Baron and Budd Proud To Support ADAO’s Work With McQueen

DALLAS (January 17, 2012) –The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will be honoring the late actor Steve McQueen with the Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute Award. Though McQueen is known as a legend of the silver screen, he passed away in 1980 from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The Warren Zevon Memorial Tribute Award will be presented March 31, 2012 at ADAO’s 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Mr. McQueen’s widow, Barbara McQueen, will be accepting the award on his behalf.

“Most people don’t realize that Steve McQueen, one of the greatest icons of American culture, died of mesothelioma,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of Baron and Budd. “This horrible cancer can strike anyone and it doesn’t discriminate. We’re glad to support ADAO as they honor an American legend like Steve McQueen for his battle against mesothelioma. We hope that this will help raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure.”

Steve McQueen was an American legend known for his extraordinary life on and off the screen in the 1960s and 1970s. Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” McQueen was a symbol of freedom, fighting for what you believe in, and the ultimate bad boy. At the height of his career, McQueen was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, but his life was cut short at the age of 50 by mesothelioma.

The 8th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference will be March 30-April 1, 2012 in Los Angeles. Titled “Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis,” the conference will bring together world-renowned medical experts, asbestos victims, families, and other advocates to increase public awareness of asbestos issues, discuss the latest in treatments, and advocate for an international ban on asbestos.

Baron and Budd has a history of giving back to the community. The firm was proud to be a 2011 gold sponsor of ADAO and has sponsored other organizations as part of their mission to educate the public about asbestos diseases, arm patients and caregivers with up-to-date medical information, and help protect what’s right.

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has a more than 30-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for asbestos sufferers and their families. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers and others who are suffering as a result of exposure to asbestos. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict ever in the state of Texas, a $55 million verdict for an asbestos sufferer and his family in El Paso, Texas. Contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.855.1229 for additional information on mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers and mesothelioma attorneys.