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Lanier Law Firm Trial Advocacy Course Benefits Guatemala SANA Children’s Project

HOUSTON – The Lanier Law Firm has announced that the proceeds from the firm’s upcoming Trial Advocacy Crash Course continuing legal education program will benefit Guatemala SANA Children’s Project, a nonprofit that provides high-quality health care and education to children in rural areas of Guatemala. Continue reading “Lanier Law Firm Trial Advocacy Course Benefits Guatemala SANA Children’s Project”

Mark Lanier, Rick Meadow Selected to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America

HOUSTON – Acclaimed trial lawyers Mark Lanier and Rick Meadow of The Lanier Law Firm have been selected to the prestigious Lawdragon 500 list of the top lawyers in the United States.

The 2017 edition marks the fifth time Mr. Lanier has been recognized by Lawdragon. It is Mr. Meadow’s first appearance. The Lawdragon 500 is compiled from a combination of written nominations, online submissions and independent research by the organization’s editorial team, with less than 1 percent of practicing attorneys singled out for inclusion. Continue reading “Mark Lanier, Rick Meadow Selected to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America”

Mark Lanier Comments on Company’s Legal Exposure from UK High-Rise Fire

The firm’s Mark Lanier was interviewed in the national legal publication Am Law Daily on the prospect for plaintiffs’ litigation stemming from the fire that killed 79 people in London’s Grenfell Tower on June 14.  Although not currently pursuing any claims, Mr. Lanier noted that he suspects Arconic, the New York-based company that made the exterior paneling being blamed for the fire’s ferocity, made avoidable missteps that could spell legal trouble for the company and potentially for its directors and officers.

“First, the company should have tested the panels in fire situations … Failure to test properly leads to a failure to warn properly,” said Mr. Lanier. “Second, the legal department (GC, etc.) should have restricted sales until outside safety company approval. In other words, I would have sent the panels to some company outside Arconic to have that company determine whether or not there is a problem.”

To read the entire article and interview, click here.

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.