Upon graduation from Loyola University School of Law (New Orleans) in 1990, Burton LeBlanc had a chance encounter with a man suffering from mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos, that ignited what would become the driving passion behind his career: to help people who had been harmed by exposure to dangerous workplace and environmental contaminants. Ultimately, Mr. LeBlanc's namesake law firm (LeBlanc & Waddell) was designated by both the Louisiana AFL-CIO and the Louisiana NAACP as occupational disease counsel.
In addition to litigating cases, beginning in 1996, Mr. LeBlanc became an outspoken advocate for consumers’ rights before the Louisiana legislature and the United States Congress. In these capacities, he found that, while it was important and gratifying to help craft legislation to protect consumers against corporate misconduct, litigation played a critical role in enforcing these laws and regulations.
Mr. LeBlanc has since served as president of the Louisiana Association for Justice (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association) and has been appointed to numerous committees by federal courts and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He has testified before the Louisiana legislature, appeared on radio and television shows, and spoken at many legal seminars about consumers’ rights and misguided tort reform efforts.
Mr. LeBlanc is active in the American Association for Justice and has served as its Parliamentarian and on the Board of Governors, National Finance Committee, PAC Committee and the Leaders Forum. Recently, Mr. LeBlanc received the Wiedemann Wysocki National Finance Council Award. He also served as Vice-President of the Council of Presidents for State Trial Lawyer Associations and more locally, as the immediate past president of Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.
In 2004, LeBlanc & Waddell joined forces with Dallas-based Baron & Budd, PC, one of the country’s top plaintiffs’ firms, and with the consolidation of the two firms in 2008, Mr. LeBlanc became a shareholder at Baron & Budd.
On a personal level, Mr. LeBlanc resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is married with four daughters and serves on various leadership committees at both his church and his children’s schools.