Paul J. Hedlund

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Paul J. Hedlund

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC Location: Los Angeles, California Phone: 888-406-6726
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Paul J. Hedlund is a veteran trial lawyer and senior partner for the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, where he focuses his practice on commercial transportation litigation. Paul has spent over 25 years at his firm, handling over a thousand cases across the nation stemming from aviation, trucking, bus and train crashes.

Paul was part of the Baum Hedlund legal team that represented some of the victims of the Air Midwest Flight 5481 plane crash, in which 21 people aboard the plane were killed. In the wake of this tragedy, Paul and his partners were able to successfully negotiate an unprecedented public apology from Air Midwest's president as part of the terms of the settlement. Although a substantial monetary settlement was also involved, the clients' primary focus had been to require accountability by the defendants, either by trial or by public apology, for the operation, maintenance and design deficiencies that caused the aircrash. A trial was avoided as a result of the public apology by Air Midwest and Vertex.

Additionally, Paul was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in aviation cases stemming from the United Airlines Flight 232 crash in Sioux City and the Alaska Airlines Flight 261 off the coast of California, along with the September 11, 2001 tort litigation and the 2008 Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth, California. He is also one of only a small number of attorneys to argue a wrongful death case before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Over the years, Paul's degree in mechanical engineering has served him well in transportation litigation. In 1990, he was the only attorney to testify in front of the California State Legislature Seismic Safety Commission at a hearing concerning the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake. Paul was also the only attorney to testify at a 2005 California state hearing concerning train configurations and safety after the deadly Metrolink train crash in Glendale.

In addition to receiving the highest rating possible from both the Martindale Hubbell's AV Peer Rating and Avvo, Paul has been interviewed on numerous occasions for national news programs on networks such as CNN, Fox News, ABC World News, MSNBC and NPR, just to name a few. He has also been featured in print periodicals like Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and the Associated Press.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Aviation Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Trucking Accidents

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Patent Law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1977
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2009


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1973
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.S.M.E. - 1968

Published Works

  • Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California: The Law, The Traps, The Tricks; Trying Your Case to Verdict or Settlement; What Damages Do You Get?; Quirks of Courts, Lorman Education Services, 2002
  • Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology, Andrews Aviation Litigation Reporter by Thomson West, Volume 24, Issue 5, 2006
  • Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology, ATLA-Association of Trial Lawyers of America Aviation Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2006
  • Pilot's Reaction Among Flight 3407 Crash Causes, Findlaw KnowledgeBase, 2009
  • Airplane Maintenance Outsourcing Tests Bounds of Safety, Findlaw KnowledgeBase, 2009
  • "New Federal Medevac Helicopter Safety Regulations Proposed", Findlaw KnowledgeBase, November 18, 2010
  • Airline Safety Statistics Suggest Domestic Progress, Global Challenges, Findlaw KnowledgeBase, 2011
  • Recent Air Traffic Controller Lapses Reveal Airline Safety Gaps, Findlaw KnowledgeBase, 2011

Representative Cases


  • Mapping the Maze of Considerations in Disaster Litigation, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, October 6, 1996
  • Lewis v. Sacramento County Re: High Speed Police Pursuits, Univ. of San Diego School of Law
  • Panel Moderator: Aviation Issues in the New Millennium - Ramifications of the RAND Report ("Safety in the Skies - Personnel and Parties in NTSB Aviation Accident Investigations"), Aviation and Space Law Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California, Lorman Education Services
  • "Plaintiff's Marketing Strategies In the New Millennium", American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law Committee, October 26, 2006 - October 27, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating 5.0 out of 5 through Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers 2005, 2010-2014
  • Superb 10.0 Rating
  • Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the West
  • Aviation Counsel Magazine's List of Recommended High Flyers
  • National Air Disaster Foundation Safety Award
  • Client Distinction Award Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, Member, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL 817 - and Trial Counsel, 1989
  • Alaska Airlines Crash off Pt. Mugu, California, Member, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, MDL-00-1343-CAL, 2000
  • September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation, Member, Plaintiffs' Executive Committee, September 11, 2001
  • Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, Member, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee
  • American Bar Association, The Forum on Air and Space Law, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • The American Association for Justice; Aviaiton Law Section, Railroad Law Section
  • United Airlines Crash, Sioux City, Iowa, 1991 - 1992

Past Employment Positions

  • Hedlund & Samuels, Partner, 1974 - 1988
  • Southern California Edison, Staff Engineer, 1968 - 1970


  • English (Primary)