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 this capacity, Irma represents a variety of clients, from family-owned businesses whose incomes were wiped out by the contamination of fishing waters to complex real estate development companies whose multi-million dollar shoreline investments lost much of their value when pristine beaches were sullied. Irma is proud to be part of a team that has helped clients affected by the spill and her work has contributed significantly to its success. She has personally helped clients in the hospitality and tourism industries recover significant settlement proceeds. “My work helps these businesses recover their losses and remain viable. That has a ripple effect that benefits communities and families, too”.
Irma has a long association with Baron & Budd. She originally joined the firm in 2002 as a paralegal in the pharmaceutical litigation section. In 2004, Irma enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law, where she received honors in the Litigation Skills and Trial Advocacy Program and was a member of the Business Law Review. Upon graduation, Ms. Espino joined a boutique litigation firm and successfully litigated a number of business disputes in Atlanta, Georgia. In her second year of practice, Irma chaired a business tort bench trial, which she successfully settled for her client. Irma rejoined Baron & Budd as an associate in 2010.
Ms. Espino earned her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2007, graduating cum laude, and her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with high honors. She served as Chair of Communications for the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL) and on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.
When she isn’t fighting for the rights of her clients, Irma enjoys testing her mettle with outdoor fitness challenges. She recalls a hike up Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, as particularly dynamic. “My joy of the great outdoors reminds me why I fight so hard for preservation of the environment in my work”.
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