The Middleton Firm
Pictured Left to Right: Jennifer Abshire, Susan Hancock, Kara Ford, Morgan Sawicki and Nancy Fullbright
Face of Environmental Justice
Meet the Partners - The Middleton Firm, L.L.C. has become, over almost forty years, the nation’s premier environmental law firm representing neighbors of large industrial operations for the loss of use and enjoyment of homes and land as well as their quality of life. Because regulatory agencies and state legislatures have failed to protect citizens from corporate polluters, Richard Middleton has developed a trial team which practices from coast to coast to prevent further insults to the nation’s land, air and water resources. He realized that the jury trial has proven to be the most effective means of curtailing abuses by industrial agriculture, the natural gas industry, landfill operations and all types of production facilities which produce toxic and organic waste. Successful trial techniques and strategies employed by the firm have helped to restore a measure of tranquility, dignity, and geographical leverage to its clients.
In the past calendar year, Mr. Middleton and his team have recovered millions of dollars for clients from Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, New Jersey, and New Mexico.
Currently focused on the hog and diary industries and the natural gas industry’s fracking operations throughout the Appalachian Mountains, the firm’s ongoing efforts and victories have been chronicled in the highly acclaimed treatises of David Kirby in Animal Factory (St. Martins Press), Barry Estabrook in Pig Tales (W.W. Norton & Co.), and Bridget Huber in “Mother Jones.”
Mr. Middleton’s early career focused on civil cases involving occupational diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and silicosis. The firm’s current caseload still includes product liability claims for defective products and premises liability and business disputes. Mr. Middleton is one of the only fifty trial lawyers nationwide who is certified as a specialist in bringing legal malpractice cases for victims of negligence within the profession.
Mr. Middleton has provided many years of voluntary service to both make the legal profession more responsive to the needs of the public and to improve the quality of legal services delivered in the courtrooms of this nation. He has served as President of the National Crime Victims Bar Association, which is dedicated to providing civil remedies to victims of criminal conduct by resorting to the tort system. In addition, Mr. Middleton served as President of the American Association for Justice, formally the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; it is the largest trial bar organization in the country.
Mr. Middleton currently serves as President-Elect of the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the largest honorary bar association dedicated to preserving the civil jury trial as a vital component of American Jurisprudence.
– Richard Middleton, Partner, Middleton Firm
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