Laura Baughman

Partner with Luff Law PLLC

Laura is an accomplished trial lawyer who has exclusively represented plaintiffs throughout her career. After graduating with honors from the University of Texas School of Law, she clerked for the Honorable Rose Spector of the Supreme Court of Texas. She worked at Baron & Budd, P.C. for twenty-four years, most of which were spent as a partner managing various aspects of the firm’s mass tort practice. In 2019, she established Martin Baughman, PLLC, which specialized in medical device litigation. Laura is currently a partner at Luff Law PLLC.

Laura holds bachelor of science and master of engineering degrees in civil (environmental) engineering, a background that serves her well in her law practice. Throughout her career, Laura has been a go-to attorney to develop, present, depose and cross-examine expert witnesses in the fields of engineering, materials science, and medicine, including as part of MDLs relating to Granuflo, Bard IVC filters, Cook IVC filters, and Cordis IVC filters. Over the past few years, Laura has received several multi-million dollar verdicts as lead trial counsel in IVC filter trials.

From 1995 until March 2019, Laura worked at Baron & Budd, P.C., where she was a shareholder for 18 years and managed the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Laura’s significant accomplishments while at Baron & Budd include serving as lead counsel in a consumer protection act case filed on behalf of the State of Mississippi against Fresenius regarding its deceptive marketing of GranuFlo and managing litigation on behalf of seven states against GlaxoSmithKline regarding its fraudulent marketing of the diabetes drug Avandia. In addition, Laura was appointed as Class Counsel by the Los Angeles Superior Court in In Re GIB, LLC Cases, a nationwide consumer class action on behalf of salon stylists and consumers regarding deceptive marketing of Brazilian Blowout Solution. Laura was also part of the attorney team that represented 153 water providers in 17 states whose water was contaminated with MTBE. These matters resulted in settlements of well over half a billion dollars.

Laura’s other significant cases include being co-lead counsel in two of the largest Proposition 65 cases in history. Laura represented the nonprofit group Communities for a Better Environment in a statewide Proposition 65 water contamination case that culminated in a settlement valued at over $100 million. The settlement required several major oil companies to clean up groundwater that had been contaminated by gasoline leaking from storage tanks and to take steps to prevent similar leaks in the future. Laura also settled another Proposition 65 case which required the retrofitting of school buses with devices to reduce diesel engine exhaust emissions, a known human carcinogen.

In addition to her legal advocacy, Laura has a long history of community service. She has represented several clients on a pro bono basis through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and over the years has served as co-chair of several committees for Attorneys Serving the Community. Formerly a member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Community Involvement Committee, Laura was chair of the group’s “Lawyers Have Heart” 5-K run benefiting the American Heart Association.

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If I’m registered for the conference will I automatically get my CLE Credits?

No. You must sign out at the Registration/CLE desk before departing the conference.

What do I need in order to sign up for CLE?

You need to have your Bar number for all states in which you would receive credit.

What if I cannot attend the whole conference? Can I receive partial credit?

Yes. When you sign out at the end of your last day, you will indicate the number of hours/days that you actually attended.

Do I need to send my Certificate of Attendance to the state bar(s) or will Trial Lawyers of Mass Torts report my attendance to them?

Each individual attorney will need to file their own CLE credits.