Mark Lanier (played by Mark Lanier)
Mr. Mark Lanier is recognized as one of the top trial lawyers in the United States. In 1998 and 2006, The National Law Journal recognized Mr. Lanier as one of nation's Top 10 Trial Attorneys, and in 2006, The NLJ designated him as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. The NLJ also named him among the country's 40 top attorneys under the age of 40. In 2010, The National Law Journal named Mark as one of the Most Influential Attorneys of the Decade and he was also selected to Lawdragon's list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Recently, he was named by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the top 45 attorneys in the nation under the age of 45. In a statewide survey of his legal peers published in Texas Monthly magazine, Mr. Lanier has been selected as a "Texas Super Lawyer" in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2002, Texas Lawyer newspaper named Mr. Lanier as one of the top 5 "Go To" personal injury plaintiff attorneys in Texas, and he was named by the same publication as the top personal injury lawyer in the state in 2007. In addition, Texas Lawyer named him its 2005 "Impact Player of the Year."
Mr. Lanier's experience in the courtroom has resulted in feature articles in The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer, Texas Lawyer, The New York Times,New York Lawyer, The National Law Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle and Bloomberg, among others. He is also a frequent guest on news shows such as ABC's "Good Morning America" and CNBC's "Squawk Box."
Mr. Lanier has significant courtroom experience and has negotiated numerous significant settlements for his clients across the United States, including:
- A verdict on behalf of 21 asbestos victims in February 1998, considered one of the largest asbestos verdicts in U.S. history.
- In 1993, a substantial verdict for a small oil company in a business fraud case against one of the nation's largest oil providers.
- Mr. Lanier represented numerous individuals for personal injuries sustained when they or a loved one took the drug VIOXX, the prescription pain-relief medication that was pulled from the market after being linked to heart attacks and strokes.
- Currently Mr. Lanier is representing hundreds of individuals and businesses in cases pertaining to the ongoing Toyota litigation and the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
- In addition to individuals, Mr. Lanier also represents corporations, associations and governmental entities.
Mr. Lanier is certified as a personal injury trial specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed to practice in all Texas state and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Lanier is also licensed to practice law in New York state. The Lanier Law Firm has offices in Houston, TX and New York City and represents clients from all over the world in courtrooms across the United States. He is also frequently asked to instruct other attorneys about his trial techniques in seminars held across the nation.
Mr. Lanier is enthusiastically involved in government and community activities outside the practice of law. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Committee for Economic Development, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that addresses ongoing critical economic and social issues facing society. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the prestigious National Center for State Courts. Mr. Lanier is often called on by chairmen, presidents, and senior executives from major American corporations and universities for his respected business views on national and international issues.
A strong supporter of his alma mater, Mr. Lanier earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1984. He remains active at Texas Tech by serving on the Law School's Foundation Board. Mr. Lanier was selected as the Texas Tech University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus for 2005.
He is the founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to create a network of principled attorneys to minister to others through civic-minded endeavors. Mr. Lanier also teaches a 300 plus member Sunday school class focusing on Biblical Literacy at Champion Forest Baptist Church.