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.

The Lanier Law Firm Ranked as Top-Tier Firm by International Legal Publication

Mark Lanier, Rick Meadow also recognized individually by The Legal 500

HOUSTON – The prestigious Legal 500 directory has recognized The Lanier Law Firm as one of the top five firms in the nation for its representation of plaintiffs in product liability, mass torts and class action claims involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The publication’s researchers for the 2017 U.S. edition note that the firm “has strong trial capabilities and experience obtaining significant settlements for plaintiffs.” Continue reading “The Lanier Law Firm Ranked as Top-Tier Firm by International Legal Publication”

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”

Jonathan Wilkerson

Houston Lawyer Jonathan Wilkerson of The Lanier Law Firm Selected to Texas Rising Stars

HOUSTON – Attorney Jonathan Wilkerson of The Lanier Law Firm has been selected to the 2017 Texas Rising Stars listing of the state’s top young lawyers based on his work representing business interests in a variety of commercial disputes.

With a commercial litigation practice that is national in scope, Mr. Wilkerson has represented clients in litigation involving contract, real estate, intellectual property, false advertising, and energy disputes. He also assists a wide spectrum of clients and companies in governmental investigations and in due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Continue reading “Houston Lawyer Jonathan Wilkerson of The Lanier Law Firm Selected to Texas Rising Stars”