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Bijan Esfandiari

Wrongful death Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

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Bijan Esfandiari is a pharmaceutical product liability litigation attorney and a senior shareholder at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman in Los Angeles. He has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts across the nation, at both the trial and appellate level, in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases.

He has participated in several cases that have shaped and developed the law for the benefit of injured victims and consumers of pharmaceutical products. In one case of first impression (a case that presents a new issue for legal interpretation), the Court agreed with Bijan’s argument and held that drug manufacturers owe an affirmative duty to warn regarding risks associated with children's off-label use.

Bijan’s published cases have also exposed reprehensible corporate conduct. In one instance, a federal court in Pennsylvania allowed Bijan’s clients to proceed with their punitive damages claims after finding that internal documents demonstrated the defendant had “acted with a wanton and willful disregard for the safety of its consumers.”

Where drug makers have tried to convince courts that federal preemption (the doctrine that federal law preempts conflicting state laws) grants them immunity from state lawsuits, Bijan has time and again prevented their escape. In Mason v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., the first and only prescription drug preemption case to be heard by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the drug makerargued that FDA approval of a drug shielded its manufacturer from fault even if the company later learned of harmful negative reactions. The court, however, sided with Bijan and held that plaintiffs’ claims were not preempted by federal law.

Bijan has likewise successfully opposed preemption in numerous other state and federal court cases. He co-authored amicus briefs in support of the respondents in the Supreme Court's landmark cases Wyeth v. Levine, 129 S.Ct. 1187 (2009) and Pliva v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567 (2011).  Bijan received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude, 1999) and J.D. degree from UCLA. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars for five years in a row and has an Avvo.com rating of 10 out of 10: Superb.

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Licensed for 20 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 08/06/2022

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Contact Bijan

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
11111 Santa Monica Blvd.
Ste. 1750
Los Angeles, CA, 90025

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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2021
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Wonderful lawyer and person
These guys are truly so passionate and caring for their clients. I’ve never worked with any lawyers who have cared so much. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a team to represent them. They work as a group and handle each case as if it was their family member.

Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
  • 2002 - 2007

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008)
  • Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008)
  • Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008
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Associations

  • Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • 2013 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2011 - Present
  • Admission to the US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • 2009 - Present
  • The American Association of Justice-Products Liability Section, STEP-Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Admission to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • 2008 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • 2008 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 2008 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • 2008 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • 2005 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • 2005 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • 2002 - Present
  • Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • 2002 - Present
  • Admission to California
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • N/A
  • UCLA School of Law Moot Court Honors Program
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2001
  • UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • Farsi

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Southern California Super Lawyers
  • 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
  • Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Moot Court Honors Program
  • UCLA School of Law
  • N/A
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Publications

  • The Advocate
  • "Outsmarting the 'Learned-Intermediary Doctrine' Defense"
  • 2010
  • Marketing Management - Marketing Law
  • Caught Without a License
  • 2007
  • American Bar Association publication
  • YouTube Sued: It’s a Riot
  • 2006
  • IP Law
  • Camisoles - Providing Thin Protection
  • 2006
  • ABA Tort Trial & Practice Section, Intellectual Property Law Committee Newsletter
  • Grokster: Inducing Further Litigation
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 AAJ Annual Convention
  • Status of Cases That Have Survived Preemption Motions and Discovery Strategies and Different Venue Options
  • 2014
  • Mass Torts Made Perfect
  • Status of the Infuse Litigation
  • 2013
  • The Ethics of Ghost Authorship in Biomedical Research: Concerns and Remedies Workshop
  • Legal Implications of Pharmaceutical Ghostwriting
  • 2011
  • ABA Forum on Communications Law
  • Oral Advocacy Competition Participant
  • 2007
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association - Intellectual Property, Entertainment Law & Internet Law Section
  • "Strategies for Litigating Copyright Cases When Infringement is Uncontested"
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Sep 30
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Personal injury Attorney | May 22
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"I endorse Bijan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Jan 30
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 24
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Class action Attorney | Aug 24
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Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Aug 24
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Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
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"The Lassen Law Firm endorses this top-notch lawyer."
Class action Attorney | Oct 11
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Class action Attorney | Aug 18
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 18
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Wrongful death Attorney | Aug 18
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 18
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Wrongful death Attorney | Aug 17
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Los Angeles Wrongful death Lawyer Bijan Esfandiari
Bijan Esfandiari
Wrongful death Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 20 years
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