AAJ Leadership – Strong Ties to Asbestos

As described by Law360, leadership of the American Association for Justice continues to include string ties to the asbestos plaintiff’s bar, especially various lawyers related to Baron & Budd. Key excerpts follow:

"Baron & Budd shareholder Burton LeBlanc was sworn in at the group’s annual convention, held this week in San Francisco. The organization — which used to be known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America — bills itself as the world’s largest trial bar. It advocates on behalf of plaintiffs attorneys before Congress.

LeBlanc’s practice includes asbestos litigation and environmental, consumer fraud and securities law. He helped secure a $20 million settlement in a shareholder backdating lawsuit against Semtech Corp. in 2011 and was retained by the state of Louisiana to advise the state’s trustees in relation to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill."

LeBlanc received his law degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1990 and his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1987. He has previously served as the president of the Louisiana Association for Justice.

The other newly inaugurated AAJ officers include Vice President Larry Tawwater of Oklahoma firm The Tawwater Law Firm PLLC, Secretary Julie Braman Kane of Florida firm Colson Hicks Eidson, Treasurer Kathleen Nastri of the Connecticut firm Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC, and President-Elect Lisa Blue Baron of Texas firm Baron and Blue Law Firm.

Among AAJ’s most recent initiatives have been its opposition to the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2013, or H.R. 982. The bill would require more transparency from trusts set up to disburse insolvent companies’ funds."

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