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Ronald Goldman is a senior partner and senior trial attorney for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. Over his 50-year career, he has litigated hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury cases, involving commercial transportation and drug product liability, at both the trial and appellate levels. An experienced pilot, Goldman has worked on all of Baum Hedlund’s general aviation and airline disaster cases since joining the firm in 2003.

Goldman brings a formidable breadth and depth of legal experience to his work. He is a board certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a former Judge Pro Tem, arbitrator, mediator, and adjunct professor of law at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He created the school’s aviation accident law course; for 21 years he taught courses in torts, aviation, and legal writing and analysis. His understanding of piloting and knowledge of aviation law make him a much sought out expert for major media, who have featured him in many TV, radio, and newspaper stories.

In the 1960’s, Goldman was involved in ground-breaking pharmaceutical litigation against the maker of a cholesterol-lowering drug, MER/29 (triparanol), that was estimated to have injured more than 5,000 individuals. The case helped pave the way for the mass tortdrug product liability litigation that takes place today. Goldman was also the lead negotiator in one of Baum Hedlund’s most significant aviation litigation achievements. As part of the settlement in the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, he won the agreement of the airline and maintenance company, in an organized ceremony, to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash.

Goldman is an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated lawyer through Martindale Hubbell* and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who’s Who in America,  Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). He is also published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters and has been selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers® for ten years in a row. He received his B.S.L. in 1960 and his law degree in 1962, both from the University of Southern California. 


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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 20%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. Trucking Accident: 20%
  4. Defective Products: 20%
  5. Aviation: 20%



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Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

12100 Wilshire Blvd.,
Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA, 90025-7107

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

1500 Market Street
12th Floor East Tower
Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2100

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

1250 24th Street, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC, 20037-1186

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

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

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC

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



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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who2008
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2008
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Southern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedLexisNexis Martindale Hubbell®N/A
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the MastersMillion Dollar Verdicts by the MastersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberPlaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1967 In Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, 20092009 - Present
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California2008 - Present
Member and Lead Trial CounselPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation2003 - Present
Leadership MemberAd hoc, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214 litigation, MDL-2497, in re Air Crash at San Francisco2013 - 2014
MemberPlaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009 (Colgan Air dba Continental Connection)2009 - 2010
MemberPlaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1953, Heparin Products Liability Litigation -2009 - 2012
Leadership GroupEast Coast Jets, Owatonna, Minnesota2008 - 2008
Lead Trial Counsel1998 Bell Helicopter crash in Los Angeles2006 - 2006
Lead Trial Counsel2004 Tyson Foods truck crash near Crestline, Ohio2006 - 2007
MemberPlaintiffs Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation2001 - 2004
Co-Lead Plaintiffs' Counselfor the Coordinated Discovery Cases, Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 accident, Burbank, California2000 - 2000
Adjunct Professor of LawPepperdine University School of Law1968 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of MichiganN/A2012 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009N/A2009 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New YorkN/A2009 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Western District of New YorkN/A2009 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of IllinoisN/A2008 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A2006 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of IllinoisN/A2006 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaN/A1983 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth CircuitN/A1982 - Present
Admission to District of ColumbiaN/A1979 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Second CircuitN/A1977 - Present
Admission to United States Court of Federal ClaimsN/A1974 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth CircuitN/A1973 - Present
Admission to United Kingdom, Court of InquiryN/A1972 - Present
Admission to U.S. Supreme CourtN/A1971 - Present
Admission to U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth CircuitN/A1970 - Present
Admission to U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaN/A1963 - Present
Admission to CaliforniaN/A1963 - Present
American Association for Justice, Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
The American Association for Justice, Aviation Law SectionMemberN/A
Lawyer-Pilots Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
National Board of Trial AdvocacyBoard Certified Trial LawyerN/A
International Bar Association, Aviation Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Lawyers Professional Liability Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Experimental Aircraft AssociationMemberN/A
World Association of Law Professors of the World Peace Through Law CenterFounding MemberN/A
Public JusticeMemberN/A
Ostriches Anonymous Association (OAA), Promoting Aviation Safety and Risk AwarenessLife MemberN/A
International Bar Association - Aviation Law CommitteeMemberN/A
World Jurist Association of the World Peace Through Law CenterMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Air and Space LawMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008)N/A
McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc.N/A
Harris Corp. vs. ComairN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law 360The Largest Heist in History2013
Findlaw Knowledge BaseAmerican Passengers Have Limited Rights in International Airline Crashes2010
Findlaw KnowledgeBaseRegional Air Crash Inspires New Aviation Safety Legislation2009
Andrews Aviation Litigation Reporter,"Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology"2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Southern California Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1962
University of Southern California Law SchoolN/AB.S.L.1960
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
HB Litigation ConferencesPaxil Litigation2009
World Peace Through Law ConferencesAviation LawN/A
Adjunct Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1968 to 1989Aviation Accident Law, Torts and Insurance, Legal Writing and AnalysisN/A