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    • Russell Budd - Baron & Budd, P.C.
    • Robert Gordon - Weitz & Luxenberg PC
    • Perry Weitz - Weitz & Luxenberg PC

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Texas-based Baron & Budd, P.C. regularly takes lead roles in high-profile toxic tort lawsuits, arising from catastrophes, environmental pollution and chemical products. Dallas-based Scott Summy heads the environmental litigation department. Led by Summy and John Fiske, also based in Dallas, the team continues to represent a number of cities, including San Diego, Long Beach, Oakland and Portland in lawsuits against Monsanto in relation to the contamination of water with PCBs. Another highlight includes the ongoing advice to Sonoma County on planned actions against PG&E in connection with its alleged connection to wildfires. Key figures in the department include name partner Russell Budd in Dallas and Mark Pifko in Los Angeles.

Headquartered in New York City, the sizable team at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC represents plaintiffs in product liability and mass tort lawsuits arising from accidents, asbestos and environmental contamination. Together with McDivitt Law Firm, the firm filed a class action suit in El Paso County, Colorado, in relation to the contamination of drinking water with perfluorinated chemicals. In other work, the team continues to represent several plaintiffs in the Flint Water Crisis class action. The firm is jointly headed by Marie Napoli, Hunter Shkolnik and Paul Napoli.

Weitz & Luxenberg PC covers the full array of sector-related plaintiff-side work, including lawsuits related to environmental pollution, catastrophes and chemical products. In one recent highlight, the team obtained a $20m verdict on behalf of plaintiffs in a lawsuit involving claims that a ship repairman developed malignant mesothelioma due to exposure of asbestos-containing equipment manufactured by Crane. Led by of counsel Robin Greenwald, the team continues to represent plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits against Monsanto, in relation to its allegedly toxic herbicide Roundup. Of counsel Robert Gordon and Perry Weitz are other key figures. All named partners are based in New York.

Motley Rice LLC has vast experience representing plaintiffs in product liability lawsuits, class actions and mass torts. Anne Kearse and John Herrick handle asbestos exposure-related litigation; together with Fidelma Fitzpatrick in Providence, Rhode Island, Kearse also heads the toxic exposure subgroup, that handles lawsuits arising from oil spills, chemicals, radiation, asbestos and silica exposure. Joseph Rice and Jodi Flowers are other key figures. All partners are based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina unless otherwise indicated.

Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC handles plaintiff-side work related to asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits, environmental and natural resource damage, catastrophes and accidents. Aaron Dias, Jerry Evans, Gordon Rhea and Edward Westbrook are the primary contacts in the firm’s environmental practice. The department is headquartered in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where all named partners are based.

Simmons Hanly Conroy’s mass torts practice is jointly headed by Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy in New York, and John Simmons and Michael Angelides in Alton, Illinois. Key features of the practice include handling cases related to mesothelioma and asbestos, toxic products and environmental contamination. Led by New York-based Daniel Blouin, the team recently won a $4.6m award for a plaintiff who contracted mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos-containing workplace equipment. In other work, Conroy continues to serve on the steering committee for class action lawsuits brought against Syngenta Corn, in relation to its genetically modified corn.

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