“Ron Goldman had the well-deserved reputation of being an unusually bright, articulate, demanding, caring, and knowledgeable law professor who wanted his students to stretch beyond their comfort level and excel far past the norm. In visiting with alums of Pepperdine University School of Law about their legal education experience, many mention Ron Goldman as having made a lasting impression on them, whether in his Aviation Accident Law class or the Torts class he taught earlier. Mr. Goldman is a scholar/practitioner who is both well-informed and well-prepared to serve the interests of his clients.”
Ronald F. Phillips
Vice Chancellor & School of Law Dean Emeritus
Ronald L. M. Goldman is a veteran trial lawyer, board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. He is a senior partner and the senior trial attorney for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. Since becoming a lawyer more than 50 years ago, Ron has handled a wide variety of sophisticated litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and he has litigated hundreds of cases involving personal injury and wrongful death related to commercial transportation liability and to drug product liability.
He is a pilot and the head of the firm’s aviation disaster litigation team. Ron taught for 21 years at Pepperdine School of Law as an adjunct Law Professor, where he created and taught the course on Aviation Accident Law. He also taught courses in Torts, Insurance Law, Legal Writing and Analysis.
In 1969 Ron handled his first aviation case and has continued handling aviation cases ever since, in accidents such as: the 1972 British European Airways crash near London; the 1978 Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 / Cessna 172 Midair Collision at San Diego, California; the 1986 Aero Mexico Flight 498 / Piper Midair Collision at Cerritos, California; and the 2000 Southwest Airlines runway accident at Burbank, California. He also handled the September 11, 2001 aviation (passenger) tort litigation in which he also served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee. Since joining the firm in 2003 he has worked on all of the firm’s general aviation and airline disaster cases.
He was the lead negotiator in one of the firm’s most significant aviation litigation achievements. He won, as part of the settlement in the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, the agreement of the airline and maintenance company, in an organized ceremony, to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash. Three years later Ron appeared in a dramatic re-enactment of the crash, its subsequent investigation and the ultimate public apology, which aired on National Geographic Television.
Ron’s expertise extends far beyond aviation into many forms of commercial transportation accidents. Due to his experience with train accident cases, he was chosen as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink train collision in California, which is the deadliest train accident in Metrolink’s history. He also litigated the fatal 2012 CSX Coal Train Derailment in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Ron was involved in ground-breaking pharmaceutical litigation which helped pave the way for the drug product liability litigation lawyers are facing today. In the 1960s he was actively involved in exposing Richardson-Merrell’s (later known as Marion Merrell Dow) cholesterol-lowering drug, MER/29 (triparanol), which was blamed for severe side effects and birth defects. The company was ultimately indicted for supplying the FDA with falsified information about the drug.
Ron Goldman has appeared in the media more than 2,000 times concerning aviation accidents and pharmaceutical drug product liability, including safety oversight issues. Numerous media have sought Ron’s expert opinion as a pilot and former adjunct aviation accident law professor concerning airline accidents in the U.S. and abroad as well as regarding runway incursions at LAX.
He has been seen on TV, radio, and in newspapers such as BBC Radio, ANN News Tokyo, Associated Press, Bloomberg News, BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Chicago Tribune, Forbes.com, Fox News Channel, Guardian Limited, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, National Law Journal, NPR, and the Washington Post.
Ron received his B.S.L. in 1960 and his law degree in 1962, both from the University of Southern California.
American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; Aviation Law Section; Heparin Litigation Group; Medtronic InFUSE® Litigation Group; Qui Tam Litigation Group; Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP)
American Bar Association: The Forum on Air and Space Law; Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Consumer Attorneys of California
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
International Bar Association, Aviation Law Committee
Topic: Panel Discussion on Forced Arbitration Organization: Alliance For Justice Event: Los Angeles Film Premiere of “Lost in the Fine Print” Location: Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California Date: May 7, 2015
Topic: Ruminations on the Practice of Law – A 50-Year Perspective Organization: Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association Event: VCTLA Monthly Program Location: Oxnard, California Date: October 28, 2014
Topic: OJ Simpson criminal and civil jury verdicts Organization: Shanghai School of Social Science Event: Lecture Location: Shanghai, P.R.C. Date: 1998
Topic: Special Guest Lecturer on The American Judicial System Event: Lecture Organization: Christchurch Polytechnic, School of Broadcasting Location: Christchurch, New Zealand Date: 1997
Topic: “Product Liability – Didn’t Business Learn From the ‘Malpractice’ Crisis?” Organization: Town Hall Los Angeles Event: Town Hall General Luncheon, Orange County Forum Location: Los Angeles, California Date: November 17, 1977
Topic: Speaker and Panel Member: Aviation Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Right of Privacy, Tort Law Organization: Belli Seminars Event: Seminars Location: Riverside, California Date: 1970s
Topics: Aviation Litigation, International Law Organization: World Peace Through Law Conferences Locations: Madrid, Manila, New York Date: 1970s
Book: U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record Re British European Airways, Petitioner, v. Abraham Benjamins, Etc., et al. – U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record with Supporting Pleadings, October 30, 2011
Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology – Published in Andrews Aviation Litigation Reporter, Volume 24, Issue 5 / April 2006 by Thomson West and ATLA-Association of Trial Lawyers of America Aviation Law Section Newsletter Vol. 13, No. 3, Spring, 2006
Served as Chairman of the Board, and was a founder of the Family Assistance Program, a charitable, public benefit corporation organized to assist homeless families (originally known as the Family Assistance Program of Hollywood.)
A founder of, and general counsel for, The Women’s Clinic, a free clinic providing health care needs to needy women in Los Angeles.
Inversiones Papaluchi S.A.S. et al., Petitioners, v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Respondent; Robinson Helicopter Company, Inc., et al., Real Parties in Interest. 20 Cal.App.5th 1055 (Feb 14, 2018 CA App 2nd) [Preemptory writ of mandate issued directing trial court to vacate its prior order denying plaintiffs’ Colombian corporations’ motion to quash service of summons and dismiss cross-complaints, and to issue a new order granting the motion to quash and dismissing the cross-complaints of Robinson Helicopter (for failure to timely effect service within 3 years of filing cross-complaint), Rolls-Royce Corporation and Honeywell (for failure to adhere to article 19 of the Hague Service Convention)].
Selke v. Germanwings GmbH, 261 F. Supp. 3d 645 (E.D. Va. 2017) (Virginia court had personal jurisdiction over a German airline, involving Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany, whose pilot committed suicide by crashing the plane into the French Alps and killing all 150 on board, because the airline sold its tickets to passengers that resided in Virginia through its authorized agent, United Airlines)
Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 701 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D.Ind.2010) (denying defendant’s learned intermediary defense and further allowing plaintiffs’ experts to testify regarding the causal association between antidepressants and increased suicidal behavior)
Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008)
McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc. 208 F.R.D. 617 (C.D.Cal. 2002)
McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc. 211 F.R.D. 381 (C.D.Cal., 2002)
Brooks vs. St. Mary’s Hospital 57 C.A.4th 241, 66 C.R.2d 820 (1997) [Preemption Doctrine/Constitutional Law] [Case settled pending re-hearing; depublished]
In Re Aircrash Disaster Near Cerritos, DiCosta vs. Aeronaves de Mexico, SA 973 F.2d 1490 (9th Cir. 1992) [Emotional Distress]
Gradus vs. Hanson Aviation 158 C.A.3d 1038, 205 C.R. 211 (1984) [Duty of common carrier (see BAJI 6.51); Fed. Avi. Regs., Part 135, Res Ipsa Loquitur, Negligence] [Closing argument published by Million Dollar Verdicts by Western Masters]
Harris Corp. vs. Comair 712 F.2d 1069 (6th Cir. 1983) [Right of employer to collect for death of employee; Avi. Accid. Law; Conflict of laws, Negligence]
Sevilla vs. Stearns-Roger, Inc. 101 C.A.3d 608, 161 C.R. 700 (1980) [Product Liability]
Flashman v. Superior Court (Pacific Southwest Airlines) 107 Cal.App.3d 117, 165 Cal.Rptr. 680, Cal.App. 4 Dist. (1980) [Coordination and venue]
La Pietra vs. Freed 87 C.A.3d 384, 151 C.R. 554 (1979) [Arbitration]
Cable vs. Sahara Tahoe Corp. 93 C.A.3d 1025, 155 C.R. 770 (1979) [Conflict of laws]
Benjamins vs. British European Airways 572 F.2d 913 (2nd Cir. 1978) [Warsaw Convention]
Baxter vs. Superior Court 19 C.3d 461, 138 C.R. 315 (1977) [Loss of consortium]
Drenzek vs. Inmont Corp. 57 C.A.3d 878, 129 C.R. 429 (1976) [Assumption of Risk]