Brett Land is an associate in Baron & Budd's Environmental Litigation Group. Since joining the Group in 2014, he has represented more than a hundred individuals and public entities harmed by toxic contaminants.
An integral member of the team representing the cities of San Diego, Long Beach, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Portland, Port of Portland, Spokane, Seattle and the State of Washington, Mr. Land seeks to hold Monsanto Company responsible for pollution of American waterbodies caused by their polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a group of hazardous chemicals used in a number of products, including caulk, paint, and electrical equipment. He has also represented a number of schools whose building products were contaminated by Monsanto Company's PCBs.
Through his work with the Environmental Litigation Group, Mr. Land also represents public water providers and private well owners in litigation involving chemicals that contaminate water bodies and property, including trichloroethylene (TCE), a nonflammable, colorless and highly toxic solvent, and perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), such as GenX, which was touted by its makers as a "safer" alternative to the original PFC, known as C8. Mr. Land represents private well owners and public water providers in lawsuits against DuPont and Chemours to address those companies' pollution of the Cape Fear River and North Carolina drinking wells with PFCs. Mr. Land is also part of the team representing the State of Vermont and State of Rhode Island in litigation arising from contamination of groundwater with Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), a gasoline additive.
Brett Land grew up in Midlothian, Texas, considered by some to be the "cement capital" of the state for its three gigantic cement plants providing a backdrop to practically every childhood memory of his hometown. Mr. Land recalls that when the cement company closest to his home billowed smoke from its towering smokestacks at night, the chimneys' floodlights bathed a good part of his neighborhood in a thick, orange, otherworldly haze. As a youth, Mr. Land often wondered what might be in the smoke that filled the air he and his family were breathing. This concern instilled in him a keen desire to make sure that every manufacturer's by-products are safe and, when they're not, to stop those harmful contaminants in their tracks. Baron & Budd is proud to have an attorney on staff with such a passion for his craft and for the safety of our citizens and water supplies.