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BATON ROUGE, La. - For the second time, Burton LeBlanc, shareholder of the law firm Baron & Budd, P.C., has been awarded the prestigious Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award from the American Association for Justice (AAJ). LeBlanc oversees the Baton Rouge office of the Dallas headquartered firm.
LeBlanc is one of only of a few recipients nationwide selected to receive the award, which honors attorneys for their commitment to the legal profession and their efforts to improve the civil justice system. LeBlanc received his award on July 13, 2010, at the association's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was recognized with his first Wiedemann Wysocki Award in 2007.
The Wiedemann Wysocki award is named in honor of Fritz Wiedemann and James Anthony Wysocki, two New Orleans-based attorneys and active AAJ members who died in a plane crash while traveling to an AAJ event.
Known throughout Louisiana as a champion of the people and an advocate for labor, LeBlanc has served as the statewide occupational injury counsel for the Louisiana AFL-CIO and represented the State of Louisiana in numerous cases resulting in recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars. While he focuses on environmental law, he has also represented the State of Louisiana in complex, consumer fraud cases and has frequently been part of litigation teams recovering jury verdicts in the millions for the working people of the state.
LeBlanc was also elected secretary of the AAJ at the Conference. He previously served as treasurer and parliamentarian of the AAJ and as chair of the AAJ National Finance Council, the association's chief fundraising arm, and is a past president of the Louisiana Association of Justice.
Dallas-based Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Baton Rouge, La., Austin, Texas and Beverly Hills, Calif., is a nationally recognized law firm with more than three decades of experience representing people and communities harmed by corporate negligence. With over 60 attorneys and 200 staff, Baron & Budd's cornerstone of the firm is toxic tort litigation, representing individuals, municipalities and water providers seeking redress from manufacturers of hazardous products and corporate polluters.