Dan Alberstone has nearly 30 years of broad experience prosecuting and defending major commercial and complex business litigation matters. Alberstone has been selected as lead trial counsel by both institutional and individual clients in their most significant and high-profile matters, including partnership cases, real estate cases, breach of contract cases, entertainment cases, environmental cases, and cases alleging unfair business practices.
Baron & Budd shareholder Steve Baron is an accomplished litigator known for his tenacity in pursuing justice for victims of corporate misconduct. Baron leads one of the nations’ most aggressive litigation teams, representing clients in cases with some of the largest verdicts and settlements for people with mesothelioma and asbestos diseases as well as those who have been harmed by unsafe pharmaceuticals.
Her position at Baron & Budd calls upon Laura Baughman to exercise her knowledge as an attorney and environmental engineer, most notably in California Proposition 65 pollution cases. Prior to joining Baron & Budd, Laura also served as a briefing attorney to Justice Rose Spector of the Supreme Court of Texas. And as managing shareholder of the firm’s Qui Tam litigation team, Laura focuses on strategies to ferret out and litigate against those who have perpetrated fraud against the government.
Stephen Blackburn remembers the precise moment he decided to study law. In his home state of Florida, he attended a county commission meeting to speak out against a company planning to build a cement plant that would spew dioxin and other pollutants into the air. The company threatened to sue the county if it placed a citizens’ initiative on the ballot to raise air quality standards in the area.
Jeremiah Boling works at the Louisiana office of Baron and Budd. He is the newest member of the firm’s mesothelioma litigation group. Originally from the South, Boling is a Georgia native and attended Mississippi State University where he received a degree in Political Science. He then moved to Louisiana to attend law school at Tulane University. During law school, Boling served as managing editor of the Sports Lawyers Journal.
Benjamin Braly is an attorney with Baron and Budd’s mesothelioma litigation group. He was moved to practice law at a young age after learning of the story of an Oklahoma teenager named Sean Marsee, who was killed from his use of smokeless tobacco products in the 1980s. The family’s struggle against the tobacco industry moved Braly to pursue a career in defending the rights of the people against the interests of big business.
Russell W. Budd is a major force in the world of plaintiff’s attorneys, having devoted his three decade career to championing the rights of people and communities injured by corporate malfeasance. Currently Budd presides over one of the nation’s largest plaintiff’s firms, Baron & Budd, PC, headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
Carla Burke, an attorney and shareholder with Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group, began her legal career with the firm’s appellate section. She has a gift for writing and oral advocacy that has been very persuasive in the MTBE Multi-District Litigation cases. Carla has also authored and presented numerous papers and presentations on the topics of toxic tort and water contamination litigation and premises liability law.
Alicia Butler has worked with Baron & Budd in numerous roles, ranging from major toxic exposure cases to other wide-sweeping consumer cases. Currently, Ms. Butler focuses on pharmaceutical litigation, as well as whistleblower/qui tam cases and Medicare fraud cases. Previously, Ms. Butler worked on a variety of toxic exposure cases with Baron & Budd that impacted thousands of people harmed by dangerous toxins.
Shareholder Denyse Clancy joined the firm in 2004, already an accomplished litigator focusing on injuries caused by exposure to benzene and other toxic solvents and chemicals. In addition to her toxic tort practice, she has litigated medical malpractice, breach of contract, fraud, product defect and personal injury cases, as well as tax matters.
As a member of Baron & Budd’s pharmaceutical litigation group, Brittany Clark works closely with clients suffering from serious health problems after using various pharmaceuticals, such as Risperdal, Lipitor, Testosterone therapy drugs, Zoloft, GranuFlo, transvaginal mesh and several others.
Christopher Colley has dedicated his career to protecting the rights of asbestos victims and seeking compensation for their injuries. Chris worked with the Dallas-based law firm Silber Pearlman until the firm consolidated with Baron & Budd in 2008.
Chad Cotten’s convictions as a lawyer are founded on his resolute belief that the law is the bedrock of civilization and the cornerstone of the democracy in which we live. “The law is how we order society without resorting to violence and brute force. It protects all people, not just those with power,” he says. “Therefore, the law is very important to me, and the best way to participate in the process of law is to practice it.”
Irma Espino is an attorney with Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group, where she works primarily with clients who have been harmed by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill. In 2004, she left the firm to attend law school, where she received honors in Litigation Skills and Trial Advocacy Program and was a member of the Business Law Review. She rejoined Baron & Budd in 2010.
Celeste Evangelisti, a shareholder in the Environmental Litigation Group at Baron & Budd, has devoted the bulk of her career to helping individuals, municipalities and water suppliers obtain recovery of costs to clean up contamination. A tenacious fighter for environmental responsibility, Ms. Evangelisti has been nominated twice for Public Justice’s prestigious “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award (2009, 2013) and was named a “Texas Super Lawyer” for three straight years (Thompson Reuters, 2003-2005).
David Fernandes joined Baron & Budd’s California office in August 2014. He represents clients across the United States in class action litigation involving automobile safety, fraudulent banking practices, and deceptive advertising.
Ann Harper has spent her career representing workers who have developed mesothelioma and other serious illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos. She is an attorney in Baron & Budd’s settlement department, where she works through the issues necessary to get the firm’s clients compensation in their lawsuits and to pursue their claims through bankruptcy trust funds.
A hard-working and determined advocate, shareholder Stephen Johnston has served Baron & Budd clients since 1997. Stephen puts his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences to good use as an attorney with the firm’s Environmental Litigation Group, representing individuals and communities seeking clean-up costs for contaminated water supplies. He also served for several years in the law firm’s asbestos litigation group.
J. Todd Kale is a shareholder with Baron & Budd. He joined the firm in 2008 when the firm consolidated with Dallas-based law firm Silber Pearlman. Todd worked with mesothelioma sufferers and other victims of asbestos-related disease at Silber Pearlman from 1993 and continues that work at Baron & Budd.
Brett Land joined Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group in 2014 after graduating from Emory University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Brett worked as a summer associate at Baron & Budd for several years, concentrating on cases related to PCE, TCP, MTBE and Atrazine groundwater contamination.
John Langdoc was a scientist before he was a lawyer. At Baylor College of Medicine, Langdoc researched human neuroscience. Earlier, in graduate school, he researched how prescription drugs like Prozac can cause brain defects in babies born to mothers taking the medications.
Baron & Budd shareholder, Burton LeBlanc, is a powerhouse advocate for individuals who have been harmed by corporate wrongdoing, having begun his legal career representing victims of toxic exposure and workplace hazards in his home state, Louisiana.
Mitchell McCrea is an attorney in Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group. Mitchell has always been intensely aware of the need for access to clean water. He grew up among farmers and ranchers in southern New Mexico, southern California and southwest Texas, where water was a scarce and precious commodity.
Over the nearly two decades that he has practiced law, Cary McDougal has proven to be a formidable trial lawyer with unflinching resolve to serve his clients. Cary has been lead attorney in over 75 jury trials in state and federal court. He has tried cases involving such diverse areas of the law as premises liability, product liability, general personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance litigation, and environmental litigation.
Isaac Miller is an attorney at the Los Angeles office of Baron and Budd. His practice includes class action litigation involving consumer fraud. While at Pepperdine University School of Law, Isaac spent his time working as a law review editor. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable California District Court Judge, Consuelo B. Marshal, and as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.
Marty Morris was an attorney with a well-known commercial litigation firm for several years before joining Baron & Budd in 1999. He now works with the firm’s asbestos litigation group, representing people with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases and assisting with the oversight of the firm’s intake department and other firm-wide special projects.
As a member of Baron and Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group, Staci Olsen specializes in the management of electronic information and people in mass litigation. This skill makes her a critical part of the Group, which focuses on large-scale complex environmental torts
Mark Pifko has made a name for himself as a staunch advocate for consumers’ rights. Since joining Baron and Budd’s Los Angeles office in 2011, Pifko has taken on powerful corporations on cases involving false advertising, fraud and scientific and technical disputes. Pifko’s practice is focused on representing plaintiffs in complex class action matters.
Cristina Sanchez had originally planned to go to medical school, but her work at a small plaintiffs’ firm after college inspired her to instead pursue a career in law. Cristina works primarily with clients who have been harmed by the BP oil spill that severely impacted her hometown of New Orleans.
Education Loyola University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, 1991 (Articles Editor, Loyola Law Review, 1990-1991) University of New Orleans, Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), 1985 Bar & Court Admissions Texas Louisiana Professional Background […]
Thomas M. Sims has spent much of his career at Baron & Budd litigating complex environmental cases ranging from water contamination to air pollution. Though he has recently expanded his practice to represent public entities in hotel occupancy tax cases and whistleblowers under the state and federal claims act, Sims continues to work on serious environmental cases such as the Gulf Coast Oil Spill.
Kirsten Soto joined Baron and Budd in August 2014 as a part of the firm’s trucking litigation group, where she represents clients injured in catastrophic truck and bus crashes. Before moving to Dallas, Soto practiced at a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C. representing clients in multi-million dollar insurance coverage lawsuits.
Scott Summy is a shareholder at Baron & Budd, one of the largest and oldest firms in the United States that practices environmental litigation. Mr. Summy heads up the firm’s Environmental Litigation Group, which litigates complex environmental contamination cases all over the country.
Associate Christine Tamer is the newest addition to Baron & Budd’s asbestos litigation group. Tamer, a 2011 graduate from the University of Texas School of Law, joined Baron & Budd following a summer clerkship with the firm. During her term as a summer associate, Tamer helped draft a brief to the California Court of Appeals. Thanks to Tamer’s work, Baron & Budd attorneys won the appeal and the case was ordered back to the lower court.
Roland Tellis co-manages Baron & Budd’s Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on complex, high-profile litigation, including consumer class actions, financial fraud, business torts, corporate misconduct, automobile defect, food labeling, false advertising, securities fraud, and environmental contamination.
Allen Vaught has more than 15 years of experience working as a litigator on complex, multi-party litigation. As Of Counsel at Baron and Budd, Vaught currently manages the firm’s Employment Law Section for Baron & Budd, where he focuses on unpaid overtime wage class actions cases. Recently, Vaught won a major award for a group of mechanics who were incorrectly classified as independent contractors by their employer.
Natalie Velasco began working part-time as an administrative assistant for another plaintiffs’ law firm when she was just 19 years old. At Silber Pearlman, which has since consolidated with Baron & Budd, Natalie worked in special projects in several parts of the firm. Natalie became intrigued by the litigation process and quickly realized that she had a passion for the practice of law—and in particular, for representing injured workers.
Holly Werkema joined Baron & Budd in May of 2012 in the firm’s general litigation group, representing homeowners throughout the southeast affected by toxic Chinese drywall installations in their homes. After the settlement with the drywall manufacturer, Ms. Werkema assisted hundreds of the firm’s clients in navigating the claims process that ultimately led to repair and/or replacement of the toxic drywall in clients’ homes.
Biography Before joining Baron & Budd in 2014, Evan Zucker represented clients in matters which had positive ramifications across the country for those who had been victims of improper mortgage and loan-service fees. He has […]