Michael L. Baum

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Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts 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, 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michael L. Baum is the senior managing partner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. He has successfully led the firm through thousands of wrongful death and personal injury cases stemming from major pharmaceutical drug catastrophes and commercial transportation mass disasters. He began his career more than 30 years ago, primarily handling airline accidents and other commercial transportation disasters as well as some pharmaceutical product liability litigation. While he oversees all aspects of managing the firm, Michael directs all of the firm’s mass tort litigation, including defective or harmful pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, herbicides, and consumer products. He also oversees our class actions and whistleblower qui-tam actions.

Under Michael’s leadership, Baum Hedlund has 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 that has successfully litigated personal injury, wrongful death and consumer fraud cases against major pharmaceutical companies such as Alpha Therapeutic, Armour Pharmaceutical Co., Baxter Health Care Corp, Bayer Corp., Dalkon Corporation, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer.

  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.

“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.”

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 Baum Hedlund’s pharmaceutical litigation.

Among his many achievements, accomplished with the help of his team, Michael is most proud of:

-Being recognized, along with his firm, as a national leader in the antidepressant Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft suicide litigation;

-Working to bring about the black box suicidality warning for children and young adults, now on most antidepressant labels;

-Helping spur funding for the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998, which was made part of the negotiated settlement to help scores of hemophiliacs infected with HIV by contaminated medication;

-Arranging for the face to face presentation between pharmaceutical company executives and dozens of hemophiliac families that got to say, person by person, holding before and after photos of themselves or departed loved ones, how the hemophilia-AIDS epidemic, and the manner in which the companies caused and covered it up, impacted their lives;

-Being one of the leaders in the fight against federal preemption, a doctrine pushed by the pharmaceutical industry to wipe out consumers’ rights to sue drug companies for injuries caused by their drugs.  Preemption was finally defeated in 2009 with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Wyeth v. Levine;

-Creating the first class action ever filed against an SSRI-antidepressant manufacturer, ending with the successful resolution of more than 3,000 Paxil injury cases;

-Finding “needles in haystacks” and “smoking guns” in document productions, such as GE engineers’ graphs predicting the next DC 10 engine failure which mirrored the date of the United 232 crash 5 years later, an internal study linking SSRIs to cardio-birth defects or documentation of company programs to ghostwrite medical journal articles for academic opinion leaders to give the appearance of objective science when actually serving marketing objectives to increase prescriptions, i.e. disguised advertising;

-Negotiating the first official public apology by an airline for the 2003 Air Midwest Flt. 5481 Charlotte, North Carolina crash;

-Eliminating California law that protected tobacco companies from lawsuits.  For many years, the statute of limitations was considered to begin to run from the date the plaintiff knew or should have known that he/she was addicted to tobacco.  This effectively barred plaintiffs, many of whom began smoking in their teens, from suing.  Now, the statute of limitations runs when the plaintiff’s physical injuries are (or reasonably could be) discovered;

-Developing a rigorous, skillful and technical method for locating hard-to-find manufacturer documents in order to successfully litigate against major pharmaceutical companies, positioning his firm as a leader in the fight to increase public health and safety;

-Creating coalitions of activists, attorneys, and Baum Hedlund staff, who work together to resolve global problems caused by harmful and defective drugs, which no individual could accomplish alone.

“We have adopted Margaret Mead’s philosophy, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’”

Michael has served on numerous trial teams and plaintiffs’ steering committees in mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical product liability cases as well as major airline crashes.

He has an AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Southern California Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in American Law, and Aviation Counsel Magazine’s List of Recommended High Flyers.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, playing foosball, softball, volleyball, and boogie-boarding.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Class Action/Mass Torts (60%): Class Actions, Toxic Torts

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Class Actions, Toxic Torts, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2005, 2012 - 2019

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About Michael Baum

Admitted: 1985, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/attorneys/michael-l-baum/

Honors/Awards:

  • National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award, 2002
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2016-2018
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2005, 2012-2018
  • Aviation Counsel Magazine's List of Recommended High Flyers
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell®
  • Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Leader's Forum, American Association for Justice
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the World

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member: State Bar of California; The District of Columbia Bar; Consumer Attorneys of California; Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles; American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; American Association for Justice: Qui Tam Litigation Group; American Association for Justice: Actos Bladder Cancer Litigation Group; American Association for Justice: Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP); American Association for Justice: Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer Litigation Group; Supporter, Public Citizen’s Civil Justice Project
  • Court Admissions:California, 1985;  U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1986;  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1989;  U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1989;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1990;  U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1991;  U.S. Supreme Court, 1991;  District of Columbia, 1993;  U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1993;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1996;  U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1996;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1997;  U.S. District Court, Western District of New York,  2009;  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin,  2009;  U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2013
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2741, In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation, 2016 -Present
  • Trial Team Member, 1991-1992, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 891, Northwest Airlines Crash, Detroit, 1990
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Illinois State Court Proceedings for USAir 427 Aircrash near Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Trial Team Member, 1997, USAir 1016 Aircrash of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1994
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 1041, USAir 1016 Aircrash of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1994
  • Lead Counsel for 125 Consolidated Complex Biological-Medical Products Liability Cases, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997
  • Trial Team Member, Consolidated Hemophilia-AIDS Cases, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1999
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP 4696) In re Actos Product Liability Cases, Los Angeles, California, 2012 - Present
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act, 1998
  • Taiwan’s Ministry of Health emergency meeting regarding hemophilia HIV contaminated medication, 2004

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Topic: “Case Theories, Challenges and Case Selection Considerations for Your Actos Inventory”; Organization: HB Litigation Conferences; Event: Plaintiff Forum on Pharmaceutical Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Actos, and Orthopedic Devices; Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Date: October 5, 2012
  • Topic: Roundtable: Legal Issues; Organization: Selling Sickness; Event:  Selling Sickness 2013, People Before ProfitsLocation: Capitol Hill , Washington D.C.; Date: February 20 – 22, 2013
  • Topic: Litigation Update and Trial Analysis Roundtable: “Actos Trial Analysis”; Organization: AAJ Plaintiff Trial Lawyers and presented with Mass Torts Made Perfect; Event: AAJ Education’s Plaintiff-Only Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation Update Seminar; Location: Louisville, Kentucky; Date: May 28 – 29, 2013
  • Topic: Actos Bladder Cancer Litigation Status Update; Panel Topic: Mass Torts: Status Update On Drug And Medical Device Litigation; Organization: Consumer Attorneys of California; Event: CAOC 52nd Annual ConventionLocation: San Francisco, California; Date: November 14-17, 2013
  • Topic: “Disease Mongering and Scientific Misconduct”; Organization: Santa Monica College; Department: Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences; Location: Santa Monica, California; Date: December 8, 2014
  • Topic: California’s Announcement that Roundup Causes Cancer, OEHHA, and the MDL (Multi-District Litigation); Organization: HarrisMartin; EventHarrisMartin’s Roundup® Litigation Conference AgendaLocation: Chicago, Illinois; Date: June 29, 2017

Representative Clients:

  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1071, 1060, 1056, 1052 (Dist. South Carolina 1995 & 1996)
  • Ex parte Knight Ridder, Inc., 982 F.Supp. 1080 (Dist. South Carolina 1997)
  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1092, 1086, 1084 (Dist. South Carolina 1997)
  • Smith v. Cutter Biological, 770 So. 2d 392 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2000)
  • Grisham v. Philip Morris USA, 403 F. 3d 631 (9th Cir. 2005)
  • Grisham v. Philip Morris USA, 40 Cal.4th 623, 151 P.3d 1151, 54 Cal.Rptr.3d 735 (2007)
  • Grisham v. Philip Morris USA, 482 F. 3d 1131 (9th Cir. 2007)
  • Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008)
  • Mason v. SmithKline Beecham  Corp., 596 F.3d 387 (7th Cir. 2010) (unanimously reversing the trial court’s preemption ruling  and allowing plaintiffs’ claims to proceed to a trial on the merits)
  • Dorsett v. Sandoz, Inc., 699 F.Supp.2d 1142 (C.D.Cal. 2010) (denying defendants’ preemption motion and holding that both name-brand and generic drug manufacturers have an affirmative duty to issue warnings)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Taiwan’s Ministry of Health emergency meeting regarding hemophilia HIV contaminated medication, 2004

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, 1982

Industry Groups

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Complex And Multi-District Litigation
  • Mass Disaster Litigation
  • Medical Device
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Product Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Qui Tam Claims
  • Train Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Wrongful Death Law
Office Location for Michael L. Baum

12100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310-207-3233

 

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Last Updated: 9/6/2018

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