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

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Baron & Budd, P.C. continues to handle a diverse range of environmental litigation brought against high-profile companies, covering water contamination, PCB and Proposition 65-related cases. Dallas-based environmental litigation head Scott Summy has been acting as co-counsel to the State of Rhode Island in an MTBE groundwater contamination lawsuit brought against nearly three dozen oil companies. Also in Dallas, John Fiske has been leading the representations for the city of Portland in a lawsuit brought against Monsanto before Oregon District Court regarding widespread PCB contamination in various Portland water bodies, including the Willamette River and Columbia Slough. The firm continues to act for plaintiffs in various litigation, including the Porter Ranch gas leak and Butte Wildfire lawsuits. Co-founder Russell Budd and of counsel Mark Pifko are recommended in the firm’s Dallas and Los Angeles offices respectively.

New York-based firm Napoli Shkolnik PLLC excels in representing plaintiffs in a broad range of environmental and asbestos litigation, including personal injury and mass tort work. The firm continues to represent a number of plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit concerning the high-profile Flint water crisis in Michigan. It has also been acting for plaintiffs in the Wheatfield lawsuit arising from claims of chemical contamination from the Niagara Sanitation Landfill site. The group has also been acting for military personnel who resided in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 in a water contamination case. Key partners include Marie Napoli, Hunter Shkolnik and of counsel Paul Napoli.

Weitz & Luxenberg PC specializes in bringing asbestos, water contamination and other environmental lawsuits against members of the oil and gas industry. New York-based of counsel Robin Greenwald, who heads the environmental pollution group, has been leading the team in representing a number of plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed in Payne County, Oklahoma concerning claims of fracking-induced earthquakes. In Cherry Hill, Jerry Kristal obtained a $75m verdict for two plaintiffs in asbestos litigation brought against Dana Companies and Fel-Pro, which were among other defendants that previously settled. Associate Danny Kraft in New York successfully won a $12.5m verdict brought against Caterpillar on behalf of an individual who developed lung cancer due to asbestos exposure. Key names include co-founder Perry Weitz and of counsel Robert Gordon, both of whom are in New York.

Motley Rice LLC has deep experience acting for plaintiffs in asbestos and toxic exposure cases. The firm has been representing various plaintiffs in long-term asbestos litigation brought against Matson regarding the deaths of three seamen caused by asbestos exposure; in 2016, a Third Circuit appellate panel overturned a 2014 decision to dismiss the lawsuit. Charleston-based associate John Guerry has been representing a former Tennessee senator in asbestos exposure litigation. Notable partners include Jodi Flowers and Joseph Rice, who continues to act for clients on the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the high-profile Volkswagen emissions fraud case. All partners are based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina unless otherwise stated.

Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC’s Mount Pleasant-based group often handles class actions and MDLs concerning asbestos and environmental litigation. Christopher Tuck represented a number of homeowners in a class action against Horry Electric following the discovery of mold growing in the plaintiffs’ shrink-wrapped homes; in 2016, the defendant’s motion to disqualify certain plaintiffs as class members was opposed and the South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the terms of the $6m settlement. The team includes J David Butler in Barnwell, Michael Brickman in Charleston and Gregory Lofstead. Jay Ward is now at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC.

Simmons Hanly Conroy has deep experience handling historical asbestos and chemical exposure cases, as well as oil-related contamination work. New York-based co-head Jayne Conroy is often appointed as a member of plaintiffs’ steering committees in high-profile litigation, including the Volkswagen ‘clean diesel’ MDL. In Alton, Illinois founder John Simmons concentrates on asbestos litigation. The firm is also led by Michael Angelides in Alton and New York-based Paul Hanly, whose experience prior to joining the firm included serving as national trial and settlement counsel to corporations in asbestos litigation. Paul Lesko is now at Peiffer Rosca Wolf Abdullah Carr & Kane.

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