Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman changed its name to Wisner Baum in January 2023.

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Super Lawyers® | Wisner Baum

Super LawyersSuper Lawyers® recognizes more than half of the attorneys from the law firm of Wisner Baumfor their outstanding legal services.

Super Lawyers is a legal rating service for attorneys from over 70 practice areas who have earned a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The organization’s selection process is based on peer nominations, peer evaluations, and independent research.

Super Lawyers Magazine lists and profiles selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys and American Bar Association-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines throughout the U.S.

Wisner Baum Super Lawyers

William Crawford Appleby IV

William Crawford Appleby IV | Super Lawyers Rising Stars Honoree

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020-2022

William Crawford Appleby is a top-rated attorney who focuses his practice on transportation accidents and qui tam litigation. He earned his Rising Stars designation in the practice area of Personal Injury. Crawford was selected for this honor after undergoing an evaluation that included peer review and professional achievement.

Prior to joining Wisner Baum, Crawford served as a Law Clerk at the Los Angeles Superior Court where he acquired a broad range of experience in all aspects of civil litigation.

Michael L. Baum

Michael L. Baum | Super Lawyers Honoree

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005, 2012 – 2022

Michael was first chosen to the Southern California Super Lawyers list in 2005. He is listed as a Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Los Angeles and was selected to the Top 100: 2019 Southern California Super Lawyers List.

As senior managing shareholder of Wisner Baum, over the past 30+ years Michael has successfully led the firm through thousands of personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from major pharmaceutical product liability, mass torts, and commercial transportation mass disasters. While he oversees all aspects of managing the firm, Michael directs all of the firm’s mass tort litigation involving defective pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and other consumer products. He also oversees class actions and whistleblower claims. In addition to being listed in Super Lawyers, Michael has an AV® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell and is listed on the Lawdragon Top 500 List and The Best Lawyers in America®.

Bijan Esfandiari

Bijan Esfandiari | Super Lawyers Honoree

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 – 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 – 2016

Super Lawyers lists Bijan Esfandiari as one of the Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Los Angeles. As a pharmaceutical product liability litigation attorney and shareholder at Wisner Baum, Bijan has successfully represented clients in courts across the country at both the trial and appellate level in wrongful death and personal injury cases.

Throughout his career, Bijan has participated in cases that have shaped and developed the law for the benefit of injured victims and consumers of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. In one such case, the court agreed with his arguments and held that drug manufacturers owe an affirmative duty to warn regarding risks associated with children’s off-label use. Bijan is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has earned a perfect score. In 2016, he was selected to the Up-and-Coming 100: Southern California Rising Stars Top List.

Pedram Esfandiary

Pedram Esfandiary | Super Lawyers Rising Stars Honoree

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020-2022

Pedram Esfandiary is an attorney at Wisner Baum, where he concentrates his practice on toxic tort injuries, pharmaceutical drug liability, class actions, and consumer fraud litigation.

After only 1 ½ years of practicing law, he found himself, at the age of 26, working on the very first Roundup cancer trial against Monsanto in 2018, which resulted in a landmark $289M verdict. He went on to work on the next two trials against Monsanto in 2019 which, with the first verdict, culminated in more than $2.42 billion in jury verdicts.

Pedram was also selected as a winner on Law360’s Rising Stars Top 40 Under 40 list. The National Law Journal awarded him and other attorneys of the trial teams 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers winners, and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 awarded them with 2019 Trial Team of the Year.

Adam M. Foster

Adam M. Foster | Super Lawyers Rising Stars Honoree

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020-2022

Adam M. Foster is a top-rated attorney at Wisner Baum where he concentrates his practice on the firm’s Medicare Secondary Payer litigation. He received his Rising Stars 2020 honor in the practice area of Class Action & Mass Torts.

Before Adam came to Wisner Baum, he worked at Buffington Law Firm where he practiced business, trust, and real estate litigation. During this time, Adam honed his skills in all facets of civil litigation from drafting complaints to trying cases for a variety of clients.

Ronald L. M. Goldman

Ronald L.M. Goldman | Super Lawyers Honoree

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 – 2022

Ron is a pilot and a veteran trial lawyer, board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Attorney and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. Super Lawyers, which first selected Ron in 2005, recognizes him as a Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Los Angeles. He was selected to the Top 100: 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers List.

A senior shareholder and the senior trial attorney for Wisner Baum, Ron heads the firm’s commercial transportation disaster litigation team which represents clients across the country in aviation, bus, train, truck, and structure accidents. During his 50+ years as an attorney, Ron also taught Aviation Law, Torts, Insurance Law, Legal Writing, and Analysis at Pepperdine University School of Law for 21 years as an adjunct law professor. In one of his most notable cases, Ron was the lead negotiator in a settlement stemming from the Jan. 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC. The settlement required the airline and maintenance company to deliver an unprecedented official public apology to the families for the crash.

Timothy A. Loranger

Timothy A. Loranger | Super Lawyers Honoree

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 – 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 – 2013

Tim is a shareholder at Wisner Baum and listed as a Super Lawyers Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Los Angeles. A pilot and Marine Corps veteran, Tim concentrates his practice on product liability, aviation, and commercial ground transportation accidents. During his time in the Marines, Tim served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His experience as a Marine prepared him for a career in the legal field where service, honor, compassion, perseverance, and dedication are essential traits. As the firm’s lead military accident attorney, Tim currently represents members of the military who have been harmed in various military accidents in claims, not against the Military, but against defective product manufacturers, such as airplane and helicopter aircraft manufacturers. Best Lawyers® has selected Tim as the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation in Los Angeles.

R. Brent Wisner

R. Brent Wisner | Super Lawyers Rising Stars Honoree

Selected to Rising Stars: 2016 – 2022

R. Brent Wisner is one of Wisner Baum’s vice presidents and one of the firm’s leading trial attorneys. Super Lawyers Rising Stars recognizes Brent as a Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Los Angeles. A Rising Stars candidate must be 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less, but by the age of 35, Brent had helped win the first three landmark Roundup cancer verdicts against Monsanto/Bayer, culminating in more than $2.42 billion in jury verdicts, and as a result, won numerous prestigious lawyer awards, including Civil Plaintiffs Trial Lawyer of the Year by the National Trial Lawyers, America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, Law360 Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar, Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in California, 2019 by the Daily Journal, and Trial Team of the Year, 2019 by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Brent concentrates his practice on pharmaceutical class action litigation, toxic-tort injuries, whistleblower and qui tam claims, and consumer fraud litigation and is leading up the Zantac cancer litigation for plaintiffs across the US.

The following former partners of Wisner Baum were also listed in Super Lawyers for years:

Paul J. Hedlund, retired

J. Clark Aristei, retired

John A. Greaves, consulting counsel

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