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Michael Lin Baum

Michael Lin Baum

Practice areas:

Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Consumer Protection, Class Action, Defective and Dangerous Products

About Me

Michael L. Baum is the senior managing partner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. He has successfully led the firm through thousands of wrongful death and personal injury cases stemming from major pharmaceutical drug catastrophes and commercial transportation mass disasters.


He began his career more than 25 years ago, primarily handling airline accidents and other commercial transportation disasters as well as some pharmaceutical product liability litigation. While he oversees all aspects of managing the firm, Michael currently heads the firm’s pharmaceutical litigation department and focuses on drug product liability mass tort and class action litigation as well as whistleblower qui-tam actions.


Under Michael’s leadership, Baum Hedlund has developed a reputation as a law firm that can be counted upon to go above and beyond what is needed to get the job done; a firm that has successfully litigated personal injury, wrongful death and consumer fraud cases against major pharmaceutical companies such as Alpha Therapeutic, Armour Pharmaceutical Co., Baxter Health Care Corp, Bayer Corp., Cutter Biologicals, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer.   


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1985

  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 20%
  2. Class Action: 20%
  3. Consumer Protection: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
  5. Wrongful Death: 20%



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Attorney Endorsements

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Contact Info

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman PC

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

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman PC

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

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman PC

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

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

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

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

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



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Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Personal Injury Law - PlaintiffLead Counsel Rated2013
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2008
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
National Air Disaster Foundation Safety AwardNational Air Disaster Foundation2002
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's WhoN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's WhoN/A
Who's Who in the WorldMarquis Who's WhoN/A
Recommended High FlyerAviation Counsel MagazineN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberScience Committee, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, In Re: Zoloft (Sertraline Hydrochloride) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2342, before the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania2012 - Present
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP 4696) In re Actos Product Liability Cases, Los Angeles, California2012 - Present
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation2000 - 2003
Trial Team MemberConsolidated Hemophilia-AIDS Cases1999 - 2002
Lead CounselConsolidated Complex Biological-Medical Products Liability Cases1997 - 2001
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 1041, USAir 1016 Aircrash1994 - 1997
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, Illinois State Court Proceedings for USAir 427 Aircrash1994 - 1997
Trial Team MemberUSAir 1016 Aircrash of Charlotte, North Carolina1994 - 1997
Trial Team MemberUnited Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa1991 - 1992
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 891, Northwest Airlines Crash1990 - 1993
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Crash1989 - 1992

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, First CircuitN/A2013 - Present
American Association of JusticeActos Bladder Cancer Litigation Group2012 - Present
American Association of JusticeQui Tam Litigation Group2011 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of WisconsinMember2009 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Westen District of New YorkN/A2009 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh CircuitN/A1997 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth CircuitN/A1996 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkN/A1996 - Present
Admission to District of ColumbiaN/A1993 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of MichiganN/A1991 - Present
Admission to U.S. Supreme CourtN/A1991 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitN/A1990 - Present
Admission to US District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A1989 - Present
Admission to US District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaN/A1989 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaN/A1986 - Present
Admission to CaliforniaN/A1985 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability LitigationMemberN/A
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of OhioN/AN/A
Advocate, Public Citizen's Civil Justice ProjectMemberN/A
Public Citizen's Civil Justice ProjectSupporterN/A
The District of Columbia BarMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Grisham v. Philip Morris USA, 482 F. 3d 1131 (9th Cir. 2007)N/A
Smith v. Cutter Biological, 770 So. 2d 392 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2000)N/A
Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070N/A

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of California - Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude1982

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Selling Sickness 2013, People Before Profits,Roundtable: Legal Issues2013
CAOC 52nd Annual ConventionActos Bladder Cancer Litigation Status Update2013
AAJ Plaintiff Trial Lawyers and presented with Mass Torts Made PerfectLitigation Update and Trial Analysis Roundtable: “Actos Trial Analysis”2013
Plaintiff Forum on Pharmaceutical Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Actos, and Orthopedic DevicesCase Theories, Challenges and Case Selection Considerations for Your Actos Inventory2012
Taiwan’s Ministry of Health emergency meetingHemophilia HIV contaminated medication2004