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Pedram Esfandiary is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, where he concentrates his practice on toxic tort injuries, pharmaceutical drug liability, class actions, consumer fraud litigation and police misconduct lawsuits.
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 and the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
He and other members of the Roundup trial teams in Pilliod, Hardeman and Johnson were also honored as Elite Trial Lawyers Mass Tort Law Firm of the Year finalists in 2020 by ALM and the National Law Journal, as well as the 2019 Trial Team of the Year 2019 by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. At the end of 2020, the National Law Journal inducted Pedram and his colleagues into The Verdicts Hall of Fame and Law360 named them Product Liability Practice Group of the Year.
Various legal journals have top listed our landmark Roundup verdicts. The Daily Journal listed the $289M Johnson verdict among its top verdicts of 2018, the National Law Journal listed it in their Top 100 and Courtroom View Network listed it in its Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts of 2018. Topverdict.com listed the $2B Pilliod verdict as #1 in California, #2 in the nation and the ninth largest verdict in history in 2019. The National Law Journal and the Daily Journal also recognized the Pilliod verdict in their top lists.
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.
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.”
About Pedram Esfandiary
First Admitted: 2016, California
Professional Webpage: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/attorneys/pedram-esfandiary/
Pro bono/Community Service
- Executive Board member, National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles
- Volunteer Adjunct Law Professor at People's College of Law, Los Angeles
- Volunteer at Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach Program at Nottingham Trent University, U.K.
- California, 2016
- U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2017
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2017
- Trial Team Member, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs Monsanto Company (Roundup cancer verdict $289.2 million), San Francisco, California, 2018
- Trial Team Member, Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto.Company (Roundup cancer verdict $2.055 billion), Oakland, California, 2019
- State Bar of California
- The American Association for Justice: Leaders Forum; Herbicides and Pesticides Litigation Group; Police Misconduct Litigation Group
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- Executive Board Member, National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- University of Southern California USC Gould School of Law, LL.M, 2016
- Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, United Kingdom, M.A. in Criminology, Honors: Distinction Grade, Postgraduate Outreach Ambassador, 2014
- University of Birmingham Law School, Birmingham, United Kingdom, LL.B, 2013
- $2.055 billion verdict - Trial Team Member, Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto.Company (Roundup cancer lawsuit), Oakland, California, 2019. Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co. was the third Monsanto Roundup lawsuit to proceed to trial. Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman attorney R. Brent Wisner served as co-lead trial counsel with Mike Miller of Miller Law Firm for Alva and Alberta Pilliod, a couple in their 70s who alleged exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Brent delivered the opening and closing statements, presented most of the scientific evidence and cross-examined many of Monsanto’s experts. Baum Hedlund managing partner, Michael Baum, and attorney Pedram Esfandiary, also served on the trial team as did lawyers from Miller Law Firm, Brady Law Group and Audet & Partners. After seven weeks of trial proceedings, the jury returned a verdict on May 13, 2019, awarding $2.055 billion to the plaintiffs, finding that exposure to Roundup caused the Pilliods’ 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
- $289M 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., 2018. Mr. Johnson is represented by The Miller Firm, LLC, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, PC and Audet & Partners LLP, 2018
Other Outstanding Achievements
- Government Testimony: Quasi-legislative formal public hearing: California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) hearing on the Proposed Rulemaking, Warnings for Exposures to Glyphosate from Consumer Products New Sections 25607.48 and 25607.49, September 9, 2021, 2021
- Government Testimony: California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) hearing on the proposed regulatory “Safe Harbor” No Significant Risk Level (NSRL) for glyphosate, June 7, 2017, 2017
- , California Power House, Law360 Regional Powerhouse Series, 2021
- , Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch, Best Lawyers
- 2019 – 2022, Selected: Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
- , Product Liability Practice Group of the Year , Law360, 2020
- , Elite Trial Lawyers Mass Torts Law Firm of the Year, Finalist, ALM and National Law Journal, 2020
- , Top 40 Under 40 , Law360 Rising Stars, 2019
- , Number 1 Verdict in California, Topverdict.com (Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co.), 2019
- , Top 10 Verdicts in California, Topverdict.com (Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co.), 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 , The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2019
- , Daily Journal Top Verdicts, Daily Journal , 2018
- , CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts, CVN, 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 Verdicts, ALM, National Law Journal, Verdict Search (Johnson v. Monsanto Co.), 2018
- , Verdicts Hall of Fame Inductee, The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch
- , The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
- , Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyer, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyer
- Senior Editor of Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal (LAPILJ), Senior Editor of Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal (LAPILJ), Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal
- Baby Foods: A Personal Injury Perspective, Speaker, Baby Foods: A Personal Injury Perspective, Mass Torts Made Perfect, MTMP Connect Webinar, Legal, 2021
- Breaking Down the 1st Monsanto Roundup Trial and $289 Verdict, Speaker, Breaking Down the 1st Monsanto Roundup Trial and $289 Verdict, Webinar for CaseAnalysis.com, Legal, 2020
- Monsanto Litigation – Decades of Deceit, Speaker, Monsanto Litigation – Decades of Deceit, Students for Economic & Environmental Justice, Expert Panel, Berkeley Law School, Legal, 2019
- Roundup, Speaker, Roundup, American Association for Justice, AAJ Winter Convention – What’s Hot in Mass Tort Litigation, Miami, Florida, Legal, 2019
- 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
- $289M Monsanto Roundup Verdict – Life After the Daubert Ruling and Johnson Trial, Speaker, $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, 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
- Adjunct Professor of Law, 2020 - Present, Speaker, Adjunct Professor of Law, Peoples College of Law, Los Angeles, California, Legal
Last Updated: 5/15/2022