BATON ROUGE, La. –(July 19, 2011) –Baron and Budd Shareholder Burton LeBlanc was recently elected Vice President of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at the association’s Annual Convention in New York. LeBlanc is the head of the Baron and Budd’s Baton Rouge office, where his focus is on environmental law, including matters related to the Gulf Oil Spill. Most notably, LeBlanc was hired by the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration to provide counsel to the state’s designated Trustees in connection to issues related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill.

"AAJ’s work on the national level to protect our legal system is matched by no other organization, and I am honored to continue as part of their leadership," said LeBlanc.

LeBlanc has been one of the few attorneys nationwide to be honored with the prestigious Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award from AAJ, an award he received in 2007 and again in 2010. The award honors attorneys for their commitment to the legal profession and their continued efforts to improve the civil justice system.

While LeBlanc’s focus is on environmental law, he has also represented the state of Louisiana, state of Mississippi and others in complex, consumer fraud cases and has frequently been part of litigation teams recovering jury verdicts in the millions.

LeBlanc has previously served as Secretary, Treasurer and Parlimentarian of the AAJ and as chair of the AAJ National Finance Council, the association’s chief fundraising arm, and is a past president of the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ).

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