Paul J. Hedlund

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
 | 10940 Wilshire Blvd., 17th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-207-3233
Fax: 310-820-7444
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005, 2010 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Aviation and Aerospace (40%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Paul J. Hedlund is a senior partner for the national law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman which handles major transportation accidents, defective pharmaceuticals, and whistleblower cases. Paul focuses his practice on commercial transportation accidents including, aviation, bus, train and truck crashes. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his law degree from UCLA.

Paul and his firm have handled thousands of personal injury and wrongful death cases across the country. Paul was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committees in the United 232 Sioux City crash, the Alaska Airlines crash off Pt. Mugu, CA, the September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation and the Metrolink Collision Cases for the 2008 crash in Chatsworth, California. He was also part of the team that negotiated, as a term of the settlement, an unprecedented public apology by the president of Air Midwest in a formal ceremony to the families of the victims of the crash of Air Midwest Flight 5481, which crashed on January 8, 2003 at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

Mr. Hedlund has the highest 5.0 out of 5 AV® Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell and the highest superb score of 10. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World. He is also listed in 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.

Because of his expertise as a mechanical engineer, Paul was the only attorney to testify about train configurations and safety at a California state hearing in 2005, looking into the cause of the worst train disaster in Metrolink’s history, in which his firm represented 15 passengers.

Paul was also the only attorney to testify in 1990 about the need for labeling earthquake susceptible buildings, before the California State Legislature Seismic Safety Commission hearing re: the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. His client’s son died when a commercial building known to be vulnerable to tremors, collapsed on him during the quake.

Paul is among the relatively few attorneys who have argued a wrongful death case before the United States Supreme Court.

The press has interviewed Paul on numerous occasions. He has 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 the Los Angeles news stations. He has also appeared in print media such as, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, and the Washington Post.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

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

Transportation/Maritime (40%): Railroad Accident, Transportation Law

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

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

Focus Areas

Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Railroad Accident, Transportation Law, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


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Super Lawyers: 2005, 2010 - 2019

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About Paul Hedlund

Admitted: 1973, California

Professional Webpage:


  • National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award, 2002
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2005, 2010-2018
  • 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:

  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008
  • Member:State Bar of California;  American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; American Association for Justice: Aviation Law Section; American Association for Justice: Railroad Law Section
  • Court Admissions:California, 1973;  U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1977;  U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 1978;  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1991;  District of Columbia, 1994;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1994;  U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1994;  U.S. Supreme Court, 1997;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2001;  U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2001;  U.S. District Court, Western District of New York,  2009;  U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2011
  • Trial Team Member, 1991-1992, United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, Tort Litigation, September 11, 2001
  • Staff Engineer, Southern California Edison, 1968 - 1970
  • 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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Topic: “Mapping the Maze of Considerations in Disaster Litigation”; Organization: Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles; Event:  Annual Convention; Location: Las Vegas, Nevada; Date: October 6, 1996
  • Topic: Lewis v. Sacramento County Re: High Speed Police Pursuits; Organization: University of San Diego School of Law; Event: Lecture for law students; Location: San Diego, California; Date: 1998
  • Topic: 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”; Organization: American Bar Association; Event: 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; Location: Tampa, Florida; Date: October 19, 2000
  • Topic: “Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California”; Organization: Lorman Education Services; Event: Seminar; Location: Los Angeles, California; Date: August 2001 and January 2002
  • Topic: “Plaintiff’s Marketing Strategies In The New Millennium”; Organization: American Bar Association; Event:  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; Location: Washington, D.C.; Date: October 26 – 27, 2006
  • Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California: The Law, The Traps, The TricksTrying Your Case to Verdict or Settlement; What Damages Do You Get?; Quirks of Courts – Lorman Education Services, January, 2002
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Airplane Maintenance Outsourcing Tests Bounds of Safety", Findlaw Knowledge Base, December 21, 2009
  • "New Federal Medevac Helicopter Safety Regulations Proposed", FindLaw Knowledge Base, November 18, 2010
  • "Pilot's Reaction Among Flight 3407 Crash Causes", Findlaw Knowledge Base, April 16, 2009
  • 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

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 
  • 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
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Complex And Multi-District Litigation
  • Mass Disaster Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Train Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Law
Office Location for Paul J. Hedlund

10940 Wilshire Blvd.
17th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: 310-207-3233

Fax: 310-820-7444

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Last Updated: 11/9/2018

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