Mark Lanier, with The Lanier Law Firm.

Tell us about your biggest win or wins this year.

We won a $247 million federal court verdict in November 2017 on behalf of six people who suffered serious medical complications from metal-on-metal hip implants made by Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics. That verdict represents one of three cases tried by the firm in less than three years against Johnson & Johnson based on similar claims. Those three verdicts cumulatively have totaled nearly $2 billion.

Recently, what’s been the most significant change in your practice area and how have you adjusted?

The most significant change in our practice is one that effects all practice areas; That is the electronic and digital age. Our abilities to communicate through different medium have enhanced our skills at trial. We combine oral, written and visual materials together to convey a coherent story to a judge and jury. If you have not adapted to this evolution, you are not serving your clients well.

Share an interesting fact about your firm that few know.

We are involved in an organization called Guatemala Sana which provides high quality care and education for children in the underdeveloped rural areas of Guatemala.

Answers submitted by Richard Meadow, national mass torts director.