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Michael Lin Baum

Personal injury Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

4.9   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 30 years
    California - CA 38 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Class action
    20%

  2. Consumer protection
    20%

  3. Defective and dangerous products
    20%
    Gardasil vaccine injuries, Zantac injuries, Toxic baby food injuries

  4. Personal injury
    20%
    Pharmaceutical drug injuries Medical Device injuries

  5. Wrongful death
    20%
    Pharmaceutical drug injuries Medical Device injuries

Michael L. Baum is the senior partner of Wisner Baum (formerly Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman). For 29 years he was Baum Hedlund’s managing partner until 2023 when he proudly turned over the reins to R. Brent Wisner. During his time at the helm, he led the firm through thousands of wrongful death and personal injury cases stemming from harmful major pharmaceutical drugs, consumer products, and commercial transportation.

He began his career in 1985, primarily handling airline accidents and other commercial transportation disasters but then turned his focus to pharmaceutical product liability litigation, harmful, medical devices, dangerous herbicides, and consumer products.

“When I became an attorney in 1985, we were the new kids on the block. We only had dreams of achieving the success we now enjoy,” Michael Baum says. “Our ethos from the beginning was pure and simple: we wanted to use the law to help people who had been wronged and make the world a better place. As much as we have grown over the years, that philosophy has remained, and out of it grew a culture that has attracted talented lawyers like Brent who share the same mission. He is exactly the kind of lawyer and leader that will take this firm to new heights. Wisner Baum is in good hands.”

Under Michael’s leadership, we 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 known for its cutting-edge, superior legal work in complex litigation. Michael’s ceaseless advocacy in pharmaceutical and consumer fraud litigation has brought our firm international recognition.

Michael is very proud of the work we did in the tainted hemophilia medication litigation. In 1999, Michael served on the trial team in the only Hemophiliac AIDS case to go before a jury. Michael and the trial team represented Leo and Shirley Dixon, whose son, Ken Dixon, contracted the HIV virus and AIDS allegedly as a result of using hemophilia medication contaminated with HIV.

Evidence presented at trial showed the medication Ken Dixon used was plasma-derived medication contaminated from the use of high-risk donors with the HIV virus. The jurors found that two of the medication manufacturers, Cutter Biological and Alpha Therapeutics, were strictly liable for product liability, negligence, and fraud. The jurors further found that after Ken Dixon initially was infected with the AIDS virus (which was not known to him at the time), the continued use of the contaminated products further aggravated Ken’s condition, exacerbating and accelerating the development of AIDS. The jury awarded Leo and Shirley Dixon $35.3 million in survival and wrongful death damages. Although the judge overturned the verdict based on a technical issue, the verdict provided essential justice for not only the Dixon family but for hemophiliacs across the country who have suffered and died as a result of their HIV-infected medication.

Fast-forward twenty years later, to find Michael continuing to fight for those injured by Big Pharma products. The National Law Journal recognized Michael and his team as 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers and Pharmaceutical Litigation first place winners for their unprecedented jury verdict against a brand-name drug manufacturer (GSK) for the wrongful death of a man who took a generic form of Paxil.

Michael served on the trial team for three of the first Monsanto Roundup lawsuits to go before juries. In the first trial, Michael and a team of lawyers represented Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a Benicia, California school district groundskeeper, who alleged exposure to Monsanto herbicides caused him to develop terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A jury in San Francisco unanimously awarded Mr. Johnson $289M in compensatory and punitive damages, finding that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression, or fraud. This award was later reduced to $20.5 million.

In the wake of this groundbreaking verdict, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 recognized Michael and his team as the 2019 Trial Team of the Year in the Mass Torts category.

The second Roundup lawsuit to proceed to trial, Hardeman v. Monsanto Company, resulted in an $80 million jury verdict (later reduced to $25.2 million). In May of 2019, the third Roundup cancer trial culminated in a historic $2.055 billion verdict (later reduced to $87 million) in favor of a Bay Area couple who alleged years of exposure to Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The Pilliod verdict was the largest verdict in California and the second largest in the U.S. in 2019. It is also the ninth largest verdict in U.S. history. The Pilliod trial team has received numerous awards and accolades following this landmark verdict, including 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers Mass Tort Law Firm of the Year Finalist, Top 100 Verdicts 2019 by ALM and the National Law Journal and Daily Journal Top Verdicts 2019.

In addition, his firm is known for successfully resolving major transportation disaster cases against companies such as Airbus, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Amtrak, Bell Helicopter Co., Beechcraft, Boeing, Cessna, China Eastern Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, EgyptAir, Ford Motor Co., McDonnell Douglas, Piper, Robinson Helicopter Co., Sikorsky, SwissAir, TACA Airlines, TWA, United Airlines, and US Airways, among many others.
As part of the plaintiffs’ trial team for families who lost loved ones in the 1989 United 232 Sioux City, Iowa, crash, Michael found the smoking gun document that showed General Electric’s engineers’ graphs predicting the next DC 10 engine failure, which happened to be the date of the United 232 crash five years later.

“Rigorously investigating and litigating the types of devastating cases we handle on a daily basis requires relentless focus and dedication to our clients’ causes. Approaching things from the perspective that every problem has an optimum solution waiting to be apprehended simplifies our team’s outlook on every aspect of each case we handle.”

Michael was invited to speak before governmental and regulatory entities on several occasions concerning serious health hazards exposed, in part, due to his firm’s litigation. He testified in Brussels at a public hearing before the European Parliament’s Special Committee Hearing on the EU’s authorization procedure for pesticides (PEST), concerning environment impacts of pesticides, including Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. He and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. delivered the keynote address to members of the European Green Party at the start of their pesticides hearing during that same trip. He and his partner, R. Brent Wisner, also briefed members of Parliament of Canada’s Green Party about the first Roundup cancer verdict we helped obtain, as well as the evidence we presented at that trial. As a result of his groundbreaking work on the Monsanto Roundup cases, Politico EU chose Michael as one of five "changemakers" in the world making waves in pesticides policy.

Medical officials from foreign governments in countries such as Ireland, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan have sought Michael’s advice and assistance with their countries’ public policies concerning consumer drug safety. They’ve done so after becoming aware of Michael’s impressive understanding of biomedical research, clinical trials, statistics, the pharmaceutical industry and marketing, as well as his firm’s successful and effective discovery procedures and extensive work with experts on complicated scientific issues related to our firm’s pharmaceutical litigation.

 

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Location

Wisner Baum
11111 Santa Monica Blvd.
Ste. 1750
Los Angeles, CA, 90025
Wisner Baum
2101 L Street NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC, 20037
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Posted by Laura | November 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of legal service
I was very pleased with the legal team at Wisner Baum. From our first phone consultation, everything was explained to me in terms I could easily understand. Although there were bumps along the way, I felt like the overall case was seamless. This is mainly due to our paralegal, Danielle. Danielle was not only extremely knowledgeable, but she was highly sensitive and supportive throughout the case. She made herself available to speak with me at any hour of the day or night—and I do mean ANY hour. Danielle made certain I was aware of what was happening during all of the phases of the case and listened to all of my concerns. As a matter of fact, I would reach out to her during the heights of trauma (from the circumstances of the case) to ask for her help. She always patiently and compassionately obliged. Many times I wanted to throw in the towel because it felt like too much to deal with, on top of what I was already dealing with, as a result of the damages incurred from the defendant in our case. I am so thankful that Danielle encouraged me to hang in there. The judgment was definitely worth all of the effort put forth into the case!
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Posted by James | October 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client.
I am very pleased with the consultations the advice and service that I have received. I feel that they are very knowledgeable and truly care about my circumstance. This is a firm that I would highly recommend to anyone. And I really thank them for all that they are doing, And I am more than just pleased I am very Confident, And at ease that everything will Settle properly. Thank you for this opportunity to express My confidence and my excitement for working with this firm.
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Posted by joe bradley | December 16, 2022
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joe bradley
the firm has passion and compassion very professional, Danielle English is very pleasant and easy to talk to
Posted by Darcy | December 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional & Caring
I have complete confidence that my family is well-represented. We have worked with paralegal, Danielle English. Her professionalism is excellent, we feel we are in good hands. Our case has taken many years and Danielle keeps us informed and explains every step of the way. I am thankful for the peace in knowing that each case is handled in its own unique and individual way!
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2022
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Paralegal
I’ve gotten quality advice from this company for several years, they have truly been helpful. Danielle English has helped me with several issues and concerns, she always explains things to me throughly to make sure that I have a solid understanding. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who is looking for legal advice.
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Posted by Barbara | October 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great law firm. Compassion and hard working for the little guy.
I cannot say enough about the law firm of Baum Hedlund. I contacted them because my prior firm did absolutely nothing. First off, they are caring and compassionate. I noticed that from the start. My paralegal/case manager, Danielle English, was on my case from the get-go. She listened to my story, to my concerns, and has emailed me frequent updates on my case. If I have any questions, she is available for a call and responds quickly to email. Without hesitation, I would recommend this firm wholeheartedly.
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Posted by Terry | October 2, 2022
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Wrongful Death
Baum Hedlund Aristei Goldman PC has been exceptional to work with on my case. In particular Danielle English has been a pleasure to work with directly. Danielle has made a very difficult process easier to deal with. Highly recommend.
Response from Michael Baum October 19, 2022
I am so pleased to hear you are happy with our representation and that Danielle has been so helpful. She is a gem and has been with our firm for more than 20 years. We deeply appreciate your recommendation. It is an honor to represent you.
Posted by Ramona | August 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Paralegal commendation
Would like to commend your associate, paralegal Danielle English for providing excellent customer service. Her professionalism, and aim to please attitude is much appreciated. She truly deserves recognition for her excellence.
Posted by Karen | November 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent firm
I have been working with Danielle since August 2017. Danielle gives 110% to details in your case. She makes herself available after normal work hours and always keeps me updated. Danielle makes it easier to talk about traumatic events. I would recommend the firm and so glad I have them fighting for me.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Danielle English
After initial contact 2016. I've been receiving help and info from Danielle. Copies, all mailings explanations phone contact anything I might need. Danielle takes care of it or delegates it. I contact her, within hours or next day I have answers.
Posted by Karen | November 7, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Nicole Maldonado
Nicole and her assistant Danielle have kept me updated on the status of my litigation. Questions are always answered quickly. They are compassionate and caring and you don’t feel like just another number.
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
J&J Talcum Powder Case
I saw your law firm ad about J&J talcum powder ovarian cancer lawsuits. When I call your law firm your receptionist was very helpful, they assigned me a paralegal, Ms. Sally Winder. Ms. Winder was very helpful to provide me with all of the basic information of the law firm & my wife’s case which is concerning wrongful death. Now, Ms. Danielle English is my new assigned attorney to the case, she is amazingly qualified for guiding me through the process. She sends copies and PPF via e-mail and US Mail promptly. Whenever I call her office she responds to my calls within 24 hours for any questions or concerns I have. I would recommend Baum Hedlund Aristei Goldman law firm to anyone with similar cases. I hope that my case will be resolved with your top team of attorneys to the best of their abilities. I fully trust your company, thank you for everything you are all doing for my wife’s case. Fondest regards.
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Posted by Robert | June 10, 2021
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Thank you for your professionalism and dedication
My family cannot thank you and your firm enough for your professionalism and dedication to our litigation. I assure you that I will always recommend you to anyone seeking justice.
Posted by Lauri | December 16, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding customer care
Went to the mat for an injustice by GlaxoSmithKlein for people that were sold dangerous drugs as safe. The withdrawals from Paxil took years off my life. Thank you for your dedication
Posted by Beverly | July 9, 2014
Trustworthy,Responsive,Knowledgeable,Caring & Professional
This is going to be year number (11) since my mother died as a result of sucide as a result of taking a drug that back then did not have a "Black Box Warning"I remember it was like yesterday when I was standing in my kitchen preparing for dinner and I heard a television commerical asking consumers if they had any experiernce with that particular drug that resulted in" any injury,sucidial thoughts or death of a loved one" Well that commerical was speaking to me at that time as I had just lost my mother to a medication that was hiding under the radar in the world of bad antidressants.From the moment I contacted them my family and me were always treated with nothing but true sincere heartfelt compassion and professionalism.The paralegals and all the lawyers were always so kind and caring.I never expected to ever yet alone expect to meet any of them in person as I live on the other side of the world as I considered the distance from Richmond,Virginia to Los Angeles,Ca.Durning the course it took them to settle our case,I made friends with several people in their office once i traveled to Congress and met up with a couple of them in person.We still maintain a friendship where we keep in touch via email and they sent Christmas cards for years after the fact just to let us know that we were not forgotten. But to my schock one day I recieved a phone call from someone in the company informing me that Mr.Baum would be flying to Richmond,Virgina to meet with me and my family.He flew in,rented a rental car and sure enough drove to my house!You just don't know how important that made me feel.He even took us out to dinner.He was so kind,friendly and full of compassion.I /we were never made to feel like we were just a number in their big world of clients! Nothing will ever bring my mother back but I will also never forget how he made me and my family feel! "Hat's off to you Mr.Baum",Beverly,Richmond,Virginia
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2023
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customer, widower
opened & pursuing litigation case, very professional and courteous, informs me with updates
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2741, In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP 4696) In re Actos Product Liability Cases, Los Angeles, California
  • 2012 - Present
  • Member
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Trial Team Member
  • Consolidated Hemophilia-AIDS Cases
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Lead Counsel
  • Consolidated Complex Biological-Medical Products Liability Cases
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Member
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 1041, USAir 1016 Aircrash
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Member
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Illinois State Court Proceedings for USAir 427 Aircrash
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Trial Team Member
  • USAir 1016 Aircrash of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Trial Team Member
  • United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Member
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 891, Northwest Airlines Crash
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Member
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Crash
  • 1989 - 1992
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Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Grisham v. Philip Morris USA, 482 F. 3d 1131 (9th Cir. 2007)
  • Smith v. Cutter Biological, 770 So. 2d 392 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2000)
  • Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008)
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Associations

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • Admission
  • 2013 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Admission
  • 2009 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Westen District of New York
  • Admission
  • 2009 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Admission
  • 1997 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • Admission
  • 1996 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • Admission
  • 1996 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Admission
  • 1993 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • Admission
  • 1991 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admission
  • 1991 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Admission
  • 1990 - Present
  • US District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Admission
  • 1989 - Present
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • Admission
  • 1989 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Admission
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer Litigation Group
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP)
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Leader's Forum
  • N/A
  • American Association of Justice
  • Actos Bladder Cancer Litigation Group
  • N/A
  • American Association of Justice
  • Qui Tam Litigation Group
  • N/A
  • Public Citizen's Civil Justice Project
  • Supporter
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyer 2012-2018
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2016 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Nation’s Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Personal Injury Law - Plaintiff
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • 2013
  • Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Southern California Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2005
  • National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award
  • National Air Disaster Foundation
  • 2002
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • N/A
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • N/A
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • N/A
  • Recommended High Flyer
  • Aviation Counsel Magazine
  • N/A
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Santa Monica College: Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Disease Mongering and Scientific Misconduct
  • 2014
  • AAJ Education’s Plaintiff-Only Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation Update Seminar
  • Litigation Update and Trial Analysis Roundtable: “Actos Trial Analysis”
  • 2013
  • Plaintiff Forum on Pharmaceutical Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Actos, and Orthopedic Devices
  • Case Theories, Challenges and Case Selection Considerations for Your Actos Inventory
  • 2012
  • Taiwan’s Ministry of Health emergency meeting
  • Hemophilia HIV contaminated medication
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

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Wrongful death Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent litigation attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Class action Attorney | Oct 16
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"I endorse this lawyer. He had provided an Outstanding analysis and answers on several issues that I have taken note of and he is highly respected among his peers as a leader in his field."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Aug 24
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The Lassen Law Firm endorses this top-notch lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a talented advocate with outstanding work ethic."
Class action Attorney | Oct 11
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"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Wrongful death Attorney | Aug 18
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"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Class action Attorney | Aug 18
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"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 18
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"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Class action Attorney | Aug 18
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"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Class action Attorney | Aug 18
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"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Transportation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Los Angeles Personal injury Lawyer Michael Lin Baum
Michael Lin Baum
Personal injury Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 38 years
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