Super Lawyers is a legal rating service for attorneys from over 70 practice areas who have earned a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The organization’s selection process is based on peer nominations, peer evaluations, and independent research.
Super Lawyers Magazine lists and profiles selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys and American Bar Association-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines throughout the U.S.
First chosen to Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2007, Baum Hedlund partner Ilyas Akbari has been listed in Super Lawyers since 2017, as a Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Los Angeles. Two years in a row he was selected to the Top List, Up-and-Coming 100: 2015 and 2016 Southern California Rising Stars.
Ilyas focuses his practice on commercial transportation accidents and product liability. Ilyas is an experienced aviation litigator with extensive experience handling airline crashes, small plane accidents, and helicopter crashes. He is Plaintiff Vice-Chair to the Aviation and Space Law General Committee of the American Bar Association. He also handles many of the firm’s truck accident cases. In addition to Super Lawyers, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America®, and has earned the highest AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell® and the highest Avvo.com superb score.
William Crawford Appleby is a top-rated attorney who focuses his practice on transportation accidents and qui tam litigation. He earned his Rising Stars designation in the practice area of Personal Injury. Crawford was selected for this honor after undergoing an evaluation that included peer review and professional achievement.
Prior to joining Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, Crawford served as a Law Clerk at the Los Angeles Superior Court where he acquired a broad range of experience in all aspects of civil litigation.
As senior managing partner of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, over the past 30+ years Michael has successfully led the firm through thousands of personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from major pharmaceutical product liability, mass torts, and commercial transportation mass disasters. While he oversees all aspects of managing the firm, Michael directs all of the firm’s mass tort litigation involving defective pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other consumer products. He also oversees class actions and whistleblower claims. In addition to being listed in Super Lawyers, Michael has an AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell and is listed on the Lawdragon Top 500 List and The Best Lawyers in America®.
Super Lawyers lists Bijan Esfandiari as one of the Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Los Angeles. As a pharmaceutical product liability litigation attorney and partner at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, Bijan has successfully represented clients in courts across the country at both the trial and appellate level in wrongful death and personal injury cases.
Throughout his career, Bijan has participated in cases that have shaped and developed the law for the benefit of injured victims and consumers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. In one such case, the court agreed with his arguments and held that drug manufacturers owe an affirmative duty to warn regarding risks associated with children’s off-label use. Bijan is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has earned a perfect Avvo.com score. In 2016, he was selected to the Up-and-Coming 100: Southern California Rising Stars Top List.
Pedram Esfandiary is an attorney at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, where he concentrates his practice on toxic tort injuries, pharmaceutical drug liability, class actions, and consumer fraud litigation.
After only 1 ½ years of practicing law, he found himself, at the age of 26, working on the very first Roundup cancer trial against Monsanto in 2018, which resulted in a landmark $289M verdict. He went on to work on the next two trials against Monsanto in 2019 which, with the first verdict, culminated in more than $2.42 billion in jury verdicts.
Pedram was also selected as a winner on Law360’s Rising Stars Top 40 Under 40 list. The National Law Journal awarded him and other attorneys of the trial teams 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers winners, and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 awarded them with 2019 Trial Team of the Year.
Before Adam came to Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, he worked at Buffington Law Firm where he practiced business, trust, and real estate litigation. During this time, Adam honed his skills in all facets of civil litigation from drafting complaints to trying cases for a variety of clients.
Ron is a pilot and a veteran trial lawyer, board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Attorney and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. Super Lawyers, which first selected Ron in 2005, recognizes him as a Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Los Angeles. He was selected to the Top 100: 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers List.
A senior partner and the senior trial attorney for Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, Ron heads the firm’s commercial transportation disaster litigation team which represents clients across the country in aviation, bus, train, truck, and structure accidents. During his 50+ years as an attorney, Ron also taught Aviation Law, Torts, Insurance Law, Legal Writing, and Analysis at Pepperdine University School of Law for 21 years as an adjunct law professor. In one of his most notable cases, Ron was the lead negotiator in a settlement stemming from the Jan. 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC. The settlement required the airline and maintenance company to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash.
Tim is a partner at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman and listed as a Super Lawyers Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Los Angeles. A pilot and Marine Corps veteran, Tim concentrates his practice on product liability, aviation, and commercial ground transportation accidents. During his time in the Marines, Tim served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His experience as a Marine prepared him for a career in the legal field where service, honor, compassion, perseverance, and dedication are essential traits. As the firm’s lead military accident attorney, Tim currently represents members of the military who have been harmed in various military accidents in claims, not against the Military, but against defective product manufacturers, such as airplane and helicopter aircraft manufacturers. Best Lawyers® has selected Tim as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation in Los Angeles.
Nicole is a partner at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman who dedicates her practice to representing individuals harmed by defective pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other consumer products. She is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Los Angeles.
Nicole started in the firm’s SSRI-antidepressant birth defect litigation team, representing hundreds of clients whose families are affected by antidepressant-related injuries and death involving cardiac, neural tube, cranial, oral clefts, anal atresia, abdominal, and limb defects, as well as developmental delays and autism. In addition to representing women with ovarian cancer related to talcum powder and victims harmed by IVC filters, Nicole is currently involved in the firm’s work in the Zantac cancer litigation.
R. Brent Wisner is one of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman’s vice presidents and one of the firm’s leading trial attorneys. Super Lawyers Rising Stars recognizes Brent as a Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Los Angeles. A Rising Stars candidate must be 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less, but by the age of 35, Brent had helped win the first three landmark Roundup cancer verdicts against Monsanto/Bayer, culminating in more than $2.42 billion in jury verdicts, and as a result, won numerous prestigious lawyer awards, including Civil Plaintiffs Trial Lawyer of the Year by the National Trial Lawyers, America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, Law360 Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar, Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in California, 2019 by the Daily Journal, and Trial Team of the Year, 2019 by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Brent concentrates his practice on pharmaceutical class action litigation, toxic-tort injuries, whistleblower and qui tam claims, and consumer fraud litigation and is leading up the Zantac cancer litigation for plaintiffs across the US.
The following former partners of Baum Hedlund were also listed in Super Lawyers for years: