The Lanier Law Firm

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The Lanier Law Firm Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
10 Reviews
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    Paralegal

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at The Lanier Law Firm full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The job payed well. ...employees were also very friendly. I was always busy and enjoyed being there. The work was not boring, and the firm was bustling with business.

    Cons

    There was not much direction... also, the non-legal staff tend to be a bit catty and gossipy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you are holding everyone accountable for their work so things do not slip through the cracks. Otherwise, thank you for being so respectful/kind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Paralegal

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at The Lanier Law Firm full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart and driven environment to work in

    Cons

    Unstructured management
    No recognition of hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize staff effort

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Awful law firm. Don't bother for work or business.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Lanier Law Firm

    Pros

    No good reason to work here really. Aside from a few nice staff, management has no idea how to promote morale.

    Cons

    Might as well work in a sweatshop.
    Zero respect for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect

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  5.  

    Overworked and underpaid.

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in New York, NY

    I worked at The Lanier Law Firm full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Attorneys managing smaller teams are aware of- and sensitive to the volume of work, often pitching in to help meet deadlines or beg for forgiveness when deadlines were missed; An abundance of snacks and drinks are provided; Hit-the-ground-running method of training (which can be good and bad...); Friendly attorneys and staff; Overtime pay allowed for asbestos team; Reimbursements for cab rides home when you work beyond 8:00PM.

    Cons

    Paralegals on smaller teams (i.e., asbestos litigation) are overburdened with voluminous casework and meeting deadlines is a struggle, to say the least. Firm administration barred the hiring of additional paralegals, in turn causing the three of us to have to work until midnight or later on numerous occasions. Having only three attorneys on the asbestos litigation team who are constantly away at depositions, paralegals are left to handle some very important matters. Missing deadlines is almost unavoidable given the limited staff, so a lot of time is spent researching proper procedures for obtaining extensions, then requesting those extensions in order to be able to complete past-due assignments, while new assignments are added to the heap. Asbestos team meetings often consumed two, three, and sometimes four hours of the day due to the infrequency of the entire asbestos team being present at the same time (attorneys away at depositions, etc.), thus inhibiting the team's ability to complete assignments. Salary is laughable considering the fact that paralegals are most often hitting the 40-hour work week mark by lunch time on Wednesdays. Those of us attending school in the evenings (undergraduate and law school) would often leave for class, returning to the office afterward to continue working. Paralegal salaries are well below the market rate, even with overtime pay included.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the asbestos team a realistic opportunity for success by hiring additional paralegals. Increase paralegal salaries to at least the market rate, and provide incentives for those who will inevitably work nights and weekends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience in mass torts, lots of paper pushing

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at The Lanier Law Firm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. No crazy hours, unless you're at trial. The LA office is full of young people, which can be good and bad. We're all doing good work helping the little guy. Lots of paper pushing, typical of any law firm.

    Cons

    No real management or HR in the LA office. No upward mobility and end-of-year bonuses are nonexistent. High attorney turn-over... reminded of at-will employment w/ emails of the latest firings. Free sodas, cereal bars, popcorn and free bagel Fridays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a real LA office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A "Hot Mess"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at The Lanier Law Firm as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really friendly Staff - nice company gatherings

    Cons

    Unbelievably disorganized - no proper filing system for client files. - astonishing! Even though staff are very nice they pay little to no attention to the happiness and welfare of the Legal Assistants. The pay scale is low beyond low. This is a place to work while applying to law school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet regularly with Temps and Legal Assistants to discuss ways in which the company and environment might be imporoved and find out what IS working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Could do better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Claims Processor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Claims Processor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at The Lanier Law Firm full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, they give perks

    Cons

    Not much to improve. Lawyers micro-manage. No room to move up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Review

    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at The Lanier Law Firm full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location is good -- NW Houston

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to manage

  10.  

    More Satisfied People Than Most Law Firms

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Attorney in Houston, TX

    I have been working at The Lanier Law Firm full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, extremely personable people, decent health insurance, the annual Christmas party, happy people, vacation time. I've worked at SEVERAL law firms and this one has a better morale than most places. Mark Lanier is extremely nice and understanding and the employees end up being happier than most places I've seen.

    Cons

    Low pay unless you're an attorney, offices too far from center of town, some drama (to be expected), not enough staff appreciation. The perks make up for a lot of the downfalls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help keep your employees by paying the staff a little more and giving them more monetary incentives (opportunities for raises, etc.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Poorly Managed Law Firm

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    Former Employee - Staff in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Staff in Houston, TX

    I worked at The Lanier Law Firm full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Christmas Party has marquee performers every year but no liquor is served so it's a completely dry event held at Mark Lanier's compound. All employees are invited though and it's a nice family event.

    Cons

    Unbelievably bad work environment. It's a typical PI firm focused on the last dollar but has terrible management. They are burning through cash--way over extended for the dollars they bring in. All the managers and many of the attorney/managers are either long-time friends of Mark or related to him in some way so there is no way any of the bad apples will be shown the door. There is no training of employees, no fun events and no employee appreciation at all. Worst of all, hourly employees are grossly underpaid and are told to rarely work OT even if incredibly busy. You are set up for failure as soon as you accept a position there. Terrible office building to work in--never very clean and terrible air. Avoid at all costs!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of lawyers as managers and bring in an unrelated business person to run the firm. Start appreciating the employees. There are some good people there that work hard every day for very little.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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