About Baron & Budd, P.C.

With about 50 attorneys supported by a staff of 200, Baron & Budd is a litigation-centric firm which works largely on toxic torts, most notably asbestos and water contamination cases. Headquartered in Dallas, the firm prides itself on its scrappy reputation, and--given the amount of responsibility junior associates are given--it's a great place to cut your teeth if you want to be a litigator.

Plaintiff Litigators from Birth

Founded in 1977, Baron & Budd is home to plaintiff litigators who, while working primarily on a contingency fee basis, have won some of the largest tort lawsuits and settlements on record. The National Law Journal has repeatedly included Baron & Budd on its annual "hot list" of plaintiffs' firms, and the Legal 500 has recognized the firm for its litigation work, particularly in asbestos and groundwater contamination cases. In addition to these hot-button issues, Baron & Budd represents clients in consumer scam class actions, securities fraud litigation and pharmaceutical litigation, including helping to oversee settlement of the Fen-Phen diet drug litigation. With a motto of "protecting what's right," Baron & Budd attorneys see themselves as crusaders of environmental justice, taking large corporations to task for their misdeeds.

The firm is particularly active in groundwater contamination cases, representing numerous municipalities, water providers and private well owners in cases involving contamination by MTBE, or methyl tertiary-butyl, a chemical used to refine oil into gasoline. The firm's 20-year legal battle with Tucson's city government and airport, stemming from allegations that industrial solvents used by a missile systems facility had contaminated Tuscon's water supply and caused unusual forms of cancer, resulted in one of the largest recoveries of its kind and helped define Arizona pollution laws.

While toxic tort litigation remains the cornerstone of Baron & Budd's practice, the firm has diversified in recent years to include practices in securities fraud and commercial litigation.

Asbestos, Asbestos, Everywhere

Baron & Budd has developed a name as a leader is asbestos-related litigation, going after former asbestos manufacturers and users on behalf of its clients, many of whom suffer from mesothelioma. The firm also helps asbestos exposure victims outside the courtroom--it has pledged millions in donations to the International Pleural Mesothelioma Program at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.

Partying with Politicos

Some Baron & Budd attorneys are also high-profile political donors. In 2000, late firm co-founder Fred Baron hosted a prominent fundraising event for Al Gore and in 2003, the firm donated an ample sum to the campaign of fellow trial lawyer and Democratic presidential nominee candidate John Edwards. Fred Baron became an advisor in Edwards' campaign, and later was embroiled in the scandal involving the candidate's mistress. In 2010, President Obama attended a fundraiser at the home of Russell Budd, the firm's other co-founder. 

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Baron & Budd, P.C.

3102 Oak Lawn Avenue
Suite 1100
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: (214) 521-3605
Fax: (214) 520-1181


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Shareholder: Russell W. Budd
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 50

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not disclose salary information.

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Brazilian Blowout Solution
    California Prop 65
    Chinese Drywall
    Class Action Lawsuits
    Commercial Litigation
    Consumer Scams
    Deceptive Advertising
    Equity Accelerator Scam
    FCPA / Whistleblower
    Gulf Oil Spill
    Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
    Online Travel Companies
    Overtime Violations
    Securities Fraud
    Unsafe Drugs & Medical Devices
    Water Contamination
    Whistleblower/Qui Tam

Major Office Locations

  • Dallas, TX (HQ)
  • Austin, TX
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL