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Russell Budd was one of the original firm founders and still serves as President and Managing Shareholder of the firm today. That consistency in leadership over more than three decades has earned Baron & Budd a national reputation as a leader among plaintiffs’ lawyers.
This recognition is given to “firms in the United States that have done exemplary, cutting-edge work on the plaintiffs’ side.”
Each year, the National Law Journal profiles approximately a dozen plaintiffs’ firms that have had substantial victories and have litigated cases that helped shape the law in significant ways.
Baron & Budd has been repeatedly selected by The Legal 500 as one of the country’s premier law firms in mass tort claims and class action litigation for the firm’s work on toxic tort claims.
The Legal 500 describes its United States legal directory as “the guide to the preeminent firms in the world’s strongest and most competitive legal market.” According to its editors, The Legal 500 uses independent researchers interviewing thousands of clients in 90 countries worldwide to select “the best of the best” and provides commentaries on its recommended law firms based on feedback from clients, judges and other attorneys.
Based on this extensive research, The Legal 500 selected Baron & Budd as one of the top two law firms in the nation for toxic tort claims in 2008. The directory specifically noted the company’s “strong water contamination practice” and continuing success in litigating serious asbestos cases.
In 2011, Baron & Budd was again selected to The Legal 500, this time as one of only two top tier law firms in mass torts and class actions. The directory called Baron & Budd “an industry leader in the field of toxic tort litigation.”
The firm was selected once again in 2012 as one of just two top tier plaintiffs’ firms in mass torts and class actions. The Legal 500 specifically noted the firm’s involved in Gulf oil spill litigation and work in the late 2011 settlement with one of the major manufacturers of toxic Chinese drywall.
In 2013, the firm was selected yet again as one of only two top tier plaintiffs’ law firms in the area of mass torts and class actions. The publication noted the firm’s “excellent” legal team that provides “outstanding” service to clients. The firm’s atrazine case and $48 million mesothelioma verdict were mentioned.
Baron & Budd attorneys currently serve and have served on a number of Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees (PSC) in various types of litigation, ranging from complex water contamination cases to national and statewide securities fraud cases and national litigation to protect consumers from fraud.
Currently, Scott Summy, head of the firm’s water contamination litigation group, is serving as co-lead counsel on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Gulf oil spill Multi-District Litigation (MDL) and on the 15-member PSC. Summy previously served as co-lead counsel and treasurer on the PSC in the national MTBE MDL.
Shareholder Burton LeBlanc, head of the firm’s Baton Rouge office, currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation surrounding pharmaceutical product GranuFlo and its sister product, NaturaLyte.
Russell Budd, along with shareholder Burton LeBlanc, were among 14 attorneys nationwide to be honored with the prestigious Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) in 2007. The award recognizes attorneys for their commitment to the legal profession and their efforts to improve the civil justice system. In 2010, LeBlanc received the award for the second time.
Baron & Budd’s Scott Summy has been selected by his peers for inclusion in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2006. This honor is based on 1.8 million confidential evaluations by attorneys around the country and telephone interviews with leading attorneys through the publication’s balloting process.
In 2014, Russell Budd was also selected to The Best Lawyers in America.
Baron & Budd attorneys received the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in 2006 from Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for their combined work on two cases that spanned 21 years and involved more than 1,600 plaintiffs injured by groundwater contamination in Tucson, Arizona.
Before joining Baron & Budd, now shareholders Scott Summy and Celeste Evangelisti received the 2001 California Lawyer “Attorneys of the Year” Award for Environmental Law for their work on behalf of the California non-profit organization Communities for a Better Environment. The resolution of this precedent-setting case required the nation’s major oil companies to clean up more than 1,000 sites contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.
In 2004, American Lawyer (an Incisive Media publication) listed Baron & Budd as one of the 16 most successful plaintiffs’ firms in the country.