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William Crawford Appleby

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Top Rated Personal Injury 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 Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 2013
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Aviation and Aerospace, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
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An attorney at Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman’s Los Angeles office, William Crawford Appleby IV focuses on complex law and motion matters, in-depth legal research and writing, and case strategy. To yield the best results for his clients, Crawford applies his skills to dig deep into United States and foreign law. He dedicates most of his time to transportation accident cases and whistleblower and qui tam claims.

Crawford contributes to Baum Hedlund cases at the trial and appellate levels. He is skilled in drafting briefs, tracking new and/or developing areas of the law, exploring issues of first impression, and monitoring developments in legal technology, as well as in legislative history compilation and analysis. His passion for helping others drives him to put his all into every case he works on, making him a key member of the firm’s award-winning legal team.

Career History & Educational Background

Before he joined Baum Hedlund, Crawford clerked at the Los Angeles Superior Court for over two years. He acquired a wealth of experience in all aspects of civil litigation while drafting proposed tentative rulings, conducting research, and writing for superior court judges.

Law School Days

Crawford attended Loyola Law School after earning his bachelor’s degree from Boston University. While working toward his J.D., he honed his legal skills and completed Mediation Training at the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution. He was also accepted into the Hobbs District Attorney Clinic to conduct 20 felony preliminary hearings for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Further, he externed for the California Department of Justice under former Attorney General and current Vice President Kamala Harris. He tirelessly represented professional licensing boards in administrative hearings and was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation for Service to the Licensing Section of the State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.

He did not feel the need to rest during summer break, either. Compelled by his love for the law, he took the opportunity to serve as a federal judicial extern for the Honorable R. Gary Klausner in the Central District of California.

Published Works

In between his studies, Crawford worked at the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review as a senior technical editor. He published commentary on the Supreme Court of the United States case Rehberg v. Paulk, which is cited in both the Witkin Summary of California Law and Federal Grand Jury: A Guide to Law and Practice.

His other published works include:

  • Diamond in the Rough: Reevaluating Delaware as a Potential Forum in Multi-Defendant Tort Cases, American Association for Justice Business Torts section
  • Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction for Aviation Cases, ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Newsletter: Winter 2020
  • Preservation, Discovery, Subpoenas and Metadata: Court Rules, Case Law and Recent Developments, “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide”, National Business Institute seminar, January 2020
  • Laying a Foundation: Real-World Scripts/Examples, “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide”, National Business Institute seminar, January 2020
  • Pro-Plaintiff Decisions PostDaimler & Bristol-Myers, “Traversing the Minefield: Overcoming Procedural Obstacles in Aviation Cases”, ABA TIPS Aviation Litigation, October, 2019
  • Stick Versus Puncture: Etihad Ends Causal Link Requirement between Mental and Bodily Injury in Montreal Convention Cases, American Association for Justice, Aviation Law: Summer 2018
  • Using Agency Agreements to Pin Down Foreign Airlines in American Courts, American Association for Justice, Aviation Law: Winter 2018
  • Liability of Airlines in Intentional Downing of Aircraft, American Association for Justice 2017 Annual Convention, July, 2017
  • Understanding the ‘Sudden Illness’ Defense in California Courts, Daily Journal, December 6, 2016
  • Pro-Plaintiff Decisions Post­-Daimler, “Tips From Cockpit to Courtroom”, ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee meeting, November, 2016
  • The Marital Privilege – Attorneys need to know the subtleties of marital privilege, a vital evidentiary rule. – California Lawyer, MCLE Evidence, August 26, 2016
  • Current Issues of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones, American Association for Justice 2016 Annual AAJ-PAPERS 44, July, 2016

Rulings.law: Making Justice Accessible

Crawford launched legal tech company rulings.law, a free database of California state court tentative rulings, in 2019. The website is the first of its kind, as it allows litigants to see how a judge ruled in the past, what cases they cite, and why that judge rules the way they do. This provides valuable insight into how the judge might rule in an upcoming case.

Court Admissions, Awards & Memberships

In 2013, Crawford was admitted to practice law in California and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Later, in 2019, he was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers, and the State Bar of California.

Crawford’s groundbreaking legal work as part of the Baum Hedlund team has earned him the following accolades:

  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Southern California Super Lawyers® Rising Stars
  • 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers, Finalists Consumer Protection, The National Law Journal

When he is not working hard in the office, Crawford enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren and their son William, running, skiing, and playing golf and tennis. In 2010, he ran the Los Angeles Marathon to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

To speak with Crawford in a free consultation, call (855) 948-5098 or visit baumhedlundlaw.com.

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

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Selections

3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022

About William Crawford Appleby

First Admitted: 2013, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/attorneys/william-crawford-ap...

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certificate of Appreciation for service to the Licensing Section, State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2013
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2019
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • State Bar of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles  
  • Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers

Educational Background

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (Juris Doctor), 2013
  • Completion of Mediation Training, Center for Conflict Resolution, The Loyola Law School, 2012
  • Boston University, Boston (Bachelor of Science), 2006

Representative Clients

  • 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), 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • There are several factors to consider in a case like this. What kind of tree is it? How was the tree treated by the public entity? Where was the plaintiff harmed? Where was the tree located?, Author, If a Tree Falls in the Woods, Is There Sovereign Immunity?, Daily Journal, Legal, 2021
  • Diamond in the Rough: Reevaluating Delaware as a Potential Forum in Multi-Defendant Tort Cases, Author, Diamond in the Rough: Reevaluating Delaware as a Potential Forum in Multi-Defendant Tort Cases, American Association for Justice Business Torts section, Legal, 2020
  • Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction for Aviation Cases, Author, Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction for Aviation Cases, ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Newsletter: Winter 2020, Legal, 2020
  • Preservation, Discovery, Subpoenas and Metadata: Court Rules, Case Law and Recent Developments, “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide”, Author, Preservation, Discovery, Subpoenas and Metadata: Court Rules, Case Law and Recent Developments, “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide”, National Business Institute seminar, Legal, 2020
  • Laying a Foundation: Real-World Scripts/Examples, “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide”, Author, Laying a Foundation: Real-World Scripts/Examples, “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide”, National Business Institute seminar, Legal, 2020
  • Inside Tips About Drafting Legal Memoranda (plus free search tool for CA tentative rulings on rulings.law), Speaker, Inside Tips About Drafting Legal Memoranda , Los Angeles Incubator Consortium, Webinar – “Write for Judicial Eyes Without Reinventing the Wheel!”, Legal, 2020
  • Pro-Plaintiff Decisions Post­Daimler & Bristol-Myers, “Traversing the Minefield: Overcoming Procedural Obstacles in Aviation Cases”, Author, Pro-Plaintiff Decisions Post­Daimler & Bristol-Myers, “Traversing the Minefield: Overcoming Procedural Obstacles in Aviation Cases”, ABA TIPS Aviation Litigation, Legal, 2019
  • Stick Versus Puncture: Etihad Ends Causal Link Requirement between Mental and Bodily Injury in Montreal Convention Cases, Author, Stick Versus Puncture: Etihad Ends Causal Link Requirement between Mental and Bodily Injury in Montreal Convention Cases, American Association for Justice, Aviation Law: Summer 2018, Legal, 2018
  • Using Agency Agreements to Pin Down Foreign Airlines in American Courts, Author, Using Agency Agreements to Pin Down Foreign Airlines in American Courts, American Association for Justice, Aviation Law: Winter 2018, Legal, 2018
  • Liability of Airlines in Intentional Downing of Aircraft, Author, Liability of Airlines in Intentional Downing of Aircraft, American Association for Justice 2017 Annual Convention, Legal, 2017
  • Understanding the ‘Sudden Illness’ Defense in California Courts, Author, Understanding the ‘Sudden Illness’ Defense in California Courts, Daily Journal, Legal, 2016
  • Pro-Plaintiff Decisions Post­-Daimler, “Tips From Cockpit to Courtroom”, Author, Pro-Plaintiff Decisions Post­-Daimler, “Tips From Cockpit to Courtroom”, ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee meeting, Legal, 2016
  • The Marital Privilege – Attorneys need to know the subtleties of marital privilege, a vital evidentiary rule., Author, The Marital Privilege – Attorneys need to know the subtleties of marital privilege, a vital evidentiary rule., California Lawyer, MCLE Evidence, Legal, 2016
  • Current Issues of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones, American Association for Justice 2016, Author, Current Issues of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones, American Association for Justice , Annual AAJ-PAPERS 44, Legal, 2016
  • Rehberg and the Unintended Consequences of Immunity Uniformity, Author, Rehberg and the Unintended Consequences of Immunity Uniformity, 46 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 703, Legal, 2013

Honors/Awards

  • California Power House, Law360 Regional Powerhouse Series, 2021
  • Selected: Southern California Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars
  • 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers, Finalists Consumer Protection, The National Law Journal, 2018
  • , The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
  • Senior Technical Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
  • Certificate of Appreciation for service to the Licensing Section, State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
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Office Location for William Crawford Appleby

10940 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: 310-909-8212

Fax: 310-820-7444

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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