January 10, 2023
Baum Hedlund Begins 2023 with a New Name: Wisner Baum
Los Angeles, California, January 10, 2023 — Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, PC, one of the country’s leading plaintiffs law firms with billions in recoveries, has changed its name to Wisner Baum, LLP. The announcement comes as the firm enters its 50th year representing clients across a broad range of practice areas.
Vice president R. Brent Wisner, Baum Hedlund’s lead trial attorney, will serve as Wisner Baum’s new managing partner. At the age of 39, Wisner is perhaps the youngest attorney in America to take the reins of a nationwide plaintiffs’ law firm of Baum Hedlund’s size and stature.
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Wisner’s age belies an incredible track record of success in major cases after only 11 years of lawyering. He is the youngest attorney in U.S. history to win a multi-billion-dollar verdict, which he achieved with a massive $2 billion jury verdict against Monsanto (Bayer) in 2019, less than a year after obtaining the first Roundup cancer verdict of $289 million against Monsanto in 2018. So far, he has negotiated mass tort settlements in excess of $1 billion.
He has received numerous awards and recognition, including “Civil Plaintiffs Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the National Trial Lawyers and has been named a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” by Law360 and one of “America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers” by The National Law Journal and a “West Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer. Wisner is consistently recognized in the Daily Journal’s “Top Plaintiffs Lawyers” and “Top 100 Lawyers” in California.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this firm into its next chapter and eager to continue the legacy that Michael Baum, Paul Hedlund, Clark Aristei, and Ron Goldman built,” says Wisner. “Standing on the shoulders of giants, and I am very optimistic that the firm’s best days are ahead of us.”
Michael L. Baum, who served as the firm’s managing partner from 1993 to 2022, will continue his work at Wisner Baum as one of the firm’s three senior partners. Under Baum’s stewardship, the firm grew from a small boutique law firm to one of the nation’s leading plaintiffs’ litigation firms that is now known for its cutting edge, superior legal work. Baum Hedlund’s success in challenging cases and precedent-setting legal rulings has helped shape the law for the benefit of those harmed in commercial transportation accidents and by dangerous pharmaceuticals and consumer products.
Staying true to their mission of raising public awareness about important safety issues, in the majority of their mass tort litigation, Baum Hedlund has succeeded in getting troves of documents out from under seal and shared with various entities, including regulatory agencies in the EU, the FDA, Congress, DOJ, academics, media and the public.
Baum’s ceaseless advocacy in pharmaceutical and consumer fraud litigation has brought Baum Hedlund international attention and acclaim.
“When I became an attorney in 1985, we were the new kids on the block. We only had dreams of achieving the success we now enjoy,” Michael Baum says. “Our ethos from the beginning was pure and simple: we wanted to use the law to help people who had been wronged and make the world a better place. As much as we have grown over the years, that philosophy has remained, and out of it grew a culture that has attracted talented lawyers like Brent who share the same mission. He is exactly the kind of lawyer and leader that will take this firm to new heights. Wisner Baum is in good hands.”
The firm also announced the retirement of longtime vice president, secretary, and senior shareholder, Ronald L. M. Goldman, who retired today, on his 60th lawyer anniversary. The other named partners—Paul J. Hedlund and J. Clark Aristei—retired from the firm in 2018. Aristei passed away in 2021.
For more Information:
Contact: Robin McCall, Director of Public Relations
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC
Main Office – Los Angeles
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 1750
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 207-3233
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