J. Clark Aristei

J. Clark Aristei: Attorney with Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
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  • J. Clark Aristei is former law professor and a senior partner at Baum Hedlund. He oversees the firm’s mass disaster cases. He is currently Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for the 2005 Glendale, CA Metrolink rail disaster and a member of the PSC for the 2008 Chatsworth, CA Metrolink rail collision.
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Biography

J. Clark Aristei is a senior partner at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, where he focuses his practice on commercial transportation litigation. Clark has spent the better part of his 35 years in law representing victims in cases stemming from aviation, trucking, bus, maritime, and train accidents.
Clark has represented over 50 passengers in train crashes and in recent years, Clark represented 24 passengers from two of the worst rail disasters in U.S. history. In the 2005 Glendale, California Metrolink crash, Clark was appointed as a Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) member and liaison counsel, where he worked with lead trial counsel for over 30 law firms overseeing more than 110 cases.
He was also a PSC member for the 2008 Chatsworth, California Metrolink crash. His legal research and writing skills helped remand the cases from federal court back to state court. He also served on the “Zap the Cap” committee that sought to obtain legislative relief for the Metrolink passengers who were denied full compensation due to the $200M liability cap on victim compensation.
Of the four cases to go to trial as a result of the 1993 Sunset Limited Amtrak derailment into a bayou near Mobile, Alabama, in 2000, Clark served as co-counsel on one trial and lead counsel on two other trials. His efforts produced substantial verdicts for his clients.
Clark also represented victims in the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crash in 2000. The crash, which happened in the Pacific Ocean near Pt. Mugu, California, involved complicated legal issues. Early in the case, Clark performed a critical role, working with other legal counsel on the PSC that obtained the court’s ruling that maritime law applied. As a result of this ruling, the victims’ families received the most favorable compensation available.
In addition to his leadership in rail and aviation cases, Clark has also played integral roles in bus and trucking cases. He successfully obtained U.S. jurisdiction for two devastating international bus crashes in England and Mexico. Along with several other Baum Hedlund attorneys, Clark represented 28 Americans killed in these crashes.
In 2004, Clark was co-counsel with his partner Ronald Goldman, in a trial representing a young Marine killed by a collision with aTyson Foods truck in Ohio. The jury delivered one of the largest verdicts in Ohio’s history—over $7 million to the parents of the victim.
Clark also served on the trial teams for the 2001 Colorado Airborne Charter Inc./Avjet, Aspen crash, and the 1998 LAFD Bell Helicopter crash in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. He was also appointed co-lead plaintiffs' counsel for the Coordinated Discovery Cases, Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 accident in Burbank, California, in 2000.
As a result of his critical years in leadership and liaison roles in complex aviation and rail passenger mass disaster litigation, Clark has become known among his peers serving on PSCs, as reliable, highly effective, and very professional—someone they definitely want to work with again in the future. A judge once said that Clark’s work is of “trademark quality.”
Among his many accomplishments, Clark was an adjunct law professor for 12 years at the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. He has also received distinguished lawyer awards and honors over the years, including the highest AV® Peer Review rating through Lexis-Nexis® Martindale Hubbell. He has also been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers for six years in a row, listed in The Best Lawyers in America*, Who’s Who in American Law and was recently awarded the Lexis-Nexis® Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award for his outstanding service to his clients.
*Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC. Awards and Honors:

AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell®
The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 - 2014
(Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).
Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2005, 2008 - 2014
Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award
Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in the World
National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award, 2002

Litigation Leadership:

Lead Trial Counsel, 2000: Two trials as a result of the 1993 Sunset Limited Amtrak derailment near Mobile, Alabama
Co-Lead Plaintiffs' Counsel for the Coordinated Discovery Cases, Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 accident, Burbank, California, 2000
Trial Team Member, 2003: Airborne Charter Inc./Avjet, Aspen, Colorado, 2001
Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Member, Glendale Metrolink Derailment Cases, Glendale, California, 2005
Trial Co-Counsel, 2006; 1998 Bell Helicopter crash in Los Angeles, California
Trial Co-Counsel, 2006; 2004 Tyson Foods truck crash near Crestline, Ohio
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008
“Zap the Cap” Committee, which sought legislative relief for the Metrolink passengers who were denied full compensation due to the $200M liability cap on victim compensation

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Bus Accidents
  • Products Liability
  • Railroad Accidents and Injuries
  • Mass Disaster Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Multi-District Litigation
  • Aviation Litigation
  • Maritime Accidents

Education & Credentials

University Attended:
Los Angeles Harbor College, A.A., 1968; California State University at Long Beach, B.A., cum laude, 1971
Law School Attended:
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1975
Year of First admission:
1975
Admission:
1975, California and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1979, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1993, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 2006, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 2010, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Memberships:
State Bar of California; Los Angeles County Bar Association; Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles; Consumer Attorneys of California.
Birth Information:
Washington, D.C., 1948
Reported Cases:
Penner v. Falk, 153 Cal. App. 3d 858, 200 Cal. Rptr. 661 (1984); Geffen v. County of Los Angeles, 197 Cal. App. 3d 188, 242 Cal. Rptr. 492 (1987); Cheng v. United Airlines, Inc., 1995 WL 42157 (N.D. Ill. 1995) reconsideration denied by Cheng v. United Airlines, Inc. 1995 WL 314575 (N.D. Ill. 1995); In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000, 145 F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D.Cal., 2001); McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc., 211 F.R.D. 381 (C.D.Cal., 2002); McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc., 208 F.R.D. 617 (C.D.Cal. 2002).
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  • Peer Reviews

    • 5.0/5.0 (10 reviews)
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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    • Communication

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    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 03/05/13 in Civil Litigation

      I have known Clark for over 30 years. I have always found him to be an attorney of the highest caliber, both in terms of intellect, professionalism, and integrity.

      I have known Clark for over 30 years. I have always found him to be an attorney of the highest caliber, both in terms of intellect, professionalism, and integrity. Read less

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    • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Sole Practitioner on 03/23/13 in Litigation

      Mr. Aristei is a gentleman - professional - a pleasure to work with - Honest

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    Client Reviews

    • 5.0/5.0 (2 reviews)
    • 100% (2 recommendations)
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      5.0/5.0
    • Responsiveness

      5.0/5.0
    • Quality of Service

      5.0/5.0
    • Value for Money

      5.0/5.0
    • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 09/29/12 in Personal Injury.

      Clark, your kindness over the phone was such a reassurance as we faced the mediation. I truly was impressed by what you’d learned of my Dad by reading the mounds of information I’d shared. I knew you cared and I appreciated that you&rsquo... Read more

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      Clark, your kindness over the phone was such a reassurance as we faced the mediation. I truly was impressed by what you’d learned of my Dad by reading the mounds of information I’d shared. I knew you cared and I appreciated that you’d taken the time to know him. The fact you had 3 attorneys sitting with us at the table for the mediation was amazing to me. To consider that with the caseloads you carry and all the good you do for your clients, you flew across the country to support us. Read less

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    • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 11/14/10 in Personal Injury.

      Thank goodness there are people like you that are so knowledgable and compassionate. There is no way on earth that we could ever have gone through the maze of such a large lawsuit without the help of you.There are so many legalities that the common... Read more

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      Thank goodness there are people like you that are so knowledgable and compassionate. There is no way on earth that we could ever have gone through the maze of such a large lawsuit without the help of you.There are so many legalities that the common citizen would never know how to maneuver through the maze of litigation.In the future I would be honored to recommend your thorough,complete,and timely services.We were also very happy with the contract and Percentage basis you offered us. Read less

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