Paul J. Hedlund

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury 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, 2010 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Paul J. Hedlund is a veteran trial lawyer and senior partner for the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, where he focuses his practice on commercial transportation litigation. Paul has spent over 25 years at his firm, handling over a thousand cases across the nation stemming from aviation, trucking, bus and train crashes.

Paul was part of the Baum Hedlund legal team that represented some of the victims of the Air Midwest Flight 5481 plane crash, in which 21 people aboard the plane were killed. In the wake of this tragedy, Paul and his partners were able to successfully negotiate an unprecedented public apology from Air Midwest's president as part of the terms of the settlement. Although a substantial monetary settlement was also involved, the clients’ primary focus had been to require accountability by the defendants, either by trial or by public apology, for the operation, maintenance and design deficiencies that caused the aircrash. A trial was avoided as a result of the public apology by Air Midwest and Vertex.

Additionally, Paul was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in aviation cases stemming from the United Airlines Flight 232 crash in Sioux City and the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 off the coast of California, along with the September 11, 2001 tort litigation and the 2008 Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth, California. He is also one of only a small number of attorneys to argue a wrongful death case before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Over the years, Paul's degree in mechanical engineering has served him well in transportation litigation. In 1990, he was the only attorney to testify in front of the California State Legislature Seismic Safety Commission at a hearing concerning the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake. Paul was also the only attorney to testify at a 2005 California state hearing concerning train configurations and safety after the deadly Metrolink train crash in Glendale.

In addition to receiving the highest rating possible from both the Martindale Hubbell's AV Peer Rating and Avvo, Paul has been interviewed on numerous occasions for national news programs on networks such as CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, MSNBC and NPR, just to name a few. He has also been featured in print periodicals like Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Associated Press. 

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%)

Aviation and Aerospace (30%)

Personal Injury - Products (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2005, 2010 - 2018

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About Paul Hedlund

Admitted: 1973, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award, 2002
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2005, 2010-2016
  • Lexis-Nexis®, Martindale-Hubbell®, Client Distinction Award
  •, Superb Score, 10 out of 10
  • AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell®
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Who's Who in the West , Marquis Who's Who
  • Aviation Counsel Magazine's List of Recommended High Flyers, believed by the International Air Transport Association's Legal Dept. to be one of the most elite lists of aviation law practitioners ever produced
  • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who
  • Who's Who in the World, Marquis Who's Who

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Patent Law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1978

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008
  • The American Association for Justice: Leader's Forum; Aviation Law Section; Railroad Law Section
  • The Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Trial Team Member, 1991-1992, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa: Member, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2009
  • Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, Tort Litigation, September 11, 2001
  • Trial Team Member, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1991 - 1992
  • Member, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • Staff Engineer, Southern California Edison, 1968 - 1970
  • The American Association for Justice, Leader's Forum
  • The American Association for Justice, Railroad Law Section
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1994
  • District of Columbia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1991
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1977
  • California, 1973
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-00-1343-CAL, Alaska Airlines Crash, off Point Mugu, California, 2000
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • Moot Court Judge, Pepperdine University School of Law
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Recent Air Traffic Controller Lapses Reveal Airline Safety Gaps, FindLaw Knowledge Base, June 15, 2011
  • "Airline Safety Statistics Suggest Domestic Progress, Global Challenges", Findlaw Knowledge Base, March 30, 2011
  • "New Federal Medevac Helicopter Safety Regulations Proposed", FindLaw Knowledge Base, November 18, 2010
  • Airline Faces More Than $1 Million in Penalties After FAA Investigation, Findlaw Knowledge Base, December 26, 2011, Aviation
  • What Does an FAA Shutdown Mean for US Airline Safety?, Findlaw Knowledge Base, November 2, 2011, Aviation
  • "Pilot's Reaction Among Flight 3407 Crash Causes", Findlaw Knowledge Base, April 16, 2009
  • "Airplane Maintenance Outsourcing Tests Bounds of Safety", Findlaw Knowledge Base, December 21, 2009
  • "Plaintiff's Marketing Strategies In The New Millennium", American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law Committee Presents: On The Horizon Securing Safety, Insuring Fully and Litigating Fairly--Part II, Washington, D.C., October 26 - 27, 2006
  • Seminar, "Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California", Lorman Education Services, Los Angeles, California, August 2001 and January 2002
  • Panel Moderator: "Aviation Issues in the New Millennium - Ramifications of the RAND Report,” “Safety in the Skies - Personnel and Parties in NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations", American Bar Association, Presented by the Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section and the Aviation Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, Tampa, Florida, October 19, 2000
  • Lewis v. Sacramento County Re: High Speed Police Pursuits, University of San Diego School of Law, Lecture for law students, San Diego, California, 1998
  • "Mapping the Maze of Considerations in Disaster Litigation", Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Annual Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 6, 1996
  • "Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology" Published in Andrews Aviation Litigation Reporter,Volume 24, Issue 5 / April 2006 by Thomson West and ATLA-Association of Trial Lawyers of America Aviation Law Section Newsletter Vol. 13, No. 3, Spring 2006
  • "Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California: The Law, The Traps, The Tricks", "Trying Your Case to Verdict or Settlement," "What Damages Do You Get?," "Quirks of Courts" Lorman Education Services, January 2002

Representative Clients:

  • Butler v. Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., 109 Cal.App.4th; 135 Cal. Rptr. 2d 762, 2003
  • In re Air Crash Off Point Mugu, California, on January 30, 2000, 145 F.Supp.2d 1156, N.D.Cal., 2001
  • Prudential Home Mort. Co. v. Superior Court, 66 Cal.App.4th 1236, 1998
  • County of Sacramento v. Lewis, 523, U.S. 833, 140 L. Ed. 2d 1043, 118 S. Ct. 1708, 1998
  • Lewis v. Sacramento, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 98 F.3d 434, 65 USLW 2319, 96 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 7501, 96 Daily Journal D.A.R. 12353, 1996
  • Sigala (Rachelle) v. Anaheim City School District, Court of Appeal, Fourth District, 19 Cal.Rptr.2d 38, 15 Cal.App.4th 661, 82 Ed. Law Rep. 143, 1993
  • Curry v. Continental Airlines, 513 F. 2d 691, 9th Cir. 1975

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Governmental Testimony: California State Legislature, Seismic Safety Commission hearing re October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damage 
  • Appeared in print media such as, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, and the Washington Post
  • Appeared in the media more than 150 times on TV and radio programs such as, ABC’s PrimeTime Live with Sam Donaldson, ABC World News Tonight, CNBC, CNN, Court TV, EXTRA, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, and all of the Los Angeles news stations
  • Governmental Testimony: California State Assembly Hearing on California commuter rail safety as a result of the January 26, 2005 Metrolink derailment, July 20, 2005


Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.S.M.E., 1968

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 Paul J. Hedlund

12100 Wilshire Boulevard
Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: 310-207-3233


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Last Updated: 11/15/2017

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