Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

Mass Disaster and Aviation Accident Lawyers

Firm Overview

For more than 40 years, we have been representing aviation accident victims in some of the worst aviation disasters in our history. We have litigated the cases of more than 600 people for aviation personal injury or wrongful death across the globe.

More than 8,000 people throughout the country have trusted Baum Hedlund to handle their most important cases against companies such as:

Ground transportation companies
Allied Waste Industries; Amtrak; CR England; CSX Corporation; Eagle Systems; Food Express, Inc.; Food 4 Less; Ford Motor Co.; GARDA, Inc.; Greyhound; J.B. Hunt; Kimberly-Clark; Lucky
Main Office

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
12100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 950
Los Angeles  CA  90025

  • 310-207-3233 or 800-827-0087
  • 310-820-7444


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Office Information

Office Hours

8:00am to 5:00pm

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, French, Farsi

Other Offices

  • Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
    1250 24th Street, NW
    Suite 300
    Washington,  DC  20037
  • Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
    1500 Market Street
    12th Floor East Tower
    Philadelphia,  PA  19102
  • Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
    201 St. Charles Avenue
    Suite 2500
    New Orleans,  LA  70170
  • Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
    113 S. Monroe Street
    1st Floor
    Tallahassee,  FL  32301
Aviation Accidents
For more than 40 years, we have been representing aviation accident victims in some of the worst aviation disasters in our history. We have litigated the cases of more than 600 people for aviation personal injury or wrongful death across the globe.
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman is recognized as a preeminent plaintiff firm that handles serious personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits across the nation stemming from commercial transportation and pharmaceutical drug products liability. The firm was established in 1973 and for more than 40 years now, we have represented thousands of victims in airline, general aviation, bus, train and trucking accidents as well as clients injured by defective pharmaceutical products. These types of cases routinely involve complicated evidence and choice of law issues in both state and federal courts throughout the country.

Our attorneys come from diverse backgrounds and offer a unique combination of skills that are particularly useful in the investigation of defective products, consumer fraud, and commercial transportation accidents. Three of the firm's attorneys are also pilots, two have engineering degrees, and four were adjunct law professors. Among our lawyers is also a registered nurse, former public servants, a former district attorney, former magistrates mediators, arbitrators, and two former assistant attorneys general.

Former Adjunct Aviation Accident Law Professor, Ronald L. M. Goldman, is a private pilot, John Greaves is an airline-transport pilot and served as a captain of a major airline, and Timothy Loranger is a pilot and former jet aircraft mechanic. Paul Hedlund has a degree in mechanical engineering and Ilyas Akbari has a bioengineering degree. We also have a registered nurse on staff, Cynthia Garber. In addition to Ronald Goldman, Clark Aristei, Diane Marger Moore, and Mark Schlein (also a former S.W.A.T. commander and deputy sheriff) were also adjunct law professors prior to joining Baum Hedlund.

Baum Hedlund's staff has the experience and education to effectively handle complex cases from intake to resolution. Our attorneys have been appointed to 23 plaintiff steering committees in mass tort litigation that manage complex multi-district litigation arising from airline and train disasters, pharmaceutical drug defects and construction failures. Our attorneys have tried well over 200 cases in their careers. Many of the firm's attorneys have also delivered Continuing Legal Education accredited lectures on the complexities of mass tort litigation.

We have successfully defeated several attempts by the federal government, and defendants, including major airlines, rail organizations and pharmaceutical companies, who argued that federal law preempted our clients' claims in aviation accidents, trains disasters and drug product liability cases.

Many of the firm’s partners have spearheaded, and participated in, proactive campaigns that have led to safety improvements. Baum Hedlund attorneys have testified on at least eight occasions at state and federal levels regarding commercial transportation, building and drug safety and upon invitation by a foreign government to testify about the risks of a certain U.S. manufactured medication.

Baum Hedlund's staff includes attorneys from top law schools, many of whom have earned the highest attorney AV® Preeminent Peer Review rating*, and are listed in Best Lawyers in America, Martindale Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law. Several Baum Hedlund attorneys are also described in Aviation Counsel Magazine's list of Recommended High Flyers, considered by International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Legal Department as one of “the most elite lists of aviation law practitioners ever produced” to be “among the best aviation lawyers in the world by the aviation legal community.”

Inclusion in these publications is solely based on merit. The firm's long history of professional and educational excellence continues with each case entrusted to it.

The firm's staff, many of whom have worked together for over 30 years, stresses client orientation and excellent service. We give our clients a toll-free number to make reaching us effortless. We consider prompt response to client communications one of our highest priorities. We recognize that representing our clients involves more than research and litigation: we provide extra care and attention to our clients' special needs and vulnerabilities. We pride ourselves in making communication with our clients the cornerstone of our practice. In fact, many of our clients remain in touch with us long after their cases have resolved.

John A. Greaves

John A. Greaves is an experienced airline transport pilot and a former airline captain. He is also a seasoned airline accident lawyer, Of Counsel to the national aviation disaster law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, based in Los Angeles.

After retiring from his career as an airline captain, John became an attorney and joined Baum Hedlund's aviation litigation team in the early 1990s. Since that time he has represented hundreds of airline accident victims in more than 35 airline disasters, representing clients in virtually every major U.S. airline disaster in the last 15 years.

He was on the legal team that negotiated one of the firm's most significant aviation litigation achievements when the firm won, as part of the settlement in the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, the agreement of the airline and maintenance company, in an organized ceremony, to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash.

John is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and the 2009 issue of Southern California Super Lawyers
  • Bar Number: 173336
    California , 1994
  • Bar Number: 473125
    District of Columbia , 2001
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City
    Bachelor of Arts , 1976
  • Drake University Law School
    Juris Doctor , 1992
    With Honors
  • Drake University College of Business and Public Administration
    M.P.A. , 1992

Michael L. Baum

Michael L. Baum is the senior managing partner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. He has successfully led the firm through thousands of wrongful death and personal injury cases stemming from major pharmaceutical drug catastrophes and commercial transportation mass disasters. He began his career more than 25 years ago, primarily handling airline accidents and other commercial transportation disasters as well as some pharmaceutical product liability litigation. While he oversees all aspects of managing the firm, Michael currently heads the firm
  • Bar Number: 119511
    California , 1985
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    J.D. , 1985
    Los Angeles, CA

Ron Goldman Pilot and Board Certified Trial Lawyer

Ronald L. M. Goldman is a pilot and veteran trial lawyer.  He is board certified as a civil trial lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Since becoming a lawyer in 1963, Ron has handled a wide variety of sophisticated litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and he has litigated hundreds of cases over the past 47 years involving personal injury and wrongful death, including many cases related to commercial transportation liability.

Ron is in charge of the firm's aviation disaster litigation team.  He taught for 21 years at Pepperdine School of Law as an adjunct Law Professor, where he created and taught the course on Aviation Accident Law.  

In 1969 Ron handled his first aviation case and has continued handling aviation cases ever since in accidents such as: the 1972 British European Airways crash near London; the 1978 Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 / Cessna 172 Midair Collision at San Diego, California; the 1986 Aero Mexico Flight 498 / Piper Midair Collision at Cerritos, California; and the 2000 Southwest Airlines runway accident at Burbank, California.  He also handled the September 11, 2001 aviation (passenger) tort litigation in which he also served on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee.  Since joining the firm in 2003 he has worked on all of the firm’s general aviation and airline disaster cases.  He was most recently appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009.

He was the lead negotiator in one of the firm’s most significant aviation litigation achievements.  He won, as part of the settlement in the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, the agreement of the airline and maintenance company, in an organized ceremony, to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash.  Three years later Ron appeared in a dramatic re-enactment of the crash, its subsequent investigation and the ultimate public apology, which aired on National Geographic Television.

Ron is an AV® Peer Review Rated lawyer through Martindale Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He is also published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters and has been selected for inclusion in the 2005-2010 Southern California Super Lawyers®.

Mr. Goldman has appeared in the media more than 350 times, mostly concerning aviation accidents and safety oversight issues. Numerous media have sought Ron’s expert opinion as a pilot and former adjunct aviation accident law professor concerning airline accidents in the U.S. and abroad as well as regarding runway incursions at LAX.           

He has been seen on TV, radio, and in newspapers such as BBC Radio, ANN News Tokyo,  Associated Press, Bloomberg News, BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Chicago Tribune,, Fox News Channel, Guardian Limited, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, National Law Journal, NPR, and the Washington Post.

Ron received his B.S.L. in 1960 and his law degree in 1962, both from the University of Southern California

  • Bar Number: Private Pilot Licens
    , 1980
  • University of Sounthern California
    J.D. , 1962
    Los Angeles, CA

Ilyas Akbari

A. Ilyas Akbari is an associate attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman and concentrates his practice on commercial transportation accidents resulting in catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death as well as pharmaceutical drug product liability and class action cases.

Mr. Akbari’s bioengineering  degree  has proven very beneficial in the trials in which he assisted as well as with the handling of his cases in general.  He was part of the team of Baum Hedlund lawyers who obtained one of the largest verdicts for the death of an unmarried person in Ohio state’s history in a truck accident case.  He was also an integral part of the firm’s trial team which tried an aviation accident product liability case against Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.

After earning his B.S. in 2000 from U.C. San Diego, where he was the founding Vice President of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, Ilyas continued on to Southwestern University School of Law.  While at Southwestern,  he served as President of the Student Bar Association.  He was also a Certified Law Clerk at the District Attorney’s Office in East Los Angeles, where he conducted preliminary hearings and misdemeanor trials.  Mr. Akbari has been named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star for the years 2007-2010.

Ilyas has worked on many of the firm’s cases and has experience handling many different types of wrongful death and personal injury cases, including aviation accidents, traumatic brain injury cases, truck crashes, pharmaceutical injuries and toxic poisoning cases.

  • University of California, San Diego
    B.S. , 2000
    San Diego, CA
  • Southwestern University School of Law
    J.D. , 2003
    Los Angeles, CA

Paul Hedlund

Paul J. Hedlund is a senior partner and trial lawyer for the national law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman which handles major transportation accidents and pharmaceutical drug product liability cases. Paul focuses his practice on commercial transportation accidents including, aviation, bus, train and truck crashes. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his law degree from UCLA.

For over 20 years, Paul and his firm have handled more than 850 commercial transportation personal injury and wrongful death cases across the country. Paul was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committees in the United 232 Sioux City crash, the Alaska Airlines crash off Pt. Mugu, CA, the September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation and the Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008. He was also part of the team that negotiated, as a term of the settlement, an unprecedented public apology by the president of Air Midwest in a formal ceremony to the families of the victims of the crash of Air Midwest Flight 5481, which crashed on January 8, 2003 at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Mr. Hedlund has the highest 5.0 out of 5 AV® Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell and the highest superb score of 10. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World. He is also listed in Aviation Counsel Magazine's List of Recommended High Flyers, believed by the International Air Transport Association's Legal Dept. to be one of the most elite lists of aviation law practitioners ever produced.

Because of his expertise as a mechanical engineer, Paul was the only attorney to testify about train configurations and safety at a California state hearing in 2005, looking into the cause of the worst train disaster in Metrolink’s history, in which his firm represents 15 passengers.

Paul was also the only attorney to testify in 1990 about the need for labeling earthquake susceptible buildings, before the California State Legislature Seismic Safety Commission hearing regarding the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. His client’s son died when a commercial building known to be vulnerable to tremors, collapsed on him during the quake.

Paul is among the relatively few attorneys who have argued a wrongful death case before the United States Supreme Court.

The press have interviewed Paul on numerous occasions. He has appeared in the media more than 150 times on TV and radio programs such as, ABC’s PrimeTime Live with Sam Donaldson, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC, CNN, Court TV, EXTRA, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, and all of the Los Angeles news stations. He has also appeared in print media such as, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, and the Washington Post.

  • Bar Number: Patent Law, U.S. Pat
    , 1978
  • University of Michigan
    B.S. , 1968
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
    J.D , 1973
    Los Angeles, CA