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 Avvo.com, and an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell®.
Languages spoken: Farsi
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rated||Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell||2013|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2010|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2009|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2008|
|Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell||2008|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2007|
|President||Student Bar Association||2001 - 2002|
|Founding Vice President||International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers||1999 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Leadership Member, Ad hoc, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214 litigation, MDL-2497, in re Air Crash at San Francisco||Member||2013 - Present|
|North American Brain Injury Society||Member||2010 - Present|
|California Brain Injury Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Brain Injury Association of America||Member||2010 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of New York||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009||Member||2009 - Present|
|Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1967 In Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, 2009||Member||2009 - Present|
|Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana||N/A||2008 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of California||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of California||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Admission to California||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|The American Association for Justice, Aviation Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Beverly Hills Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles||Member||N/A|
|Sangam Community Service Organization||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|American Association for Justice Products Liability Section Newsletter||The Exclusionary Rule in Strict Liability Cases: A Defect in the Law||2010|
|Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars||http://baumhedlundlaw.com/pdf/Akbari_LXRS10_e-print.pdf||2010|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of California - San Diego||Bioengineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||2000|