Firm to Evaluate Best Way to Restore Resources and Recover Economic Damages Related to BP Oil Spill

BATON ROUGE (August 13, 2010) – Environmental attorney Burton LeBlanc of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and his firm Baron & Budd have been retained by the state of Louisiana to provide counsel to the state of Louisiana’s designated Trustees in connection with issues related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill.

The firm has been retained specifically to provide a comprehensive evaluation of environmental and economic damage and will work with BP to ensure that the state is fairly compensated for damage to its natural resources and economy.

“It is our goal to obtain maximum recovery for the people of Louisiana for damages suffered by them and our state arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Mr. LeBlanc and his firm are well qualified to assist in achieving this result,” said Attorney General Caldwell.

Under the Federal Oil Pollution Act and the Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, the state will seek to recover natural resource damages pursuant to these statutes and  Baron & Budd will assist the state in developing a natural resource and economic damage assessment that will be presented to BP.

“We know how to get this job done and, importantly, have a tremendous familiarity with the ecology of the Louisiana coast. We are honored and proud to represent the great state of Louisiana and my home in this extremely important process,” said Burton LeBlanc, shareholder of Baron & Budd.

LeBlanc is an environmental legal specialist who heads Baron & Budd, P.C.’s Louisiana practice from the firm’s Baton Rouge office. Both LeBlanc, a Louisiana native, and the law firm Baron & Budd bring extensive environmental experience to the Gulf oil spill case. LeBlanc has served as president of the Louisiana Association for Justice (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association) and has been appointed to numerous committees by federal courts and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Baron & Budd is a firm with broad environmental experience and has been hired by many state Attorney Generals, municipalities and water districts to represent them in cases involving water contamination.  Most recently, the firm has begun representing individuals and businesses affected by Gulf oil spill and was actively involved in the MDL judicial panel discussions in Boise last month that resulted in the selection of the Eastern District of Louisiana as the venue for that litigation.

 

About Baron & Budd, P.C.
Dallas-based Baron & Budd, P.C. with offices in Baton Rouge, Austin, Beverly Hills and Miami is a nationally recognized law firm with a 30-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for people and communities harmed by corporate negligence.  Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large and complex cases.  The firm represents individuals, government and business entities in areas as diverse as asbestos-related illnesses, water contamination, Qui Tam, California Proposition 65 violations, pharmaceutical injuries, Chinese drywall, insurance claims and securities fraud. Most recently, the firm has begun to represent individuals and businesses affected by the Gulf Oil Spill.  Active in the community, Baron & Budd pledged $3 million over five years to the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program at Brigham Women’s Hospital and has supported the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, Lung Cancer Alliance and other asbestos awareness and advocacy organizations.  //baronandbudd.com/.