Mesothelioma Law Firm Baron and Budd Applauds Montana State University’s Brett Walker for Probing Asbestos Use Globally with Guggenheim Award

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Project to Question Asbestos Role in Poisoning Global Infrastructures

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Regents’ Professor Brett Walker of Montana State University (Bozeman) has won the prestigious 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a $48,000 endowment enabling him to pursue an international project focusing on asbestos. He will travel to Japan, Turkey, Russia, South Africa, and Quebec where valuable archives await his examination while he questions the possibility of “global poisoning” in a world where industrial infrastructures are flattened or left to deteriorate by acts of terrorism, war, and natural disaster.

“Poisoning,” Walker notes, “could relate to the World Trade Towers’ destruction in 2001, the tsunami that struck northwest Japan in 2011 or basically a century of industrial infrastructure that is slowly decaying” (

This year’s Guggenheim Fellowship honored 175 US scientists, scholars, and artists. Walker and D. Graham Burnett of Princeton University were the only recipients in the “History of Science, Technology and Economics” category. Long enamored of Japanese history, Walker’s application proposal was a paper entitled, “The Slow Dying: Asbestos and the Unmaking of the Modern World.” Walker is MSU’s third recipient of the award.

Professor Walker says he hopes the fellowship project’s accumulated findings “might dovetail” also with projects in the Institute on Ecosystems at MSU, as well as allow for expansion of his asbestos research into correlative exploits such as dealing with the consequences of transporting products containing asbestos over national borders (see

One of the most recognized mesothelioma law firms in the U.S., Baron and Budd was founded in 1977 and was one of the first law firms in the country to successfully handle an asbestos lawsuit. The firm achieved the largest mesothelioma in 2012 in the nation, and continues to remain dedicated to mesothelioma patients.


The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd enjoys a prominent reputation for its nearly 40-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for asbestos sufferers and their families. In 1977 it was one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit. The firm’s mesothelioma attorneys achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict ever in the state of Texas, a $55 million verdict for an asbestos sufferer and his family in El Paso (Hernandez v. Kelly-Moore Paint Co., Inc., No. 20003559 Texas Dist. Ct., El Paso Cty.). In 2012 the firm again won recognition on the National Law Journal “List of Top 100 Verdicts” for its $48 million verdict on behalf of a California mesothelioma patient and his family (Bobbie Izell, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., et al., Los Angeles County, Case No. 4674). Contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.855.1229 for more information about mesothelioma therapies, mesothelioma physicians, mesothelioma treatment centers, and expert mesothelioma lawyers. Or visit:

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