Richard D. Meadow

Richard D. Meadow

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Houston, TX

The Lanier Law Firm
 | 6810 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77069
Phone: 713-659-5200
Fax: 713-659-2204
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2015, 2018
Licensed Since: 2016
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (0%)
Attorney Profile

Rick Meadow is the National Mass Tort Leader of The Lanier Law Firm, providing clients with more than 30 years of seasoned experience in courtrooms across the U.S. Rick represents individuals who have been injured by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, asbestos, medical malpractice, defective products, construction defects, lead poisoning, and motor vehicles, as well as the negligence of premises owners and municipalities. A veteran of more than 25 cases successfully tried to verdict, Rick provides a rare level of courtroom experience. He has helped win three different cases that ranked among the largest verdicts in the nation by The National Law Journal.

Mr. Meadow also has extensive experience in the representation of large national insurance companies as an insurance defense attorney. This experience provides a 360-degree perspective of the practice of tort law in the United States.

Mr. Meadow was part of the trial team that obtained plaintiffs' verdicts in the Vioxx litigation in excess of $300 million. He has also obtained jury awards of over $53 million and $47 million for his clients. He has settled millions of dollars in claims and argued appeals before the New York and New Jersey Appellate Divisions. 

In 2017, Rick Meadow was named to the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in the federal multidistrict litigation against Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer claims involving the company’s talcum powder products. Mr. Meadow joins three other attorneys appointed to the committee by U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. As a member of the committee, Mr. Meadow will continue to investigate and develop the claims while also overseeing the coordination, preparation, and presentation of the cases. The lawsuits allege that for decades Johnson & Johnson has sold and marketed talc-based hygiene products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder despite being aware of and concealing scientific evidence linking those products to ovarian cancer.

Mr. Meadow is licensed to practice law in Texas, New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, numerous Federal Courts and is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. 

About Richard Meadow

Admitted: 2016, Texas

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

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2018
  • New York Super Lawyers, 2009-2015, Thomson Reuters
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum 
  • New York Bar Association 
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association — Board of Directors
  • National Bar Association 
  • American Association of Justice

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Mr. Meadow has lectured at numerous legal conferences and he has been appointed to many committees that explore issues germane to the medical and legal communities. He was asked to testify before the United States Congress based on his expertise regarding to the Sunshine Litigation Bill, which would have effectively amended the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding the use of protective orders in discovery and the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements. Rick also is a distinguished member of The Sedona Conference.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Rick Meadow has helped win three different cases that ranked among the largest verdicts in the nation by VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal. Meadow was part of the trial team that obtained plaintiffs' verdicts in the Vioxx litigation in excess of $300 million. Also, he obtained jury awards of over $53 million and $47 million for his clients, and settled millions of dollars in claims and argued appeals before the New York and New Jersey Appellate Divisions. In 2015, he helped negotiate a multimillion-dollar national settlement with Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. for victims of the prescription birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Rick Meadow was named to the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee in the federal multidistrict litigation against Johnson & Johnson over ovarian cancer claims involving the company’s talcum powder products. Appointed to the committee by U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, Mr. Meadow will continue to investigate and develop the claims while also overseeing the coordination, preparation, and presentation of the cases., 2017

Educational Background:

  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Rutgers University, B.A., 1979

Industry Groups

  • American Association For Justice
  • National Bar Association
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • New York Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar Of Texas
Office Location for Richard D. Meadow

6810 Cypress Creek Parkway
Houston, TX 77069

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Last Updated: 1/2/2019

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