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Michael L. Baum

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

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
10940 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: 310-909-8212
Fax: 310-820-7444
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005, 2012 - 2023
Licensed in California Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
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Michael L. Baum is the senior managing partner of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. He has successfully led the firm through thousands of wrongful death and personal injury cases stemming from major pharmaceutical drug catastrophes, harmful consumer products, and commercial transportation mass disasters.

He began his career more than 30 years ago, primarily handling airline accidents and other commercial transportation disasters as well as some pharmaceutical product liability litigation. While he oversees all aspects of managing the firm, Michael directs all of the firm’s mass tort litigation, including defective or harmful pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, herbicides, and consumer products. He also oversees our class actions and whistleblower qui-tam actions.

 “Some of our staff were friends long before they started working here and they remain friends after almost three decades of working together. They actually like each other and enjoy making a difference in the lives of others. One of my favorite quotes, which I like to recite to my staff, sums up the work environment we’ve created at the firm: ‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game!’”

Award-Winning Pharmaceutical Litigation Team

Under Michael’s leadership, Baum Hedlund has developed a reputation as a law firm that can be counted upon to go above and beyond what is needed to get the job done, a firm that has successfully litigated personal injury, wrongful death and consumer fraud cases against major pharmaceutical companies such as Alpha Therapeutic, Armour Pharmaceutical Co., Baxter Health Care Corp, Bayer Corp., Dalkon Corporation, Eli Lilly, Forest Labs, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer.

In 1999, Michael served on the trial team in the only Hemophiliac AIDS case to go before a jury. Michael and the trial team represented Leo and Shirley Dixon, whose son, Ken Dixon, contracted the HIV virus and AIDS allegedly as a result of using hemophilia medication contaminated with HIV.

Evidence presented at trial showed the medication Ken Dixon used was plasma‑derived medication contaminated from the use of high-risk donors with the HIV virus. The jurors found that two of the medication manufacturers, Cutter Biological and Alpha Therapeutics, were strictly liable for product liability, negligence, and fraud. The jurors further found that after Ken Dixon initially was infected with the AIDS virus (which was not known to him at the time), the continued use of the contaminated products further aggravated Ken’s condition, exacerbating and accelerating the development of AIDS. The jury awarded Leo and Shirley Dixon $35.3 million in survival and wrongful death damages. Although the judge overturned the verdict based on a technical issue, the verdict provided essential justice for not only the Dixon family but for hemophiliacs across the country who have suffered and died as a result of their HIV-infected medication.

Fast-forward twenty years later, to find Michael continuing to fight for those injured by Big Pharma products. The National Law Journal recognized Michael and his team as 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers and Pharmaceutical Litigation first place winners for their unprecedented jury verdict against a brand-name drug manufacturer (GSK) for the wrongful death of a man who took a generic form of Paxil.

Groundbreaking Verdicts in Monsanto Roundup Litigation

Michael served on the trial team for three of the first Monsanto Roundup lawsuits to go before juries. In the first trial, Michael and a team of lawyers represented Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a Benicia, California school district groundskeeper, who alleged exposure to Monsanto herbicides caused him to develop terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A jury in San Francisco unanimously awarded Mr. Johnson $289M in compensatory and punitive damages, finding that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression, or fraud.

In the wake of this groundbreaking verdict, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 recognized Michael and his team as the 2019 Trial Team of the Year in the Mass Torts category.

The second Roundup lawsuit to proceed to trial, Hardeman v. Monsanto Company, resulted in an $80 million jury verdict. In May of 2019, the third Roundup cancer trial culminated in a historic $2.055 billion verdict in favor of a Bay Area couple who alleged years of exposure to Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The Pilliod verdict was the largest verdict in California and the second largest in the U.S. in 2019. It is also the ninth largest verdict in U.S. history. The Pilliod trial team has received numerous awards and accolades following this landmark verdict, including 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers Mass Tort Law Firm of the Year Finalist, Top 100 Verdicts 2019 by ALM and the National Law Journal and Daily Journal Top Verdicts 2019.

Holding Companies Responsible for Aviation Disasters

In addition, his firm is known for successfully resolving major airline disaster cases against companies such as Airbus, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Amtrak, Bell Helicopter Co., Beechcraft, Boeing, Cessna, China Eastern Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, EgyptAir, Ford Motor Co., McDonnell Douglas, Piper, Robinson Helicopter Co., Sikorsky, SwissAir, TACA Airlines, TWA, United Airlines, and US Airways, among many others.

As part of the plaintiffs’ trial team for families who lost loved ones in the United 232 Sioux City, Iowa, crash, Michael found the smoking gun document that showed General Electric’s engineers’ graphs predicting the next DC 10 engine failure, which happened to be the date of the United 232 crash five years later.

“Rigorously investigating and litigating the types of devastating cases we handle on a daily basis requires relentless focus and dedication to our clients’ causes. Approaching things from the perspective that every problem has an optimum solution waiting to be apprehended simplifies our team’s outlook on every aspect of each case we handle.” 

Influencing Public Policy

Michael was invited to speak before governmental and regulatory entities on several occasions concerning serious health hazards exposed, in part, due to his firm’s litigation. He testified in Brussels at a public hearing before the European Parliament’s Special Committee Hearing on the EU’s authorization procedure for pesticides (PEST), concerning environment impacts of pesticides, including Monsanto’s Roundup weed killerHe and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. delivered the keynote address to members of the European Green Party at the start of their pesticides hearing during that same trip. He and his partner, R. Brent Wisner, also briefed members of Parliament of Canada’s Green Party about the first Roundup cancer verdict we helped obtain, as well as the evidence we presented at that trial. As a result of his groundbreaking work on the Monsanto Roundup cases, Politico EU chose Michael as one of five "changemakers" in the world making waves in pesticides policy.

Medical officials from foreign governments in countries such as Ireland, Japan, Russia, and Taiwan have sought Michael’s advice and assistance with their countries’ public policies concerning consumer drug safety. They’ve done so after becoming aware of Michael’s impressive understanding of biomedical research, clinical trials, statistics, the pharmaceutical industry and marketing, as well as his firm’s successful and effective discovery procedures and extensive work with experts on complicated scientific issues related to Baum Hedlund’s pharmaceutical litigation. 

Career Highlights

Among his many achievements, accomplished with the help of his team, Michael is most proud of:

  • His firm’s historic $289M and the $2B Roundup cancer verdicts against Monsanto (now Bayer) and the firm's release of The Monsanto Papers;
  • Being recognized, along with his firm, as a national leader in the antidepressant Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft suicide litigation;
  • Working to bring about the black box suicidality warning for children and young adults, now on most antidepressant labels;
  • Helping spur funding for the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998, which was made part of the negotiated settlement to help scores of hemophiliacs infected with HIV by contaminated medication;
  • Arranging for the face-to-face presentation between pharmaceutical company executives and dozens of hemophiliac families that got to say, person by person, holding before and after photos of themselves or departed loved ones, how the hemophilia-AIDS epidemic, and the manner in which the companies caused and covered it up, impacted their lives;
  • Being one of the leaders in the fight against federal preemption, a doctrine pushed by the pharmaceutical industry to wipe out consumers’ rights to sue drug companies for injuries caused by their drugs (Preemption was finally defeated in 2009 with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Wyeth v. Levine);
  • Creating the first class action ever filed against an SSRI-antidepressant manufacturer, ending with the successful resolution of more than 3,000 Paxil injury cases;
  • Finding “needles in haystacks” and “smoking guns” in document productions, such as GE engineers’ graphs predicting the next DC 10 engine failure which mirrored the date of the United 232 crash five years later, an internal study linking SSRIs to cardio birth defects, or documentation of company programs to ghostwrite medical journal articles for academic opinion leaders to give the appearance of objective science when actually serving marketing objectives to increase prescriptions, i.e. disguised advertising;
  • Negotiating the first official public apology by an airline for the 2003 Air Midwest Flt. 5481 Charlotte, North Carolina crash;
  • Eliminating California law that protected tobacco companies from lawsuits.  For many years, the statute of limitations was considered to begin to run from the date the plaintiff knew or should have known that he/she was addicted to tobacco.  This effectively barred plaintiffs, many of whom began smoking in their teens, from suing.  Now, the statute of limitations runs when the plaintiff’s physical injuries are (or reasonably could be) discovered;
  • Developing a rigorous, skillful, and technical method for locating hard-to-find manufacturer documents in order to successfully litigate against major pharmaceutical companies, positioning his firm as a leader in the fight to increase public health and safety;
  • Creating coalitions of activists, attorneys, and Baum Hedlund staff, who work together to resolve global problems caused by harmful and defective drugs, which no individual could accomplish alone.

“We have adopted Margaret Mead’s philosophy, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’”

Michael has served on numerous trial teams and plaintiffs’ steering committees in mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical product liability cases as well as major airline crashes.

He has earned an AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell, an Avvo Superb Score of 10, and is recognized in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America®, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and Southern California Super Lawyers.

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Baum Hedlund began litigating Zantac cancer lawsuits in 2019 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was 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”). The FDA requested a full recall of all Zantac and ranitidine products in April 2020 after it determined that the NDMA in some ranitidine medications “increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels.”

The firm is also leading the Gardasil vaccine litigation against Merck. Thousands of 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 for both 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
  • 60%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 40%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Class Actions, Toxic Torts, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical

Selections

13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005, 2012 - 2023
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Michael Baum of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., started practicing law to help people stand up to the companies, individuals and corporations who caused them harm. Discover your legal options at 800-827-0087 or at www.baumhedlundlaw.com.

About Michael L. Baum

First Admitted: 1985, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/attorneys/michael-l-baum/

Educational Background

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, 1982
  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1985

Bar/Professional Activity

  • The District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1983
  • California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1989
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL 817, United Airlines Flight 232 Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • Trial Team Member, 1991-1992, United Airlines Flight 232 Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1990
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL 891, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 Crash, Romulus, Michigan, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1993
  • Trial Team Member, 1997, USAir 1016 Aircrash of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1994
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL 1041, USAir 1016 Aircrash of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1994
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Illinois State Court Proceedings for USAir 427 Aircrash near Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 1999
  • Trial Team Member, Consolidated Hemophilia-AIDS Cases, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2013
  • Trial Team Member, Wendy B. Dolin vs GlaxoSmithKline LLC (generic Paxil suicide lawsuit), Chicago, Illinois, 2017
  • Trial Team Member, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs Monsanto Company (1st Roundup cancer verdict $289.2 million), San Francisco, California, 2018
  • Trial Team Member, Pilliod et al., vs Monsanto Company (3rd Roundup cancer verdict $2.055 billion), Oakland, California, 2019
  • Trial Team Member, Hardeman vs Monsanto Company (2nd Roundup cancer lawsuit trial), San Francisco, California,, 2019
  • State Bar of California
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, President’s Club Benefactor
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum
  • Lead Counsel for 125 Consolidated Complex Biological-Medical Products Liability Cases, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997-2001
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP 4696) In re Actos Product Liability Cases, Los Angeles, California, 2012 – 2020
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2741, In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California), 2016-present

Representative Clients

  • Dorsett v. Sandoz, Inc., 699 F.Supp.2d 1142 (C.D.Cal.) (denying defendants’ preemption motion and holding that both name-brand and generic drug manufacturers have an affirmative duty to issue warnings), 2010
  • Mason v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.3d 387 (7th Cir.) (unanimously reversing the trial court’s preemption ruling and allowing plaintiffs’ claims to proceed to a trial on the merits), 2010
  • Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008), 2008
  • Grisham v. Philip Morris USA, 482 F. 3d 1131 (9th Cir.), 2007
  • Grisham v. Philip Morris USA, 40 Cal.4th 623, 151 P.3d 1151, 54 Cal.Rptr.3d 735 , 2007
  • Grisham v. Philip Morris USA, 403 F. 3d 631 (9th Cir.), 2005
  • Smith v. Cutter Biological, 770 So. 2d 392 (La. App. 4th Cir.), 2000
  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1092 (Dist. South Carolina), 1997
  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1086 (Dist. South Carolina), 1997
  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1084 (Dist. South Carolina), 1997
  • Ex parte Knight Ridder, Inc., 982 F.Supp. 1080 (Dist. South Carolina), 1997
  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1056 (Dist. South Carolina), 1996
  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1060 (Dist. South Carolina), 1996
  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1071 (Dist. South Carolina), 1995
  • In re Air Crash at Charlotte, N.C. on July 2, 1994, 982 F.Supp. 1052 (Dist. South Carolina), 1995

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Briefing in Brussels - Attorney Baum, his law partner, Brent Wisner, and two clients, Teri McCall and John Barton, traveled to Brussels by invitation to meet with and brief EU press, lawmakers from Germany and France, and staffers for various Members of European Parliaments (MEPs). They arrived just days before a hearing organized by EU environmental and agricultural committees to discuss their firm’s release of the Monsanto Papers and allegations that Monsanto unduly influenced studies on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. They warned officials about the cancer risk associated with glyphosate and Roundup. Attorneys Baum and Wisner also sent a letter to EU officials requesting they conduct an official inquiry into Monsanto’s manipulation of science and potential collusion with regulators. Belgium, October 4-5, 2017, 2017
  • Published the Monsanto Papers - During the Monsanto Roundup cancer litigation, Michael, his partner, Brent Wisner, and their team, declassified and published internal documents known as the Monsanto Papers, revealing Monsanto’s scientific manipulation to hide the truth about Roundup’s harmful effects. This evidence and the successful plaintiffs verdicts have changed how the world questions the safety of Roundup, resulting in regulatory changes, restrictions and bans of glyphosate across the globe. August 1, 2017 through December 2019, 2017
  • Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act, 1998
  • Taiwan’s Ministry of Health emergency meeting regarding hemophilia HIV contaminated medication, 2004

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $2.055 Billion Verdict - Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Company, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Case No. RG17862702, JCCP No. 4953. Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co. was the third Monsanto Roundup lawsuit to proceed to trial. Brent Wisner was co-lead trial counsel for Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple in their 70s who alleged exposure to Roundup caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Brent delivered the opening and closing statements, and presented most of the scientific evidence and cross-examination of Monsanto’s experts. The jury returned a verdict of $2.055 billion in favor of the Pilliods, finding that exposure to Roundup caused their cancer and that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of this severe health hazard. The jury also found that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct., 2019
  • $289 Million Groundbreaking verdict - 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. Mr. Johnson is represented by The Miller Firm, LLC, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, PC and Audet & Partners LLP., 2018
  • $3 million verdict - Dolin v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. et al., case number 1:12-cv-06403, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. On April 20, 2017 a federal jury awarded $3 million to Wendy Dolin, resolving allegations in the trial of Dolin v. Smithkline Beecham Corp. (D/B/A GlaxoSmithKline-GSK) over the (generic Paxil) paroxetine-induced wrongful death of Wendy Dolin’s late husband, Stewart Dolin, who was a partner at the Chicago law firm Reed Smith when he took his own life in 2010. Dolin is represented by Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman and Rapoport Law Offices. This verdict was overturned some years later on appeal., 2017

Videos

  • The Irving H. Green Memorial Lecture- Suing Monsanto: Corporate Accountability in Trial Law Featuring Michael L. Baum (B.A. '82, J.D. '85), UCLA Law | The Irving H. Green Memorial Lecture | Suing Monsanto: Corporate Accountability in Trial Law - Featuring Michael L. Baum, 2021
  • Michael L. Baum is the managing partner of the national law firm Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, based in Los Angeles. Experienced in pharmaceutical litigation and biological products’ litigation since 1991, Michael concentrates on litigating plaintiff product liability consumer products, pharmaceutical cases and consumer class actions. His penchant for biomedical and scientific research, clinical trials, statistics and industry marketing schemes has led his firm into prosecuting many complex consumer and pharmaceutical product liability and fraud cases. Leading a sophisticated legal team, his firm has helped uncover harmful drug industry practices, chemical manufacturer misconduct and deceptive marketing schemes which have resulted in groundbreaking verdicts, major consumer safety advocacy and improved drug warning labels. His team has uncovered and made public, troves of smoking gun documents in major pharmaceutical litigation, such as Actos, Celexa-Lexapro, Cymbalta, Paxil and Hemophilia-AIDS, as well as the release of the Monsanto Papers uncovered in the Monsanto Roundup cancer litigation, helping to expose serious public and environmental health consequences. Michael Baum and his firm have been won several awards, sits on several steering committees, and is in listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Southern California Super Lawyers®, Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, an AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell® and an Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10., Medicating Normal | Attorney Michael Baum: Antidepressants & Teens- What Does the Evidence Actually Say?, 2021
  • Institute for Responsible Technology | Podcast Episode 104 - Lawyer from the Monsanto trial describes widespread corruption of science and regulatory agencies, September 8th, 2021, Lawyer from the Monsanto trial describes widespread corruption of science and regulatory agencies, 2021
  • Attorney Michael Baum describes how a group of friends who care deeply for others, can fight diligently for their clients., Meet Michael L. Baum, President and Senior Shareholder of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, 2020
  • Mike Papantonio discusses the case of Stewart Dolin, a man who committed suicide after taking a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil. Then Mike Papantonio speaks with attorney, Michael Baum, about what the maker of the drug, GlaxoSmithKline, knew about the increased suicide risks associated with the drug., America's Lawyer | Does Paxil And Suicide Go Hand In Hand?, 2017
  • Millions of Swedes are suffering because of the effects from certain types of antidepressants, the SSRIs. The whole of society is affected by the antidepressant whose main effect is that you "care" less. No one speaks today of the effect which is in fact a reduction in conscience and empathy. A soldier with nightmares and guilt feelings takes the same medication as does a Swedish judge..., Who Cares in Sweden? A Documentary Trilogy - The Untold Story of Antidepressants, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Guest Lecture by Michael L. Baum: Suing Monsanto, Speaker, Guest Lecture by Michael L. Baum: Suing Monsanto, UCLA School of Law, The Irving H. Green Memorial Lecture, Los Angeles, California, Legal, 2021
  • Autism in the Age of COVID-19 -Toxic Baby Foods and Autism, Speaker, Autism in the Age of COVID-19 -Toxic Baby Foods and Autism, AutismOne, AutismOne Conference 2021, Newbury Park / Thousand Oaks, California, Legal, 2021
  • A Discussion About Drug Safety & Legal Advocacy, Speaker, A Discussion About Drug Safety & Legal Advocacy, Medicating Normal & Malpractice Diaries, Panel Discussion on YouTube, YouTube Link, Legal, 2020
  • Suing Monsanto: How a Team of Lawyers Won a Verdict Linking the Herbicide Roundup to Cancer, Speaker, 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, Legal, 2018
  • Monsanto Roundup Herbicide Litigation, $289M Jury Verdict & Future Cases, Speaker, Monsanto Roundup Herbicide Litigation, $289M Jury Verdict & Future Cases, Mass Torts Made Perfect, MTMP Fall Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, Legal, 2018
  • Challenging Court Secrecy in Medical Product Litigation, Speaker, 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, Legal, 2018
  • California’s Announcement that Roundup Causes Cancer, OEHHA, and the MDL (Multi-District Litigation), Speaker, California’s Announcement that Roundup Causes Cancer, OEHHA, and the MDL (Multi-District Litigation), HarrisMartin, HarrisMartin’s Roundup® Litigation Conference Agenda, Chicago, Illinois, Legal, 2017
  • “Disease Mongering and Scientific Misconduct”, Speaker, “Disease Mongering and Scientific Misconduct”, Santa Monica College, Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Santa Monica, California, Legal, 2014
  • Actos Bladder Cancer Litigation Status Update, Speaker, Actos Bladder Cancer Litigation Status Update, Mass Torts: Status Update On Drug And Medical Device Litigation, Consumer Attorneys of California, CAOC 52nd Annual Convention, Legal, 2013
  • Litigation Update and Trial Analysis Roundtable: “Actos Trial Analysis”, Speaker, Litigation Update and Trial Analysis Roundtable: “Actos Trial Analysis”, AAJ Plaintiff Trial Lawyers and presented with Mass Torts Made Perfect, AAJ Education’s Plaintiff-Only Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation Update Seminar, Louisville, Kentucky, Legal, 2013
  • Roundtable: Legal Issues, Speaker, Roundtable: Legal Issues, Selling Sickness, Selling Sickness 2013, People Before Profits, Capitol Hill , Washington D.C., Legal, 2013
  • “Case Theories, Challenges and Case Selection Considerations for Your Actos Inventory”, Speaker, “Case Theories, Challenges and Case Selection Considerations for Your Actos Inventory”, HB Litigation Conferences, Plaintiff Forum on Pharmaceutical Litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Actos, and Orthopedic Devices, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Legal, 2012

Honors/Awards

  • , California Power House, Law360 Regional Powerhouse Series, 2021
  • , Product Liability Practice Group of the Year , Law360, 2020
  • , Mass Torts Elite Trial Law Firm of the Year, Finalist, ALM and National Law Journal, 2020
  • , Verdicts Hall of Fame Inductee, he National Law Journal and VerdictSearch, 2020
  • , 5 People Putting Pesticides on the Agenda, Politico’s Changemakers Series, 2020
  • , Top 10 Verdicts in California , Topverdict.com(Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co.), 2019
  • , Top 100: Southern California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • , Elite Trial Lawyers Mass Torts Trial Team of the Year, The National Law Journal and The Trial Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • , Trial Team of the Year 2019, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2019
  • , Number 1 Verdict in California , Topverdict.com(Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co.), 2019
  • , Top 100 Verdicts, ALM, National Law Journal, Verdict Search (Johnson v. Monsanto Co.), 2018
  • , Elite Trial Lawyers, Winner Pharmaceutical Litigation, The National Law Journal, 2018
  • , Number 1 Product Liability Verdict in California, Topverdict.com (Johnson v. Monsanto Co.), 2018
  • , Top 10 Personal Injury Verdicts in the U.S., Topverdict.com(Johnson v. Monsanto Co.), 2018
  • , Top 100 Product Liability Verdicts in the U.S, Topverdict.com (Dolin v. GSK), 2017
  • , Top 10 Product Liability Verdicts in Illinois , Topverdict.com (Dolin v. GSK), 2017
  • , National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award, National Air Disaster Foundation, 2002
  •  2016 – 2022 (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers
  • 2019, 2020, 2021, 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, Lawdragon
  • 2005, 2012 – 2021, Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
  • , Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • , AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating , Martindale Hubbel
  • , Superb Score 10 out of 10, Avvo.com
  • , 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, Aviation Counsel Magazine
  • , Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
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Office Location for Michael L. Baum

10940 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: 310-909-8212

Fax: 310-820-7444

Last Updated: 6/23/2022

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