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DALLAS (September 9, 2014) – Russell Budd, Scott Summy and Roland Tellis of the law firm of Baron and Budd have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015.
Best Lawyers® is a highly respected peer review publication. Each year, it compiles an exhaustive list of the most accomplished attorneys in the nation by conducting confidential peer surveys. More than 50,000 attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes regarding the legal abilities of other attorneys in their areas of practice. Firms are not allowed to pay any sort of fee for their lawyers to be included on the list, making inclusion a significant achievement.
Russell Budd was selected to the list of top lawyers in the areas of mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs. He was also selected by Best Lawyers as a 2015 Lawyer of the Year in the mass tort litigation/class actions –plaintiffs category. Budd has been a shareholder in the national law firm since 1985 and president and managing shareholder since 2002. Budd has devoted three decades of his career to fighting corporate malfeasance and protecting the rights of plaintiffs. Under his leadership, Baron and Budd has been nominated four times in the past seven years for the Public Justice Trial Lawyers of the Year Award and has been named eight times to the prestigious “Plaintiffs Hot List” by The National Law Journal.
Scott Summy, a shareholder at Baron and Budd, leads the firm’s water contamination and environmental litigation efforts. This is the 10th consecutive year he has been named to the Best Lawyers® list. Under Summy’s leadership, the firm’s water contamination litigation practice has grown into one of the most respected in the country. Summy has served on numerous leadership committees in groundbreaking water contamination litigation, including a $410 million settlement regarding MTBE groundwater contamination and a settlement regarding atrazine contamination valued at $105 million. Summy is also one of the first lawyers in the country to file a lawsuit against Monsanto regarding the contamination of PCBs in schools.
Roland Tellis is co-manager of the Los Angeles office of Baron and Budd. His practice focuses on consumer financial fraud, deceptive food labeling and consumer class actions. Tellis took the lead in a national class action against BMW regarding defective transmissions in the company’s popular Mini Coopers, where he achieved a major settlement valued at more than $10 million. Tellis also took the lead in national class action litigation involving deceptive food labeling: a $5 million settlement for consumers misled by Cytosport’s Muscle Milk products and a $3.2 million settlement for consumers misled by deceptive “All Natural” labeling on ConAgra’s Alexia foods products. Tellis continues to fight on behalf of consumers harmed by financial fraud.
The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with almost four decades of experience “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, governmental and business entities in areas as diverse as PCB contamination in schools, FLSA (overtime) violations, pharmaceutical and medical implant injuries, water contamination, GM ignition problems, California Proposition 65 violations, mortgage and credit card fraud and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.