Paul J. Hedlund

Paul J. Hedlund: Attorney with Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Paul J. Hedlund is a senior partner for the national law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman which handles major transportation accidents, defective pharmaceuticals, and whistleblower 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.

Paul and his firm have handled thousands of 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 for the 2008 crash in Chatsworth, California. 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 superb score of 10. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s 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 Metrolink’s history, in which his firm represented 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 re: the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. His client’s 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 has interviewed Paul on numerous occasions. He has appeared in the media more than 150 times on TV and radio programs such as, ABC’s PrimeTime Live with Sam Donaldson, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC, CNN, Court TV, EXTRA, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, and all 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.

Awards and Honors: AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell® Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2005, 2010 – 2018 Superb Score 10 out of 10 Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell®Client Distinction Award Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ Who’s Who in the World Who’s Who in America Who’s Who in American Law Who’s Who in the West 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 National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award, 2002

Litigation Leadership:

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008 Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-00-1343-CAL, Alaska Airlines Crash, off Point Mugu, California, 2000 Trial Team Member, 1991-1992, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa: Member, 1989 Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989

Areas of Practice (19)

  • Airplane Crash Litigation
  • Truck Accidents
  • Mass Disaster Litigation
  • Railroad Accidents and Injuries
  • Bus Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Complex Litigation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Helicopter Crash Litigation
  • Brain Injury
  • Commercial Vehicle Liability
  • Plaintiffs Personal Injury
  • Spinal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Automotive Products Liability
  • Tire Defect Litigation
  • Mass Torts

Education & Credentials

University Attended:
University of Michigan, B.S.M.E., 1968
Law School Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., 1973
Year of First Admission:
1994, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits; 2011, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1973, California; 1977, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 2009, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York; 1978, Registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; 1991, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 2001, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2001, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1997, U.S. Supreme Court
State Bar of California; The American Association for Justice (Member: Leader's Forum; Aviation Law Section; Railroad Law Section).
Birth Information:
Abington, Pennsylvania, 1946
Reported Cases:
Butler v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. 109 Cal.App.4th; 135 Cal. Rptr. 2d 762 (2003) In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000, 145 F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D.Cal., 2001) Prudential Home Mort. Co. v. Superior Court 66 Cal.App.4th 1236 (1998) County of Sacramento v. Lewis, 523, U.S. 833, 140 L. Ed. 2d 1043, 118 S. Ct. 1708 (1998) Lewis v. Sacramento United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 98 F.3d 434, 65 USLW 2319, 96 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 7501, 96 Daily Journal D.A.R. 12353 (1996) Sigala (Rachelle) v. Anaheim City School District Court of Appeal, Fourth District, 19 Cal.Rptr.2d 38, 15 Cal.App.4th 661, 82 Ed. Law Rep. 143 (1993) Curry v. Continental Airlines 513 F. 2d 691 (9th Cir. 1975)
( Patent Law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1978 )
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

4.9/5.0 (6 reviews)
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