BATON ROUGE, La. – Burton LeBlanc, of counsel to Baron & Budd, P.C., and a founding member of the Baton Rouge, La., law firm LeBlanc & Waddell, LLP, has been named President of the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ) in addition to being appointed to the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

A seasoned attorney and native of Louisiana, Mr. Le Blanc has extensive experience in environmental and toxic tort litigation, having represented thousands of Louisianans who have been exposed to hazardous substances. Mr. LeBlanc and the firm recently represented the State of Louisiana in an oil royalty case against some of the world’s largest oil producers. Currently, the firm represents a number of state retirement systems and union pension funds in various securities litigation matters.

The LAJ and AAJ share a consistent mission: to promote a fair and effective justice system while supporting the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that every person injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in American courtrooms. Both organizations stress the importance of protecting open access to courts and individual rights, as well as promoting individual and corporate responsibility, and preserving the highest ethical and educational standards for the legal profession.

Mr. LeBlanc will serve as President of the LAJ for a one-year term. He is one of only 148 attorneys in the nation to receive an appointment to the AAJ’s Board of Governors, where he will serve a three-year term.

The two prestigious appointments parallel Mr. LeBlanc’s reputation in the legal community at both the state and national levels.

“The synergy of these two appointments affords me an unusual opportunity to make a real difference,” Mr. LeBlanc says.

About Baron & Budd

Since 1977, the law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., has championed the rights of people and communities harmed by corporate misconduct. With more than 50 attorneys and offices in Texas, Louisiana, Ohio and California, Baron & Budd enjoys a national reputation as a leader of the plaintiffs’ bar. The firm represents individuals with mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos; leukemia caused by benzene; and injuries caused by other toxic substances and pharmaceuticals. The firm also represents water authorities seeking clean-up costs for drinking water contamination; municipalities and securities investors defrauded by corporate wrongdoing; and consumers. For more information about Baron & Budd, call 800-222-2766 or visit www.baronandbudd.com.

About LeBlanc & Waddell, LLP:

LeBlanc & Waddell, LLP, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, represents working men and women, aggrieved consumers, and others who have suffered significant losses due to occupational disease, securities fraud, consumer fraud, and personal injury. LeBlanc & Waddell, LLP, is the designated Occupational Disease Counsel for the Louisiana AFL-CIO and the Louisiana NAACP.