Six Lanier Law Firm Attorneys Honored Among State’s Top Young Lawyers

HOUSTON – The Lanier Law Firm is pleased to announce that firm attorneys Jonathan Armour, Natalie Armour, Ryan Ellis, Caroline McLeod,Rebecca Phillips, and Christopher Phipps have been named among the state’s top young lawyers on the 2024 list of Texas Rising Stars. Published by Thomson Reuters, the guide recognizes only 5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

The six from the Lanier Law Firm represent the largest number of firm attorneys selected since the inception of the list in 2004.

Mr. Armour represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including toxic torts and asbestos-related injuries. In addition to his litigation expertise, he is also a trained mediator with experience mediating cases on matters including contract and family law.

Ms. Armour is recognized for her work in trial and appellate litigation involving mass torts, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and other types of liability claims and commercial disputes. She was a key member of the firm’s litigation team that won a multibillion-dollar jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson in 2018 and was a member of the team that successfully briefed the matter before the Missouri Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Named to the list in Business Litigation, Mr. Ellis focuses his practice on business disputes and environmental class action matters. He has represented individuals and companies of all sizes and across a wide range of industries in both state and federal court, as well as in private arbitration.

Ms. McLeod joined the Issues and Appeals section of The Lanier Law Firm in 2018. Her practice involves briefing in trial and appellate courts in mass tort litigation, product liability, personal injury, and commercial litigation. She was recently recognized by Best Lawyers on the nationwide list of “Ones To Watch” in Appellate Practice.

Ms. Phillips has a diverse practice of personal injury litigation, including mass torts, class actions, and complex business cases. She was recently appointed as co-lead counsel in class action litigation seeking justice for individuals injured by defective port catheter products manufactured by Bard.

Mr. Phipps focuses on bankruptcy-related actions for the firm’s acclaimed Asbestos and Toxic Exposure practice, where he applies his extensive administrative and regulatory knowledge to protect the rights of the firm’s clients and achieve the greatest results. Prior to joining the firm, he worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.

The full list of Texas Rising Stars is published in the April 2024 issue of Texas Monthly.

About the Lanier Law Firm         

For more than 30 years, the men and women at The Lanier Law Firm have worked tirelessly, throughout the United States, to find unique and effective solutions for their clients. More than 60 skilled attorneys practice law in a broad array of areas, including business litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, asbestos exposure, oil and gas litigation, personal injury as well as defective and dangerous products, among others. Named an Elite Trial Law Firm by The National Law Journal, The Lanier Law Firm has offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles. To learn more visit

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