Stephen C. Johnston puts his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences to good use as a shareholder with the firm’s Environmental Litigation Group, representing individuals and communities seeking clean-up costs for contaminated water supplies.

Mr. Johnston began his career with Baron & Budd in 1997 as part of the firm’s asbestos litigation group. Mr. Johnston’s time in the asbestos group was marked by his respect for the individual client and a reputation for thoughtful attention to their cases and their lives. His advocacy resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars for those injured by asbestos exposure.

Mr. Johnston brought his hard work and determined advocacy to the Environmental Litigation Group in 2004. Since that time he has represented hundreds of public entities seeking clean-up costs for water supplies contaminated by MTBE, Atrazine and TCP. He has also represented hundreds of individuals and businesses along the Gulf Coast impacted by the BP oil spill which resulted from the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

For the past several years Mr. Johnston has led the firm’s litigation arising from TCP contamination of drinking water supplies. Under his leadership the firm has successfully resolved numerous TCP contamination cases.

For Stephen Johnston, Baron & Budd was a good match for his goals to bring about justice to those who have been wronged through no fault of their own: “I saw in Baron & Budd a law firm committed to helping those injured by corporate indifference and greed. I wanted to help those who could not otherwise help themselves.” His dedication to this mission and his legal talent earned him recognition as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (Thomson Reuters, 2006).


Texas Tech University (J.D., cum laude, 1996)

Texas A&M University (B.S., cum laude, 1993)

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Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law (Lawdragon, 2024)

Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers, 2017)

Professional Associations

American Association for Justice

Public Justice

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Dallas Trial Lawyers Association