Ronald L. M. Goldman

Ronald L. M. Goldman: Attorney with Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.


Ronald L. M. Goldman is a veteran trial lawyer, board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. He is a senior partner and the senior trial attorney for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. Since becoming a lawyer more than 50 years ago, Ron has handled a wide variety of sophisticated litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and he has litigated hundreds of cases involving personal injury and wrongful death related to commercial transportation liability and to drug product liability.

He is a pilot and the head of the firm’s aviation disaster litigation team. Ron 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. He also taught courses in Torts, Insurance Law, Legal Writing and Analysis. 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 firm’s general aviation and airline disaster cases.He was the lead negotiator in one of the firm’s 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’s expertise extends far beyond aviation into many forms of commercial transportation accidents. Due to his experience with train accident cases, he was chosen as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink train collision in California, which is the deadliest train accident in Metrolink’s history. He also litigated the fatal 2012 CSX Coal Train Derailment in Ellicott City, Maryland. Ron was involved in ground-breaking pharmaceutical litigation which helped pave the way for the drug product liability litigation lawyers are facing today. In the 1960s he was actively involved in exposing Richardson-Merrell’s (later known as Marion Merrell Dow) cholesterol-lowering drug, MER/29 (triparanol), which was blamed for severe side effects and birth defects. The company was ultimately indicted for supplying the FDA with falsified information about the drug.

He is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated lawyer through Martindale Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2017 (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). He is also published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters and has been selected for inclusion in the 2005-2017 Southern California Super Lawyers®. As lead trial counsel, Ron won one of the largest verdicts of its type in Ohio’s history in December of 2006. The case concerned an unmarried person who died in a Tyson Foods truck crash. The case, Brumfield v. Tyson Foods, Inc., N.D. Ohio Case No. 1:05CV847, before Judge Donald C. Nugent, resulted in a jury verdict of $7,028,687.

Ron Goldman has appeared in the media more than 2,000 times concerning aviation accidents and pharmaceutical drug product liability, including safety oversight issues. Numerous media have sought Ron’s 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,, 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.

Awards and Honors: AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell® The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 – 2018 (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC) Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award Top 100: 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers® Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2005 – 2018 Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009 Superb Score 10 out of 10 Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum America’s Top 100 Attorneys – Lifetime Achievement Recipient Published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ Who’s Who in America

Litigation Leadership: Leadership Member, Ad hoc, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214 litigation, MDL-2497, in re Air Crash at San Francisco, on July 6, 2013 Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009 (Colgan Air dba Continental Connection) Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1967 In Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, 2009 Leadership Group, East Coast Jets, Owatonna, Minnesota, July 31, 2008 Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008 Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1953, Heparin Products Liability Litigation Lead Trial Counsel, 2006; 2004 Tyson Foods truck crash near Crestline, Ohio Lead Trial Counsel, 2006; 1998 Bell Helicopter crash in Los Angeles, California Member, Lead Trial Counsel, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel for the Coordinated Discovery Cases, Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 accident, Burbank, California, 2000

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Appellate
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Aviation Products Liability
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Drug and Medical Device Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Train Derailments
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Airplane Crash Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
310-694-5913  Phone
800-827-0087  Phone
310-820-7444  Fax
University Attended:
University of Southern California, B.S.L., 1960
Law School Attended:
University of Southern California, J.D., 1962
Year of First Admission:
1972, United Kingdom Court of Inquiry; 1979, District of Columbia; 1963, California; 2009, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York; 2006, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 2009, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; 1970, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1973, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1963, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1983, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 2008, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois; 1974, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2012, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 2008, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 2006, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 1971, U.S. Supreme Court
State Bar of California District of Columbia Bar National Board of Trial Advocacy The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; Aviation Law Section; Heparin Litigation Group; Medtronic InFUSE® Litigation Group; Qui Tam Litigation Group; Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) American Bar Association: The Forum on Air and Space Law; Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Consumer Attorneys of California Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Los Angeles County Bar Association Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association International Bar Association, Aviation Law Committee Legal Expert Witness, Westlaw Round Table Group, 2012 Life Member, Ostriches Anonymous Association (OAA), Promoting Aviation Safety and Risk Awareness Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Public Justice World Jurist Association of the World Peace Through Law Center Founding Member, World Association of Law Professors of the World Peace Through Law Center American Academy of Trial Attorneys
Birth Information:
New York, New York, 1937
Reported Cases:
Selke v. Germanwings GmbH, 261 F. Supp. 3d 645 (E.D. Va. 2017) (Virginia court had personal jurisdiction over a German airline, involving Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany, whose pilot committed suicide by crashing the plane into the French Alps and killing all 150 on board, because the airline sold its tickets to passengers that resided in Virginia through its authorized agent, United Airlines) Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 701 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D.Ind.2010) (denying defendant’s learned intermediary defense and further allowing plaintiffs’ experts to testify regarding the causal association between antidepressants and increased suicidal behavior) Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008) Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008) (holding that a drug manufacturer owes a duty to warn regarding risks associated with off-label uses and allowing plaintiffs’ claims for compensatory and punitive damages to proceed to the jury) Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008) (holding that plaintiffs’ claims are not preempted by federal law) Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008) (granting plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration and holding that plaintiff’s claims are not preempted by federal law) McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc. 208 F.R.D. 617 (C.D.Cal. 2002) McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc. 211 F.R.D. 381 (C.D.Cal., 2002) Brooks vs. St. Mary’s Hospital 57 C.A.4th 241, 66 C.R.2d 820 (1997) [Preemption Doctrine/Constitutional Law] [Case settled pending re-hearing; depublished] In Re Aircrash Disaster Near Cerritos, DiCosta vs. Aeronaves de Mexico, SA 973 F.2d 1490 (9th Cir. 1992) [Emotional Distress] Gradus vs. Hanson Aviation 158 C.A.3d 1038, 205 C.R. 211 (1984) [Duty of common carrier (see BAJI 6.51); Fed. Avi. Regs., Part 135, Res Ipsa Loquitur, Negligence] [Closing argument published by Million Dollar Verdicts by Western Masters] Harris Corp. vs. Comair 712 F.2d 1069 (6th Cir. 1983) [Right of employer to collect for death of employee; Avi. Accid. Law; Conflict of laws, Negligence] Sevilla vs. Stearns-Roger, Inc. 101 C.A.3d 608, 161 C.R. 700 (1980) [Product Liability] Flashman v. Superior Court (Pacific Southwest Airlines) 107 Cal.App.3d 117, 165 Cal.Rptr. 680, Cal.App. 4 Dist. (1980) [Coordination and venue] La Pietra vs. Freed 87 C.A.3d 384, 151 C.R. 554 (1979) [Arbitration] Cable vs. Sahara Tahoe Corp. 93 C.A.3d 1025, 155 C.R. 770 (1979) [Conflict of laws] Benjamins vs. British European Airways 572 F.2d 913 (2nd Cir. 1978) [Warsaw Convention] Baxter vs. Superior Court 19 C.3d 461, 138 C.R. 315 (1977) [Loss of consortium] Drenzek vs. Inmont Corp. 57 C.A.3d 878, 129 C.R. 429 (1976) [Assumption of Risk] Dassin vs. Darlene Knitwear 387 F.Supp. 958 (USDC, D.Puerto Rico–1974) [In personam jurisdiction] Cacciaguidi v. Elliott 39 Cal.App.3d 261, 114 Cal.Rptr. 93, 39 Cal. Comp. Cases 963, Cal.App. 2 Dist. (1974) People vs. Powell 14 C.A.3d 693, 92 C.R. 501 (1971) [Felony murder rule] U.S.A. vs. Moore 427 F.2d 1020 (10th Cir.–1970) [Administrative Law; equitable relief, injunctions]
( Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification )
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 04/26/13 in Airplane Crash Litigation

    I have known Mr. Goldman professionally for approximately 15 years. We have litigated cases on the opposite side he as the attorney for the plaintiff and me as an attorney for the defendant. I have found Mr. Goldman to be extremely competent and e... Read more

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    I have known Mr. Goldman professionally for approximately 15 years. We have litigated cases on the opposite side he as the attorney for the plaintiff and me as an attorney for the defendant. I have found Mr. Goldman to be extremely competent and ethical in all responsibilities. I would rate him in the highest category for both ethical standards and legal ability. Read less

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