Ronald L.M. Goldman

Senior Trial Attorney | Senior Partner | Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate &
Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate | Pilot
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AVVO Superb Score 10 out of 10 | 5.0 out of 5 AV Peer Review Rated
Actos Bladder Cancer,  Airline Crash Litigation, Aviation Accidents, Aviation Product Liability, Catastrophic Injury, Commercial Truck Accidents, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Consumer Fraud Litigation, Defective Medical Devices, Helicopter Crash Litigation, Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft, Personal Injury Law, Pharmaceutical Product Liability, Product Liability Law, Qui Tam Claims, Stryker OP-1 Putty, Traumatic Brain Injury,Whistleblower Protection, Wrongful Death Law

 Commemorating Ron’s 50 Years of Lawyering

“Ron Goldman had the well-deserved reputation of being an unusually bright, articulate, demanding, caring, and knowledgeable law professor who wanted his students to stretch beyond their comfort level and excel far past the norm. In visiting with alums of Pepperdine University School of Law about their legal education experience, many mention Ron Goldman as having made a lasting impression on them, whether in his Aviation Accident Law class or the Torts class he taught earlier. Mr. Goldman is a scholar/practitioner who is both well-informed and well-prepared to serve the interests of his clients.”

Ronald F. Phillips
Vice Chancellor & School of Law Dean Emeritus
Pepperdine University

Ronald L. M. Goldman

is a veteran trial lawyer, board certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate. He is a senior partner and the senior trial attorney for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman.  Since becoming a lawyer more than 50 years ago, Ron has handled a wide variety of sophisticated litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and he has litigated hundreds of cases involving personal injury and wrongful death related to commercial transportation liability and to drug product liability.

He is a pilot and the head of the firm’s aviation disaster litigation team. Ron taught for 21 years at Pepperdine School of Law as an adjunct Law Professor, where he created and taught the course on Aviation Accident Law.  He also taught courses in Torts, Insurance Law, Legal Writing and Analysis.

In 1969 Ron handled his first aviation case and has continued handling aviation cases ever since, in accidents such as: the 1972 British European Airways crash near London; the 1978 Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 182 / Cessna 172 Midair Collision at San Diego, California; the 1986 Aero Mexico Flight 498 / Piper Midair Collision at Cerritos, California; and the 2000 Southwest Airlines runway accident at Burbank, California.  He also handled the September 11, 2001 aviation (passenger) tort litigation in which he also served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee.  Since joining the firm in 2003 he has worked on all of the firm’s general aviation and airline disaster cases.

He was the lead negotiator in one of the firm’s most significant aviation litigation achievements.  He won, as part of the settlement in the January 8, 2003 Air Midwest Flight 5481 crash in Charlotte, NC, 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.  Three years later Ron appeared in a dramatic re-enactment of the crash, its subsequent investigation and the ultimate public apology, which aired on National Geographic Television.

Ron was involved in ground-breaking pharmaceutical litigation which helped pave the way for the drug product liability litigation lawyers are facing today. In the 1960s he was actively involved in exposing Richardson-Merrell’s (later known as Marion Merrell Dow) cholesterol-lowering drug, MER/29 (triparanol), which was blamed for severe side effects and birth defects. The company was ultimately indicted for supplying the FDA with falsified information about the drug.

He 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® 2013-2015 (Copyright 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 the 2005-2015 Southern California Super Lawyers®.

As lead trial counsel, Ron won one of the largest verdicts of its type in Ohio’s history in December of 2006. The case concerned an unmarried person who died in a Tyson Foods truck crash.  The case, Brumfield v. Tyson Foods, Inc., N.D. Ohio Case No. 1:05CV847, before Judge Donald C. Nugent, resulted in a jury verdict of $7,028,687.

Ron Goldman has appeared in the media more than 1,800 times concerning aviation accidents and pharmaceutical drug product liability, including safety oversight issues. Numerous media have sought Ron’s expert opinion as a pilot and former adjunct aviation accident law professor concerning airline accidents in the U.S. and abroad as well as regarding runway incursions at LAX.

He has been seen on TV, radio, and in newspapers such as BBC Radio, ANN News Tokyo, Associated Press, Bloomberg News, BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, Chicago Tribune,, Fox News Channel, Guardian Limited, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, National Law Journal, NPR, and the Washington Post.

Ron received his B.S.L. in 1960 and his law degree in 1962, both from the University of Southern California.


  • University of Southern California (B.S.L., 1960)
  • University of Southern California (J.D., 1962)
  • Private Pilot License, USA (1980)

Court Admissions:

  • California, 1963
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1963
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
  • United Kingdom, Court of Inquiry, 1972 (Investigating crash of
    British European Airways Trident jet in June 1972, London, England)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1973
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York,  1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1977
  • District of Columbia, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1982
  • 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. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York,  2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin,  2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2012


  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate,
    National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • National Board of Legal Specialty Certification

Awards and Honors:

  • AV®  Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 – 2015
    (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
  • Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Lexis-Nexis® | Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® 2005 – 2015
  • Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009
  • Superb Score 10 out of 10
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Published in Million Dollar Verdicts by the Masters
  • Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
  • Who’s Who in America

Litigation Leadership:

  • Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel for the Coordinated Discovery Cases, Southwest Airlines Flight 1455 accident, Burbank, California, 2000
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, September 11, 2001 Tort Litigation
  • Member, Lead Trial Counsel, Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1574, Paxil Products Liability Litigation
  • Lead Trial Counsel, 2006; 1998 Bell Helicopter crash in Los Angeles, California
  • Lead Trial Counsel, 2006; 2004 Tyson Foods truck crash near Crestline, Ohio
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1953, Heparin Products Liability Litigation
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Member, Chatsworth Metrolink Collision Cases, Chatsworth, California, 2008
  • Leadership Group, East Coast Jets, Owatonna, Minnesota, July 31, 2008
  • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, MDL-1967 In Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, 2009
  • Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, MDL-2085, In Re: Air Crash near Clarence Center, New York, on February 12, 2009 (Colgan Air dba Continental Connection)
  • Leadership Member, Ad hoc, Asiana Airlines Flight OZ214 litigation, MDL-2497, in re Air Crash at San Francisco, on July 6, 2013


  • State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum; Aviation Law Section; Heparin Litigation Group; Medtronic InFUSE® Litigation Group; Qui Tam Litigation Group; Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP)
  • American Bar Association: The Forum on Air and Space Law; Litigation Section and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America®
  • International Bar Association, Aviation Law Committee
  • Legal Expert Witness, Westlaw Round Table Group, 2012
  • Life Member, Ostriches Anonymous Association (OAA), Promoting Aviation Safety and Risk Awareness
  • Public Justice
  • World Jurist Association of the World Peace Through Law Center
  • Founding Member, World Association of Law Professors of the World Peace Through Law Center

Legal Teaching Position:

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, 1968 to 1989

Courses Taught by Professor Goldman:

  • Aviation Accident Law
  • Torts
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Writing and Analysis

Judge Pro Tem/Arbitrator and Mediator (former positions):

  • Orange County Superior Court (1975)
  • Beverly Hills Municipal Court
  • Los Angeles Municipal Court
  • Arbitrator/Mediator–Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Arbitrator–American Arbitration Association (to 1994)
  • Mediator–42 hours training at Pepperdine University’s Institute for Dispute Resolution

Presentations / Speeches:

  • Topics: Aviation Litigation, International Law
    Organization: World Peace Through Law Conferences
    Locations: Madrid, Manila, New York
    Date: 1970s
  • Topic: Speaker and Panel Member: Aviation Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Right of Privacy, Tort Law
    Organization: Belli Seminars
    Event: Seminars
    Location: Riverside, California
    Date: 1970s
  • Topic: “Product Liability – Didn’t Business Learn From the ‘Malpractice’ Crisis?”
    Organization: Town Hall Los Angeles
    Event: Town Hall General Luncheon, Orange County Forum
    Location: Los Angeles, California
    Date: November 17, 1977
  • Topic: Special Guest Lecturer on The American Judicial System
    Event: Lecture
    Organization: Christchurch Polytechnic, School of Broadcasting
    Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
    Date: 1997
  • Topic: OJ Simpson criminal and civil jury verdicts
    Organization: Shanghai School of Social Science
    Event: Lecture
    Location: Shanghai, P.R.C.
    Date: 1998
  • Topic: Paxil Litigation
    Organization: HB Litigation Conferences
    Event: Teleconference
    Location: Teleconference
    Date: November 5, 2009
  • Topic: Ruminations on the Practice of Law – A 50-Year Perspective
    Organization: Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association
    Event: VCTLA Monthly Program
    Location: Oxnard, California
    Date: October 28, 2014


  • “Another Level of Justice: The Public Apology”
    Published in Andrews Aviation Litigation Reporter,Volume 24, Issue 5 / April 2006 by Thomson West and ATLA-Association of Trial Lawyers of America Aviation Law Section Newsletter Vol. 13, No. 3
    Spring 2006
  • “Regional Air Crash Inspires New Aviation Safety Legislation”
    Findlaw KnowledgeBase
    September 23, 2009
  • American Passengers Have Limited Rights in International Airline Crashes Because of a Treaty Known as the Montreal Convention
    FindLaw KnowledgeBase
    June 8, 2010
  • The Largest Heist in History
    Law 360
    June 25, 2013
  • Book: U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record
    Re British European Airways, Petitioner, v. Abraham Benjamins, Etc., et al. U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record with Supporting Pleadings
    October 30, 2011

Pro Bono & Civic Activities:

  • Arbitrator/Mediator–Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Served as Chairman of the Board, and was a founder of the Family Assistance Program, a charitable, public benefit corporation organized to assist homeless families (originally known as the Family Assistance Program of Hollywood.)
  • A founder of, and general counsel for, The Women’s Clinic, a free clinic providing health care needs to needy women in Los Angeles.

Published Cases:

  • U.S.A. vs. Moore
    427 F.2d 1020 (10th Cir.–1970)
    [Administrative Law; equitable relief, injunctions]
  • People vs. Powell
    14 C.A.3d 693, 92 C.R. 501 (1971)
    [Felony murder rule]
  • Cacciaguidi v. Elliott
    39 Cal.App.3d 261, 114 Cal.Rptr. 93, 39 Cal. Comp. Cases 963, Cal.App. 2 Dist. (1974)
  • Drenzek vs. Inmont Corp.
    57 C.A.3d 878, 129 C.R. 429 (1976)
    [Assumption of Risk]
  • Dassin vs. Darlene Knitwear
    387 F.Supp. 958 (USDC, D.Puerto Rico–1974)
    [In personam jurisdiction]
  • Baxter vs. Superior Court
    19 C.3d 461, 138 C.R. 315 (1977)
    [Loss of consortium]
  • Benjamins vs. British European Airways
    572 F.2d 913 (2nd Cir. 1978)
    [Warsaw Convention]
  • Cable vs. Sahara Tahoe Corp.
    93 C.A.3d 1025, 155 C.R. 770 (1979)
    [Conflict of laws]
  • La Pietra vs. Freed
    87 C.A.3d 384, 151 C.R. 554 (1979)
  • Flashman v. Superior Court (Pacific Southwest Airlines)
    107 Cal.App.3d 117, 165 Cal.Rptr. 680, Cal.App. 4 Dist. (1980)
    [Coordination and venue]
  • Sevilla vs. Stearns-Roger, Inc.
    101 C.A.3d 608, 161 C.R. 700 (1980)
    [Product Liability]
  • Harris Corp. vs. Comair
    712 F.2d 1069 (6th Cir. 1983)
    [Right of employer to collect for death of employee; Avi. Accid. Law; Conflict of laws, Negligence]
  • Gradus vs. Hanson Aviation
    158 C.A.3d 1038, 205 C.R. 211 (1984)
    [Duty of common carrier (see BAJI 6.51); Fed. Avi. Regs., Part 135, Res Ipsa Loquitur, Negligence]
    [Closing argument published by Million Dollar Verdicts by Western Masters]
  • In Re Aircrash Disaster Near Cerritos,
    DiCosta vs. Aeronaves de Mexico, SA

    973 F.2d 1490 (9th Cir. 1992)
    [Emotional Distress]
  • Brooks vs. St. Mary’s Hospital
    57 C.A.4th 241, 66 C.R.2d 820 (1997)
    [Preemption Doctrine/Constitutional Law]
    [Case settled pending re-hearing; depublished]
  • McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc.
    211 F.R.D. 381 (C.D.Cal., 2002)
  • McCoy v. Southwest Airlines Co., Inc.
    208 F.R.D. 617 (C.D.Cal. 2002)
  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008)(granting plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration and holding that plaintiff’s claims are not preempted by federal law)
  • Knipe v.SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa 2008) (holding that plaintiffs’ claims are not preempted by federal law)
  • Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008)(holding that a drug manufacturer owes a duty to warn regarding risks associated with off-label uses and allowing plaintiffs’ claims for compensatory and  punitive damages to proceed to the jury)
  • Collins v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 2008 WL 744070 (Pa. Ct.Com.Pl. March 11, 2008)
  • Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 701 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D.Ind.2010) (denying defendant’s learned intermediary defense and further allowing plaintiffs’ experts to testify regarding the causal association between antidepressants and increased suicidal behavior)

Notable Media Appearances:

  • TV
    • ANN News TV Asahi Tokyo, Japan
    • Buffalo News: WGRZ, WIBV, WKBW
    • CBS local news Philadelphia, Maryland, Miami
    • Charlotte News: WCNC TV, WSOCTV
    • Discovery Channel
    • Fox Business News, Fox Business Happy Hour
    • Fox News Channel , Your World with Neil Cavuto
    • KCBS News Los Angeles
    • KNBC Ch. 4 News Los Angeles
    • National Geographic Channel
    • NBC Chicago
    • Reelz Channel
  • Documentaries
    • Docudrama: “Dead Weight,” aired on National Geographic Channel, “Air Crash Investigation” series and “May Day Series” on Discovery Channel Canada
  • Radio
    • AP Radio- Associated Press Radio
    • BBC Radio World Today
    • BBC World Service
    • Dr. Carole’s Couch, Carole Lieberman, M.D.
    • KTAR AM Radio Phoenix, Drive Home with Preston Westmoreland
    • WBEN Radio Buffalo News Talk 930 AM
    • WBFO Radio Buffalo
    • WNED-AM 970 NEWS
  • News
    • AFX News Limited AFX – Asia
    • AIDS Weekly & Law
    • AIN Aviation International News
    • Air Safety Week
    • Andrews Litigation Reporters
    • Associated Press
    • Baltimore Sun
    • Bloomberg News
    • BNA (Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.)
    • Charlotte Observer
    • Chicago Tribune
    • Cincinnati Post
    • Dallas Morning News
    • Dow Jones Newswires
    • Duke Law Journal, Thirty-Ninth Annual Administrative Law Issue
    • FDA News: Devices & Diagnostics Letter
    • Ft. Worth Star Telegram
    • Guardian Limited
    • Houston Chronicle
    • Kansas City Star
    • La Opinion
    • Los Angeles Daily Journal
    • Los Angeles Times
    • Law 360
    • Lawyers USA
    • Life Science Weekly via &
    • Mealey’s Emerging Drugs & Devices
    • Mealey’s Litigation Report Antidepressant Drugs
    • MSN Money
    • National Law Journal
    • New Jersey Star Ledger
    • Newsday (New York)
    • Ottawa Citizen
    • Pharmalot
    • Philadelphia Inquirer
    • RotorPad
    • Sacramento Bee
    • San Diego Union Tribune
    • San Jose Mercury News
    • Seattle Times
    • St. Louis Post Dispatch
    • St. Paul Pioneer Press
    • Star Tribune
    • The Korea Times
    • The Pink Sheet
    • The Times Picayune
    • Westlaw Journals
    • Wired News
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