Los Angeles, February 2, 2016 – – Attorneys across Southern California have given high votes to eight lawyers at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, listing them among other outstanding attorneys in the current issue of Southern California Super Lawyers®. Super Lawyers® uses a patented selection process to create a trusted list of distinctly qualified and successful attorneys created by third party research and peer reviews.

As the senior managing partner, Michael L. Baum has successfully led the firm through thousands of wrongful death and personal injury cases stemming from major pharmaceutical drug catastrophes, class actions, and commercial transportation mass disasters. Michael’s penchant for biomedical research, clinical trials, and statistics has led his firm into prosecuting a vast amount of complex pharmaceutical product liability and consumer fraud cases. His work has helped uncover harmful drug industry practices, deceptive Big Pharma marketing schemes and resulted in major consumer safety advocacy work and improved drug warning labels. Michael also has an Avvo.com Superb Score of 10 and an AV® Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell®.

Paul J. Hedlund is a senior partner, trial attorney with over 40 years of experience in the legal profession. He focuses on commercial transportation accidents where there has been a major aviation, train, bus or truck accident. His expertise as a mechanical engineer, made him the only attorney able to testify at a California state hearing in 2005 concerning train configurations and safety after the Glendale Metrolink train crash. Paul is also among an elite group of attorneys who have argued a wrongful death case at the United States Supreme Court.  Paul has an Avvo.com Superb Score of 10 and an AV® Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell®. He also received a Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Ronald L. M. Goldman is a senior partner, veteran trial attorney, pilot and retired adjunct law professor, with a distinguished career spanning over 50 years. Ron is the firm’s lead trial attorney and head of the firm’s commercial transportation accident litigation team. He also handles drug and medical device product liability cases. One of his many achievements came when, on behalf of the family of a victim from the 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash, he negotiated, as part of the settlement, an unprecedented public apology from the airline and maintenance company. Ron has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013, has an Avvo.com Superb Score of 10, an AV® Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell®, and a Client Distinction Award from Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell®. He is also listed in in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

J. Clark Aristei is of counsel to Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. His successful career stems over 35 years, where he mainly focused on commercial transportation disaster litigation pertaining to aviation, train, truck, maritime and bus accidents. Most notably, he successfully represented dozens of clients injured from both the 2005 Glendale and 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink commuter train collisions. Clark has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013 and he has an Avvo.com Superb Score of 10, an AV® Preeminent 5.0 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell®, and a Client Distinction Award from Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell®.

Katherine Harvey-Lee is a partner at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman and centers her work on major commercial transportation accidents, such as bus and truck crashes and automotive defects. She is a member of The American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Bus Litigation Group Advisory, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America®. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013, has an Avvo.com Superb Score of 10, and a Client Distinction Award from Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell®. She is also listed in in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

Timothy A. Loranger is a pilot and partner at the firm, where he concentrates on airplane and helicopter accidents and major truck crashes. Much of his mechanical expertise comes from his time spent as an aircraft mechanic while serving in the U.S. Marines. His dedication as a consumer advocate extends to his work with the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), where he serves on the Board of Governors and has been awarded three Presidential Awards. He also serves on the US VETS Board of Directors. Tim is listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ and has earned an Avvo.com Superb Score of 10.

Nicole K. H. Maldonado is a partner at the firm and works on representing hundreds of clients in pharmaceutical drug product liability. Specifically, she focuses entirely on representing families whose children suffer from birth defects caused by SSRI antidepressant use while the mother was pregnant. Outside the courtroom, she is an avid volunteer in the community where she and her family provide services, food, clothing and donations to various organizations and communities. Nicole has also been listed in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™.

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman is a national law firm, with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. The firm focuses on commercial transportation accidents, pharmaceutical product liability, whistleblower claims, consumer class action lawsuits and medical device injuries.

The firm is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2016 Top Ranked Law Firms™ and Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers. Many Baum Hedlund’s attorneys have also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating.


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