Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2009 – – Three mass disaster attorneys from the Los Angeles-based plaintiffs’ firm of Baum, Hedlund Aristei & Goldman have been chosen by their peers to be listed in the just released 2009 issue of Southern California Super Lawyers®.

This is J. Clark Aristei’s third year to make the list, veteran trial lawyer, Ronald L. M. Goldman’s, fifth time, and a first for aviation attorney and former commercial airline pilot, John A. Greaves.

Attorney J.Clark Aristei

J. Clark Aristei

Attorney Ronald L.M. Goldman

Ronald L. M. Goldman

Attorney John A. Greaves

John A. Greaves

J. Clark Aristei handles the firm’s commercial transportation disaster litigation and currently focuses a significant part of his practice on two of the worst train disasters in recent history.  He  represents 22 passengers from the 2005 Metrolink Glendale, California derailment and the 2008 Metrolink Chatsworth, California disaster.  Aristei is Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee which is preparing the Metrolink Glendale cases for trial.  He is a former adjunct professor of law.

Ronald L. M. Goldman is a veteran trial lawyer, former adjunct law professor and pilot, and the firm’s senior trial attorney.  He is board certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Goldman’s most recent verdict of $7M was very significant and one of the largest verdicts in Ohio’s state’s history for the death of an unmarried person.  That case arose out of a Tyson Foods truck accident on May 29, 2004 near Crestline, Ohio.  Mr. Goldman is currently focusing on the firm’s upcoming Paxil suicide trials, the first of which will take place in Philadelphia in May of this year.

John A. Greaves retired from a 37-year pilot career and has since been handling the firm’s aviation disaster cases.   Greaves’ specialized aviation knowledge and technical expertise has been a great asset in his handling of more than 35 different airline disasters for the firm.  He has been appointed to four airline disaster Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees and was part of the team of Baum Hedlund attorneys with Ronald Goldman which acquired an unprecedented official public apology by a commercial airline.  The accident giving rise to the apology was the crash of Air Midwest Flight 5481 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Over the past few months, lawyers from a pool of tens of thousands in Southern California cast their ballots to determine “the best lawyers they have personally observed in action, whether opposing counsel or co-counsel, or through other first-hand observation in the courtroom,” by choosing them to be included in the list of Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2009 Edition. Only the top five percent of the lawyers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties are named Southern California Super Lawyers®.

Attorneys Aristei, Goldman and Greaves are listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and maintain an AV® Peer Review Rating through Martindale-Hubbell. They and their firm have handled thousands of high profile personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from aviation, truck, train, bus and structure accidents as well as pharmaceutical product liability cases.

Super Lawyers® is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Polling, research and selection are performed by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media, Inc.

AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. “Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. An AV® rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.”