Pedram Esfandiary is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, PC., where he concentrates his practice on toxic tort injuries, pharmaceutical drug liability, class actions, and consumer fraud litigation.
He was an integral part of the trial team that won the historic $2 billion verdict against Monsanto (now Bayer) in May 2019 on behalf of a couple who together sprayed Roundup weed killer on their properties for 30 years. The jury in Pilliod, et al. v. Monsanto determined that Roundup exposure caused Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto failed to warn the couple about the cancer risk associated with Roundup use. The jury awarded them $55 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages.
The $290 Million Judgment Against Monsanto Could Spell Disaster For The Agrochemical Juggernaut – "We used about 30% of [the evidence] we actually have,” said attorney Pedram Esfandiary of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. https://t.co/FYQxQpAhMR via @skbaer#MonsantoTrial
In recognition of his work in the Monsanto Roundup trials, Pedram has received well-deserved awards. He was selected as a winner on Law360’s Rising Stars Top 40 Under 40 list for 2019, which recognizes attorneys whose legal accomplishments transcend their age. Pedram has also been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars, 2019.
The Daily Journal listed the Johnson verdict among its top verdicts of 2018, and Courtroom View Network (CVN) listed it in its Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts of 2018.
After the Johnson v. Monsanto verdict, UCLA School of Law, Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment, and The Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy, as well as Yale Law School’s Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) program, invited Pedram to speak about how the trial team won the verdict and what it means for the legal community and the environment.
People, not poison: Pedram Esfandiary, Michael Baum & Brent Wisner of Baum Hedlund Aristei Goldman visited #UCLALaw to discuss a jaw-dropping $289M jury verdict they earned against Monsanto, maker of #Roundup, for failing to warn consumers that the herbicide is a carcinogen. pic.twitter.com/H9tmYC3hXS
Pedram joined Baum Hedlund in September 2016 as a law clerk and was hired as an attorney in December 2016 after passing the California bar exam. Before joining the firm, Pedram pursued a Master of Laws degree (his second post-graduate degree) at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he was admitted on a merit scholarship.
During his time at USC, Pedram was Senior Editor of Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal (LAPILJ), an independent collaboration of law students from Southwestern, Loyola, Pepperdine, UCLA, and USC. The journal is a platform for students, practitioners, and academics to address the structural inequalities within the legal system from the perspective of public interest. Contributors collaborate based on a shared concern for the adequate provision of legal services to disenfranchised groups.
Pedram’s interest in law was forged at the University of Birmingham Law School in the United Kingdom. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and proceeded immediately to Nottingham Trent University in the U.K., where he received an M.A. degree in criminology.
While studying for his first master’s degree, Pedram was a Postgraduate Outreach Ambassador with the Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach program at Nottingham Trent University. As part of this position, he taught Farsi at a local after-school program that provides resources to disadvantaged communities around Nottingham.
Pedram also volunteered his time with The Outreach Program to host presentations and seminars at local disadvantaged secondary schools. These events highlighted the utility of learning a second language for the purposes of entering higher education with transferable skills and knowledge of other cultures in an increasingly diversified U.K.
University of Southern California USC Gould School of Law (LL.M, 2016)
Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom (M.A. Distinction Grade, in Criminology, 2014)
University of Birmingham Law School, Birmingham, United Kingdom (LL.B 2013)
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2017
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2017
Topic: $289M Monsanto Roundup Verdict – Life After the Daubert Ruling and Johnson Trial Speech Title: Trial Theme Overview Organization: Harris Martin Publishing Event: Half-Day Roundup CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Location: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica, California Date: October 24, 2018
California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) hearing on the proposed regulatory “Safe Harbor” No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for glyphosate, June 7, 2017