With about 50 attorneys supported by a staff of 150, 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
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
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.
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