Helen Hairston Babin
Helen Hairston Babin is a Louisiana trial attorney with 23 years of experience and is special counsel in the Gertler Law Firm. Martindale-Hubbell first awarded Helen the peer review rating of “AV” in 2006. “AV” is the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. Her preeminent rating has been consistently maintained since 2006.
Helen has tried cases throughout Louisiana, in both state and federal court. Her practice today includes representing mesothelioma victims and their families, as well as victims of medical malpractice. She also represents plaintiffs in consumer protection and property damage cases.
Helen was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for the practice area of Product Liability Litigation for 2019. Helen was voted New Orleans Magazine’s “Best Lawyer in New Orleans”(2011, 2012) by peer attorneys. In 2016, she was elected treasurer of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA’s mission is to preserve and protect the jury trial system. ABOTA’s membership is limited to seasoned trial attorneys who have tried to verdict as lead counsel a requisite number of jury trials.
Helen graduated from Tulane University, cum laude, with a BA in English in 1982 and Tulane Law School in 1993 with a J.D. and a Certificate in Environmental Law. She interned at the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.
Helen’s civic activities include serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Chapter of the Sierra Club (Delta Chapter). She is a lifetime certified Spinning instructor and avid mountaineer who has summited many of the highest and most difficult peaks in the United States.
Helen’s professional affiliations include the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association, and ABOTA.