Ben Rumph joined the New Orleans office of Baron & Budd in 2018, where he brings a passion to seeking justice for injured individuals to the firm’s Mesothelioma Litigation Group. His practice is devoted to zealous advocacy on behalf of individuals who have been gravely harmed by exposure to asbestos. His desire to help others led Mr. Rumph to devote his legal career to representing people who have been adversely affected by the negligence of others. He considers it a privilege to seek legal redress for men and women from all walks of life and backgrounds through his thoughtful and compassionate representation.
A Lubbock, Texas, native, Mr. Rumph’s family has always been politically active on a national level, which spurred in him at a young age a lifelong interest in history and politics. Believing one has a civic duty to participate in the political process, Mr. Rumph thought he would be following his grandparents into the political arena when he attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and received a degree in political science. A summer interning on Capitol Hill led to a change of heart, however, and a subsequent job with a plaintiff’s firm back in Texas made him realize that he could have a more direct and rewarding impact on individuals’ lives by seeking justice for them in court than he ever would in politics.
During his studies at TCU, Mr. Rumph was a member of the John V. Roach Honors College while he pursued a double minor in History and Classical Studies. He also spent a semester studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The time spent living in another country made him exceedingly grateful for the opportunities he had been given growing up and also conscious of his responsibility to effect greater good on behalf of others not afforded the same advantages.
During law school at Tulane University in Louisiana, Mr. Rumph served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law, and also represented indigent plaintiffs as a student attorney for the Tulane Civil Litigation Clinic. There, he argued a case on behalf of a former state employee who was being denied the right to apply for retirement benefits, even though she qualified under the statute and was hurt while employed by the State. Mr. Rumph argued a Motion for Summary Judgment at the 19th Judicial District Court against the Louisiana State Employees Retirement System which was granted and later upheld by the Louisiana 1st Circuit Court. “All this woman wanted to do was apply for the retirement benefits she had earned over her career but was denied permission to even apply. It was moving to experience firsthand how one judgment, well rendered, can truly make a difference in the life of an aggrieved individual.”
During law school, Mr. Rumph spent a year clerking at a New Orleans law firm, during which he executed appeals and requests for reconsideration in the Deepwater Horizon class action litigation, and acted as the primary contact for class action clients whose livelihoods were devastated by the environmental impact of the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill, the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Talking with clients whose lives had been upended and whose entire communities had been destroyed by one company’s negligent actions had a profound effect on Ben Rumph. He knew then that representing citizens who have been unfairly wronged was what he wanted to do for a living.
When Mr. Rumph isn’t advocating for mesothelioma patients, he enjoys spending time with his yellow Labrador “Buddy Holly”. He is an avid sports fan, attending as many games as possible of the TCU Horned Frogs, the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. He also likes to travel, learning about other cultures and lifestyles. His global adventures have included spending time in China visiting his sister, who lives and works in Shanghai, and spending five weeks backpacking through South America in 2013.
Now, Mr. Rumph is proud to fight the companies that exposed generations of workers and innocent bystanders to the deadly carcinogen known as asbestos. As a part of the Baron & Budd Mesothelioma Litigation Group, Mr. Rumph is honored to lend his passionate voice to those who have been victimized by unscrupulous manufacturers.
Ben Rumph, Note, Avendano-Hernandez v. Lynch: 21st Century Values and Transgender Communities’ Impact on Immigration Policy and Foreign Relations, 24 Tul. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 391 (2016)
Tulane University Law School (J.D., 2017)
Texas Christian University (B.S. Political Science 2013)
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