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Bijan Esfandiari is a pharmaceutical product liability litigation attorney and shareholder at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman in Los Angeles. He has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts across the nation, at both the trial and appellate level, in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases.

He has participated in several cases that have shaped and developed the law for the benefit of injured victims and consumers of pharmaceutical products. In one case of first impression (a case that presents a new issue for legal interpretation), the Court agreed with Bijan’s argument and held that drug manufacturers owe an affirmative duty to warn regarding risks associated with children's off-label use.

Bijan’s published cases have also exposed reprehensible corporate conduct. In one instance, a federal court in Pennsylvania allowed Bijan’s clients to proceed with their punitive damages claims after finding that internal documents demonstrated the defendant had “acted with a wanton and willful disregard for the safety of its consumers.”

Where drug makers have tried to convince courts that federal preemption (the doctrine that federal law preempts conflicting state laws) grants them immunity from state lawsuits, Bijan has time and again prevented their escape. In Mason v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., the first and only prescription drug preemption case to be heard by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the drug makerargued that FDA approval of a drug shielded its manufacturer from fault even if the company later learned of harmful negative reactions. The court, however, sided with Bijan and held that plaintiffs’ claims were not preempted by federal law.

Bijan has likewise successfully opposed preemption in numerous other state and federal court cases. He co-authored amicus briefs in support of the respondents in the Supreme Court's landmark cases Wyeth v. Levine, 129 S.Ct. 1187 (2009) and Pliva v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567 (2011).  Bijan received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude, 1999) and J.D. degree from UCLA. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars for five years in a row and has an rating of 10 out of 10: Superb.


Languages spoken: Farsi

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Practice areas


  1. Defective Products: 20%
  2. Class Action: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Litigation: 20%
  5. Wrongful Death: 20%



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Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

12100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 950
Los Angeles, CA, 90025-7107

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman PC

1250 24th Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20037

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman PC

1500 Market Street
12th Floor East Tower
Philadelphia, PA, 19102

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113 S. Monroe Street
1st Floor
Tallahassee, FL, 32301

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201 St. Charles Avenue
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New Orleans, LA, 70170



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersLexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell2008
Moot Court Honors ProgramUCLA School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateSedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP2002 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals for the First CircuitN/A2013 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaMember2012 - Present
Admission to U.S. Supreme CourtN/A2011 - Present
Admission to the US Court of Appeals, Seventh CircuitN/A2009 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of WisconsinN/A2008 - Present
Admission to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third CircuitN/A2008 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth CircuitN/A2008 - Present
The American Association of Justice-Products Liability Section, STEP-Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts SectionMember2008 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of MichiganN/A2008 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaN/A2005 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A2005 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitN/A2002 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaN/A2002 - Present
Admission to CaliforniaN/A2002 - Present
UCLA School of Law Moot Court Honors ProgramMember2000 - 2001
UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign AffairsMember1999 - 2000
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008)N/A
Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008)N/A
Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
PLOS Medicine"Challenging Medical Ghostwriting in US Courts"2012
Salient NewsReason Magazine Perpetuates False Information About Safety and Efficacy of Antidepressants2011
Mealey's Emerging Drugs and DevicesLevine To Mensing - A Journey From the Sublime to the Ridiculous2011
The Advocate"Outsmarting the 'Learned-Intermediary Doctrine' Defense"2010
LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Emerging Drugs & Devices, Volume 14, Issue #10"Preemption's Requiem in the Wake of Wyeth v. Levine"2009
Lexis Nexis Mealey's Litigation Report: Antidepressant ReportComplete Tort Immunity For Drug Manufacturers Is Bad For The Public Health: A Commentary On Colacicco v. Apotex And Other Recent Preemption Decisions2008
Marketing Management - Marketing LawCaught Without a License2007
American Bar Association publicationYouTube Sued: It’s a Riot2006
IP LawCamisoles - Providing Thin Protection2006
ABA Tort Trial & Practice Section, Intellectual Property Law Committee NewsletterGrokster: Inducing Further Litigation2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2014 AAJ Annual ConventionStatus of Cases That Have Survived Preemption Motions and Discovery Strategies and Different Venue Options2014
People Before ProfitsPanel: Corruption2013
Mass Torts Made PerfectStatus of the Infuse Litigation2013
Actos and Pelvic Mesh Litigation Update“Living with the Mensing Decision”2012
The Ethics of Ghost Authorship in Biomedical Research: Concerns and Remedies WorkshopLegal Implications of Pharmaceutical Ghostwriting2011
ABA Forum on Communications LawOral Advocacy Competition Participant2007
San Fernando Valley Bar Association - Intellectual Property, Entertainment Law & Internet Law Section"Strategies for Litigating Copyright Cases When Infringement is Uncontested"2006