Attorney Russell Budd of Dallas’ Baron & Budd, P.C. has earned the prestigious Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award from the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Budd is among only 14 attorneys nationwide to receive the 2007 award, which honors attorneys for their commitment to the legal profession and their efforts to improve the civil justice system.

“I am very honored to be recognized by the American Association for Justice and my fellow attorneys in the plaintiffs bar,” Mr. Budd says. “This award speaks to our firm’s overall mission of making sure our clients receive the best legal representation we can provide while doing whatever we can to help protect the public interest.”

The Wiedemann Wysocki award is named 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. Budd is president and managing shareholder of Baron & Budd, a Dallas-based law firm that over the last three decades has become a national leader in championing the rights of people and communities harmed by corporate misconduct. With more than 50 attorneys and more than 300 staff, Baron & Budd represents clients in toxic tort litigation, as well as securities fraud, class actions and commercial litigation.

Mr. Budd will receive his award on 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.