A highly respected publication, Best Lawyers® compiles a list of the nation’s most accomplished lawyers through confidential peer surveys. For the latest list, approximately 55,000 attorneys cast 6.7 million votes on the legal abilities of fellow lawyers. No firms are allowed to pay for their attorneys to be included on the list, so inclusion is an extremely important achievement.
“We are truly proud to once again be included on this very prestigious list,” said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder of the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “This is an especially gratifying honor because it reflects the respect that other extremely accomplished attorneys around the nation have for the work we do.”
Budd was selected by Best Lawyers® in the areas of mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs. He has spent more than three decades working to protect the rights of plaintiffs who have been harmed due to corporate malfeasance. A shareholder in the national law firm of Baron & Budd since 1985 and managing shareholder since 2002, Budd and his firm have earned a great deal of notoriety during his career. The National Law Journal named Baron & Budd to its prestigious “Plaintiffs Hot List” eight times and Budd has been nominated for the Public Justice Trial Lawyers of the Year Award four times in the past eight years. Budd was also selected by Best Lawyers® as a 2016 Lawyer of the Year.
Baron & Budd shareholder Scott Summy was also selected to the list in the area of mass tort litigation/class actions – plaintiffs. This is the 10th year in a row Summy has been so honored. Summy’s practice is focused on water contamination cases and those efforts have yielded over a billion dollars in recoveries for his clients. Summy was one of the first attorneys in the United States to take action against the chemical company Monsanto for its role in contaminating schools with dangerous PCBs. Summy was also selected by Best Lawyers® as a 2016 Lawyer of the Year and has twice been nominated for the Public Justice Trial Lawyers of the Year Award.
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.