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A. Ilyas Akbari is an attorney and a shareholder at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, where he focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death cases primarily stemming from commercial transportation accidents and pharmaceutical product liability. Ilyas holds a bioengineering degree which continues to serve him well in the investigation and discovery involved in litigation.

The story of Ilyas' career is one of overcoming obstacles and adversity in pursuit of the American Dream. At the young age of three, the Akbaris escaped from their native Afghanistan, which was on the brink of a war with the Soviets that would last nearly 10 years.

The Akbaris spent their life savings immigrating to California, where Ilyas' mother and father learned English and forged a life for themselves. His parents dreamed of seeing Ilyas graduate from college, and that dream came true in 2000 when Ilyas received a degree in bioengineering from U.C. San Diego. He then went to Southwestern Law School, where he was President of the Student Bar Association.

After leaving Southwestern, Ilyas worked as a defense lawyer, where he gained valuable insight into the opposing side of the courtroom. His passion for helping others soon guided him to Baum Hedlund, where his background in science has made him invaluable in case after case. Be it investigating chemical reactions associated with drug side effects or painstakingly researching the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries, Ilyas is truly in his element when he is able to blend his expertise in law and science.

Ilyas has handled many airplane and helicopter crash cases for the firm, including one that sent him and other Baum Hedlund attorneys to South America, where they investigated the wreckage of the first downed Robinson R66 helicopter on behalf of the two men killed. Ilyas was also part of the team of Baum Hedlund Attorneys that secured the largest truck accident verdicts for an unmarried person in the state of Ohio's history.

In addition to his success in the courtroom, Ilyas has also served in many Plaintiffs' Committees throughout the years, including the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for the Colgan Air crash near Buffalo, New York in 2009, the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for the Bisphenal-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Product Liability litigation and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Heparin Products Liability Action.

His growing list of accolades includes selections to the Southern California Super Lawyers® Rising Stars for seven years, a 10 out of 10 Superb Score from, and an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell®.


Languages spoken: Farsi

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Practice areas


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

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
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
AV Peer Review RatedLexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell2013
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2008
Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersLexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell2008
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentStudent Bar Association2001 - 2002
Founding Vice PresidentInternational Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leadership Member, Ad hoc, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214 litigation, MDL-2497, in re Air Crash at San FranciscoMember2013 - Present
North American Brain Injury SocietyMember2010 - Present
California Brain Injury AssociationMember2010 - Present
Brain Injury Association of AmericaMember2010 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of New YorkN/A2009 - Present
Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009Member2009 - Present
Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1967 In Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, 2009Member2009 - Present
Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationMember2009 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of MissouriN/A2008 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of OhioN/A2008 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of LouisianaN/A2008 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A2006 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaN/A2006 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaN/A2003 - Present
Admission to CaliforniaN/A2003 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
The American Association for Justice, Aviation Law SectionMemberN/A
Beverly Hills Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Lawyer-Pilots Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
Sangam Community Service OrganizationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice Products Liability Section NewsletterThe Exclusionary Rule in Strict Liability Cases: A Defect in the Law2010
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of California - San DiegoBioengineeringBS - Bachelor of Science2000