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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. Akbaris 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 states history in a truck accident case. He was also an integral part of the firms 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 Attorneys 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 firms 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.
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 Avvo.com superb score of 10. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Whos Who in America, Whos Who in American Law, and Whos 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 Metrolinks 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 clients 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, ABCs 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.
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