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DALLAS—(August 26, 2012)—Scott Summy of the law firm of Baron and Budd has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action for Plaintiffs. Summy is a shareholder at Baron and Budd and heads the firm’s water contamination litigation section. He has been named to the prestigious peer review list every year since 2006.
Best Lawyers is one of the most respected peer review publications in the legal industry. Each year, Best Lawyers compiles comprehensive lists of the nation’s most accomplished attorneys by conducting exhaustive and confidential peer surveys of leading lawyers across the nation.
Under Summy’s leadership, Baron and Budd’s water contamination practice has grown into one of the most prominent in the country. Summy serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf oil spill. In 2012, the PSC achieved a historic settlement on behalf of numerous individuals and business owners who were negatively impacted by the spill. Summy served as class counsel in a settlement regarding atrazine contamination, the first settlement of its kind, that would provide $105 million to hundreds of public water providers across the Midwest that are struggling with atrazine contamination in their source water. In 2013, the firm was nominated for Public Justice 2012 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for their work on the atrazine case.
In 2008, Summy sat on the leadership committee that negotiated the first multi-jurisdictional MTBE groundwater contamination settlement in the U.S. Working on behalf of more than 150 plaintiff public water systems in 17 states, he helped negotiate a $420 million settlement that would provide funds to clean up contaminated water. Baron and Budd was nominated for the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Public Justice Foundation in 2009 for their work in this case.
With a history of over 35 years “Protecting What’s Right” for individuals, communities, and governmental entities, Baron and Budd is a well-established law firm devoted to making a positive difference. With offices in Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles and Baton Rouge, Baron and Budd is able to take on complicated and expensive cases within the realms of dangerous drugs and medical devices, asbestos-related illnesses, consumer fraud, water contamination, the Gulf oil spill and fraudulent financial practices.