BATON ROUGE, La. – Attorney Burton LeBlanc, of counsel to Dallas’ Baron & Budd, P.D., and a name partner in Baton Rouge-based LeBlanc & Waddell, LLP, has been awarded the prestigious Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award by the American Association for Justice.

Mr. LeBlanc is one of only 14 attorneys in the United States selected to receive the award, which honors attorneys for their commitment to their profession and support for improving the civil justice system.

“I would like to thank the American Association for Justice for this important honor,’’ Mr. LeBlanc says. “This award is named for two great Louisiana attorneys, and I hope to continue their goal of helping deserving plaintiffs find justice in the civil court system.”

The Wiedemann Wysocki award was established in honor of Fritz Wiedemann and James Anthony Wysocki, two New Orleans-based attorneys and active American Association for Justice members who died in a plane crash while traveling to an American Association for Justice event.

Mr. LeBlanc will receive the award July 16 at the association’s annual conference in Chicago.

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, 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.