Ronald L.M. Goldman

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Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
 | 12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-207-3233
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1963
Practice Areas:
  • Aviation and Aerospace (40%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

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 tort drug 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® (Copyright  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.

 

 
Practice Areas

Aviation and Aerospace (40%)
Class Action/Mass Torts (30%)
Personal Injury - Products (30%)

Aviation and Aerospace (40%): Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Class Action/Mass Torts (30%)

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Aviation and Aerospace: Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products: Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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Ronald Goldman has dedicated his life to pursuing justice, helping clients harmed or deprived of a loved one due to actions of another person or party. Contact him at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., at 800-827-0087 or www.baumhedlundlaw.com.

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About Ronald Goldman

Admitted: 1963, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/attorneys/ronald-l-m-goldman/

Honors and Awards:

  • Southern California Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 - 2016
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2005 - 2016
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters
  • Who's Who in America
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award 
  • AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated through Martindale Hubbell 
  • Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Private Pilot License, USA, 1980
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008
  • Legal Expert Witness, Westlaw Round Table Group, 2012
  • International Bar Association, Aviation Law Committee
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America®
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1982
  • District of Columbia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1975
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1973
  • United Kingdom, Court of Inquiry, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1963
  • California, 1963
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009 (Colgan Air dba Continental Connection) 
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1953, Heparin Products Liability Litigation
  • Lead Trial Counsel, 2006; 2004 Tyson Foods truck crash near Crestline, Ohio
  • Lead Trial Counsel, 2006; 1998 Bell Helicopter crash in Los Angeles, California
  • Member, Lead Trial Counsel, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation
  • Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation
  • Life Member, Ostriches Anonymous Association (OAA), Promoting Aviation Safety and Risk Awareness
  • Public Justice
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Lawyers Professional Liability Bar Association
  • Founding Member, World Association of Law Professors of the World Peace Through Law Center
  • World Jurist Association of the World Peace Through Law Center
  • Experimental Aircraft Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, The Forum on Air and Space Law, Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • The American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) Aviation Law Section, STEP-Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts Section
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • State Bar of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founder and General Counsel, The Women's Clinic
  • Chairman of the Board and Founder, Family Assistance Program
  • Arbitrator/Mediator--Los Angeles Superior Court

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Ruminations on the Practice of Law - A 50-Year Perspective, Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • The Largest Heist in History, Law 360, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record, Re British European Airways, Petitioner, v. Abraham Benjamins, Etc., et al. U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record with Supporting Pleadings, 2011
  • American Passengers Have Limited Rights in International Airline Crashes Because of a Treaty Known as the Montreal Convention, FindLaw KnowledgeBase, 2010
  • Regional Air Crash Inspires New Aviation Safety Legislation, Findlaw KnowledgeBase, 2009
  • Paxil Litigation, HB Litigation Conferences, 2009
  • Co-Author, Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology, Andrews Aviation Litigation Reporter and Association of Trial Lawyers of America Aviation Law Section Newsletter, Airline, Aviation, Legal, 2006
  • OJ Simpson criminal and civil jury verdicts, Shanghai School of Social Science, Shanghai, P.R.C., 1998
  • Special Guest Lecturer, The American Judicial System, Christchurch Polytechnic, School of Broadcasting, Christchurch, New Zealand , 1997
  • Product Liability – Didn't Business Learn From the 'Malpractice' Crisis?, Town Hall General Luncheon, Orange County Forum, Town Hall Los Angeles, 1977
  • Speaker and Panel Member, Aviation Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Right of Privacy, Tort Law, Belli Seminars, Riverside, California, 1970
  • Aviation Litigation, International Law, World Peace Through Law Conferences, Madrid, Manila, New York, 1970
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1968 to 1989, Aviation Accident Law Torts And Insurance Legal Writing And Analysis

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 701 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D.Ind.2010)
  • Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008)
  • Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008)
  • Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008)
  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008)
  • McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc., 208 F.R.D. 617 (C.D.Cal. 2002)
  • McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc., 211 F.R.D. 381 (C.D.Cal., 2002)
  • Brooks vs. St. Mary's Hospital, 57 C.A.4th 241, 66 C.R.2d 820 (1997)
  • In Re Aircrash Disaster Near Cerritos, DiCosta vs. Aeronaves de Mexico, SA, 973 F.2d 1490 (9th Cir. 1992)
  • Gradus vs. Hanson Aviation, 158 C.A.3d 1038, 205 C.R. 211 (1984)
  • Harris Corp. vs. Comair, 712 F.2d 1069 (6th Cir. 1983)
  • Sevilla vs. Stearns-Roger, Inc., 101 C.A.3d 608, 161 C.R. 700 (1980)
  • Flashman v. Superior Court (Pacific Southwest Airlines), 107 Cal.App.3d 117, 165 Cal.Rptr. 680, Cal.App. 4 Dist. (1980)
  • La Pietra vs. Freed, 87 C.A.3d 384, 151 C.R. 554 (1979)
  • Cable vs. Sahara Tahoe Corp., 93 C.A.3d 1025, 155 C.R. 770 (1979)
  • Benjamins vs. British European Airways, 572 F.2d 913 (2nd Cir. 1978)
  • Baxter vs. Superior Court, 19 C.3d 461, 138 C.R. 315 (1977)
  • Dassin vs. Darlene Knitwear, 387 F.Supp. 958 (USDC, D.Puerto Rico--1974)
  • Drenzek vs. Inmont Corp., 57 C.A.3d 878, 129 C.R. 429 (1976)
  • Cacciaguidi v. Elliott, 39 Cal.App.3d 261, 114 Cal.Rptr. 93, 39 Cal. Comp. Cases 963, Cal.App. 2 Dist. (1974)
  • People vs. Powell, 14 C.A.3d 693, 92 C.R. 501 (1971)
  • U.S.A. vs. Moore, 427 F.2d 1020 (10th Cir.--1970)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Ron was the lead negotiator in one of the firm's most significant aviation litigation achievements when he won, as part of the settlement agreement from the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, 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. 

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Educational Background:

  • University of Southern California, B.S.L., 1960

Industry Groups

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Complex And Multi-District Litigation
  • Mass Disaster Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Product Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Qui Tam Claims
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Wrongful Death Law
  • Office Location for Ronald L.M. Goldman

    12100 Wilshire Boulevard
    Suite 950
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Phone: 310-207-3233

     

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