Ronald L. M. Goldman

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Ronald L. M. Goldman

Location: Los Angeles, California Phone: 888-406-6726
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Ronald Goldman is a senior partner and senior trial attorney for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman. Over his 50-year career, he has litigated hundreds of wrongful death and personal injury cases, involving commercial transportation and drug product liability, at both the trial and appellate levels. An experienced pilot, Goldman has worked on all of Baum Hedlund's general aviation and airline disaster cases since joining the firm in 2003.

Goldman brings a formidable breadth and depth of legal experience to his work. He is a board certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a former Judge Pro Tem, arbitrator, mediator, and adjunct professor of law at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He created the school's aviation accident law course; for 21 years he taught courses in torts, aviation, and legal writing and analysis. His understanding of piloting and knowledge of aviation law make him a much sought out expert for major media, who have featured him in many TV, radio, and newspaper stories.

In the 1960's, Goldman was involved in ground-breaking pharmaceutical litigation against the maker of a cholesterol-lowering drug, MER/29 (triparanol), that was estimated to have injured more than 5,000 individuals. The case helped pave the way for the mass tort drug product liability litigation that takes place today. Goldman was also the lead negotiator in one of Baum Hedlund's most significant aviation litigation achievements. As part of the settlement in the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, he won the agreement of the airline and maintenance company, in an organized ceremony, to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash.

Goldman is an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated lawyer through Martindale Hubbell* and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who's Who in America,  Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). He is also published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters and has been selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers® for ten years in a row. He received his B.S.L. in 1960 and his law degree in 1962, both from the University of Southern California.

Ronald Goldman

Areas of Practice

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Airline Crash Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical Product Liability
  • Commercial Transportation Accidents

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate , National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1963
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1963
  • United Kingdom High Court, 1972
  • District of Columbia, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971


  • University of Southern California Law Center, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1962
  • University of Southern California
    • B.S.L. - 1960
    • Honors: Private Pilot License, USA (1980)

Published Works

  • "Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology", Andrews Aviation Litigation, , Reporter,Volume 24, Issue 5 / April , 2006
  • The Largest Heist in History, Law 360, June 25, 2013

Representative Cases


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Aviation Accident Law, Torts and Insurance, Legal Writing and Analysis, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1968 - 1989
  • Lecturer and Delegate, World Peace Through Law Conferences: New York, Manila, Madrid
  • Special Guest Lecturer, Christchurch Polytechnic, School of Broadcasting, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Lecturer and Delegate, Shanghai School of Social Science, Shanghai, P.R.C.
  • Belli Seminars Lecturer
  • Town Hall Lecturer, Aviation Law, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Tort Law, Legal Malpractice, Right of Privacy, Medical Malpractice, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Honors and Awards

  • Listed, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2009
  • AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell®
  • Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013
  • Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Who's Who in America
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2014
  • 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
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2008
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2007
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2006
  • Southern California Super Lawyers®, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Public Justice
  • American Bar Association, The Forum on Air and Space Law, Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • The American Association for Justice, Aviation Law Section, STEP-Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts Section
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Experimental Aircraft Association
  • World Jurist Association of the World Peace Through Law Center
  • Founding Member, World Association of Law Professors of the World Peace Through Law Center
  • International Bar Association
  • Lawyers Professional Liability Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Ostriches Anonymous Association (OAA), Promoting Aviation Safety and Risk Awareness, Life Member
  • September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation, Member, Plaintiffs' Executive Committee,, September 11, 2001
  • Paxil Products Liability Litigation, MDL-1574, Member, Lead Trial Counsel, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee
  • 1998 Bell Helicopter crash in Los Angeles, California, Lead Trial Counsel, 2006
  • 2004 Tyson Foods truck crash near Crestline, Ohio, Lead Trial Counsel
  • MDL-1953, Heparin Products Liability Litigation, Member, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee,
  • The National Trial Lawyers , Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Pro Bono Activities

  • Served as Chairman of the Board, and was a founder of the Family Assistance Program
  • Founder, General Counsel, The Women's Clinic