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Ronald L.M. Goldman

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Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace 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: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1963
Practice Areas: Aviation and Aerospace (40%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
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Ronald L. M. Goldman is a veteran trial lawyer, board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. He is a senior partner and the senior trial attorney for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. Since becoming a lawyer more than 50 years ago, Ron has handled a wide variety of sophisticated litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and he has litigated hundreds of cases involving personal injury and wrongful death related to commercial transportation liability and to drug product liability.

He is a pilot and the head of the firm’s aviation disaster litigation team. Ron taught for 21 years at Pepperdine School of Law as an adjunct Law Professor, where he created and taught the course on Aviation Accident Law. He also taught courses in Torts, Insurance Law, Legal Writing, and Analysis.

In 1969 Ron handled his first aviation case and has continued handling aviation cases ever since, in accidents such as the 1972 British European Airways crash near London; the 1978 Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182/Cessna 172 Midair Collision at San Diego, California; the 1986 Aero Mexico Flight 498/Piper Midair Collision at Cerritos, California; and the 2000 Southwest Airlines runway accident at Burbank, California. He also handled the September 11, 2001 aviation (passenger) tort litigation in which he also served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee. Since joining the firm in 2003 he has worked on all of the firm’s general aviation and airline disaster cases.

He was the lead negotiator in one of the firm’s most significant aviation litigation achievements. He won, as part of the settlement in the January 8, 2003, Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, the agreement of the airline and maintenance company, in an organized ceremony, to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash. Three years later Ron appeared in a dramatic reenactment of the crash, its subsequent investigation and the ultimate public apology, which aired on National Geographic Television.

Ron’s expertise extends far beyond aviation into many forms of commercial transportation accidents. Due to his experience with train accident cases, he was chosen as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink train collision in California, which is the deadliest train accident in Metrolink’s history. He also litigated the fatal 2012 CSX Coal Train Derailment in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Ron was involved in ground-breaking pharmaceutical litigation which helped pave the way for the drug product liability litigation lawyers are facing today. In the 1960s he was actively involved in exposing Richardson-Merrell’s (later known as Marion Merrell Dow) cholesterol-lowering drug, MER/29 (triparanol), which was blamed for severe side effects and birth defects. The company was ultimately indicted for supplying the FDA with falsified information about the drug.

He is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated lawyer through Martindale Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2021 (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). He is also published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters and has been selected for inclusion in the 2005-2020 Southern California Super Lawyers®. As lead trial counsel, Ron won one of the largest verdicts of its type in Ohio’s history in December of 2006. The case concerned an unmarried person who died in a Tyson Foods truck crash. The case, Brumfield v. Tyson Foods, Inc., N.D. Ohio Case No. 1:05CV847, before Judge Donald C. Nugent, resulted in a jury verdict of $7,028,687.

Ron Goldman has appeared in the media more than 2,000 times concerning aviation accidents and pharmaceutical drug product liability, including safety oversight issues. Numerous media have sought Ron’s expert opinion as a pilot and former adjunct aviation accident law professor concerning airline accidents in the U.S. and abroad as well as regarding runway incursions at LAX.

He has been seen on TV, radio, and in newspapers such as BBC Radio, ANN News Tokyo, Associated Press, Bloomberg News, BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Chicago Tribune,, Fox News Channel, Guardian Limited, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, National Law Journal, NPR, and the Washington Post.

Ron received his B.S.L. in 1960 and his law degree in 1962, both from the University of Southern California.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Aviation and Aerospace
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

Articles about Ronald L.M. Goldman appearing in Super Lawyers

A lawyer who pursues justice | Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.

Ronald Goldman has dedicated his life to pursuing justice, helping clients harmed or deprived of a loved one due to actions of another person or party. Contact him at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., at 800-827-0087 or

About Ronald L.M. Goldman

First Admitted: 1963, California

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Court Admissions:California, 1963;  U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1963;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1970;  U.S. Supreme Court, 1971;  United Kingdom, Court of Inquiry, 1972 (Investigating crash ofBritish European Airways Trident jet in June 1972, London, England);  U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1973;  United States Court of Federal Claims, 1974;  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York,  1975;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1977;  District of Columbia, 1979;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1982;  U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1983;  U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2006;  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2006;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2006;  U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2008;  U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2008;  U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2009;  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin,  2009;  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2012
  • Lead Trial Counsel, 2006; 1998 Bell Helicopter crash in Los Angeles, California
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1953, Heparin Products Liability Litigation
  • Leadership Member, Ad hoc, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214 litigation, MDL-2497, in re Air Crash at San Francisco, on July 6, 2013
  • Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel for the Coordinated Discovery Cases, Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 accident, Burbank, California, 2000
  • Member, Lead Trial Counsel, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation
  • Member:State Bar of California;  District of Columbia Bar;  National Board of Trial Advocacy; The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers;  American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; American Association for Justice: Aviation Law Section; American Association for Justice: Heparin Litigation Group; American Association for Justice: Medtronic InFUSE® Litigation Group; American Association for Justice: Qui Tam Litigation Group; American Association for Justice: Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) American Bar Association: The Forum on Air and Space Law; American Bar Association: Litigation Section; American Bar Association: Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Consumer Attorneys of California;  Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles;  Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association;  International Bar Association, Aviation Law Committee;  Legal Expert Witness, Westlaw Round Table Group, 2012;  Life Member, Ostriches Anonymous Association (OAA), Promoting Aviation Safety and Risk Awareness;  Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association;  Public Justice; World Jurist Association of the World Peace Through Law Center;  Founding Member, World Association of Law Professors of the World Peace Through Law CenterAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008
  • Leadership Group, East Coast Jets, Owatonna, Minnesota, July 31, 2008
  • Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation
  • Lead Trial Counsel, 2006; 2004 Tyson Foods truck crash near Crestline, Ohio
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1967 In Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, 2009
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009 (Colgan Air dba Continental Connection) 

Representative Clients

  • In Re Aircrash Disaster Near Cerritos, DiCosta vs. Aeronaves de Mexico, SA 973 F.2d 1490 (9th Cir. 1992) [Emotional Distress]  
  • Sevilla vs. Stearns-Roger, Inc. 101 C.A.3d 608, 161 C.R. 700 (1980) [Product Liability]  
  • Cable vs. Sahara Tahoe Corp. 93 C.A.3d 1025, 155 C.R. 770 (1979) [Conflict of laws]  
  • Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008) (holding that a drug manufacturer owes a duty to warn regarding risks associated with off-label uses and allowing plaintiffs’ claims for compensatory and  punitive damages to proceed to the jury)  
  • Drenzek vs. Inmont Corp. 57 C.A.3d 878, 129 C.R. 429 (1976) [Assumption of Risk]  
  • Selke v. Germanwings GmbH, 261 F. Supp. 3d 645 (E.D. Va. 2017) (Virginia court had personal jurisdiction over a German airline, involving Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany, whose pilot committed suicide by crashing the plane into the French Alps and killing all 150 on board, because the airline sold its tickets to passengers that resided in Virginia through its authorized agent, United Airlines)  
  • People vs. Powell 14 C.A.3d 693, 92 C.R. 501 (1971) [Felony murder rule]  
  • Brooks vs. St. Mary’s Hospital 57 C.A.4th 241, 66 C.R.2d 820 (1997) [Preemption Doctrine/Constitutional Law] [Case settled pending re-hearing; depublished]  
  • Harris Corp. vs. Comair 712 F.2d 1069 (6th Cir. 1983) [Right of employer to collect for death of employee; Avi. Accid. Law; Conflict of laws, Negligence]  
  • La Pietra vs. Freed 87 C.A.3d 384, 151 C.R. 554 (1979) [Arbitration]  
  • Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008) (holding that plaintiffs’ claims are not preempted by federal law)  
  • Baxter vs. Superior Court 19 C.3d 461, 138 C.R. 315 (1977) [Loss of consortium]  
  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 701 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D.Ind.2010) (denying defendant’s learned intermediary defense and further allowing plaintiffs’ experts to testify regarding the causal association between antidepressants and increased suicidal behavior)  
  • Cacciaguidi v. Elliott 39 Cal.App.3d 261, 114 Cal.Rptr. 93, 39 Cal. Comp. Cases 963, Cal.App. 2 Dist. (1974)  
  • McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc. 211 F.R.D. 381 (C.D.Cal., 2002)  
  • Gradus vs. Hanson Aviation 158 C.A.3d 1038, 205 C.R. 211 (1984) [Duty of common carrier (see BAJI 6.51); Fed. Avi. Regs., Part 135, Res Ipsa Loquitur, Negligence] [Closing argument published by Million Dollar Verdicts by Western Masters]  
  • Flashman v. Superior Court (Pacific Southwest Airlines) 107 Cal.App.3d 117, 165 Cal.Rptr. 680, Cal.App. 4 Dist. (1980) [Coordination and venue]  
  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008) (granting plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration and holding that plaintiff’s claims are not preempted by federal law)  
  • Benjamins vs. British European Airways 572 F.2d 913 (2nd Cir. 1978) [Warsaw Convention]  
  • Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008)  
  • Dassin vs. Darlene Knitwear 387 F.Supp. 958 (USDC, D.Puerto Rico–1974) [In personam jurisdiction]  
  • McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc. 208 F.R.D. 617 (C.D.Cal. 2002)  
  • U.S.A. vs. Moore 427 F.2d 1020 (10th Cir.–1970) [Administrative Law; equitable relief, injunctions]


  • Brumfield v. Tyson Foods, Inc., N.D. Ohio Case No. 1:05CV847, before Judge Donald C. Nugent, resulted in a jury verdict of $7,028,687
  • Ron was the lead negotiator in one of the firm's most significant aviation litigation achievements when he won, as part of the settlement agreement from the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, the agreement of the airline and maintenance company, in an organized ceremony, to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash. 

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Private Pilot License, USA, 1980

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1968 to 1989, Aviation Accident Law Torts And Insurance Legal Writing And Analysis
  • Book: U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record Re British European Airways, Petitioner, v. Abraham Benjamins, Etc., et al. – U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record with Supporting Pleadings, October 30, 2011  
  • The Largest Heist in History – Law 360, June 25, 2013  
  • American Passengers Have Limited Rights in International Airline Crashes Because of a Treaty Known as the Montreal Convention – FindLaw KnowledgeBase, June 8, 2010  
  • Regional Air Crash Inspires New Aviation Safety Legislation – Findlaw KnowledgeBase, September 23, 2009  
  • 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
  • Topics: Aviation Litigation, International Law; Organization: World Peace Through Law Conferences; Locations: Madrid, Manila, New York; Date: 1970s
  • Topic: Speaker and Panel Member: Aviation Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Right of Privacy, Tort Law; Organization: Belli Seminars; Event: Seminars; Location: Riverside, California; Date: 1970s
  • Topic: “Product Liability – Didn’t Business Learn From the ‘Malpractice’ Crisis?”; Organization: Town Hall Los Angeles; Event: Town Hall General Luncheon, Orange County Forum; Location: Los Angeles, California; Date: November 17, 1977
  • Topic:  Panel Discussion on Forced Arbitration; Organization: Alliance For Justice; Event: Los Angeles Film Premiere of “Lost in the Fine Print”; Location: Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California; Date: May 7, 2015
  • Topic: Ruminations on the Practice of Law – A 50-Year Perspective; Organization: Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association; Event: VCTLA Monthly Program; Location: Oxnard, California; Date: October 28, 2014  
  • Topic: Paxil Litigation; Organization: HB Litigation Conferences; Event: Teleconference; Location: Teleconference; Date: November 5, 2009
  • Topic: OJ Simpson criminal and civil jury verdicts; Organization: Shanghai School of Social Science; Event: Lecture; Location: Shanghai, P.R.C.; Date: 1998
  • Topic: Special Guest Lecturer on The American Judicial System; Event: Lecture;  Organization: Christchurch Polytechnic, School of Broadcasting; Location: Christchurch, New Zealand; Date: 1997

Educational Background

  • University of Southern California, B.S.L., 1960

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Arbitrator/Mediator--Los Angeles Superior Court
  • A founder of, and general counsel for, The Women’s Clinic, a free clinic providing health care needs to needy women in Los Angeles
  • Served as Chairman of the Board, and was a founder of the Family Assistance Program, a charitable, public benefit corporation organized to assist homeless families (originally known as the Family Assistance Program of Hollywood.)

Industry Groups

  • Airline Crash Litigation
  • Auto Defects
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Aviation Product Liability
  • Bus Accidents
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Complex And Multi-District Litigation
  • Helicopter Crash Litigation
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Product Liability Law
  • Qui Tam Claims
  • Structure Failures
  • Train Accidents
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Whistleblower Protection
  • Wrongful Death Law
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Office Location for Ronald L.M. Goldman

10940 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: 310-207-3233

Fax: 310-820-7444

Last Updated: 6/25/2021

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