The Irving H. Green Memorial Lecture- Suing Monsanto: Corporate Accountabilty in Trial Law Featuring Michael L. Baum 'B.A. '82, J.D. '85

October 14, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Michael L. Baum, Senior Managing Shareholder and President, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman

Michael L. Baum is the senior managing shareholder and president of the national plaintiff law firm Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, based in Los Angeles. Under Michael's leadership, his firm has won billions in consumer fraud and product liability cases against some of the world's largest pharmaceutical and life sciences corporations, including Bayer Corp. (Monsanto), Eli Lilly, Forest Labs, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer, among many others.

 Leading a sophisticated legal team, his firm has helped uncover harmful drug industry practices, chemical manufacturer misconduct and deceptive marketing schemes which have resulted in groundbreaking verdicts, major consumer safety advocacy and improved drug warning labels. 

 His firm was among the first law firms in the country to take on Roundup (glyphosate) weed killer cancer cases against Monsanto. Michael and his colleagues served on the trial teams for the first three Roundup trials against Monsanto (Bayer), resulting in $2.424 billion in jury verdicts for the plaintiffs. These trial victories paved the way for settlement resolutions in 2020 worth a combined $10.9 billion, a major milestone for Baum Hedlund and the culmination of more than four years of hard work and perseverance.

 During the litigation, his team obtained a trove of internal documents known as the Monsanto Papers, which they ensured were declassified and released to regulatory agencies, scientists, and the general public. With invitations from lawmakers in these countries, Michael traveled with his partner Brent Wisner, to the EU and Canada to brief regulators on the key evidence uncovered in the Monsanto litigation. His influence on public policy concerning Roundup led Politico to choose Michael as one of five "changemakers" in the world making waves in pesticides policy.

 Michael and his firm have earned numerous awards and recognition, including Law360's California Powerhouse and Product Liability Practice Group of the Year, the National Law Journal's Verdicts Hall of Fame, U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms and Elite Trial Lawyers Trial Team of the Year two years in a row.

 He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Southern California Super Lawyers®, the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Michael also maintains the highest AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating through Martindale Hubbell® and the highest Superb Score.