Attorney, Author, Teacher, Pastor and Expert Story Teller, W. Mark Lanier is no stranger to the public rostrum. He founded The Lanier Law Firm in 1990. Since then, Mark Lanier has earned international recognition as one of the top trial attorneys in the United States. Firm offices in Houston, New York City, and Los Angeles, California support his work for clients across the country.
Mark’s courtroom experience is significant as well as diverse. In 1993, Mark secured a $473 million verdict for a small oil company in a business fraud case against one of the nation’s largest oil providers. His stunning verdict in the nation’s first Vioxx trial, Ernst v. Merck, led to a client verdict of $253 million that officially set the tone for the other cases, nationally. He followed up this record verdict with two more plaintiff verdicts against the pharmaceutical giant totalling over $50 million. Mark Lanier further obtained a nine-figure settlement for syringe manufacturer, Retractable Technologies, in an antitrust case against Becton Dickinson & Company. This case served as the basis for the movie Puncture, starring Chris Evans. His $118.3 million verdict on behalf of 21 asbestos victims in February 1998 is considered one of the largest asbestos verdicts in U.S. history. As recently as April of 2014, Mark again proved that he was not slowing down when he secured a staggering Actos verdict for $9 billion dollars against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. and Eli Lilly & Co.
Mark’s peers and the media consistently recognize him among the country’s leading legal minds. The National Law Journal has twice named him one of the nation’s Top 10 Trial Attorneys, as well as naming Mark as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America in the decade. The New York Times described him as “one of the top civil trial lawyers in America…” Texas Lawyer magazine named him one of the Top 25 Lawyers in the Last 25 Years. In October of 2012, he was awarded the coveted Clarence Darrow Award. U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers has named Mark Lanier to its Best Lawyers in America list for ten consecutive years and most recently as the 2013 Top Class Action Attorney in America. Mark’s courtroom work has resulted in feature articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg News, and the Houston Chronicle among others. He also is a frequent guest on news shows such as CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto”. Additionally, he is a regular Co-Host and contributor to Fox Business News’ highly rated “Varney and Company” with Stuart Varney.
A strong supporter of his alma mater, Mark 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. He was selected as the Texas Tech University School of Law Distinguished Alumnus for 2005. 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.
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, the Guatemalan government bestowed upon Mark the distinguished Ambassador of Peace award. He teaches weekly at his church and authored the recently published book, Christianity on Trial (IVP 2014).