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HOUSTON - Attorney Mark Lanier, founder of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston, has been selected by the editors of Texas Lawyer newspaper as one of "The 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century."
Lanier is recognized in the publication's June 28 issue, which marks Texas Lawyer's 25th anniversary of reporting about the most important cases and most accomplished lawyers in the state. Earlier this year, Lanier was named as one of only 40 attorneys in the nation in The National Law Journal's list of "The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers."
Calling him a "player in important national litigation," Texas Lawyer's editors noted Lanier's pioneering use of technology and demonstrative evidence in the courtroom, and his numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts in naming him as one of the state's top legal practitioners of the past 25 years.
In a profile article focusing on Lanier, the publication notes his record $253.5 million verdict against pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck in the nation's first jury trial over Vioxx pain medication. That case, according to Texas Lawyer, "propelled Lanier into the national spotlight."
Lanier joins a diverse and distinguished group of Texas legal legends who were selected from a pool of more than 475 nominations in addition to research conducted by Texas Lawyer's editorial team.
The article also notes Lanier's prominent role in the national litigation against automobile manufacturer Toyota. Lanier represents more than 1,000 people with claims against Toyota related to the company's many vehicle recalls tied to defective parts and other problems. Lanier began this year by winning a $56.3 million verdict in another vehicle defect case.
With offices in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Houston and New York, The Lanier Law Firm handles cases involving pharmaceutical liability, asbestos exposure, intellectual property, business litigation, product liability, toxic exposure and maritime law.