Baron & Budd Environmental Litigation Group Attorneys Win Burton Award

April 11, 2017  |  Environmental, Press Releases

Authors of “Poison in the Well” article honored for distinguished writing

DALLAS – April 10, 2017 – The national law firm of Baron & Budd is pleased to announce attorneys Scott Summy, Carla Burke Pickrel, and John Fiske are winners of the 2017 Burton Awards, which recognizes the finest law firm writers in the country. Summy, Pickrel, and Fiske were selected for their article, “Poison in the Well,” which appeared in the August 2016 issue of Trial Magazine. The Baron & Budd team is one of only 25 winners selected from nominations submitted by the nation’s top 1,000 most prestigious and largest law firms.

“We are extremely proud of Scott, Carla, and John for earning recognition from such a prestigious organization,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of Baron & Budd. “This is a team of deeply experienced and passionate environmental experts, which is evident in this exemplary piece of work.” 

The attorneys are integral members of Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group and work closely together to pursue justice for people, businesses, water providers, and municipalities that have been harmed by water contamination and other environmental disasters caused by corporate negligence. The team currently represents the State of Washington, the Port of Portland, and the Cities of San Diego, Long Beach, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, Portland, Seattle, and Spokane in litigation against Monsanto arising from PCB contamination of water supplies. Summy, the leader of the practice, has secured more than $1 billion in recoveries for his clients.

The awards will be formally announced on May 22 at the 18th Annual Burton Awards Gala at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. This year, the awards ceremony will also include a special recognition for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will receive the “Book of the Year in Law Award” for her work, My Own Words.

The Burton Awards program is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards honor the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation, and lifetime achievements in the profession.


The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for people, communities and businesses harmed by negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases. The firm represents individuals and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, overtime violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.

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