W. Mark Lanier - The Lanier Law Firm

W. Mark Lanier

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 713-659-5200

Mark Lanier is the founder of The Lanier Law Firm, with offices in New York, Houston and Los Angeles. Lanier's reputation as one of the country's top trial lawyers is based on courtroom battles involving some of the world's largest companies. Lanier won the nation's first verdict over the controversial pain medication VIOXX, and helped clear the way for a nationwide settlement for all VIOXX users.

Lanier and his team are recognized in prestigious legal journals based on their work in intellectual property and business litigation, and claims involving toxic exposures, serious personal injuries, dangerous prescription drugs, defective products, medical malpractice and maritime law.

Lanier is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed to practice in all Texas state and federal courts, all New York state courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.   

The Lanier Law Firm represents clients from all over the world in courtrooms across the United States.  Mark frequently instructs other attorneys about his trial techniques and how to try better cases in seminars held across the nation. He is solicited often to be the featured lecturer at many of the nation’s top law schools including Harvard, Stanford, Pepperdine University, University of Chicago and Texas Tech University.  

Mark Lanier is enthusiastically involved in government and community activities outside the practice of law. Chairmen, presidents, and senior executives from major American corporations and universities often call on him for his respected business views on national and international issues. In 2011, Mark was also bestowed the distinguished Ambassador of Peace award by the Guatemalan government.  

Mark Lanier was elected to The American Bar Association’s Fellows of the American Bar Association and was named a Life Fellow of the same organization in 2012.  He is the founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association, a non-profit organization whose goal is to create a network of principled attorneys to minister to others through civic-minded endeavors.  

Mark Lanier is the founder of the Lanier Theological Library - ww.LanierTheologicalLibrary.org - one of the nation’s largest private theological collections. Also, Mark teaches a weekly, 750-plus-member Sunday school class focusing on Biblical Literacy at Champion Forest Baptist Church. He serves on the boards of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Albright Institute.

Texas Tech UniversityJ.D. 1984
American Bar AssociationChristian Trial Lawyers AssociationNational Center for State CourtsCommittee for Economic DevelopmentState Bar of TexasTexas Tech University School of LawTexas Tech University School of Law

Case History

Verdict — Mark Lanier successfully represented numerous individuals in the VIOXX cases, involving the prescription pain-relief medication that was pulled from the market after being linked to heart attacks and strokes. He set the tone for the case, nationally, when his client was awarded $253 million.
Settlement - Antitrust Case — A settlement for Retractable Technologies, a syringe manufacturer, in an antitrust case against industry giant Becton Dickinson and Company, the world's largest manufacturer of medical syringes and needles.
Asbestos Verdict — $188.3 million verdict on behalf of 21 asbestos victims in February 1998, considered one of the largest asbestos verdicts in U.S. history.
Business Litigation Verdict — In 1993, a $473 million verdict for a small oil company in a business fraud case against one of the nation's largest oil providers.
Settlement — A settlement with a U.S. distributor of dangerous products imported from China.
Verdicts — Mark Lanier has obtained favorable verdicts in cases involving train collisions, physician malpractice, defective products, commercial disputes, toxic products, water contamination as well as in representing Southern Methodist University in a land dispute regarding The George W. Bush Presidential Center and Library.

Client Comments

"Mr. Lanier is the best lawyer in the United States hands down. His work ethic on behalf of his clients, his communication skills, and his expertise rank him number one in my opinion."

-Gregory Garrett
President & CEO
Platinum Bank

Office Location

6810 Cypress Creek Parkway
Houston, TX 77069
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Houston Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs of the Houston Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs of the Houston Metro Area
W. Mark Lanier has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!W. Mark Lanier has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!W. Mark Lanier has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs