CHICAGO –(August 3, 2012) – Baron and Budd shareholder Burton LeBlanc was elected President-Elect of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) today at the association’s Annual Convention in Chicago. LeBlanc heads Baron and Budd’s Baton Rouge office where he focuses on environmental law and complex litigation.

"AAJ does incredible work on a national level to help protect the rights of Americans," said LeBlanc. “I am honored to be part of this prestigious organization’s leadership.”

LeBlanc is one of the very few attorneys nationwide to have been honored twice with the AAJ’s prestigious Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award, which he received in 2007 and 2010. This award honors lawyers for their commitment to the legal profession and their continued efforts to improve the civil justice system.

Though LeBlanc’s focus is on environmental law, he has also represented the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Hawaii in consumer fraud lawsuits and complex securities fraud cases.

LeBlanc previously served as Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian of the AAJ, 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).

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

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 a 30-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, governmental and business entities in areas as diverse as water contamination, Gulf oil spill, Qui Tam, California Proposition 65 violations, unsafe drugs and medical devices, Chinese drywall, deceptive advertising, consumer financial fraud, securities fraud and asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma. //baronandbudd.com.