Lanier sets sights on NY domination

Houston-based Lanier Law Firm has launched in New York with four lawyers, with the aim of making it the firm’s largest office within three years.

The new office, which opened on 16 November, will be overseen by resident head Richard Meadow, who will be joined by three attorneys and five administrators.

Founding partner Mark Lanier said the firm hoped the New York office would “eclipse the size of our Houston office within three years”. The Houston office consists of 24 lawyers and 50 support staff.

Lanier plans to divide his time between Houston and New York to facilitate the expansion, which will focus on increasing the firm’s client litigation practice.

Lanier shot to fame earlier this year after winning a $253m (£146.8m) verdict against Merck & Co, the maker of Vioxx, an arthritis drug that was found to increase the risk of heart attacks.