DALLAS—(September 18, 2012) –Scott Summy, shareholder at the law firm of Baron and Budd, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action for Plaintiffs. Summy heads the firm’s water contamination litigation section and has been named to the prestigious peer review publication every year since 2006.

“I am very honored to be recognized by my fellow attorneys in this prestigious publication,” said Summy. “Baron and Budd has always been dedicated to protecting people against corporate negligence, and I am proud to continue that tradition.”

Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer review publications in the legal profession. Each year, Best Lawyers compiles lists of the nation’s most prominent lawyers by conducting confidential and exhaustive peer surveys of leading lawyers throughout the country. 

Under Summy’s leadership, Baron and Budd’s water contamination practice has grown into one of the most recognized in the nation. Summy serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the litigation against BP for the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The PSC procured a historic settlement on behalf of numerous individuals and business owners who were harmed by the oil spill. Earlier this year, Summy negotiated a preliminary settlement in national atrazine litigation, the first of its kind in the country, that would provide $105 million to hundreds of public water providers struggling with atrazine contamination in their source water.

In 2008, Summy helped negotiate 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 served on the leadership committee that negotiated a $420 million settlement that would provide much-needed 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.