Richard “Rick” Meadow has been a practicing trial attorney for more than 30 years. He has represented the rights of individuals who have been injured by pharmaceuticals, medical devices, asbestos, medical malpractice, defective products, construction defects, lead poisoning, and motor vehicles, as well as the negligence of premises owners and municipalities. 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 is the National Mass Tort Leader for The Lanier Law Firm, where his responsibilities include overseeing all the firm’s pharmaceutical mass tort litigation in addition to promoting, recruiting and maintaining associated outside relationships at a national level. He has served and continues to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for several national litigations. Mr. Meadow currently serves on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee for the National TALC litigation.
Mr. Meadow has successfully tried over 25 cases to verdict. He was part of the winning trial team that obtained record-setting plaintiffs’ verdicts in the Vioxx litigation. While he was at his former firm, he helped win two significant jury awards recognized by The National Law Journal among the nation’s largest verdicts in 2002 and 2003. He has settled substantial claims for clients and argued appeals before the New York and New Jersey Appellate Divisions.
Mr. Meadow often is called on as a featured lecturer at many legal forums and conferences. In 2008, Mr. Meadow was asked to testify before the United States Congress based on his expertise regarding the Sunshine in 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. He has lectured at numerous legal conferences and has been appointed to many committees that explore issues germane to the medical and legal communities. He also is a distinguished member of The Sedona Conference.
Prior to relocating to the firm’s Houston office, Mr. Meadow opened and managed the New York office of the Lanier Law Firm. Mr. Meadow was recognized in the annual New York Super Lawyers list for six years straight as one of the top attorneys in New York and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in New York. He has earned a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Meadow was recently recognized by Law Dragon as one of the Top 500 Lawyers in the Country.
A graduate of California Western School of Law (J.D. 1984) and Rutgers University (B.A. 1979), Mr. Meadow is licensed to practice law in New York State, New Jersey,Texas and Pennsylvania, in addition to numerous Federal Courts. He also is admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Born in New York, he currently resides in Houston, Texas, and is the proud father of Ruby and Joshua.