Baron & Budd shareholder, Burton LeBlanc, is a powerhouse advocate for individuals who have been harmed by corporate wrongdoing, having begun his legal career representing victims of toxic exposure and workplace hazards in his home state, Louisiana. His lifelong commitment to service through the legal system began as a child in Louisiana, a state where danger in the workplace was commonplace and expectations for most workers were of a life shortened by the necessity of making a living. Seeing this, LeBlanc knew that his life mission would be to seek justice for the downtrodden.
LeBlanc’s passion for championing the rights of individuals extends to the national stage where he served as president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). As president of AAJ, the largest trial lawyer non-profit group in the United States, LeBlanc advocated for protection of America’s civil justice system and rallied resources when corporate interests attempted to infringe on individual rights. He is an adamant crusader for the abolition of forced arbitration and a supporter of the fundamental right to a trial by jury.
LeBlanc’s 2013 appointment as AAJ president followed a long history of involvement on both the local and national levels of AAJ and its affiliate organizations. He previously served as president – elect, vice president, treasurer and parliamentarian of AAJ. In addition, LeBlanc has been a member of AAJ’s Executive Committee and the Board of Governors, where he was awarded the Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award two separate times, most recently in July 2010. LeBlanc has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the AAJ PAC Committee, chairman of the AAJ National Finance Council, a sustaining member of the AAJ and a member of the Leaders Forum. He is also a member of the AAJ’s Section on Toxic Torts and Business Torts.
LeBlanc has also served the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ) as past president, member of the Council of Directors, Board of Governors and the Committee for the Environmental Law/Toxic Tort Section. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the LAJ.
LeBlanc’s extensive accomplishments are equally renowned in the courtroom, paving the way for him to be named as one of the top 75 plaintiff’s attorneys in the United States by The American Lawyer (ALM Media, 2010), and was recently included in the Louisiana Super Lawyers list (Thomson Reuters, 2008, 2012-2015). In addition to his work representing individuals, LeBlanc has successfully represented many governmental entities, including the States of Hawaii, Mississippi, Louisiana, and West Virginia in complex consumer fraud litigation.
Today LeBlanc concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental law, securities and asbestos litigation.
Burton is a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) State Attorney General and State Department of Justice Issues Committee as well as a committee member of the ABA’s Section on Toxic Torts. He is also a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT), the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association, American Bar Association, College of the State Bar of Texas, the Louisiana Bar Foundation and a supporting member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation. He is a frequent lecturer on the issues of environmental law, asbestos litigation, chemical exposure cases and the importance of access to the civil justice system.
Burton and his wife are active in the Baton Rouge community and serve on multiple boards, including Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, where LeBlanc served as president.
- Burton LeBlanc and Misty A. Farris, “Alternative Theories for Environmental Contamination Cases,” TRIAL (April 2008).
- Burton LeBlanc and S. Ann Saucer, “All About Alternative Litigation Financing,” TRIAL (January 2013).
- Burton LeBlanc, “Letter to the Editor, The BP Settlement: How the Lawyers See Their Role” The New York Times (July 31, 2013).
- National United Food and Commercial Workers Union – AFL-CIO Convention “Occupational Disease” (July 1995, Boise, ID; April 1996, New Orleans, LA)
- Louisiana AFL-CIO Convention “Occupational Disease Among Industrial Trade Workers” (March 1995; March 1996; March 1997; March 1998; March 1999; March 2000; March 2003, March 2004, Baton Rouge, LA)
- Defense Research Institute Convention (D.R.I.), Toxic Torts, “A Plaintiff’s Perspective” Philadelphia, PA (April 1997)
- Louisiana State NAACP Convention “Environmental Law and Impact on Minorities” (October 1994, Monroe, LA)
- Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (“Post Legislative Retreat”- June 1996, Carmel, CA; Mid-Winter Convention-February 1997, Aspen, CO; February 1998, Aspen, CO)
- Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – Last Chance Seminar, Baton Rouge, LA “Update on Toxic Torts in Louisiana” (December 29, 1997) (December 30, 1998)
- Louisiana State University, Political Science Department “Environmental Law and Politics” (October 1995)
- Channel 10 Television, “Environmental Issues in Louisiana”, Monroe, Louisiana (June 19,1997)
- WNDC Baton Rouge Radio Station – (Nothing But The Truth) “Environment and Race” (June, 1997)
- Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Seminar, Asbestos “Laws, Regulations and Liability” Baton Rouge, Louisiana (June 23, 1996; June 25, 1997)
- Mealeys – New Fronts in the Asbestos Wars, “The Tobacco Component and Medical Monitoring” Boston, MA (September 14, 1998)
- Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – Yours to Choose Seminar, Baton Rouge, LA “Occupational Disease Litigation in Louisiana” (December 29, 1998)
- Baton Rouge League of Women Voters, “Merit Selection of Judges vs. Election of Judges-A Debate”, Baton Rouge, LA (April 22, 1999)
- Channel 98 Television, “Merit Selection of Judges vs. Election of Judges-LA- A Debate”, Baton Rouge, LA (April 22, 1999)
- Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – 2001 Winter Ski Seminar, Aspen, CO “Updates on Toxic Torts Litigation” ( February 28, 2001)
- Louisiana State NAACP Convention, Baton Rouge, LA (September 2001)
- Louisiana Senate Judiciary Committee, Baton Rouge, LA – testified on the subject of asbestos litigation reform (April 2003)
- Andrews Asbestos Litigation 2003 Conference, “Future of Asbestos Litigation”, New Orleans, LA (May 1-2, 2003)
- American Law Institute/American Bar Association – Asbestos Litigation In The 21st Century, ” Premises Liability – A Plaintiffs’ Perspective”, New Orleans, LA (November 13, 2003)
- Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – 2004 Winter Ski Seminar, Aspen, CO ” Premises Liability: A Plaintiff’s Perspective” ( February 23, 2004)
- Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) Program: “Breathtaking Cost of Asbestos” (November 23, 2004)
- Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – 2005 Winter Ski Seminar, Aspen, CO “Occupational Disease Litigation from Tort to Toast” (February 9, 2005)
- Andrews Asbestos Litigation 2005 Conference, “Legislative Outlook and Asbestos State of Affairs”, New Orleans, LA (April 28, 2005)
- Legal Lines Television Program: “Interview – 30 minutes” (March 17, 2006)
- New Jersey Association for Justice Annual Boardwalk Seminar, “Alternative Legislative Financing”, Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 18, 2013)
- Mississippi Association for Justice Annual Convention “Alternative Litigation Financing”, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 13, 2013)
- Belli Seminar, AAJ Annual Convention, “Alternative Litigation Financing”, San Francisco, California (July 19, 2013)
- Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles Annual Convention “AAJ Update”, Las Vegas, Nevada (August 30, 2013)
- In Re The Flintkote Company Bankruptcy, No. 04-11300-MFW, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware; Appointed to the Negotiating Sub-Committee (June 2004-present)
- Communications and Outreach Committee, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation (August 13, 2001)
- Louisiana Supreme Court Committee to Study Financial Assistance To Clients (July 3, 2001)
- In Re Pittsburgh-Corning Corporation Bankruptcy, No. 00-22876-JKF, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; Appointed to Committee of Unsecured Asbestos Creditors (June 2000)
- In Re Babcock & Wilcox Bankruptcy, No. 00-10992-B, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Appointed to Trust Advisory Committee (T.A.C.)
- In Re Babcock & Wilcox Bankruptcy, No. 00-10992-B, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Appointed to Asbestos Claimants Committee (March 2000)
- In Re Rockwool Manufacturing Co. Bankruptcy, No. 96-08295-TBB-11, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division; Appointed to Asbestos Claimants Creditor Committee
Loyola University School of Law (J.D. 1990)
Louisiana State University (B.A. 1987)
Bar & Court Admissions
Louisiana State Bar 1991
Texas State Bar 1992
United States Supreme Court 1998
United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
American Bar Association
Member, State Attorney General & State Department of Justice Issues Committee
American Association for Justice
President of the American Association for Justice (2012-present)
Vice President of the American Association for Justice (2011-2012)
American Association for Justice Diversity Committee (2011-present)
Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) (1993-present)
Business Torts Section (2005-prsent)
American Association for Justice Leaders Forum (2004-present; Chair 2010-2011)
PAC Board of Trustees (2006-present)
Secretary of the American Association for Justice (2010-2011)
Treasurer of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) (2009-2010)
National Finance Council for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) (Chair, 2009-2010; Vice Chair 2008-2009; Member 2006-present)
Parliamentarian of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) (2008-2009)
Budget Committee (2009-present)
American Association for Justice (AAJ) Executive Committee (2007-present)
American Association for Justice (AAJ) Executive Committee (2007-present)
Committee for a Better Future (co-Chair 2006, 2009-2010)
Justice List Committee (Chair, 2008-present)
Louisiana Association for Justice
President of the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ) (2006-2007)
Board of Governors – Council of Directors Legislative Committee
Louisiana Bar Foundation
Member of the Capital Area Community Partnership Panel for the Louisiana Bar Foundation (July 2009-June 2012)
State Trial Lawyers Association
Secretary/Treasurer – Council of Presidents, State Trial Lawyers Association for North America (2006-2008)
Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award (American Association for Justice, 2007 & 2010)
Louisiana Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters, 2008, 2012-2016)