for abandoned children in Empangeni, South Africa. Upon graduation from law school, Mrs. Symphorien-Restrepo received her first license to practice law with high marks and was selected to serve as a reader for the Florida Bar. She is also licensed in Florida.

Mrs. Symphorien-Restrepo came to the United States at the young age of eight, following her father’s grueling work as a New York city taxi-cab driver. She is a member of West End Church, in Houston Texas, the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and is a volunteer at Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. Mrs. Symphorien-Restrepo is married, with two daughters. She claims to be a runner and an excellent cook.

Christopher E. Hersom

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Christopher E. Hersom joined The Lanier Law Firm as an associate in 2017 and practices in the areas of asbestos litigation, toxic torts, mass torts, and product liability.  Prior to joining The Lanier Law Firm, Mr. Hersom was an associate at a respected Northern California law firm where he focused his practice on representing individuals who suffered from asbestos-related diseases.

Mr. Hersom is experienced in all phases of litigation and has served as trial counsel for plaintiffs in numerous asbestos personal injury and wrongful death trials throughout California.  From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Hersom was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. In 2018, he was named to the New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Originally from San Jose, California, Mr. Hersom is a 2006 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2003.

Mr. Hersom is admitted to practice law in California, New York and the District of Columbia.

Lee Cirsch

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Lee Cirsch, currently the Managing Attorney for the firm’s office in Los Angeles, represents clients in both consumer and commercial litigation.  He handles cases involving mass tort and consumer protection class actions, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and other types of products liability cases, and personal injury matters.  Mr. Cirsch also focuses on representing individuals and businesses that are harmed by competitors that engage in acts of unfair competition and other tortious and unlawful business practices.

Mr. Cirsch is skilled in representing clients in all phases of trial and appellate practice in both state and federal courts. He has also successfully represented clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. He is licensed by the California bar to practice before all courts in the State of California. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Cirsch is also licensed by the Texas bar.

Mr. Cirsch obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998. He then earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2003. While in law school, Mr. Cirsch was a member of the St. Thomas Moore Law Honor Society and the Scott Moot Court Honors Board, where he successfully competed on behalf of Loyola in the esteemed ABA moot court competition. Prior to joining The Lanier Law Firm, Mr. Cirsch was an associate with the international law firms of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP and Barger & Wolen, LLP.

Mr. Cirsch is a frequent contributor to legal publications such as the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal. He has also been invited to speak at various legal conferences and seminars. In March 2012, Mr. Cirsch was a featured speaker at the Stafford national product liability webinar titled “Medical Monitoring in Products Liability Claims: Challenges for Plaintiffs and Defendants,” providing product liability counsel with a review of medical monitoring in product liability claims. Mr. Cirsch was also recently named by the National Trial Lawyers organization as one of the Top 40 Under 40 litigation attorneys for the state of California in both 2012 and 2013. Additionally, Mr. Cirsch earned a place on the 2013 Southern California Rising Stars List and on the California Super Lawyers List from 2014-2018.

 

 

Leah Holder

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Leah Holder joined the Lanier Law Firm in 2016 as a member of the Trial Team, where she has worked on commercial litigation, personal injury, and pharmaceutical matters. She is also a valuable team member in the Issues and Appeals section of the firm.

Leah was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was admitted into the highly competitive Plan II Honors Program. She graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, in 2011. Upon graduation, Leah joined the Teach For America Corps (TFA) and taught 2nd grade in the Houston Independent School District for two years.

After Leah completed her Teach For America commitment, she attended the University of Texas School of Law. While there, she thrived academically, represented foster children as a student attorney ad litem in the Children’s Rights Clinic, was a member and an officer of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, participated in the Student Recruitment and Orientation Committee, and was prominently featured by the law school on their “Student Highlights” page for her accomplishments. Leah graduated from University of Texas Law in 2016.

Leah is admitted to practice law in Texas, and she is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association.  Leah is a published author, a speaker, and a mentor.  Her joys in life include her faith, her family and loved ones, and eating good food.