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.