Burton LeBlanc

Burton LeBlanc

Shareholder, Attorney at Law
Phone: (800) 347-2392
Fax: (225) 768-7999

Baron & Budd shareholder Burton LeBlanc advocates for individuals who have been harmed by corporate wrongdoing and deserve justice and accountability. LeBlanc began his legal career more than twenty-five years ago representing victims of toxic exposure and workplace hazards. His lifelong commitment to service through the legal system was fostered by family as a child in his home state of Louisiana, a state where danger in the workplace was common and expectations for most workers were of a life shortened by the necessity of making a living.

LeBlanc’s extensive accomplishments are renowned in the courtroom, and paved the way for him to be named as one of the top 75 plaintiff’s attorneys in the United States by The American Lawyer in 2014. He focuses his current practice in the areas of pharmaceutical, environmental, securities and asbestos litigation. In addition to his work representing individuals, LeBlanc has successfully represented many governmental entities, including the States of Hawaii, Mississippi, Louisiana, and West Virginia in complex consumer fraud litigation. He was part of Baron & Budd’s team that pursued litigation on behalf of seven states’ attorneys general against GlaxoSmithKline regarding its fraudulent marketing of the diabetes drug Avandia, litigation which settled for $177 million. LeBlanc is a 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Honor from America’s Top 100 Attorneys for his career dedicated to the protection of America’s civil justice system. He has also been selected for inclusion in the Louisiana Super Lawyers list from 2012 to the present (Thompson Reuters).

Today Mr. LeBlanc’s passion for championing the rights of individuals extends to the national stage where he recently served as president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). As president of AAJ, the largest trial lawyer non-profit group in the United States, Mr. LeBlanc advocated for protection of America’s civil justice system and rallied resources when corporate interests attempted to infringe on individual rights. He is an adamant crusader for the abolition of forced arbitration and a supporter of the fundamental right to a trial by jury.

Mr. LeBlanc’s election as AAJ president followed a long history of involvement on both the local and national levels of AAJ and its affiliate organizations. He previously served as president-elect, vice president, treasurer and parliamentarian of AAJ. In addition, Mr. LeBlanc has been a member of AAJ’s Executive Committee and the Board of Governors, where he was awarded the Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award two separate times, most recently in July 2010. Mr. LeBlanc has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the AAJ PAC Committee, chairman of the AAJ National Finance Council, a sustaining member of the AAJ and a member of the Leaders Forum. He is also a member of the AAJ’s Section on Toxic Torts and Business Torts. At the local level, LeBlanc served as the President of the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ) and frequently testifies before the Louisiana legislature.

LeBlanc is a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) State Attorney General and State Department of Justice Issues Committee as well as a committee member of the ABA’s Section on Toxic Torts. He is also a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT), the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association, American Bar Association, College of the State Bar of Texas, the Louisiana Bar Foundation and a supporting member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker on issues of environmental law, asbestos litigation, chemical exposure cases and the importance of access to the civil justice system. In November 2013, he testified before the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

LeBlanc and his wife are active in the Baton Rouge community and serve on multiple boards, including Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, where he served as president. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Loyola University School of Law, and is licensed in the states of Louisiana and Texas, several federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Appointments

  • In Re The Flintkote Company Bankruptcy, 04-11300-MFW (U.S.D.C. Bankr. D. Del.); Appointed to the Negotiating Sub-Committee (June 2004-present)
  • Communications and Outreach Committee, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation (August 13, 2001)
  • Louisiana Supreme Court Committee to Study Financial Assistance To Clients (July 3, 2001)
  • In Re Pittsburgh-Corning Corporation Bankruptcy, 00-22876-JKF (U.S.D.C. Bankr. D. W.D. Pa.); Appointed to Committee of Unsecured Asbestos Creditors (June 2000)
  • In Re Babcock & Wilcox Bankruptcy, 00-10992-B (U.S.D.C. Bankr. D. E.D. La.); Appointed to Trust Advisory Committee (T.A.C.)
  • In Re Babcock & Wilcox Bankruptcy, 00-10992-B (U.S.D.C. Bankr. D. E.D. La.); Appointed to Asbestos Claimants Committee (March 2000)
  • In Re Rockwool Manufacturing Co. Bankruptcy, 96-08295-TBB-11 (U.S.D.C. Bankr. D. N.D. Ala.); Appointed to Asbestos Claimants Creditor Committee
  • In re: Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1:13-md-2428 (U.S.D.C. D. Mass.); Appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (July 16, 2013)

Awards

  • Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award (American Association for Justice, 2007 & 2010)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers 2008, 2012-2017
  • American Lawyer Top 75 Plaintiff Attorney in the US 2014
  • Lifetime Achievement Honor of America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Louisiana – Awarded 2017

Publications

  • Burton LeBlanc and Misty A. Farris, “Alternative Theories for Environmental Contamination Cases,” TRIAL (April 2008)
  • Burton LeBlanc and S. Ann Saucer, “All About Alternative Litigation Financing,” TRIAL (January 2013)
  • Burton LeBlanc, “Letter to the Editor, The BP Settlement: How the Lawyers See Their Role” The New York Times (July 31, 2013)
  • Burton LeBlanc “Letter to the Editor, Manufacturers Should Bear Responsibility” The Wall Street Journal (September 10, 2013)
  • “College of Law graduate elected president of American Association for Justice”, Loyola at a Glance (November 8, 2013)

Speaking Engagements

  • American Association for Justice Annual Marketing and Management Seminar, Secrets to Success Panel: From Small Firm to Big Firm, Panelist – Chicago, IL (May 24, 2016)
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Law Firm Finance Panel, Panelist – Montreal, Canada (July 12, 2015)
  • American Association for Justice Takata Airbag Seminar, Moderator – New York, New York (December 11, 2014)
  • Interview with Bob McCormick for Money 101 on KFWB Radio – Los Angeles, General Mill’s decision to impose forced arbitration on its customers” (April 21, 2014)
  • Interview with KCBS Radio – San Francisco, “General Mill’s decision to impose forced arbitration on its customers” (April 17, 2014)
  • Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar “American Association for Justice Update” Las Vegas, Nevada (April 10, 2014)
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, “American Association for Justice Update”, New Orleans, Louisiana (March 21, 2014)
  • The Unity Summit, “7th Amendment Update”, Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi (March 13, 2014)
  • West Virginia Association for Justice Convention, “American Association for Justice Update”, Charleston, West Virginia (January 16, 2014)
  • Georgia Association for Justice Convention, “American Association for Justice Update”, Atlanta, Georgia (December 6, 2013)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Convention, “American Association for Justice Update”, San Francisco, CA (November 15, 2013)
  • NATLE Government Affairs Conference, “Tribute to Leah Guerry”, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 10, 2013)
  • Testified, Federal Rules Hearing, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2013)
  • End Distracted Driving Campaign Presenter, University High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (September 13, 2013)
  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles Annual Convention “AAJ Update”, Las Vegas, Nevada (August 30, 2013)
  • Belli Seminar, AAJ Annual Convention, “Alternative Litigation Financing”, San Francisco, California (July 19, 2013)
  • Mississippi Association for Justice Annual Convention “Alternative Litigation Financing”, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 13, 2013)
  • New Jersey Association for Justice Annual Boardwalk Seminar, “Alternative Legislative Financing”, Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 18, 2013)
  • Mississippi Association for Justice Annual Convention “Alternative Litigation Financing”, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 13, 2013)
  • Belli Seminar, the American Association for Justice Annual Convention, “Alternative Litigation Financing”, San Francisco, California (July 19, 2013)
  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles Annual Convention “the American Association for Justice Update”, Las Vegas, Nevada (August 30, 2013)
  • End Distracted Driving Presentation with Joel Feldman, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, (September 13, 2013)
  • LSU Law Association for Justice “Introduction to the American Association for Justice”, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, (October 10, 2013)
  • The Ed Shultz Radio Show, interviewed by Mike Papantonio on U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Legal Reform Summit and forced arbitration, 12 minutes, Nationally Syndicated (October 23, 2013)
  • Testified before the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding the Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2013)
  • Presenter, NATLE Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 10, 2013)
  • George Washington Law: Speaker (May 2012)
  • Tennessee Association for Justice: Speaker (January 2012)
  • Legal Lines Television Program: “Interview – 30 minutes” (March 17, 2006)
  • Andrews Asbestos Litigation 2005 Conference, “Legislative Outlook and Asbestos State of Affairs”, New Orleans, LA (April 28, 2005)
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – 2005 Winter Ski Seminar, Aspen, CO “Occupational Disease Litigation from Tort to Toast” (February 9, 2005)
  • Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) Program: “Breathtaking Cost of Asbestos” (November 23, 2004)
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – 2004 Winter Ski Seminar, Aspen, CO “Premises Liability: A Plaintiff’s Perspective” (February 23, 2004)
  • American Law Institute/American Bar Association – Asbestos Litigation In The 21st Century, “Premises Liability: A Plaintiffs’ Perspective”, New Orleans, LA (November 13, 2003)
  • Andrews Asbestos Litigation 2003 Conference, “Future of Asbestos Litigation”, New Orleans, LA (May 1-2, 2003)
  • Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee, Baton Rouge, LA – testified on the subject of asbestos litigation reform (April 2003)
  • Louisiana State NAACP Convention, Baton Rouge, LA (September 2001)
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – 2001 Winter Ski Seminar, Aspen, CO “Updates on Toxic Torts Litigation” (February 28, 2001)
  • Channel 98 Television, “Merit Selection of Judges vs. Election of Judges-LA- A Debate”, Baton Rouge, LA (April 22, 1999)
  • Baton Rouge League of Women Voters, “Merit Selection of Judges vs. Election of Judges-A Debate”, Baton Rouge, LA (April 22, 1999)
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – Yours to Choose Seminar, Baton Rouge, LA “Occupational Disease Litigation in Louisiana” (December 29, 1998)
  • Mealeys – New Fronts in the Asbestos Wars, “The Tobacco Component and Medical Monitoring” Boston, MA (September 14, 1998)
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Seminar, Asbestos “Laws, Regulations and Liability” Baton Rouge, Louisiana (June 25, 1997, June 23, 1996)
  • WNDC Baton Rouge Radio Station – (Nothing But The Truth) “Environment and Race” (June, 1997)
  • Channel 10 Television, “Environmental Issues in Louisiana”, Monroe, Louisiana (June 19, 1997)
  • Louisiana State University, Political Science Department “Environmental Law and Politics” (October 1995)
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – Last Chance Seminar, Baton Rouge, LA “Update on Toxic Torts in Louisiana” (December 29, 1997) (December 30, 1998)
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (“Post Legislative Retreat” – June 1996, Carmel, CA; Mid-Winter Convention-February 1997, Aspen, CO; February 1998, Aspen, CO)
  • Louisiana State NAACP Convention “Environmental Law and Impact on Minorities” (October 1994, Monroe, LA)
  • Defense Research Institute Convention (D.R.I.), Toxic Torts, “A Plaintiff’s Perspective” Philadelphia, PA (April 1997)
  • Louisiana AFL-CIO Convention “Occupational Disease Among Industrial Trade Workers” (March 1995; March 1996; March 1997; March 1998; March 1999; March 2000; March 2003, March 2004, Baton Rouge, LA)
  • National United Food and Commercial Workers Union – AFL-CIO Convention “Occupational Disease” (July 1995, Boise, ID; April 1996, New Orleans, LA)

Education

Loyola University School of Law (J.D. 1990)
Louisiana State University (B.A. 1987)

Bar & Court Admissions

Louisiana State Bar 1991
Texas State Bar 1992
United States Supreme Court 1998
United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

American Bar Association

Member, State Attorney General & State Department of Justice Issues Committee

American Association for Justice

President (2013-2014)
President-elect (2012-2013)
Vice President (2011-2012)
Diversity Committee (2011-present)
Secretary (2010-2011)
Treasurer (2009-2010)
National Finance Council (Chair, 2009-2010; Vice Chair 2008-2009; Member 2006-present)
Parliamentarian (2008-2009)
Leaders Forum (Chair 2010-2011; Member 2004-present)
Budget Committee (2009-present)
Justice List Committee (Chair, 2008-present)
Executive Committee (2007-present)
PAC Board of Trustees (2006-present)
Committee for a Better Future (Co-Chair 2006, 2009-2010)
Board of Governors (2005-2008)
Business Torts Section (2005-present)
Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) (1993-present)

Louisiana Association for Justice

President of the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ) (2006-2007)
Board of Governors – Council of Directors Legislative Committee

Louisiana Bar Foundation

Member of the Capital Area Community Partnership Panel for the Louisiana Bar Foundation (July 2009-June 2012)

State Trial Lawyers Association

Secretary/Treasurer – Council of Presidents, State Trial Lawyers Association for North America (2006-2008)

Public Justice

Board Member – Board of Directors (2015-2017)
Case Development/Special Projects Committee – Member (2016-2017)
Case Evaluation Committee – Member (2016-2017)
Membership Committee – Member (2016-2017)

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Judicial Nominations Task Force – Member (2015-2016)