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J. Clark Aristei is of counsel to 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.

In 2000, Clark served as co-counsel on one trial and lead counsel on two other trials involving the 1993 Sunset Limited Amtrak derailment into a bayou near Mobile, Alabama. Only four cases went to trial. 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. 


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Practice areas


  1. Trucking Accident: 20%
  2. Aviation: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
  5. Litigation: 20%



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Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman PC

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

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

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

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201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 2500
New Orleans, LA, 70170

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113 S. Monroe Street
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Tallahassee, FL, 32301



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers In America2013
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2005
Aviation Safety AwardNational Air Disaster Foundation2002
RecipientAmerican Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law1973
Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional LawThompson West1973
Client Distinction AwardLexis Nexis Martindale HubbellN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's WhoN/A
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's WhoN/A
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's WhoN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel & Steering Committee MemberGlendale Metrolink Derailment Cases2005 - Present
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee MemberPlaChatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California2008 - 2010
Trial Co-Counsel1998 Bell Helicopter crash in Los Angeles, California2006 - 2006
Trial Co-Counsel2004 Tyson Foods truck crash near Crestline, Ohio2004 - 2007
Trial Team MemberAirborne Charter Inc./Avjet, Aspen, Colorado2001 - 2003
Lead Trial CounselTwo trials as a result of the 1993 Sunset Limited Amtrak derailment near Mobile, Alabama2000 - 2000
Lead Plantiffs' CounselCoordinated Discovery Cases, Southwest Airlines Flight 14552000 - 2003
Adjunct Professor of LawUniversity of West Los Angeles School of Law1986 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of WisconsinN/A2010 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of IllinoisN/A2006 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh CircuitN/A1997 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkN/A1996 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A1993 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaN/A1979 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaN/A1975 - Present
Admission to California N/A1975 - Present
California Farm Bureau FederationMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc.,208 F.R.D. 617 (C.D.Cal. 2002)N/A
In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000N/A
Cheng v. United Airlines, Inc. 1995 WL 42157 (N.D. Ill. 1995) reconsideration denied by Cheng v. United Airlines, Inc. 1995N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services"Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California: Trying Your Case to Verdict or Settlement"2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
California State University, Long BeachN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1971
Los Angeles Harbor CollegeN/AAA - Associate of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services"Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California"2001