DALLAS (February 9, 2012) –The mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd is proud to be a 2012 platinum sponsor of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s Eighth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. The conference will be March 30-April 1 in Los Angeles. Titled “Asbestos: An International Public Health Crisis,” the conference brings together medical specialists and asbestos victims to raise public awareness about the health issues of asbestos, build community and advocate for a worldwide ban on asbestos use.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Baron and Budd will be supporting us as a 2012 platinum sponsor for our Eighth Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference,” said Linda Reinstein, mesothelioma widow and president/CEO of ADAO. “Thanks to the firm’s generous contribution, ADAO can continue its mission to provide support for asbestos victims, advocate for change and raise public awareness about the health issues of asbestos exposure. ADAO is truly grateful for Baron and Budd’s continued efforts to educate and help people who have mesothelioma or other asbestos cancers."

Topics discussed at the conference will include the global asbestos health crisis, advancements in diagnosing and treating asbestos diseases, patient resources, and preventing asbestos exposure. Keynote speakers will be Matt Peacock, an award-winning reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Barbara McQueen, wife of the late Steve McQueen. ADAO will honor Steve McQueen with the Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute. McQueen passed from mesothelioma in 1980 at the age of 50.

“As a firm that works with mesothelioma patients every day, we know how important ADAO’s work is,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder. “Not only does ADAO President/CEO Linda Reinstein work closely with individuals who are dealing with mesothelioma today, she also works to ensure the safety of future generations by raising the awareness of the need for a global asbestos ban. Providing financial support for her organization is the least we can do. We are honored to sponsor ADAO again in 2012.”

Founded in 2004, ADAO is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to giving victims of asbestos exposure a voice, raising public awareness of asbestos, preventing exposure through education and advocating for a global asbestos ban. The organization is headed by Linda Reinstein, a mesothelioma widow, who works tirelessly to support mesothelioma patients and families.

Baron and Budd was one of the first law firms in the country to file a mesothelioma lawsuit and has represented victims of asbestos exposure for over 30 years. In addition to its support for ADAO, the firm has also sponsored two books on mesothelioma for patients: Understanding Mesothelioma by CURE media group and the NCCN Patient Guidelines for Mesothelioma. Firm president and managing shareholder Russell Budd also serves on the NCCN Foundation Board.

For more information about mesothelioma, call 1.866.855.1229.

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.