Baron & Budd's Charla Aldous Graces Cover of Texas Super Lawyers Magazine

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Colleagues say she has “the heart of a plaintiffs’ lawyer.”

Ever since she first walked into a courtroom, Charla Aldous has been turning heads with her legal skills. Now, among her many professional honors, she again has been named one of the finest attorneys in Texas, and appears on the cover of Texas Super Lawyers Magazine. The many people she has helped would no doubt say, that’s just where she should be.

In April, 2005, Aldous joined the Dallas law firm of Baron & Budd as special counsel. “It’s completely client-centered, a cooperative team where everyone’s important," she says of the firm. “It’s one of the most wonderful environments I’ve ever worked in.”

A small town girl from Sherman, Texas, the daughter of a preacher, Charla Aldous was always drawn to the law. After working her way through college, then law school at SMU, she made a name for herself as a superb plaintiffs’ lawyer. In the past 5 years, she has amassed verdicts and settlements worth more than $675 million.

“The first time I ever stood up in front of a jury,” she says, “it was the most wonderful feeling. I felt like it was where I belonged.” Aldous still gets emotional when she talks about one of her most memorable cases. It involved a 13-year-old girl who died after a series of medical mistakes at a Dallas hospital. After Aldous, a mother of four, spoke with great feeling about the tremendous pain of losing a child, the jury awarded the parents nearly $269 million.

Three times, D Magazine has named Charla Aldous one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas.” She also has been honored on the Super Lawyers list of both the Top 100 attorneys and Top 50 female lawyers in Texas. The Dallas attorney is among those singled out as a Super Lawyer in 2005 in the October issue of Texas Monthly Magazine.

When she talks to a client about a case, Aldous says she wants to be sure it isn’t just about the money. She is after a change of policy, or perhaps a sense of vindication or closure for those who come to her for help. Some have said she gets too emotionally involved. “When I’m not emotionally involved in my cases,” she says, “I need to find a new profession.”

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