Nicole K.H. Maldonado

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Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
 | 10940 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-207-3233
Fax: 310-820-7444
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%)
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Attorney Profile

As a partner at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, Nicole Maldonado dedicates her practice to representing consumers, sometimes including entire families, that have been injured or lost their lives because of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and products associated with an increased risk of causing cancer. She works mostly in Mass Tort and Multi-District Litigations.

After joining the firm, Nicole started in Baum Hedlund’s SSRI-antidepressant birth defect litigation on the trial team, representing hundreds of clients whose families are affected by antidepressant-related injuries and death involving cardiac, neural tube, cranial, oral clefts, anal atresia, abdominal, and limb defects, as well as developmental delays and autism. She played a pivotal role in resolving a large group of children’s cases, coordinating with and directing many diverse professionals, such as guardians ad litems, special needs trust attorneys, local probate counsel, annuity specialists, bank trustees, and lien negotiation companies. Nicole spent much of her time ensuring that each individual settlement was structured in the most beneficial way possible for that particular child.

She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida, where she studied Criminology. After graduating from college, Nicole married and moved to her husband’s home town, Detroit, where her first child was born. Shortly thereafter, Nicole studied law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. She worked as a teaching assistant, lecturing and providing guidance on Contract Law. In her last trimester before graduating from law school, Nicole secured a judicial clerkship with the district court. She also taught a criminal justice class at Lansing Community College.

Before joining Baum Hedlund to work in mass tort product liability litigation, Nicole devoted her law career as a public servant, starting with the practice of juvenile dependency in San Diego, California. She was appointed to represent parents, children, and foster parents throughout San Diego County, working together with social workers, judges and other public service members in the reunification of families. Juvenile dependency law gave her extensive experience in bench trials. During this time, Nicole’s second child was born. The following year, Nicole and her family moved back to Detroit where she worked as a federal judicial law clerk for two years in the Eastern District of Michigan. After the clerkship, the family moved to Orlando, Florida, and she continued her practice in public service work, representing indigent clients as an assistant public defender. The Sixth Amendment protects the right to an attorney for those accused of a crime. The Supreme Court has interpreted that right as fundamental and essential to a fair trial. Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963). “Each Era finds an improvement in Law for the benefit of Mankind.” Quote from the headstone of Clarence Earl Gideon (August 30, 1910 – January 18, 1972).

Nicole gained extensive trial experience through her work as a public defender. She tried cases as the sole attorney in more than 25 jury trials. This experience has helped her identify the intricate and complex issues prevalent in every wrongful death and personal injury case. It has also assisted her in preparing cases for settlement negotiations and trial.

Outside of her work, Nicole has volunteered legal services for the homeless, helped implement a plan to assist counties in forming a homeless court program, mentored at inner-city local high schools, performed mock trials for the local elementary students, provided instruction and insight about indigent defense, coached high school students in trial competitions, volunteered as a mock trial judge for the American Association of Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competitions, and raised money for indigent clothing drives. Along with her family, she has also volunteered to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and has walked for donations to help support Organ-ize The Planet and the California Transplant Donor Network.

Today, Nicole and her family continue to provide services, food, clothing, and donations to various organizations and communities throughout each year. After all, “None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” Thurgood Marshall.


Baum Hedlund has taken on the Zantac cancer litigation after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is investigating Zantac cancer risks after testing of certain Zantac (ranitidine hydrochloride) tablets found the commonly-used heartburn medication contains a cancer-causing chemical up to 3,000 times greater than the FDA’s daily intake limit. The carcinogenic chemical present in Zantac is known as N-nitrosodimethylamine (“NDMA”). Though the FDA has yet to issue an official Zantac recall, CVS and Walgreens have pulled Zantac and Zantac OTC generics from their shelves and Apotex has voluntarily recalled its ranitidine products from Rite-Aid and Walgreens.

The firm is also leading the Gardasil vaccine litigation against Merck. Thousands of adolescent boys and girls and young men and women have reported serious and disabling injuries after getting the Gardasil vaccine. These injuries range from auto immune diseases, disabling neurological side effects to reproductive disorders and even death. Baum Hedlund has filed lawsuits on behalf of young women and men alleging Merck misled the FDA, legislators, doctors and moms about the safety and efficacy of its Gardasil vaccine. The lawsuit asserts Merck purposely downplayed the risk of Gardasil’s ingredients, including a proprietary aluminum compound (a potent neurotoxin) and secret and potentially hazardous DNA particles.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Class Actions


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

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About Nicole Maldonado

Admitted: 2000, California

Professional Webpage:


  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Selected to Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2014 - 2020
  • Avvo Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Top Women Attorneys in Southern California, 2017 Super Lawyers®
  • National Moot Court Competition- Final Four, 1998
  • Certificates of Merit Award in Property and Evidence
  • Chair, Moot Court Board, 1998-99
  • Student-Faculty Moot Court Competition-Winner, 1999
  • First-Year Moot Court Competition- Winner and Best Advocate, 1996
  • Scholarship Recipient: Mid-Michigan Women Lawyers Association, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Court Admissions:California, 2000;  U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2002;  Florida, 2004;  U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2007;  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2008;  U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2016
  • Member: State Bar of California; The Florida Bar; Consumer Attorneys of California; Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles; Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers 2004-2007; American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; American Association for Justice: Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP); Products Liability Section; Talcum Powder/Ovarian Cancer Litigation Group
  • Member, Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cases, JCCP 4872, California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, California, 2017 - present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • California Transplant Donor Network
  • Organ-ize The Planet
  • Volunteer, Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Mock Trial Judge, American Association of Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competitions

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Topic: Ovarian Cancer, Stage, Grade & Histology; Organization: HarrisMartin; EventHarrisMartin’s California Talcum Powder Litigation Conference: Trial Prep and AnalysisLocation: Dana Point, California; Date: March 17, 2017
  • Teaching Assistant, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing Michigan, 1996-1999
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Criminal Justice, Lansing Community College, 1999
  • Trainer, Public Defender's Office, Orlando, Florida, 2005-2007
  • Contributing Author, Michigan Bar Journal, 1998
  • Associate Editor, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, 1999


Representative Clients:

  • Forst v. Smithkline Beecham Corp., 639 F.Supp.2d 948 (E.D.Wis.,2009) (holding that plaintiffs’ claims are not preempted by federal law)
  • Forst v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 602 F.Supp.2d 960 (E.D.Wis. 2009) (holding that Wisconsin has not adopted the learned intermediary doctrine and allowing all of plaintiffs’ claims, including, negligence, fraud and punitive damages to proceed to the jury)
  • Cunningham v. SmithKline Beecham, 255 F.R.D. 474 (N.D.Ind. 2009) (ordering defendant to produce documents and awarding sanctions)

Educational Background:

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, B.A., Major: Criminology, 1992

Industry Groups

  • Complex And Multi-District Litigation
  • Consumer Fraud Litigation
  • Gardasil HPV Vaccine Lawsuit
  • IVC Filter Failure
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceutical Drug Product Liability
  • Product Liability Law
  • Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer
  • Wrongful Death Law
  • Zantac Cancer
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Office Location for Nicole K.H. Maldonado

10940 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: 310-207-3233

Fax: 310-820-7444

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Last Updated: 6/3/2021

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