Eugene "Gene" R. Egdorf represents The Lanier Law Firm's clients in commercial and complex litigation matters. These cases have included matters involving antitrust, patent infringement, fraud, deceptive trade practices and breach of contract. His work on personal injury, work-related injuries, and products liability cases, including airplane crash litigation, medical device litigation, pharmaceutical liability and asbestos exposure has spurred a long line of victories on behalf of his clients. Gene, who is the Managing Attorney for Commercial Litigation, has been with The Lanier Law Firm since 1998.
Gene has become the utmost “go to” attorney in America for sports law and is a frequent media guest and commentator on legal issues in sports. He served as an expert source for a major news network regarding the Bowl Championship Series and has served as a panelist at the Fordham Sports Law Symposium. Gene recently acted as lead counsel in a high-profile case representing the family of Rice University student athlete Dale R. Lloyd II in a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The settlement resulted in the NCAA recommending, for the first time, that all collegiate student athletes be tested for the sickle cell trait. Egdorf further served as counsel on the historic NCAA Concussion Settlement that took place in mid 2014. The high profile settlement, among other things, required the NCAA to amend their guidelines regarding management of concussions as well as provide $75 million for medical monitoring and research. Gene also serves as Vice President and General Counsel for ETL Associates, Inc., one of the nation's most respected corporations devoted solely to the representation and management of professional athletes. This organization was selected to partner with The Maxwell Football Club (MFC) in its quest to secure new corporate sponsorships, aligned with the MFC's signature honors, the Maxwell Award (college player of the year), the Bednarik Award (college defensive player of the year) and the Bert Bell Award (NFL player of the year).
In 2004, Gene and Mark Lanier obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for syringe manufacturer Retractable Technologies in an antitrust case against Becton Dickinson & Company, the world's largest manufacturer of medical syringes and needles. The case was settled one week before trial was scheduled to begin. Gene and The Lanier Law Firm also represented medical device manufacturer Rochester Medical Corp. in its long-running antitrust litigation against a group of companies that allegedly created a monopoly in the catheter market. Rochester Medical filed suit against its rivals in March 2004, and since that time he has negotiated several multimillion-dollar settlements for his client.
Gene also spearheaded The Lanier Law Firm's involvement in the now-famous Toyota "sudden acceleration” litigation, wherein the firm was selected to be member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee. Gene’s and the firm’s involvement ultimately resulted in a $1.2 billion class action settlement, as well as settlements for individual plaintiffs who were injured in related accidents.
He further navigated the waters to bring about the high profile EA Sports settlement. Under his leadership, thousands of current and former NCAA student-athletes received a landmark settlement, with video game giant EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), over the unauthorized use of their names and likenesses.
Gene was honored as a "Rising Star" in the legal community in Texas Monthly magazine in 2005 and again in 2006. In 2012, he was also named by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Lawyer, and was selected as a Top AV Rated Lawyer by Martindale - Hubbell. Further, the National Trial Lawyers Association named him one of the nation’s Top Trial Lawyers in 2011 and 2012.
Gene attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his undergraduate degree with honors in 1988. He earned his law degree the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and graduated with honors in 1991.
Gene is licensed to practice in all Texas courts, as well as United States District Courts in the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas. Gene also is admitted to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court of the United States. He is a certified contract advisor with the NFL Players Association as well as for the Canadian Football League.
Gene resides in Houston with his wife Laura and son, Matthew. He is an active volunteer for the Alliance for Lupus Research, and recently served as chairman of a major fundraising activity for the organization.