Top rated Class Action & Mass Torts attorney in Los Angeles, CaliforniaWisner Baum LLP
Practice Areas: Class Action & Mass Torts, Products Liability; view more
Licensed in California since: 2016
Pedram Esfandiary is an attorney and Partner at the Los Angeles office of Wisner Baum (formerly Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman). He represents people harmed by environmental toxins, pharmaceutical drugs, consumer products, and police misconduct. He is currently leading the toxic baby food litigation for our firm. The national program, Spotlight on America, featured Pedram and one of his clients to discuss one of the first baby food-autism lawsuits in the United States.
Monsanto Roundup Cancer Trials
Pedram was a key member of the litigation teams for the first three Roundup cancer cases to go to trial against Monsanto (now part of Bayer):
• Johnson v. Monsanto Co., in which the jury awarded the plaintiff, a groundskeeper, $289 million;
• Hardeman v. Monsanto Co., in which the jury awarded the plaintiff $80 million for his damages; and
• Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co., in which the jury awarded the plaintiffs, a Livermore, California couple, $55 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages.
Various legal journals recognized these landmark Roundup verdicts with awards and honors, including the Daily Journal, Law360, National Law Journal, Courtroom View Network, and .
UCLA School of Law, the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, the Resnick Center for Food Law and Policy, and the Yale Law School Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) program invited Pedram to speak about the Roundup litigation and the trials.
Pedram has received many well-deserved awards and recognition for his accomplishments, including for his work in the Roundup cancer litigation. He is listed in Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch, Southern California Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, and National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40. He was selected for Law360’s Rising Stars list in 2019, which recognizes attorneys under 40 years old whose legal accomplishments transcend their age. Pedram and his fellow trial team members were honored as Elite Trial Lawyers Mass Torts—Law Firm of the Year finalists for 2020 by ALM and National Law Journal; the 2019 Trial Team of the Year by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; and the Product Liability Practice Group of the Year in 2020 by Law360. Finally, the National Law Journal inducted Pedram and his colleagues into The Verdicts Hall of Fame.
Education & Career History
In September 2016, Pedram took a position at Wisner Baum as a law clerk. Just a few months later, he passed the California Bar Exam and was hired as an attorney. He earned his Master of Laws (L.L.M.) from the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California, where he was admitted on a merit scholarship.
At USC, Pedram worked as the senior editor of the 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 on which students, practitioners, and academics 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.
Prior to his USC days, Pedram attended the University of Birmingham Law School in the United Kingdom. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), then attended Nottingham Trent University for his Master of Arts in criminology.
Outside of his studies, Pedram made time to work as a Postgraduate Outreach Ambassador with The Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach team—now known as the Centre for Student and Community Engagement (CenSCE)—of Nottingham Trent University. This position gave him the opportunity to teach Farsi at a local afterschool program for disadvantaged communities and host presentations/seminars at disadvantaged secondary schools. In the latter, he made sure to highlight the utility of learning a second language to help bolster a student’s chances of entering higher education with transferable skills and knowledge of other cultures.
Pedram is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court, Central District of California and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. He holds membership to the State Bar of California, the American Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Further, he is an executive board member of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles.
Pedram truly cares about making the world a better place, and he knows that to do so, one must start with their community. He regularly volunteers time giving presentations and speeches to share his knowledge and legal techniques with others. He is also honored to be an Adjunct Professor of Law.
Call for a free, confidential consultation with Pedram. He provides legal services in fluent English, Farsi, and Swedish.
Practice areasClass Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Class Actions, Pharmaceutical, Toxic Torts
- 50% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
- 50% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
First Admitted: 2016, California
Professional Webpage: https://www.wisnerbaum.com/attorneys/pedram-esfandiary/
- 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
- 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
Office location for Pedram Esfandiary
11111 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
- Rising Stars: 2019 - 2023