Paul J. Hedlund | Plane Crash Attorney
Paul J. Hedlund, Airline Crash Litigation, Helicopter Crash Litigation PAUL J. HEDLUND
Attorney | Senior Partner | Mechanical Engineer
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Airline Crash Litigation, Aviation Accidents, Aviation Product Liability, Bus Accidents, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Helicopter Crash Litigation, Personal Injury Law, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death Law
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Paul Hedlund has been honored for ethical standards and legal ability.

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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, defective pharmaceuticals, and whistleblower 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.

Paul Hedlund has the highest 5.0 out of 5 AV® Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell and the highest superb score of 10.Paul and his firm have handled more than 8,000 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.

Paul Hedlund 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.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.

The press have interviewed Paul on numerous occasions. He has appeared in the media more than 150 times on TV and radio programs.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.

Paul J. Hedlund Client Distinction Award

  • Abington, Pennsylvania, 1946
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (B.S.M.E., 1968)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (J.D., 1973)
Court Admissions:
  • California, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1977
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York,  2009


  • Patent Law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1978

Awards and Honors:

Litigation Leadership:

  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • Trial Team Member, 1991-1992, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa: Member, 1989
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-00-1343-CAL, Alaska Airlines Crash, off Point Mugu, California, 2000
  • Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008


  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • The Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • The American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; Aviation Law Section; Railroad Law Section
  • American Bar Association: The Forum on Air and Space Law; Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Staff Engineer, Southern California Edison, 1968-1970
  • Moot Court Judge, Pepperdine University School of Law
Presentations / Speeches:
  • Topic: “Mapping the Maze of Considerations in Disaster Litigation”
    Organization: Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
    Event:  Annual Convention                          
    Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
    Date: October 6, 1996

  • Topic: Lewis v. Sacramento County Re: High Speed Police Pursuits
    Organization: University of San Diego School of Law
    Event: Lecture for law students
    Location: San Diego, California
    Date: 1998

  • Topic: Panel Moderator: “Aviation Issues in the New Millennium - Ramifications of the RAND Report,” “Safety in the Skies - Personnel and Parties in NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations”
    Organization: American Bar Association
    Event: Presented by the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section and the Aviation Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation
    Location: Tampa, Florida
    Date: October 19, 2000

  • Topic: “Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California”
    Organization: Lorman Education Services
    Event: Seminar
    Location: Los Angeles, California
    Date: August 2001 and January 2002

  • Topic: “Plaintiff's Marketing Strategies In The New Millennium”
    Organization: American Bar Association
    Event:  American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law Committee Presents: On The Horizon Securing Safety, Insuring Fully and Litigating Fairly--Part II
    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Date: October 26 - 27, 2006

Author: Governmental Testimony:
  • California State Legislature, Seismic Safety Commission hearing re October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damage after the death of our client's son due to the collapse of a building known to be vulnerable to tremors during an earthquake, 1990
  • California State Assembly Hearing on California commuter rail safety as a result of the January 26, 2005 Metrolink derailment, July 20, 2005
Published Cases:
  • Curry v. Continental Airlines
    513 F. 2d 691 (9th Cir. 1975)
  • Sigala (Rachelle) v. Anaheim City School District
    Court of Appeal, Fourth District, 19 Cal.Rptr.2d 38, 15 Cal.App.4th 661, 82 Ed. Law Rep. 143 (1993)
  • Lewis v. Sacramento
    United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 98 F.3d 434, 65 USLW 2319, 96 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 7501, 96 Daily Journal D.A.R. 12353 (1996)
  • County of Sacramento v. Lewis,
    523, U.S. 833, 140 L. Ed. 2d 1043, 118 S. Ct. 1708 (1998)
  • Prudential Home Mort. Co. v. Superior Court
    66 Cal.App.4th 1236 (1998)
  • In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000
    145 F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D.Cal., 2001)
  • Butler v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
    109 Cal.App.4th; 135 Cal. Rptr. 2d 762 (2003)

Notable Media Appearances:

  • TV
    • ABC PrimeTime Live with Sam Donaldson
    • ABC World News Tonight
    • KABC Los Angeles News
    • KCBS Los Angeles News
    • KNBC Los Angeles News
    • Celebrity Justice
    • CNBC Rivera Live
    • CNN
    • Court TV
    • EXTRA
    • FOX News Channel
    • Geraldo At Large
    • Meridian TV - England
    • MSNBC Rivera Live

  • Documentaries
    • "Listen to Hear" [confronts accusations concerning the dangers in the decibel levels of Mp3 players and portable devices]

  • Radio
    • ABC Radio Larry Elders Show
    • Justice Talking Live
    • KFBK Radio Sacramento
    • KFWB News Radio Los Angeles
    • KIRO Radio Seattle
    • KNX 1070 News Radio Los Angeles
    • KPFK Pacifica Radio KSDO SD, Stacy Taylor Show
    • NPR – National Public Radio
    • WLW AM 700 News Radio Cincinnati
    • WMAL Radio, Charlie Warren Show
    • AM 590, Albany
    • USA Today Radio

  • News
    • Airjet Airline World News
    • Airline Industry News
    • Andrews Litigation Reporters
    • Associated Press
    • Baton Rouge Advocate
    • Bloomberg News
    • Daily News (New York)
    • Dow Jones News
    • Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News
    • La Opinion
    • Los Angeles Times
    • National Law Journal
    • Newsweek
    • Sacramento Bee
    • San Diego Union Tribune
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • San Jose Mercury News
    • Seattle Times
    • St. Louis Post Dispatch
    • Wall Street Journal
    • Washington Post

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