Paul J. Hedlund

Paul J. Hedlund

Attorney | Senior Partner | Mechanical Engineer
PHedlund@BaumHedlundLaw.com
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AVVO Superb Score 10 out of 10 | 5.0 out of 5 AV Peer Review Rated

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 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 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 for the 2008 crash in Chatsworth, California. 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, 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 represented 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 re: 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.

Paul J. Hedlund has been awarded a Client Distinction Award

Education:

  • 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

Certified:

  • Patent Law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2011

Paul J. Hedlund has been honored with a Matindale-Hubbard Peer Review Rating

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Paul J. Hedlund in the News

  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-00-1343-CAL, Alaska Airlines Crash, off Point Mugu, California, 2000
  • Trial Team Member, 1991-1992, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa: Member, 1989
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • The Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: “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
  • California State Assembly Hearing on California commuter rail safety as a result of the January 26, 2005 Metrolink derailment, July 20, 2005
  • 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
  • Butler v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. 109 Cal.App.4th; 135 Cal. Rptr. 2d 762 (2003)
  • In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000, 145 F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D.Cal., 2001)
  • Prudential Home Mort. Co. v. Superior Court 66 Cal.App.4th 1236 (1998)
  • County of Sacramento v. Lewis, 523, U.S. 833, 140 L. Ed. 2d 1043, 118 S. Ct. 1708 (1998)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Curry v. Continental Airlines 513 F. 2d 691 (9th Cir. 1975)
  • 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
    • WROW.com AM 590, Albany
    • USA Today Radio
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    • Airjet Airline World News
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    • Andrews Litigation Reporters
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    • Baton Rouge Advocate
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    • 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