About Lisa Blue Baron for AAJ

About Lisa Blue Baron, Ph.D., J.D.

Professional Résumé
Lisa Blue Baron, a lawyer with the Dallas firm Baron and Blue, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and two masters degrees from the University of Virginia in Counseling Psychology. After a brief teaching career, she returned to school and earned a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology from North Texas State University and a Juris Doctorate from the South Texas College of Law.

After completing law school, Ms. Blue Baron joined the Dallas County District Attorney's office where she prosecuted more than 125 cases to verdict and later advanced to the DA's Organized Crime Division. In 1985, she moved to the law firm Baron & Budd where she specialized in environmental and toxic tort law. Lisa and her husband, Fred Baron, supervised 800+ employees and managed all financial aspects at Baron & Budd, the largest environmental law firm in the United States.

Ms. Blue's accomplishments in trial courts nationwide have been widely recognized, including being named one of the Top 50 Women Litigators in the U.S. by the National Law Journal, Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, as well as receiving the Honorary Barrister Award from the University of Texas Law School and the Distinguished Alumni Award from South Texas College of Law. Blue was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2006 by the Dallas Bar Association. In 2007, she received the Louise Raggio Women's Legal Advocate Award from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and was awarded the Ronald D. Secrest Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award from the Texas Bar Foundation in 2008. Ms. Blue Baron was honored to accept the 2009 Rayburn Johnson Award posthumously on behalf of her husband, Fred Baron. In July, 2009 Ms. Blue Baron received Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "Know Your Power" Award. In November, Ms. Blue Baron and her late husband, Fred Baron were awarded the 2009 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award by Texas Appleseed. In 2010 Ms. Blue Baron was appointed a Special Prosecutor by the Dallas District Attorney's office to represent the County in a Whistleblower case (Cayce Coskey v. Dallas County, Texas). Ms. Blue Baron was named "Best Women Lawyers in Dallas 2010" by D Magazine. Ms. Blue Baron serves as a pro bono lawyer for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Blue Baron maintains a private consultancy as a forensic psychologist and is a nationally renowned expert in jury selection. With her unique background, Blue has been a commentator for several high-profile trials covered by Court TV and has co-authored numerous articles on jury selection. These include: "The Dos and Don'ts of Jury Questionnaires" (Texas Lawyer), "Make the Most of Your Jury Questionnaire" (Trial, "Profile of a Perfect Juror" (Trial Talk), "How to Pick a Winning Jury" (Champion), "Profile of a Perfect Juror" (Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Advocate), "Inside the Juror's Mind" (Texas Bar Journal, "Profile of a Perfect Juror" (Advocate Magazine -Journal of Consumer Attorneys Associations for So. California), "Profile of a Perfect Juror" (South Texas Law Review), "In Defense of the Peremptory Challenge" (VoirDire Magazine), "Twelve Psychological Tips for Getting Re-elected Every Time" (In Chambers), "The art of persuasion: Three factors to consider" (Texas Lawyer) and "Influence" (Texas Lawyer).

Ms. Blue Baron has also written two books: Blue’s Guide to Jury Selection, co­authored with Robert Hirschhorn in 2004 (published by West), and Dr. Blues’ Guide to Making Relationships Work: 50 Quick Tips that Will Save Your Relationship, co­authored with brother Dr. Rick Blue in 2006. Dr. Blues' Guide was selected as the Honorable Mention award recipient for General/Non-Fiction by the 2008 New York Book Festival.

Ms. Blue Baron is involved in numerous legal and professional organizations, including:

    • American Association of Justice (formerly ATLA: Secretary 2011-2012)

    • American Bar Association (Task Force on the Judiciary, 1998)

    • American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Dallas Chapter, 1995; President, Texas Chapter, 1998-99)

    • American Constitution Society for Law & Policy (Board Member)

    • American Psychological Association

    • Baron and Blue Foundation (President)

    • Dallas Bar Association (Co-chair CLE committee, 1999; Board of Directors, 2000-2002; Legal Legend Award, 2011)

    • Dallas Bar Foundation (Board of Trustees, 2000-2002)

    • Dallas Psychological Association

    • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association

    • International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Inc. (Diplomate in Professional Counseling)

    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow Member)

    • Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (Board Member)

    • Public Citizen (Board of Directors, 1999-2008)

    • State Bar of Texas (Media Response Team, 1999-2000; Jury Service Committee, 2000)

    • Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Campaign Financial Reform (1998)

    • Texas Psychological Association

    • Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Executive Committee 1993-97; Head of Amicus Committee, 1996)

    • ATLA -Diplomat of Trial Advocacy

    • Sober Steering -Board of Directors

    • 14th Annual Racing for Sight Event -Retina Foundation of the Southwest, Honorary Chair

    • Co-chair with Don Henley for the Fred Baron Memorial Fund to benefit The Walden Woods Project, 2010.

    • Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities

In addition to her professional and political activities, Ms. Blue Baron has also studied languages for many years and has become fluent in French, Spanish and Italian. Lisa enjoys ballroom dancing, running and Pilates. Lisa is the mother of five children.

Lisa Blue Baron for AAJ