Our Aviation Experience

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has represented aviation accident victims in some of the worst aviation disasters in history.

The firm’s aviation accident attorneys have litigated the cases of over 650 passengers, ground victims and crew for aviation personal injury or wrongful death claims across the United States and around the world.  We have been on the prevailing side of some of the most highly-publicized cases in the nation.

Baum Hedlund has handled all types of aviation cases, including:

Some of our top settlements and verdicts include:        

  • $17.5 million settlement for the death of a passenger in a major US plane crash
  • $14 million settlement for the death of a passenger in a major US plane crash
  • $12 million settlement for an injured passenger in a helicopter crash
  • $10 million settlement for the death of a passenger in a major foreign plane crash
  • $7.5 million settlement for the death of passenger in a helicopter crash
  • 136 aviation cases settled for $1 million or more
  • Caused first known public apology from a major airline

Any aviation-related lawsuit may well involve more than one state’s law or court system. Numerous complex choices and decisions may have to be made to maximize recovery or streamline procedures. Baum Hedlund has routinely made these choices and has the extensive experience needed to recognize and resolve complex aviation accident cases.

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We have found from our decades of experience handling aviation accident cases, that passengers represented by an attorney receive far more than passengers attempting to resolve claims on their own. Time and time again we have seen that, despite assurances from insurance adjusters and the airlines’ attorneys that they want to quickly and fairly compensate the families for their losses, an insurance adjuster has allegiance only to his or her firm, the airline and its insurance carrier, as they urge a quick settlement or threaten to prolong the process if their offer is refused.

Many people feel that they are victimized twice by the aviation industry: once by the tragic event and then again by being put through the grueling process of proving their damages. We understand the complex issues, the defense tactics, and what it takes to successfully prevail on our clients’ behalf. We work hard do ease our clients through this most difficult time by assisting them in all aspects of their preparation and by standing ready at all times to answer all questions. We make it a priority to hold the negligent parties fully accountable by leveling the playing field and fighting for a full measure of justice.

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Our past performance, verdicts or settlements do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of future legal matters.  Past results obtained or overall performance must be confined to that particular case, its factual and legal circumstances and legal surroundings.  Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.

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Many aviation accident victims or their families hire our firm because of our decades of experience and success in handling airline, other commercial and general aviation accident litigation. Our firm is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and maintains an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, obtained through a rigorous process conducted by the leading international lawyers’ directory. According to Martindale.com, and AV rating is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ are “the gold standard in attorney ratings, and have been for more than a century.”*

The Press looks to Baum Hedlund’s extensive experience.

Our attorneys have extensive experience with relevant state, federal and international laws.  We are experienced in pursuing claims in the complex area of international aviation law, and have represented personal injury victims and heirs in wrongful death cases in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  We are one of the more experienced aviation accident law firms in the world.

We are proud to have resolved major aviation accident cases against Airbus, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Aero Mexico, Asiana Airlines, British European Airways, Boeing, Bombardier, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Airlines, EgyptAir, Honeywell, Korean Air, McDonnell Douglas, Pacific Southwest Airlines, Raytheon, Singapore Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airline Systems, Southwest Airlines, SwissAir, TACA Airlines, TWA, United Airlines, US Airways, among others.

Our team has over 40 years of extensive aviation accident litigation experience. Ronald L. M. Goldman started his career in aviation accident law in 1972.  Other principles of Baum Hedlund began litigating aviation cases in 1985.

  • 230+ aviation crashes/incidents
  • 70+ different airline crashes
  • 30+ international aviation crashes
  • Over $1.5 billion recovered firm wide
  • More than 650 passengers and crew represented
  • Represented clients from six continents; 21 countries
  • Major honors and recognition for our achievements
  • Cases handled against 10 foreign airlines and/or Airbus
  • Cases handled against all major US airlines that have had a crash since 1985
  • Cases handled against the majority of all U.S. aircraft parts manufacturers
  • Among our attorneys are two pilots and engineers
  • We have successfully negotiated with all the major aviation insurance companies
  • Appointed to 14 commercial aviation Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees and leadership positions
  • First U.S. law firm to get an official public apology from an airline for a crash

Our Aviation Lawyers

Ronald Goldman heads the team of lawyers that investigate and litigate our aviation accident cases. Two of our attorneys are also pilots. Our aviation lawyers also have available to them, aviation attorney John Greaves.  John is a former airline captain with 10,000+ hours total flight time and 3,000+ hours as Captain in Part 121 and Part 135 scheduled airline operations. He was a licensed pilot for 39 years.

John was an attorney at our firm for 20 years, handling over 35 airline crashes before he went into semi-retirement. He is now a consultant to our firm. Each of our pilot-attorneys brings considerable technical expertise to our analysis of aviation accidents and incidents.

Ronald L. M. Goldman Accolades

Ronald L. M. Goldman

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Lawyers.com | Martindale Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Client Distinction Award from Lawyers.com | Martindale Hubbell®
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers®, Aviation & Aerospace
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, Martindale Hubbell®
  • Who’s Who in America
  • More than 50 years of practice as an attorney
  • Over 40 years of aviation litigation experience
  • Officially appointed to aviation litigation leadership positions
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law, 21 years teaching torts and aviation accident law (1968-1989)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate – National Board of Trial Advocacy (an American Bar Association accredited organization)
  • Private pilot license
  • Appeared in the media over 2,000 times

A. Ilyas Akbari Accolades

A. Ilyas Akbari

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Lawyers.com | Martindale Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Client Distinction Award from Lawyers.com | Martindale Hubbell®
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars, Aviation & Aerospace
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, Martindale Hubbell®
  • Over 10 years of aviation litigation experience
  • Officially appointed to aviation litigation leadership positions
  • Litigated many general aviation and commercial airline crashes and incidents
  • Bioengineer
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Appeared in the media over 2,000 times

Tim A. Loranger Accolades

Tim A. Loranger

  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers®
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, Martindale Hubbell®
  • Five years of aviation litigation experience
  • Has litigated general aviation and commercial aviation crashes and incidents
  • Private Pilot License, Single Engine Land, USA (1999)
  • Jet aircraft mechanic while serving in United States Marine Corps
  • Civil Air Patrol, past member

Several Baum Hedlund attorneys are described in Aviation Counsel Magazine’s 2001 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.”

Anyone seeking legal representation after an aviation accident or incident should seek a qualified and experienced aviation accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations at any location convenient to you.