Lawrence P. Wilson

Lawrence P. Wilson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

The Lanier Law Firm
 | 10940 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77064
Phone: 713-659-5200
Fax: 713-659-2204
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Lawrence (Larry) Wilson rejoined The Lanier Law Firm in 2003, and practices in the areas of industrial plant explosions, FELA/railroad claims, truck accidents, products liability, the Jones Act, and medical malpractice. Mr. Wilson is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a Member of the State Bar of Texas. 

Mr. Wilson began his legal career at the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski and more recently was a name partner with Goforth Lewis Sanford Wilson, LLP.

Mr. Wilson has helped clients in numerous jury verdicts involving medical malpractice, products liability, sexual assault, age discrimination, premises liability, automobile negligence and maritime negligence. As lead trial counsel, Larry has successfully resolved the following matters:

• Tisnado v. DuPont:  In November of 2014, a methylmercaptan release occurred at the DuPont facility in Pasadena.  Four workers died.  The claim against Dupont was for punitive damages arising in part from the failure to have an alarm system to alert workers when methylmercaptan was being released.  Claims are also being brought against the companies associated with the installation of the Lannate Unit which resulted in a "low spot" in the piping.  This low spot lead directly to the actions that resulted in the massive release on the night the workers died.

• Putney v. Motor Coach Industries:  During an evacuation of a skilled nursing facility in the path of a storm, a bus caught fire when breaks superheated and caught fire.  Over twenty elderly passengers died in the bus fire.  Claims were brought against numerous companies including the manufacturer of the bus.

• Christley v. Marine Drilling Company: Mr. Christley was a Jones Act Seaman, one of three men required to move 2,000 100-pound bags of salt during a night shift. He severely injured his lower back. When he returned with a light duty work release, he was ordered to do regular duty work again. Mr. Christley was hurt severely and never again worked offshore.

• Hall v. Union Pacific: Two locomotives collided when the engineer and conductor of one locomotive did not heed two signals to slow down and a third signal to stop.  The other train recognized the impending collision and, after applying all brakes, the crew attempted to jump to safety.  The engineer Hall did not survive.

• Rogers v. Home Furniture Company: A small child pulled open drawers from a piece of furniture. With the drawers open, the furniture was no longer stable. It tipped forward onto the child and the child suffocated. The furniture lacked any anchoring device to keep it from tipping.

• Ford v. International Harvester: A long-haul driver struck his head when driving on a highway with potholes. He suffered herniated discs in his neck and back. Mr. Ford contended that the cab of the 18-wheeler had both a manufacturing defect and marketing defect.

• Soderman v. Toyota: The front passenger airbag of a 2010 Lexus 350 failed to deploy during a front end collision.  The Occupant Classification System suppressed the airbag when it incorrectly determined that the 250 lb. passenger was a child carseat due to the use of a seatbelt extender. 

• Fryar v. Bridgestone/Firestone: A passenger in a conversion van died from injuries sustained when a Firestone tire partially de-treaded. As the driver tried to stop, the van began sliding sideways and struck a guard rail, causing fatal injuries to the passenger. The family of the driver contended that the tire had both a design and manufacturing defect that allowed the tread to separate from the steel belts during normal driving.

• Henry v. San Angelo Community Medical Center: Due to a childhood injury, Ms. Henry had vision in only one eye. When hospitalized for suspected pneumonia, nurses elevated her bed for tests, lowered the side rail and then left her unattended. Ms. Henry fell from the bed and her unimpaired eye struck the corner of the side table. The impact ruptured her ocular globe and left her legally blind.

• Sharp v. Shannon Medical Center: A male equipment technician of Shannon Medical Center started sexually assaulting a female patient whom he thought was fully sedated. When she awakened, she contacted the nursing staff. The nurses did not record the assault, notify the doctors or call security. The hospital staff washed her sheets and helped Ms. Sharp shower. The nurses approved Ms. Sharp for discharge from the hospital later that day. Three days later, Ms. Sharp went to the police. After first denying the assault, the equipment technician then signed a sworn confession.

• Nixon v. Wellington Care Center, Inc.: An elderly man developed more than 20 decubitus ulcers while a resident at a nursing home. Physicians had to amputate both of his legs and he died a few days later.

Certificates and Credentials

About Lawrence Wilson

Admitted: 1987, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.lanierlawfirm.com/attorneys/lawrence_p_wilson.htm

Honors/Awards:

  • National Champion of ATLA Mock Trial Competition, American Trial Lawyers' Association, 1986
  • Senior Mock Trial Champion and Best Advocate, The University of Texas School of Law in 1986
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Novice Mock Trial Champion and Best Advocate, The University of Texas School of Law in 1985
  • Hall of Fame Award for Top Verdicts, by Texas Lawyer newsppaper, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Commendation from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers for distinguished achievements in the art and science of advocacy
  • Best Lawyers in America, Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation, 2018, 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • 2002, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • 2003, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Admitted in 1987, Texas and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Mr. Wilson was the lead trial counsel in a $1.45 million insurance verdict on behalf of an industrial manufacturer against a Texas-based insurance company after jurors found that the insurance broker violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Texas Insurance Code by misrepresenting the validity of an insurance policy.  
  • Mr. Wilson was the lead trial counsel in a $2.26 million automobile collision verdict.  Mr. Wilson represented the Plaintiff who was severely injured in the wreck. 
  • Texas Lawyer Verdicts Hall of Fame award in 2014.  Among the top 5 Texas verdicts in the Consumer Protection category for the years 2010 to 2013.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Verdicts Hall of Fame Award in 2014 by Texas Lawyer newspaper

Educational Background:

  • While attending law school, Mr. Wilson distinguished himself in advocacy programs, winning the National Championship of the ATLA Mock Trial Competition (1986), first place in the Novice Mock Trial Competition (1985) and first place in the Senior Mock Trial Competition (1986).
  • Lubbock Christian College, B.S., Accounting with high honors, 1983
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1987

Industry Groups

  • Consumer Protection
Office Location for Lawrence P. Wilson

10940 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N
Suite 100
Houston, TX 77064

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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