W. Mark Lanier, the plaintiffs attorney who won a $253 million judgment against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. over the fatal effects of its painkiller Vioxx, spoke to Professor Jon Hanson's Torts class on November 19 at Harvard Law School.
Lanier is the founder of the Lanier Law Firm and serves as the Houston firms lead litigation counsel. He has won multi-million dollar awards for plaintiffs against such powerful corporations as Merck, Amoco and Becton Dickinson. The New York Times has called him one of the top civil trial lawyers in America. Professor Hansons Torts 6 class studies the various aspects of tort law, including the psychological, which was the focus of Laniers talk.