Bijan Esfandiari

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Bijan Esfandiari

Location:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
888-406-6726
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Bijan Esfandiari is a pharmaceutical product liability litigation attorney and shareholder at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman in Los Angeles. He has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts across the nation, at both the trial and appellate level, in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases.

He has participated in several cases that have shaped and developed the law for the benefit of injured victims and consumers of pharmaceutical products. In one case of first impression (a case that presents a new issue for legal interpretation), the Court agreed with Bijan’s argument and held that drug manufacturers owe an affirmative duty to warn regarding risks associated with children's off-label use.

Bijan’s published cases have also exposed reprehensible corporate conduct. In one instance, a federal court in Pennsylvania allowed Bijan’s clients to proceed with their punitive damages claims after finding that internal documents demonstrated the defendant had "acted with a wanton and willful disregard for the safety of its consumers."

Where drug makers have tried to convince courts that federal preemption (the doctrine that federal law preempts conflicting state laws) grants them immunity from state lawsuits, Bijan has time and again prevented their escape. In Mason v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., the first and only prescription drug preemption case to be heard by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the drug maker argued that FDA approval of a drug shielded its manufacturer from fault even if the company later learned of harmful negative reactions. The court, however, sided with Bijan and held that plaintiffs’ claims were not preempted by federal law.

Bijan has likewise successfully opposed preemption in numerous other state and federal court cases. He co-authored amicus briefs in support of the respondents in the Supreme Court's landmark cases Wyeth v. Levine, 129 S.Ct. 1187 (2009) and Pliva v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567 (2011).  Bijan received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude, 1999) and J.D. degree from UCLA. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars for five years in a row and has an Avvo.com rating of 10 out of 10: Superb.

 

Year Joined Firm

  • 2007

Areas of Practice

  • Pharmaceutical Product Liability
  • Complex Multi-District Litigation
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Class Actions
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2002

Education

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - June, 2002
    • Law Journal: UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs, Member, 1999 - 2000
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. cum laude - 1999
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Camisoles: Providing Thin Protection, IP Law 360, 2006
  • YouTube Sued: It's a Riot, American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Media Privacy Committee Newsletter, 2006

Classes/Seminars

  • Strategies for Litigating Copyright Cases When Infringement is Uncontested, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, February 17, 2006
  • Oral Advocacy Competition Participant, ABA Forum on Communications Law, Media Advocacy Workshop, American Bar Association, February 8, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2013
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2012
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2011
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2010
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member, 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2002 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Public Counsel Volunteer Attorney, 2006

Languages

  • Farsi