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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 of the United States of America.

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. 


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Practice areas


  1. Transportation: 20%
  2. Mass Disaster Litigation: 20%
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
  4. Catastrophic Injury: 20%
  5. Aviation: 20%



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Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

12100 Wilshire Boulevard
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

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

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

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



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Client Distinction AwardLexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell®2013
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerSouthern California Super Lawyers2005
Safety AwardNational Air Disaster Foundation2002
CertifiedPatent Law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office1978
Recommended High FlyerAviation Counsel MagazineN/A
Who's Who in the WestMarquis Who's WhoN/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
N/AMember at Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases2008 - 2010
MemberPlaintiffs' Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation2001 - 2004
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-00-1343-CAL, Alaska Airlines Crash2000 - 2003
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa1989 - 1992
Trial Counsel MemberUnited Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa1989 - 1992
Staff EngineerSouthern California Edison1968 - 1970
Association namePosition nameDuration
Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of New YorkN/A2009 - Present
Admission to U.S. Supreme CourtN/A1997 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of New YorkN/A1994 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitN/A1994 - Present
Admission to District of ColumbiaN/A1994 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A1991 - Present
Admission to U.S. Patent & Trademark OfficeN/A1978 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaN/A1977 - Present
Admission to CaliforniaN/A1973 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
Moot Court Judge, Pepperdine University School of LawN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Air and Space LawMemberN/A
American Association for Justice, Aviation Law SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Curry v. Continental Airlines, 513 F. 2d 691 (9th Cir. 1975)N/A
Sigala (Rachelle) v. Anaheim City School DistrictCourt of Appeal, Fourth District, 19 Cal.Rptr.2d 38 15 Cal.App.4th 661N/A
Lewis v. Sacramento, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 98 F.3d 434, 65 USLW 2319N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Findlaw Knowledge BaseWhat Does an FAA Shutdown Mean for US Airline Safety?2011
Findlaw Knowledge BaseAirline Faces More Than $1 Million in Penalties After FAA Investigation2011
Findlaw Knowledge BaseRecent Air Traffic Controller Lapses Reveal Airline Safety Gaps2011
Findlaw Knowledge Base"Airline Safety Statistics Suggest Domestic Progress, Global Challenges"2011
Findlaw Knowledge Base"New Federal Medevac Helicopter Safety Regulations Proposed"2010
Findlaw Knowledge BasePilot's Reaction Among Flight 3407 Crash Causes2009
Findlaw Knowledge BaseRegional Air Crash Inspires New Aviation Safety Legislation2009
Andrews Aviation Litigation Reporter"Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology2006
Lorman Education Services publication"Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California: The Law, The Traps, The Tricks", "Trying Your Case to Verdict or Settlement," "What Damages Do You Get?," "Quirks of Courts"2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
University of Michigan, Ann ArborN/ABS - Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law CommitteePlaintiff's Marketing Strategies In The New Millennium2006
Lorman Education ServicesSuccessful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California2002
Lorman Education ServicesSuccessful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California2001
Aviation and Space Law Committee"Safety in the Skies - Personnel and Parties in NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations2000
University of San Diego School of LawLewis v. Sacramento County Re: High Speed Police Pursuits1998
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMapping the Maze of Considerations in Disaster Litigation1996