Carla Burke

Attorney at Law
Phone: (214) 521-3605
Fax: (214) 520-1181
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Carla Burke, an attorney and shareholder with Baron & Budd’s water contamination 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.

Carla is a natural teacher, which is perfect for her role as a legal issues attorney in complex water contamination cases. She has also been an adjunct clinical instructor of law at the Southern Methodist University School of Law Legal Clinic and, before law school, an English professor at a local college.

Not long after law school, she successfully briefed and argued, pro bono, the case of Lawson v. Dallas County, 112 F.3d 257 (5th Cir. 2002) before the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, where she represented a disabled man whose lack of medical treatment while in the custody of the Dallas county jail amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

Carla’s work for her clients is driven by her conviction that “law is a powerful force for social change. What starts with one person can affect an entire nation.” Carla found the opportunity to be a part of that force for change at Baron & Budd. “Baron & Budd is, literally, changing lives for the better,” she says.


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (J.D. 1999)
Southern Methodist University (M.A. 1994, B.A. 1991)

Bar & Court Admissions

New York
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals–5th Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Professional Associations

American Association for Justice
Public Justice
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
College of the State Bar of Texas
Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
Dallas Bar Association (Fellow)
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Court




Panelist, “Scientific Evidence in Environmental and Toxic Torts Litigation,” Mason Judicial Education Program Conference on Environmental Economics, Law, and Litigation, March 2, 2013.

Panelist, “Setting the Bar for ‘Injury’ in Environmental Exposure Cases: How Low Can It Go?” Environmental Law Institute Seminar, 2012

Panelist, “Emerging Issues Regarding Toxins Affecting Water,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, 2010.

Speaker, “Water Contamination: What Lies Beneath,” Harris Martin Oil Spill Litigation Conference, 2010.

Panelist, “Are There Synergistic Effects Between Toxic Tort Suits and Environmental Regulations?” Environmental Law Institute, 2006.

Speaker, “Update on MTBE Litigation,” Energy Litigation Conference, 2005.

Co-Presenter, “Premises Liability Cases: What Does the Future Hold?” Andrews Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2003.

Co-Presenter, “Texas Supreme Court Update,” Dallas Court of Appeals Seminar, 2000.



Co-Author, “Toxic Torts and Mass Torts,” 57 SMU Law Review 1267 (2004).

Contributor, “Toxic Torts and Mass Torts,” 56 SMU Law Review 2053 (2003).

Contributor, “Toxic Torts and Mass Torts,” 55 SMU Law Review 1375 (2002).

Co-Author, “Applying Texas Premises Liability Law to Asbestos Cases,” COLUMNS, September 2001.

Reported Cases

Nelson v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 102 Cal.Rptr.3d 311 (Cal.App. 3 Dist. Nov 20, 2009)

In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Products Liability Litigation, 457 F.Supp.2d 324 (S.D.N.Y. Jun 23, 2006), 438 F.Supp.2d 291 (S.D.N.Y. Jun 23, 2006), 415 F.Supp.2d 261 (S.D.N.Y. Nov 09, 2005), 2005 WL 39918 (S.D.N.Y. Jan 06, 2005)

Lawson v. Dallas County, 112 F.3d 257 (5th Cir. 2002).

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Bailey, 92 S.W.3d 577 (Tex.App.–Austin 2002).

Caudillo ex rel. Caudillo v. Lubbock Independent School Dist., 331 F.Supp.2d 550 (N.D.Tex 2004).