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Shareholder Scott Summy named to elite list of 100 honorees for North Texas for exceptional advocacy, litigation success, ethical standards and extraordinary accomplishments in high stakes legal matters
DALLAS – October 31, 2017 – The national law firm of Baron & Budd is pleased to announce Dallas-based shareholder, Scott Summy, has been named to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for North Texas in 2017. Membership to this elite group of 100 attorneys is reserved for the region’s premier trial lawyers and is awarded to less than 0.5 percent of litigators in the United States.
Summy was selected as an honoree after meeting the organization’s stringent qualification criteria based on his role as lead counsel in legal matters with at least $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake or with the fate of a business worth at least $2,000,000 at stake. Further assessment for this distinction included a review of Summy’s track record of advocacy, litigation success, high ethical standards and overall accomplishments in high stakes legal matters. As a final measurement for selection, Summy’s work was evaluated and ranked based on the America’s Top 100 program’s proprietary analysis.
“It is an honor to be recognized on this prestigious list of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for North Texas alongside some of the nation’s leading trial litigators,” said Summy.
Summy leads Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group, which litigates complex environmental contamination cases across the United States. The Group represents public entities in litigation to recover costs of removing chemical contamination from public water supplies, governmental facilities, natural resources, and public property. Through this type of litigation, the Group seeks to shift the costs of remediation to the chemical manufacturers and suppliers responsible for the contamination — and away from public entities and taxpayers.
Most recently, Summy was named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers list for the 10th consecutive year. Summy’s experience with environmental litigation has led to a number of key decisions across the country. Summy played a critical role in leading the charge against BP on behalf of over 100,000 claimants who sustained damages as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. To date, BP has paid out over $13 billion to impacted claimants in the Gulf. Additionally, Mr. Summy also represented all public water providers in the United States whose water was contaminated with atrazine, a common agricultural chemical used on corn and other crops. On behalf of these water providers, the Baron & Budd Environmental Group brought claims against Syngenta, and negotiated a settlement awarding $105 million to over 2,000 water providers.
The Baron & Budd Environmental Litigation Group’s important work for public water providers has been recognized by the legal community on a number of occasions, including for Summy’s work on MTBE contamination. As co-lead counsel in the MTBE Multidistrict Litigation in federal court in New York, Summy helped lead the charge against the major oil companies on behalf of all those impacted by MTBE and personally represented hundreds of Public Entities that were contaminated by MTBE. He also represented Public Entities and private well owners with MTBE contamination in state courts across the country. Summy has recovered over a billion dollars in recoveries in MTBE cases. He was recognized as both California Attorney of the Year and a finalist for the Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for his work on this issue.
It is the mission of America’s Top 100 LLC to recognize annually and on a lifetime basis the most qualified and accomplished professionals in various fields of practice, including attorneys, doctors, dentists, realtors, accountants, engineers, and architects (among other professionals). Membership in each specific category is by invitation-only after a multi-phase selection process including third-party research and statistical analysis of a candidate’s professional experience, achievements, significant results, community impact, peer reputation, consumer satisfaction, and other proprietary factors specific to each profession. Membership is limited to the Top 100 professionals from each state* in each category of practice who best exhibit excellence and the highest ethical standards in their respective professions. With these high standards, less than 1% of professionals in the United States will be selected for membership as one of America’s Top 100™ in their profession. For more Information visit: www.top100highstakeslitigators.com
*Southern California, Northern California, Southern Texas, Northern Texas, Southern Florida, Northern Florida, New York City, Upstate New York, and Washington D.C. are all separated into individual regions due to the significantly greater number of attorneys in each of those regions.
The law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Austin, Los Angeles, and San Diego, is a nationally recognized law firm with a nearly 40-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 and government and business entities in areas as diverse as dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, the Gulf oil spill, financial fraud, overtime violations, deceptive advertising, automotive defects, trucking accidents, nursing home abuse, and asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma.