Pedram Esfandiary

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Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
 | 10940 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-207-3233
Fax: 310-820-7444
Selected To Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2016
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Pedram Esfandiary is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC., where he concentrates his practice on toxic tort injuries, pharmaceutical drug liability, class actions, and consumer fraud litigation.

    He was an integral part of the trial team that won the historic $2 billion verdict against Monsanto (now Bayer) in May 2019 on behalf of a couple who together sprayed Roundup weed killer on their properties for 30 years. The jury in Pilliod, et al. v. Monsanto determined that Roundup exposure caused Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto failed to warn the couple about the cancer risk associated with Roundup use.  The jury awarded them $55 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages.

    He also served in a similar capacity on the very first Roundup cancer case to go to trial against Monsanto, resulting in a $289 million verdict on behalf of groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson.  In addition, he participated in the second Roundup trial against Monsanto on behalf of Edwin Hardeman.  The jury in that trial awarded Mr. Hardeman $80 million for his damages.

    In recognition of his work in the Monsanto Roundup trials, Pedram has received well-deserved awards. He was selected as a winner on Law360’s Rising Stars Top 40 Under 40 list for 2019, which recognizes attorneys whose legal accomplishments transcend their age. Pedram has also been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars, 2019.

    He and other members of the trial teams in Pilliod and Hardeman were also honored as 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers winners in the mass torts category by the National Law Journal, as well as the 2019 Trial Team of the Year 2019 by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

    The Daily Journal listed the Johnson verdict among its top verdicts of 2018, and Courtroom View Network (CVN) listed it in its Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts of 2018.

    After the Johnson v. Monsanto verdict, UCLA School of Law, Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment, and The Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy, as well as Yale Law School’s Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) program, invited Pedram to speak about how the trial team won the verdict and what it means for the legal community and the environment.

    Pedram joined Baum Hedlund in September 2016 as a law clerk and was hired as an attorney in December 2016 after passing the California bar exam. Before joining the firm, Pedram pursued a Master of Laws degree (his second post-graduate degree) at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he was admitted on a merit scholarship.

    During his time at USC, Pedram was Senior Editor of Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal (LAPILJ), an independent collaboration of law students from Southwestern, Loyola, Pepperdine, UCLA, and USC. The journal is a platform for students, practitioners, and academics to address the structural inequalities within the legal system from the perspective of public interest. Contributors collaborate based on a shared concern for the adequate provision of legal services to disenfranchised groups.

    Pedram’s interest in law was forged at the University of Birmingham Law School in the United Kingdom. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and proceeded immediately to Nottingham Trent University in the U.K., where he received an M.A. degree in criminology.

    While studying for his first master’s degree, Pedram was a Postgraduate Outreach Ambassador with the Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach program at Nottingham Trent University. As part of this position, he taught Farsi at a local after-school program that provides resources to disadvantaged communities around Nottingham.

    Pedram also volunteered his time with The Outreach Program to host presentations and seminars at local disadvantaged secondary schools. These events highlighted the utility of learning a second language for the purposes of entering higher education with transferable skills and knowledge of other cultures in an increasingly diversified U.K.

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    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.  

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Class Action/Mass Torts
    • 50%Personal Injury - General
    Focus Areas

    Toxic Torts, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

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    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

    Rising Stars: 2019 - 2020

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    About Pedram Esfandiary

    Admitted: 2016, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/attorneys/pedram-esfandiary/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
    • Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2019
    • CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts, 2018
    • Daily Journal Top Verdicts, 2018
    • Recognition in the Mass Torts category for its landmark legal victories in two Roundup cancer cases against the Monsanto Company, Elite Trial Lawyers, Winner Mass Torts, The National Law Journal, 2019
    • Trial Team of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2019
    • With only three years under his belt as an attorney, Pedram Esfandiary of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman PC has already racked up impressive wins, including a multimillion-dollar verdict against Monsanto, Top 40 Under 40 Law360 Rising Stars, Law360, 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
    • The American Association for Justice
    • State Bar of California
    • California, 2016
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2017
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2017

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer at Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach Program at Nottingham Trent University, U.K.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Challenging Court Secrecy in Medical Product Litigation, Yale University, Conference, Yale Law School’s Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) Program, Yale University’s Greenberg Conference Center, New Haven, Connecticut, September 17, 2018
    • Senior Editor, Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal (LAPILJ), USC
    • $289M Monsanto Roundup Verdict – Life After the Daubert Ruling and Johnson Trial, Trial Theme Overview, Harris Martin Publishing, Half-Day Roundup CLE (Continuing Legal Education), Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica, California, October 24, 2018
    • Suing Monsanto: How a Team of Lawyers Won a Verdict Linking the Herbicide Roundup to Cancer, UCLA School of Law, Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment and The Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy, Lunchtime Event, UCLA Law Building, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, October 31, 2018
    • Roundup, American Association for Justice, AAJ Winter Convention – What’s Hot in Mass Tort Litigation, Miami, Florida, February 4, 2019
    • Monsanto Litigation – Decades of Deceit, Students for Economic & Environmental Justice, Expert Panel, Berkeley Law School, October 1, 2019

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company (case no. CGC-16-550128) Unanimous $289.2 million jury verdict against Monsanto Company This was a groundbreaking $289.2 million jury verdict in San Francisco Superior Court against Monsanto for causing Dewayne "Lee" Johnson's non-Hodgkin lymphoma due to exposure to a Monsanto glyphosate-based herbicide called Roundup. The jury ordered Monsanto to pay $39.2 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages for failing to warn consumers that exposure to Roundup weed killer causes cancer. This verdict is on appeal., 2018. Mr. Johnson is represented by The Miller Firm, LLC, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, PC and Audet & Partners LLP, 2018
    • Trial Team Member, Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto.Company (Roundup cancer lawsuit), Oakland, California, 2019

    Educational Background:

    • University of Birmingham Law School, Birmingham, United Kingdom, LL.B, 2013
    • Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, M.A. in Criminology, Honors: Distinction Grade, Postgraduate Outreach Ambassador, 2014
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    10940 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Phone: 310-207-3233

    Fax: 310-820-7444

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