For more than 20 years, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has been representing aviation accident victims in some of the worst aviation disasters in our history. The firmâs aviation accident attorneys have litigated the cases of more than 540 passengers, ground victims and crewÂ for aviation personal injury or wrongful death claims across the United States and around the world.
Ronald L. M. Goldman is a New York native, pilot and a veteran trial lawyer based in Los Angeles. He is board certified as a civil trial lawyer, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, with 37 years of experience handling airline disasters. He is a senior partner and lead trial counsel forÂ the firm.
Ron created and taught the course on Aviation Accident Law at Pepperdine School of Law where he worked as an adjunct law professor for 21 years. He has handled a wide variety of sophisticated litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels including personal injury, product liability, domestic and foreign airline and general aviation cases, etc. He has represented more than a thousand clients and has been lead counsel in hundreds of litigated cases including aviation.
Among his trials are leading aviation and product liability cases which resulted in aviation law changes and improvements in aviation safety. He has years of experience and expertise, and an understanding of the issues and the law which uniquely affectÂ each aviationÂ caseÂ the firmÂ takes on.Â His wide breadth of experience as a trial lawyer, appellate attorney, professor, expert witness, and neutral hearing officer are very much appreciated by the clients he represents.
Ron was the lead negotiator in one ofÂ Baum Hedlund's most significant aviation litigation achievements when he won, as part of the settlement agreement from 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. He also served on the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for the September 11, 2001 aviation tort litigation.
John A. GreavesÂ is a pilot and seasoned airline accident lawyer who has represented hundreds of airline accident victims in more than 35 airline disasters. He was also on the team that negotiated the Air Midwest Flight 5481 public apology and settlement. He has been part of Baum Hedlundâs aviation team since joining the firm in the early 1990s. He works out ofÂ their Los Angeles office.
As an airline transport pilot and a former Captain for Comair, John has flown over 10,000 hours total flight time since 1966 and over 3,000 hours as a Captain in Part 121 and Part 135 scheduled airline operations.
In the capacity of licensed pilot for more than 40 years, John spent five years as a pilot in scheduled airlines service, four years of which were in the capacity of captain. Details of his pilot experience include Comair Airlines, Captain; Wright Airlines, First Officer; Aero-Mech Airlines, First Officer; and Air Illinois, First Officer. As an airline captain, John supervised flight and ground crews, ensured compliance with all FAA operations and maintenance regulations, documents and inspections. He served six years as a Flight Instructor and four years as a Charter Pilot and Charter Company Operator. He was Operator/President/CEO of VIP Pilot, Inc. He was Contract Administration Committee Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association, Council 37. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Air Line Pilots Association, Council 37.
John has served on several plaintiffsâ steering committees overseeing airline accidents involving multi-district litigation including: the 1995 Atlantic Southeast Airlines Crash, near Carrollton, Georgia; the 2000 Singapore Airlines Crash, Taipei, Taiwan; the September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation (airline passenger cases); and the 2001 American Airlines 587 Crash, Belle Harbor (Queens), New York.
Baum Hedlund attorneys have been appointed to 18 different Plaintiffs Steering/Executive Committees (PSC) including 11 involving aviation disasters. Some aviation disasters require the creation of a judge-appointed PSC which oversees multi-district litigation in complex litigation cases.
Many aviation accident victims or their families hireÂ Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & GoldmanÂ because of their many years of experience handling airline, other commercial and general aviation accident litigation.Â Â The firm is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and maintains the highestÂ *AVÂ® peer reviewÂ rating, obtained through a rigorous process conducted by the leading international lawyersâ directory, Martindale Hubbell.
Several Baum Hedlund attorneys are described in Aviation Counsel Magazine's list of Recommended High Flyers (considered by International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Legal Department as one of âthe most elite lists of aviation law practitioners ever producedâ) to be âamong the best aviation lawyers in the world by the aviation legal community.â
Baum Hedlund has been on the prevailing side of some of the most highly-publicized cases in the nation.Â Their firmâs aviation attorneys have serve(d) as members on the following Commercial Aviation Plaintiffs' Steering/Executive Committees and Trial Teams:
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John A. Greaves is an experienced airline transport pilot and a former airline captain. He is also a seasoned airline accident lawyer, Of Counsel to the national aviation disaster law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, based in Los Angeles.
After retiring from his career as an airline captain, John became an attorney and joined Baum Hedlund's aviation litigation team in the early 1990s. Since that time he has represented hundreds of airline accident victims in more than 35 airline disasters, representing clients in virtually every major U.S. airline disaster in the last 15 years.
He was on the legal team that negotiated one of the firm's most significant aviation litigation achievements when the firm 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.
John is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and the 2009 issue of Southern California Super Lawyers®. He has earned Martindale Hubbells highest AV® Peer Review Rating.
John has been a licensed pilot for more than 40 years, five years of which were as a pilot in scheduled airlines service, and four years of which were in the capacity of captain for Comair. He has flown over 10,000 hours flight time since 1966 and over 3,000 hours as a Captain in Part 121 and Part 135 scheduled airline operation
Details of his pilot experience include Comair Airlines, Captain; Wright Airlines, First Officer; Aero-Mech Airlines, First Officer; and Air Illinois, First Officer. As an airline captain, John supervised flight and ground crews, ensured compliance with all FAA operations and maintenance regulations, documents and inspections. He served six years as a Flight Instructor and four years as a Charter Pilot and Charter Company Operator. He was Operator/President/CEO of VIP Pilot, Inc. He was Contract Administration Committee Chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association, Council 37 and received their Distinguished Service Award.
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As the managing partner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, I oversee all of the firms litigation where we handle personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from commercial transportation accidents and pharmaceutical drug and device injuries.
Ronald L. M. Goldman is a pilot and veteran trial lawyer. He is board certified as a civil trial lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Since becoming a lawyer in 1963, Ron has handled a wide variety of sophisticated litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and he has litigated hundreds of cases over the past 47 years involving personal injury and wrongful death, including many cases related to commercial transportation liability.
Ron is in charge of the firm's aviation disaster litigation team. He 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.
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 firms general aviation and airline disaster cases. He was most recently appointed to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009.
He was the lead negotiator in one of the firms 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 is an AV® Peer Review Rated lawyer through Martindale Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Whos Who in America, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is also published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters and has been selected for inclusion in the 2005-2010 Southern California Super Lawyers®.
Mr. Goldman has appeared in the media more than 350 times, mostly concerning aviation accidents and safety oversight issues. Numerous media have sought Rons 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
A. Ilyas Akbari is an associate attorney at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman and concentrates his practice on commercial transportation accidents resulting in catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death as well as pharmaceutical drug product liability and class action cases.
Mr. Akbaris bioengineering degree has proven very beneficial in the trials in which he assisted as well as with the handling of his cases in general. He was part of the team of Baum Hedlund lawyers who obtained one of the largest verdicts for the death of an unmarried person in Ohio states history in a truck accident case. He was also an integral part of the firms trial team which tried an aviation accident product liability case against Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
After earning his B.S. in 2000 from U.C. San Diego, where he was the founding Vice President of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, Ilyas continued on to Southwestern University School of Law. While at Southwestern, he served as President of the Student Bar Association. He was also a Certified Law Clerk at the District Attorneys Office in East Los Angeles, where he conducted preliminary hearings and misdemeanor trials. Mr. Akbari has been named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star for the years 2007-2010.
Ilyas has worked on many of the firms cases and has experience handling many different types of wrongful death and personal injury cases, including aviation accidents, traumatic brain injury cases, truck crashes, pharmaceutical injuries and toxic poisoning cases.
Paul J. Hedlund is a senior partner and trial lawyer for the national law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman which handles major transportation accidents and pharmaceutical drug product liability cases. Paul focuses his practice on commercial transportation accidents including, aviation, bus, train and truck crashes. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his law degree from UCLA.
For over 20 years, Paul and his firm have handled more than 850 commercial transportation personal injury and wrongful death cases across the country. Paul was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committees in the United 232 Sioux City crash, the Alaska Airlines crash off Pt. Mugu, CA, the September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation and the Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008. He was also part of the team that negotiated, as a term of the settlement, an unprecedented public apology by the president of Air Midwest in a formal ceremony to the families of the victims of the crash of Air Midwest Flight 5481, which crashed on January 8, 2003 at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Mr. Hedlund has the highest 5.0 out of 5 AV® Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell and the highest Avvo.com superb score of 10. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Whos Who in America, Whos Who in American Law, and Whos Who in the World. He is also listed in Aviation Counsel Magazine's List of Recommended High Flyers, believed by the International Air Transport Association's Legal Dept. to be one of the most elite lists of aviation law practitioners ever produced.
Because of his expertise as a mechanical engineer, Paul was the only attorney to testify about train configurations and safety at a California state hearing in 2005, looking into the cause of the worst train disaster in Metrolinks history, in which his firm represents 15 passengers.
Paul was also the only attorney to testify in 1990 about the need for labeling earthquake susceptible buildings, before the California State Legislature Seismic Safety Commission hearing regarding the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. His clients son died when a commercial building known to be vulnerable to tremors, collapsed on him during the quake.
Paul is among the relatively few attorneys who have argued a wrongful death case before the United States Supreme Court.
The press have interviewed Paul on numerous occasions. He has appeared in the media more than 150 times on TV and radio programs such as, ABCs PrimeTime Live with Sam Donaldson, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC, CNN, Court TV, EXTRA, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, and all of the Los Angeles news stations. He has also appeared in print media such as, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, and the Washington Post.