A. Ilyas Akbari

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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: 2017 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2016
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Aviation and Aerospace (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Persian (Farsi)
Attorney Profile

A. Ilyas Akbari is an attorney and a shareholder at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, where he focuses his practice on catastrophic 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.  Ilyas is also a member of the ad hoc leadership committee, overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL-2497) for the Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214 litigation, in re Air Crash at San Francisco, on July 6, 2013. 

He has been honored with an AVPreeminent® Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell® and is listed in Southern California Super Lawyers® Rising Stars in the field of Aviation Law since 2007. Ilyas also has a 10 out of 10 Superb Score from Avvo.com and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
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Aviation and Aerospace (70%)

Personal Injury - General (20%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 10 years

Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2007 - 2016

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About Ilyas Akbari

Admitted: 2003, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/attorneys/a-ilyas-akbari/

Honors and Awards:

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, 2007 - 2016
  • Up-and-Coming 100: 2016 Southern California Rising Stars – Top List
  • Up-and-Coming 100: 2015 Southern California Rising Stars – Top List
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Client Distinction Award, Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell®
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell®
  • Recipient, Mary E. Waters Scholarship, 2001-02, 2002-03
  • Recipient, Paul Wildman Scholarship, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03
  • Recipient Provost Honors
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2003
  • California, 2003
  • American Bar Association: The Forum on Air and Space Law; Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2015
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
  • Leadership Member, Ad hoc, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214 litigation, MDL-2497, in re Air Crash at San Francisco, on July 6, 2013
  • 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-1967 In Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, 2009
  • Leadership Group, East Coast Jets, Owatonna, Minnesota, July 31, 2008
  • Member, Entertainment Law Society, 2001 - 2003
  • President, Student Bar Association, 2001 - 2002, elected position
  • Member, Sangam Community Service Organization
  • Founding Vice President, International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, 1999 - 2000
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • American Bar Association, The Forum on Air and Space Law
  • American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation
  • American Association for Justice, Railroad/Highway Crossing & Derailment Litigation Group
  • American Association for Justice, Products Liability Section
  • American Association for Justice, Aviation Law Section
  • California Brain Injury Association
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • North American Brain Injury Society
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • State Bar of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Honorary Board of Directors, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities, 2014-present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Educational Background:

  • University of California, San Diego, B.S. in Bioengineering, 2000

Industry Groups

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Complex And Multi-District Litigation
  • Legal
  • Mass Disaster Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death Law
Office Location for A. Ilyas Akbari

12100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310-207-3233


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Last Updated: 5/10/2018

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