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

Prescription Drug Cases Powerful Track Record of Success
in Defective Drug Litigation

Reasons to Choose Us:

  • A Leading Pharmaceutical Litigation Firm
  • Successfully Handled Thousands of Prescription Drug Cases
  • Extensive Track Record Defeating Preemption / Immunity
  • Public Health Advocates Helping to Improve Drug Safety

Prescription Drug Injury Lawyers

Standing Up to Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Nationwide

Based in Los Angeles, Wisner Baum has extensive experience in litigating drug injury, wrongful death and consumer class action cases against major pharmaceutical companies since the late 1980s – and our firm is fully committed to representing the victims of defective drugs.

We started handling SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant drug injury cases in 1990 and we were appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the early 1990s in the first SSRI-suicide litigation involving Prozac: The first SSRI approved by the FDA for marketing in the U.S. We were also the first law firm to file a class action against the makers of Paxil. Our firm also found the smoking gun internal study linking SSRIs to heart birth defects and documentation of company programs to ghostwrite medical journal articles for academic opinion leaders to give the appearance of “objective science” really meant to serve their marketing objectives to increase drug sales. We also testified before the FDA on several occasions about the harmful effects of antidepressants and were part of the team of people that helped bring about the black box warning for increased suicidality for children and young adults. For these reasons, we are known nationwide as a leading antidepressant litigation firm and have the longest track record of working on these cases.

Our firm’s drug product liability litigation department has handled thousands of individual prescription drug and consumer product injury or death cases against pharmaceutical defendants such as A.H. Robins Company, Alpha Therapeutic, Armour Pharmaceutical Co., Baxter Health Care Corp, Bayer Corp, Boehringer Ingelheim, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi, Takeda, and Wyeth.

Our litigation team is presently focusing on prescription drug cases like:

For more information, contact our dangerous drug attorneys today at (855) 948-5098. From our offices in Los Angeles, we serve clients nationwide.

Billions Won for Our Clients

  • Paxil Pediatric Class Action $63 Million Settlement

    $63 million pediatric class action re false promotion of Paxil. Judge approves final terms of improved national pediatric paxil class action settlement – consumers get a better deal.

  • Third-Party Payer Class Action $40 Million Settlement

    $40 million third-party payer class action re off-label promotion of Paxil. Judge approves $40 million settlement in the second phase of national pediatric paxil class action – insurance companies to be reimbursed.

  • Defective Drug Class Action $28 Million Settlement

    $28 million Paxil defective drug class action. A class action has been brought in the US territory of Puerto Rico against UK-based drug major GlaxoSmithKline.

  • Celexa-Lexapro Pediatric Class Action $10 Million Settlement

    $10 million pediatric class action re false promotion of Celexa and Lexapro. Babies born to women who have used Lexapro and other similar medications such as Zoloft, Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, and Symbyax are at an increased risk for birth defects.

  • Drug Injury $9 Million Settlement

    Wisner Baum obtained a $9 million settlement on behalf of an individual who was injured by a drug.

  • Pharmaceutical Settlement $105 Million Settlement

    Wisner Baum obtained $105 million on behalf of multiple clients involved in a pharmaceutical negligence case.

Advocating for Safer Medications

Whether they are contaminated, defective, or have hidden side effects, some prescription drugs can leave victims with life-altering, catastrophic injuries. Pharmaceutical companies have a clear responsibility to warn patients about the risk of any serious injuries – and to ensure that every step of the manufacturing, packaging, selling, and advertising process is above-board. When they fail to do this, they can be held civilly liable for patients’ losses. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry is rarely on the side of consumers, and over the years, our attorneys at Wisner Baum have fought hard to hold Big Pharma accountable for the damage caused by prescription pharmaceuticals.

Here are some of the steps we’ve taken to advocate for better drug safety standards:

  • Attending Congressional drug safety hearings and several FDA drug safety hearings investigating the risks of SSRI-antidepressants
  • Testifying before the government regarding the need for proper drug safety warnings on antidepressants
  • Presenting evidence about the dangers of SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) antidepressants three times before the FDA and other agencies
  • Meeting with the FDA and Department of Health and Human Resources officials, as well as members of the U.S. House and Senate regarding the risk of antidepressant-induced suicidality
  • Assisted Congressional Investigators from two separate Committee investigations
  • Played an instrumental role in prompting the FDA to require a black box warning on all antidepressant labels about suicide risks

A Powerful Track Record of Success in Defective Drug Litigation

Wisner Baum has been on the prevailing side of some of the nation’s most highly-publicized prescription drug cases. Such litigation involves complex evidence and “choice of law” issues which have been routinely handled by the firm in both state and federal courts. Many of our attorneys have also delivered Continuing Legal Education accredited lectures and written articles on the many complex issues involved in pharmaceutical litigation. In short, our firm is accustomed to handling the most complex cases and is here to solve legal problems caused by negligent conduct.

Past prescription drug cases we have taken on include:

Our Los Angeles firm has developed a reputation as a law firm that can be counted upon to go above and beyond what is needed to get the job done; a firm that has successfully litigated drug injury, wrongful death and consumer fraud cases against major pharmaceutical companies. We maintain the highest AV® peer-review legal rating with Martindale-Hubbell and are recognized as a preeminent plaintiff firm that tries or settles serious personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits across the nation.

Ready to get started with a free consultation? Contact us at (855) 948-5098 or submit our online contact form for more information.

Firm Reviews

What Our Clients Are Saying
  • I Can’t Imagine a Better Law Firm

    “Multiple lawyers recommended Wisner Baum to me and I have been consistently impressed with the quality of their work.”

    - Best Law Firms Survey
  • They Are About Changing the Systems...

    “Wisner Baum are not only amazing attorneys but more importantly, they are activists. They are about changing the systems which got us into trouble in the first place. They understand their role in the process of making change.”

    - Kim Witczak
  • Top Legal Minds in the Country

    “The Wisner Baum firm has some of the top legal minds in the country; they are driven, determined, trustworthy, ethical and passionate.”

    - From Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms
  • Diligent & Professional Representation

    “Thanks to your efforts I was able to recover from a tragic experience and turn my life around for the best.”

    - W.T.
  • Our Best Interest Was Always Number One on Your List

    “A special thank you to your Spanish-speaking staff for the extra effort put into this case. The language barrier was never a problem, and we are so very thankful to them. Your name holds much respect in our family.”

    - G.C. & C.C
  • Best Law Firms 2023
    Best Law Firms 2023

    A ranking in The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” is widely regarded by both client and legal professionals as a significant honor. It is considered the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

  • The Truck Safety Coalition
    The Truck Safety Coalition

    Wisner Baum is proud to be a sponsor of The Truck Safety Coalition, a a group of caring individuals dedicated to reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by truck-related crashes. Our support enables them to help families and save lives.

  • California Powerhouse
    California Powerhouse

    Law360 recognizes law firms that have a strong regional presence, working on important matters within their home state. “[Wisner Baum] possesses a David v. Goliath-sized slingshot while seeking justice for everyday citizens it believes were harmed or killed through corporate wrongdoing.”

  • Elite Trial Lawyers
    Elite Trial Lawyers

    NLJ and American Lawyer Media honor law firms and attorneys as Elite Trial Lawyers for their cutting-edge legal work on behalf of plaintiffs in practice areas ranging from mass torts to securities litigation.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers
    Listed in Best Lawyers

    Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

  • AV Top Ranked Law Firm
    AV Top Ranked Law Firm

    Less than one-half of one percent of firms across the nation have achieved this ranking. A firm must have a high percentage of lawyers who have achieved the prestigious AV® Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.

  • Verdicts Hall of Fame
    Verdicts Hall of Fame

    The National Law Journal inducted Wisner Baum into the Verdicts Hall of Fame for obtaining the $2 billion landmark verdict in the Roundup cancer case of Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto. The verdict was #1 in California and #2 in the U.S. in 2019 and is #9 in American history.

  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers

    Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    National Trial Lawyers Top 100

    The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 recognized the law firms of Wisner Baum, the Miller Firm and Audet & Partners with the 2019 Trial Team of the Year award (in the Mass Torts category) for their work in the groundbreaking case of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson v. Monsanto Company.

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
    AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

    An AV® rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence. The rating signifies the highest legal ability, and very high adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.

  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
    Avvo 10.0 Rating

    Wisner Baum is proud to have all of its lawyers listed in Avvo, a legal directory connecting people in need of legal services with lawyers and connecting lawyers to lawyers. Eight of our attorneys have earned a 10.0 perfect rating with Avvo.

  • Top Jury Verdict in <br> CA and USA
    Top Jury Verdict in
    CA and USA ranks our $2 billion verdict in Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto as the biggest verdict in California and the second largest verdict in the U.S. in 2019. It is the ninth largest verdict in U.S. history.

  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
    Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers

    Published annually, the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list recognizes the “best of the best” in this area of the law through nominations, research, and review by a board of their peers.

  • Product Liability Practice Group of the Year
    Product Liability Practice Group of the Year

    In 2020, Law360 honored the law firms ”behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry.” It recognized our success in several landmark cases.

  • Top Personal Injury Jury Verdict in California
    Top Personal Injury Jury Verdict in California

    In 2018, our $289 million Johnson v. Monsanto verdict was the largest personal injury verdict in California. also ranked it #2 among all verdicts in California and #10 in the nation.

  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
    Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

    The Bar Register is the definitive guide to the most distinguished law firms in America. It includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field.


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