Baron & Budd Shareholder Holly Werkema Receives 2024 Compassionate Counsel Award

March 22, 2024  |  Press Releases

Werkema is among five attorneys honored with the national civil justice distinction

DALLAS – The national law firm Baron & Budd, P.C. is pleased to announce that shareholder Holly Werkema has been named to the 2024 class of Compassionate Counsel honorees. This distinction is awarded annually by The Milestone Charitable Foundation to a select group of trial lawyers across the country who are innovative in their pursuit of justice.

Compassionate Counsel recipients are selected by The Milestone Foundation’s board for their unwavering commitment to the tenets of the Seventh Amendment and belief in the fundamental right to justice. These trial lawyers work tirelessly to help victims of civil injustices receive their rightful compensation and avoid additional harm or trauma throughout the course of their lawsuit. They see their clients as worthy of respect, see access to fair funding and financial support as a right and look out for their clients’ well-being well beyond settlement.

“It was evident in reading the nomination for Holly that she deeply cares for her clients and staff,” said Mike Volpe, executive director of The Milestone Foundation. “She is a tireless worker in the name of justice, and that is the exact spirit celebrated by our Compassionate Counsel award.”

Holly Werkema manages the Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at Baron & Budd where she represents clients and their families adversely affected by dangerous prescription drugs and medical devices. Ms. Werkema has always had a passion for bringing justice to people harmed by pharmaceutical companies that market their products as safe when they are not or when they have misrepresented the efficacy and toxicity of their medical commodities. Over the course of her career, Ms. Werkema has worked tirelessly representing clients in complex multi-district litigation involving a number of high-profile pharmaceutical defendants.

“I am truly grateful for this acknowledgment from The Milestone Charitable Foundation,” said Werkema. “It further strengthens my resolve to continue in my mission of championing the rights and pursuing justice for individuals harmed by unsafe drugs and medical devices.

Awardees will be honored at a ceremony April 2, 2024, in Las Vegas. For more information about The Milestone Foundation’s Compassionate Counsel awards, visit

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

With more than 40 years of experience, Baron & Budd has the expertise and resources to handle complex litigation throughout the United States. As a law firm that takes pride in remaining at the forefront of litigation, Baron & Budd has spearheaded many significant cases for hundreds of public entities and tens of thousands of individuals. Since the firm was founded in 1977, Baron & Budd has achieved substantial national acclaim for its work on cutting-edge litigation, trying hundreds of cases to verdict and settling tens of thousands of cases in areas of litigation as diverse and significant as dangerous and highly addictive pharmaceuticals, defective medical devices, asbestos and mesothelioma, wildfires, environmental contamination, fraudulent banking practices, e-cigarettes, motor vehicles, federal whistleblower cases, and other consumer fraud issues.

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