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DALLAS –January 7, 2019 – The national law firm of Baron & Budd is pleased to announce that Shareholder Scott Summy has received the presidential nomination to be named President of the Top 10 Environmental Trial Lawyers Association for 2019.
The Environmental Trial Lawyers Association – Top 10, a specialty association within The National Trial Lawyers’, is an invitation-only professional organization composed of and limited to the Top 10 attorneys from each state or region who provide legal representation for environmental claims.
Scott Summy heads the Baron & Budd Environmental Litigation Group, which litigates complex environmental contamination cases all over the country. Summy is one of the most successful environmental litigators in the country. Throughout the course of his career, Summy has held leadership roles in some of the nation’s most high-profile environmental litigation, including serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Gulf Oil Spill Multi-District Litigation, as well as serving as Co-Lead Counsel in the MTBE Multi-District Litigation pending in New York. Additionally, Summy has successfully represented public water providers against the chemical manufacturers of TCP and Atrazine. Summy’s past work has led to approximately $2 billion in recoveries for his clients.
Currently, Summy is leading the charge against Monsanto Company for polluting America’s waterways with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Summy and his Group represent a number of public entities in their fight against PCB contamination, including San Diego, Long Beach, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Portland, Port of Portland, Spokane, Seattle and the State of Washington. Summy also currently represents three public water providers and more than 50 private well owners in North Carolina in litigation that alleges Chemours and Dupont contaminated groundwater near one of its facilities with dangerous perfluorinated chemicals (“PFCs”), including GenX.
Additionally, Summy currently represents nearly 30 public entities in both Northern and Southern California in litigation against PG&E and SoCal Edison for damages resulting from the devastating wildfires of 2017. Summy has been appointed as Lead Counsel for the Public Entities in two consolidated JCCPs for wildfire cases. Recently, the Group also secured a $25.4 million settlement for the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors against PG&E for damages as a result of the 2015 Butte Fire.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected for this position by the National Trial Lawyers’,” said Scott Summy. “It is a privilege to work for the victims impacted by corporate environmental negligence. On behalf of everyone who works in the Baron and Budd Environmental Law Group, we look forward to our continued work in this practice area.”
Members of the Environmental Trial Lawyers Association – Top 10 exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, and performance in their area of specialty. Summy is no stranger to recognition for his work in environmental litigation. He has the distinct honor of being named to the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers for 10 consecutive years.
The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. This national organization provides networking opportunities, advocacy training, and the highest quality educational programs for trial lawyers. The mission of The National Trial Lawyers is to combine resources, power, and influence into formidable forces to preserve and protect individual rights, our profession, and the judicial system. Specialty Associations by The National Trial Lawyers are invitation-only organizations composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly- applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.
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.