The National Trial Lawyers 2018 President-Elect and Lanier Law Firm founder Mark Lanier is honored among the National Law Journal's 2017 Winning Litigators based on his courtroom victories on behalf of people injured by Johnson & Johnson's defective Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.
In December 2016, Mr. Lanier and his trial team secured a verdict of more than $1 billion for six plaintiffs harmed by the defective implant. Jurors agreed that the implants failed prematurely, leaving victims to face additional surgeries, pain and debilitating conditions.
"My mission, and what we ultimately accomplished, along with our amazing trial team, was to clearly present the complex evidence that proved to the jurors that the devices were defective and that company officials knew about the flaws but failed to warn patients and doctors of the risks," Mr. Lanier told the National Law Journal. "The jury saw hard evidence and was rightly angry. Their verdict demanded change."
Asked by the NLJ for trial tips that are key to his success, Mr. Lanier responded: "Work yourself to death in preparation! Talent is nice. Actually, talent is great! But hard work trumps talent over and over again."
Earlier in 2016, the Lanier team secured a $500 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a separate lawsuit over defective Pinnacle hip implants.
Recognized as one of the Most Influential Attorneys of the Decade by the National Law Journal and as one of the 25 Greatest Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century by Texas Lawyer, Mr. Lanier was named the 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year by The National Trial Lawyers. In 2015, he received the American Association of Justice's Lifetime Achievement Award. He also is the founder of the Christian Trial Lawyers Association and the Lanier Theological Library.
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