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W. Crawford Appleby, IV

Wisner Baum - Los Angeles
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W. Crawford Appleby, IV
Wisner Baum - Los Angeles
Los Angeles,

William Crawford Appleby IV is an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman. He focuses on complex law and motion matters, in-depth legal research and writing, and case strategy. Utilizing these skills, Crawford helps maximize case value by digging deep into both United States and foreign law to obtain the best outcome for Baum Hedlund’s clients. He contributes to cases at both the trial and appellate level by, among other things, drafting briefs, compiling and analyzing legislative history, tracking new or developing areas of law, exploring issues of first impression, evaluating analytical data, and monitoring the latest developments in legal technology. He concentrates his practice on transportation accidents, whistleblower cases, and qui tam claims.

Before joining Baum Hedlund, Crawford served for more than two years as a Law Clerk at the Los Angeles Superior Court. There, he acquired a broad range of experience in all aspects of civil litigation while drafting proposed tentative rulings and performing legal research and writing for many superior court judges. Crawford also served as a federal Judicial Extern for the Honorable R. Gary Klausner in the Central District of California during his first summer of law school.

Crawford honed his advocacy skills during law school when he was accepted into the Hobbs District Attorney Clinic where he conducted twenty felony preliminary hearings for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. He also represented professional licensing boards in administrative hearings as an extern for the California Department of Justice under former Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.

In addition, Crawford served as a Senior Technical Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review. While on law review, he published a comment on United States Supreme Court case Rehberg v. Paulk, which is cited in Witkin Summary of California Law and Federal Grand Jury: A Guide to Law and Practice.

In 2019, Crawford launched legal tech company, a free, searchable database of California state court tentative rulings. This access-to-justice focused resource allows litigants to obtain valuable insights into the judge deciding their case by seeing how that judge has ruled in the past, what cases the judge cites, and why that judge rules the way he/she does. State court judges constantly issue tentative rulings in their cases, but they are not compiled in any freely accessible archive. Crawford solved this problem by creating Its purpose is to level the playing field between litigants who can afford to pay to see their trial judge’s prior rulings, and those who cannot.

In his free time, Crawford enjoys spending time with his wife Lauren and their son William, running, skiing, golf, and tennis. He ran the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Practice Areas

Aviation Accidents

Helicopter Accidents

Bus Accidents

Complex and Multi-District Litigation

Mass Disaster Litigation

Personal Injury

Qui Tam Claims

Whistleblower Protection

Traumatic Brain Injury

Truck Accidents

Wrongful Death Law


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (Juris Doctor, 2013)

Completion of Mediation Training, Center for Conflict Resolution, The Loyola Law School, 2012

Boston University, Boston (Bachelor of Science, 2006)

Court Admissions

California, 2013

U.S. Dist. Court, Central District of California, 2013

US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2019

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2019

Awards and Honors

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

Selected: Southern California Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars, 2019 – 2020

2018 Elite Trial Lawyers, Finalists Consumer Protection, The National Law Journal

Senior Technical Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

Certificate of Appreciation for service to the Licensing Section, State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Listed, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™


American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum

State Bar of California

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles

Scribes - The American Society of Legal Writers

Presentations / Speeches

Topic: Inside Tips About Drafting Legal Memoranda (plus free search tool for CA tentative rulings on

Organization: Los Angeles Incubator Consortium (LAIC-Loyola Law School ● Southwestern Law School ● UCLA School of Law)

Event: Webinar – “Write for Judicial Eyes Without Reinventing the Wheel!”

Date: Nov. 18, 2020


Diamond in the Rough: Reevaluating Delaware as a Potential Forum in Multi-Defendant Tort Cases, American Association for Justice Business Torts section

Recent Developments in Personal Jurisdiction for Aviation Cases, ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Newsletter: Winter 2020

Preservation, Discovery, Subpoenas and Metadata: Court Rules, Case Law and Recent Developments, “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide”, National Business Institute seminar, January 2020

Laying a Foundation: Real-World Scripts/Examples, “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide”, National Business Institute seminar, January 2020

Pro-Plaintiff Decisions Post­Daimler & Bristol-Myers, “Traversing the Minefield: Overcoming Procedural Obstacles in Aviation Cases”, ABA TIPS Aviation Litigation, October, 2019

Stick Versus Puncture: Etihad Ends Causal Link Requirement between Mental and Bodily Injury in Montreal Convention Cases, American Association for Justice, Aviation Law: Summer 2018

Using Agency Agreements to Pin Down Foreign Airlines in American Courts, American Association for Justice, Aviation Law: Winter 2018

Liability of Airlines in Intentional Downing of Aircraft, American Association for Justice 2017 Annual Convention, July, 2017

Understanding the ‘Sudden Illness’ Defense in California Courts, Daily Journal, December 6, 2016

Pro-Plaintiff Decisions Post­-Daimler, “Tips From Cockpit to Courtroom”, ABA TIPS Aviation and Space Law Committee meeting, November, 2016

The Marital Privilege – Attorneys need to know the subtleties of marital privilege, a vital evidentiary rule. – California Lawyer, MCLE Evidence, August 26, 2016

Current Issues of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones, American Association for Justice 2016 Annual AAJ-PAPERS 44, July, 2016

Rehberg and the Unintended Consequences of Immunity Uniformity, 46 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 703 (2013)

Published Cases

Selke v. Germanwings GmbH, 261 F. Supp. 3d 645 (E.D. Va. 2017) (Virginia court had personal jurisdiction over a German airline, involving Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany, whose pilot committed suicide by crashing the plane into the French Alps and killing all 150 on board, because the airline sold its tickets to passengers that resided in Virginia through its authorized agent, United Airlines)

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