Law Firm News

Mesothelioma Victim Earns Major Appellate Win

The firm’s Mark Linder has secured a major victory for his client, as a California appeals court has affirmed that employers can be held liable for injuries caused by secondhand asbestos exposure. The plaintiff, Wanda Beckering, alleges that she contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos that accumulated on her husband’s work clothing during his long-term employment with Shell Oil.

“This ruling follows a growing number of appellate opinions from across the country that employers and landowners are under a duty to exercise reasonable care with respect to workplace hazards, including the liability that comes from transferring those hazards to family members and others,” says Linder.

The decision by a three-judge panel in the state’s Second Appellate District followed a recent ruling by the California Supreme Court that expanded the general duty of care that employers have to keep their employees safe from foreseeable harm. The panel sent the case back to the trial court with instructions to deny Shell’s motion for summary judgment.

“We look forward to picking up where we left off in the trial court and to giving Ms. Beckering’s family their day in court,” says Mr. Linder.

Houston Attorney Mark Lanier Inducted into Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

HOUSTON – Acclaimed trial attorney Mark Lanier, founder of The Lanier Law Firm, has been selected to the National Trial Lawyers’ Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, which recognizes exceptional litigators.

The organization honors outstanding attorneys who leave an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the public, the Constitution, and the trial bar. Although attorneys previously had to be 60 or older, that requirement was waived for the 56-year-old Mr. Lanier. Continue reading “Houston Attorney Mark Lanier Inducted into Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame”

The Lanier Law Firm Secures Two of the Nation’s Top 100 Verdicts in 2016

Firm’s big jury awards total more than $1.5 Billion

HOUSTON – The National Law Journal has recognized The Lanier Law Firm on its annual list of the nation’s Top 100 Verdicts for two trial victories in federal court against pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson. Both jury trials involved the claims that J&J hid flaws in its Pinnacle artificial hips that caused the devices to prematurely fail and left the victims facing surgeries, pain and other debilitating conditions.

In December 2016 the firm secured a verdict of more than $1 billion on behalf of six individuals, while in March 2016 a federal jury returned a verdict of $502 million on behalf of another group of patients who were injured by Pinnacle hip implants. Continue reading “The Lanier Law Firm Secures Two of the Nation’s Top 100 Verdicts in 2016”

Houston Lawyer Mark Lanier Among Finalists for Prestigious National Award

Chambers USA to honor noteworthy trial successes, skills

HOUSTON – Acclaimed trial lawyer Mark Lanier of The Lanier Law Firm has been named one of seven finalists for the honor of Business Trial Lawyer of the Year by Chambers USA, one of the most prestigious guides to the nation’s top business attorneys.

The awards are based on research for the 2017 edition of the widely respected Chambers legal directory and reflect notable achievements during the past year. The awards ceremony and dinner will be held on May 25 in New York City. Continue reading “Houston Lawyer Mark Lanier Among Finalists for Prestigious National Award”

Lanier Law Firm Adds Experienced Oil & Gas Attorney Todd Grimmett

Former Chesapeake in-house counsel joins renowned litigation practice

HOUSTON – Veteran energy company in-house counsel Todd L. Grimmett has joined The Lanier Law Firm as a member of the commercial litigation team, bolstering the firm’s growing focus on lawsuits affecting the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Grimmett most recently served as an in-house counsel for Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp., one of the nation’s largest natural gas producers. For the past six years, Mr. Grimmett represented Chesapeake in a number of civil litigation matters and provided legal counsel for the company’s upstream and midstream divisions. In addition, he directed responses to regulatory inquiries and investigations and was responsible for managing the company’s e-discovery department. Continue reading “Lanier Law Firm Adds Experienced Oil & Gas Attorney Todd Grimmett”