Paul J. Hedlund

Paul J. Hedlund: Attorney with Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.


Paul J. Hedlund is a veteran trial lawyer and senior partner for the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, where he focuses his practice on commercial transportation litigation. Paul has spent over 25 years at his firm, handling over a thousand cases across the nation stemming from aviation, trucking, bus and train crashes. Paul was part of the Baum Hedlund legal team that represented some of the victims of the Air Midwest Flight 5481 plane crash, in which 21 people aboard the plane were killed. In the wake of this tragedy, Paul and his partners were able to successfully negotiate an unprecedented public apology from Air Midwest's president as part of the terms of the settlement. Although a substantial monetary settlement was also involved, the clients' primary focus had been to require accountability by the defendants, either by trial or by public apology, for the operation, maintenance and design deficiencies that caused the aircrash. A trial was avoided as a result of the public apology by Air Midwest and Vertex.Additionally, Paul was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in aviation cases stemming from the United Airlines Flight 232 crash in Sioux City and the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 off the coast of California, along with the September 11, 2001 tort litigation and the 2008 Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth, California. He is also one of only a small number of attorneys to argue a wrongful death case before the Supreme Court.Over the years, Paul's degree in mechanical engineering has served him well in transportation litigation. In 1990, he was the only attorney to testify in front of the California State Legislature Seismic Safety Commission at a hearing concerning the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake. Paul was also the only attorney to testify at a 2005 California state hearing concerning train configurations and safety after the deadly Metrolink train crash in Glendale. In addition to receiving the highest rating possible from both the Martindale Hubbell's AV Peer Rating and Avvo, Paul has been interviewed on numerous occasions for national news programs on networks such as CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, MSNBC and NPR, just to name a few. He has also been featured in print periodicals like Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Associated Press.

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

(Also at Los Angeles, California Office)

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:
registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; 1991, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1994, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits; 1977, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 2009, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York; 1973, California; 1997, U.S. Supreme Court
State Bar of California American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum American Association for Justice: Aviation Law Section American Association for Justice: Railroad Law Section
Birth Information:
Abington, Pennsylvania, 1946
Reported Cases:
Curry v. Continental Airlines, 513 F. 2d 691 (9th Cir. 1975); 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); 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); County of Sacramento v. Lewis, 523, U.S. 833, 140 L. Ed. 2d 1043, 118 S. Ct. 1708 (1998); Prudential Home Mort. Co. v. Superior Court, 66 Cal.App.4th 1236 (1998); In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000, 145 F.Supp.2d 1156 (N.D.Cal., 2001); Butler v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., 109 Cal.App.4th; 135 Cal. Rptr. 2d 762 (2003).
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

Washington, District of Columbia

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