Bijan Esfandiari

Bijan Esfandiari (Los Angeles, California)

Bijan Esfandiari

Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
Bijan Esfandiari is a pharmaceutical product liability litigation attorney and shareholder at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman in Los Angeles. He has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts across the nation, at both the trial and appellate level, in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases.
He has participated in several cases that have shaped and developed the law for the benefit of injured victims and consumers of pharmaceutical products. In one case of first impression (a case that presents a new issue for legal interpretation), the Court agreed with Bijan’s argument and held that drug manufacturers owe an affirmative duty to warn regarding risks associated with children's off-label use.
Bijan’s published cases have also exposed reprehensible corporate conduct. In one instance, a federal court in Pennsylvania allowed Bijan’s clients to proceed with their punitive damages claims after finding that internal documents demonstrated the defendant had “acted with a wanton and willful disregard for the safety of its consumers.”
Where drug makers have tried to convince courts that federal preemption (the doctrine that federal law preempts conflicting state laws) grants them immunity from state lawsuits, Bijan has time and again prevented their escape. In Mason v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., the first and only prescription drug preemption case to be heard by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the drug maker argued that FDA approval of a drug shielded its manufacturer from fault even if the company later learned of harmful negative reactions. The court, however, sided with Bijan and held that plaintiffs’ claims were not preempted by federal law.
Bijan has likewise successfully opposed preemption in numerous other state and federal court cases. He co-authored amicus briefs in support of the respondents in the Supreme Court's landmark cases Wyeth v. Levine, 129 S.Ct. 1187 (2009) and Pliva v. Mensing, 131 S.Ct. 2567 (2011). Bijan received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude, 1999) and J.D. degree from UCLA. He has been selected to Southern California Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars for five years in a row and has an rating of 10 out of 10: Superb. Awards and Honors:

Selected to: Southern California Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars, 2009 - 2013 Superb Score 10 out of 10
Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™
Member, UCLA School of Law Moot Court Honors Program
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  • Wrongful Death
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Drug and Medical Device Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Complex and Multi-District Litigation
  • Mass Torts
Member, Representative Assembly of the Palms Neighborhood Council; Public Counsel Volunteer Attorney, 2007.

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Admitted in 2002, California, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
2006, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of California
2008, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Tenth Circuits
2009, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
2011, U.S. Supreme Court
2012, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
2013, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
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Law School Attended
University of California, Los Angeles
Class of 2002
University Attended
University of California, Los Angeles
Class of 1999
cum laude
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Born in 1976
Teheran, Iran, 1976
Associations & Memberships
State Bar of California; The American Association for Justice (Member, Sections on: Products Liability; STEP-Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts); Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Representative Cases
Berg & Berg Enterprises, LLC v. Sherwood Partners, Inc., 131 Cal.App.4th 802 (2005); Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008); Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa. 2008); Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008); Cunningham v. SmithKline Beecham, 255 F.R.D. 474 (N.D.Ind. 2009); Forst v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 602 F.Supp.2d 960 (E.D.Wis. 2009); Forst v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 639 F.Supp.2d 948 (E.D.Wis. 2009); Mason v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.3d 387 (7th Cir. 2010); Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 701 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D.Ind. 2010); Dorsett v. Sandoz, Inc., 699 F.Supp.2d 1142 (C.D.Cal. 2010).

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Bijan Esfandiari
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C.
12100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 950,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. (Los Angeles, California)