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Andy West

Andy West is an attorney within the ever-growing universe of The Lanier Law Firm Asbestos Resolution Team.  Prior to coming aboard with the firm, Andy had been working with our firm on issues related to asbestos bankruptcy claims for several years as a solo practitioner.  This journey has given Andy a unique perspective of viewing a client’s needs at The Lanier Law Firm from the outside and the inside. It tells you something when an attorney is so good at their job that another firm comes along and talks him into leaving his solo practice behind to join their team.  Yes, Andy is very good at his job of navigating the often torrential waters of asbestos bankruptcy.  Because of this, our clients win.

Andy was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2011 and has been qualified as a mediator in Texas (including cases affecting the parent-child relationship) since 2010.  His well-rounded background has made him immediately irreplaceable to the team as well as to our clients who depend upon his significant expertise.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude) from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 2008.  While at Lamar, he was the recipient of the Jack Brooks Scholarship for Government and Politics, the Otho Plummer Award, and the Dawson Award, and served as an officer in the Lamar Pre-Law Society.

Andy went on to earn his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 2011.  As a law student at South Texas, he served a staff member of Currents: International Trade Law Journal, acted as mediator in the school’s Mediation Clinic, and was awarded the Pro Bono Honors Certificate, proving he not only has a heart for his profession but also for his community.

He is a native of Beaumont, Texas and has resided in Houston for more than a decade. He is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club and the Houston Rockets.

Maggie Robertson

Margaret “Maggie” Robertson is an attorney in The Lanier Law Firm’s Oklahoma City Office and practices in the area of complex commercial litigation matters, particularly those involving the energy industry. Prior to joining The Lanier Law Firm, Maggie worked as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 energy company in Oklahoma City, where she focused on the midstream and marketing aspects of the oil and gas industry. This position provided Maggie with valuable industry experience which she now uses to advocate for her clients.

Maggie is a native Kansan and received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, both in History, from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  She then received her law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, where she earned a Certificate in Tax Law and graduated with Dean’s Honors.

Maggie is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Oklahoma City Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in Kansas and Oklahoma.

Maggie enjoys traveling with her friends, running marathons, and cheering on KSU.

Skip McBride

Ralph (Skip) McBride serves as Of Counsel for The Lanier Law Firm out of the Houston office.  Mr. McBride began representing banks, energy companies and insurance companies in commercial and contract disputes more than 40 years ago, upon joining his former firm, Bracewell, LLP. During his tenure in the legal industry, he helped develop the firm’s insurance, contingency fee and banking litigation practices. He has long-term experience in representing financial institutions, inventors, energy companies, individuals, investors, and service companies.

As a member of The Lanier Law Firm team, Mr. McBride continues to represent commercial clients and individuals in real estate disputes, products liability lawsuits, oil and gas disputes, personal injury cases, construction contracts, trusts and probate matters and securities litigation.

Mr. McBride is admitted to practice in Texas and Arkansas. As well, he is admitted before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits; U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Supreme Court; and U.S. Tax Court.

Mr. McBride serves on the Audit Committee of the Memorial Hermann Health Care System, the Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University, the Board of Trustees of Camp Eagle and the Board of Trustees of The College of Biblical Studies.

Outside of the practice of law, Mr. McBride currently serves or has served on the boards of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Pride International, Inc., The Good Samaritan Foundation, the Memorial Hermann Foundation, Fannin Bank, SunBelt National Bank, and Camp Eagle.  Further he serves as a Director of Health Professionals Insurance Company, LTD (HePIC) (Offshore Insurance Company.

Mr. McBride received undergraduate and Masters degrees at Baylor University and then graduated cum laude from the Baylor University School of Law.  He is a member of The State Bar of Texas, Baylor University Law Review Association, Texas Bar Foundation.  He is recognized as a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the Houston Bar Association.  He has also been honored by Thompson Reuters on the list of Texas Super Lawyers.

Mr. McBride is married to Lucy and they have two daughters and sons-in-law and six grandchildren.

 

Mildred Conroy

Mildred Conroy joined the Lanier Law Firm’s New York office as an associate in 2018 and practices in the areas of toxic torts, pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts and product liability.

Ms. Conroy proudly fights for injured clients and their families who have been harmed by defective products and corporate negligence. Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, Ms. Conroy was a legal assistant with the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, where she worked primarily in the felony division.

Ms. Conroy is from Massachusetts and received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She then went on to attend Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol Rhode Island, where she focused on Maritime law.

Ms. Conroy is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.

When she is not passionately advocating for her clients, Ms. Conroy enjoys competitive sailboat racing, skiing and spending time with her family.

Harvey Brown

Harvey Brown serves as Of Counsel for The Lanier Law Firm out of the Houston office. Judge Brown joined The Lanier Law Firm in 2019 following distinguished service as a District Judge in Harris County and as a Justice on the First Court of Appeals for the State of Texas. While on the appellate court, Judge Brown also served on the Texas state multidistrict litigation panel.

Judge Brown served on the First Court of Appeals bench from 2010-2018. During his tenure, he was named Appellate Judge of the Year by the Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and Mentor of the Year by the Houston Young Lawyers Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He authored more than1,000 opinions on the court.

Judge Brown previously presided over the 152nd District Court in Harris County for more than six years, heard more than 150 jury trials and 200 bench trials, and served as the chair of a panel that administered the diet drug product liability litigation in Harris County.

Before his judicial service he was in private practice for more than 20 years, handling both trials and appeals. He was also appointed as a special master in a case and also frequently retained as an arbitrator and mediator.

Judge Brown is board certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, the Texas State Bar College, the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, the Garland Walker American Inn of Court, and the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists. Judge Brown is also a life member of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.

A native Texan, Judge Brown attended high school in Houston and received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas, graduating with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Judge Brown earned his law degree from The University of Texas, with honors, and was a member of the Texas Law Review and the Order of Coif. He is also an award-winning author, having authored six law review articles.