Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman Super Lawyers
Selected to Rising Stars:
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.
Michael was first chosen to the Southern California Super Lawyers list
in 2005. He is listed as a
Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Los Angeles and was selected to the
Top 100: 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers List.
As senior managing shareholder 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®.
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 – 2020
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 – 2016
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 shareholder
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 | Super Lawyers Rising Stars Honoree
Selected to Rising Stars: 2020
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.
Adam M. Foster | Super Lawyers Rising Stars Honoree
Selected to Rising Stars:
Adam M. Foster is a top-rated attorney at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman where he
concentrates his practice on the firm’s Medicare Secondary Payer
litigation. He received his Rising Stars 2020 honor in the practice area of Class
Action & Mass Torts.
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.
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 – 2020
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 shareholder 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.
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 – 2020
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 – 2013
Tim is a shareholder at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman and listed as a
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
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
Best Lawyers® has selected Tim as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal
Injury Litigation in Los Angeles.
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 – 2020
Nicole is a shareholder 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 | Super Lawyers Rising Stars Honoree
Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 – 2020
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:
Paul J. Hedlund, retired
J. Clark Aristei, retired
John A. Greaves, consulting counsel