Chain | Cohn | Stiles managing partner David Cohn added to ‘Top 100 Trial Lawyers’ list

September 8, 2014 | 10:16 am


David K. Cohn, managing partner for the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has been selected for membership into the The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” program.

He now joins law firm partners David V. Stiles and Matthew C. Clark as Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyers who have received invitations to join prestigious National Trial Lawyers’ programs earlier this year.

Cohn was invited to join the “Top 100″ list, which is a premier group of attorneys who practice civil plaintiff law in the state of California. Membership into The National Trial Lawyers’ programs are by invitation only, and extended exclusively to attorneys who meet stringent qualifications and specialize in the legal practice of criminal defense or civil plaintiff, according to The National Trial Lawyers program.

The “Top 100,” it’s composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. The national organization provides networking opportunities, advocacy training, and the highest quality educational programs for trial lawyers.

Just the top 100 trial lawyers from Southern California and Northern California who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research, according to National Trial Lawyers.

Prospective members of The National Trial Lawyers’ are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership. The criteria used in the evaluation process include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary, and the public
  • The previous year’s achievements, settlements and verdicts as a trial lawyer
  • Board Certification as a trial lawyer or trial attorney
  • Nominations received from leading trial lawyers, current members and/or our executive committee members
  • Leadership and membership within other national and state trial lawyer organizations
  • Rankings and ratings of the attorney by established organizations

As part of membership selection, Cohn will have his photo and biography displayed on The National Trial Lawyers website. You can see it here.

Cohn also received a plaque, which Chain | Cohn | Stiles  will proudly display in the lobby of our Bakersfield office. You can see the plaque here.

Earlier this year, Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 40 under 40,” a professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys. Read more about this achievement here.

To learn more about Cohn, read his biography on the Chain | Cohn | Stiles website, or read a snippet of his biography below:

“David K. Cohn is the managing partner of the firm and one of the most highly regarded trial lawyers in the San Joaquin Valley. He has recently been voted Best Lawyer in Kern County by the Bakersfield Californian Reader’s Choice Poll. David has also been named a Super Lawyer in Southern California, an honor bestowed upon only the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region. David grew up in Bakersfield, graduating from West High School, before going on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. Shortly thereafter, he obtained his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. While in law school, he clerked for then Federal Public Defender, John Van de Kamp. Following graduation, David returned to Bakersfield and joined the firm and eventually became its managing partner in 2000.

Over the course of his career, David has obtained numerous multi-million dollar results on behalf of his clients. In 2011, he recovered $10 million on behalf of a man who suffered serious burn injuries in an oilfield accident. He also recently obtained a $2.1 million verdict in a wrongful death case where a man was run over by a city parks worker at Jefferson Park. David is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), where he holds the rank of Associate and also serves as the Membership Chair for the San Joaquin Valley Chapter. He has also previously served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and as past President of the Kern County Trial Lawyers Association.”

Chain | Cohn | Stiles partners with Bakersfield College ‘Renegades’ this season

August 11, 2014 | 10:10 am


Bakersfield College recently celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles this year is celebrating 80 years.

For the two local institutions, a partnership is only natural. The two Bakersfield staples are partnering this year to help bring all Bakersfield College “Renegades” football games to the people of Kern County.

The BC and Chain | Cohn | Stiles partnership is made possible because of another partnership between Bakersfield staples — BC and The Bakersfield Californian. The local newspaper, its affiliated publication and digital products (together called TBC Media) are partnering to bring Renegades football games in video to Bakersfield.com for the 2014 season.

For the first time, all 10 of Bakersfield College’s 2014 football games will be live streamed in video on Bakersfield.com and GoGades.com, where video highlights from the games will also be available for instant viewing.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles for the 2014-15 season has signed on to sponsor the Renegade football team. You’ll see local law firm in the football game programs distributed at each game (the picture above is from the full-page ad that will be highlighted in the football program — see it full screen here). You’ll see the newest commercials from the law firm airing during the live streamed football games. And you’ll also hear the law firm’s radio commercials when the games are broadcast on Newstalk KERN 1180 AM.

You can watch all of the law firm’s latest commercials by visiting a previous Blogging For Justice post HERE.

To listen to our two radio commercials that will air on KERN 1180, click the links below:

For Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the partnership is also natural because the law firm’s founder Morris Chain is credited for inventing the name “Renegades” for Bakersfield College. Chain played BC football for three years himself. Recently, the law firm accepted the “100 Stars Award” on Chain’s behalf (he died in 1977), awarded to 100 alumni, retirees and community members who had a great impact on Bakersfield College. See a previous blog post about this HERE.

The Renegades start their 2014 season at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 on road at Riverside City College. Bakersfield College returns to Memorial Stadium the following week, Sept. 13, for a 6 p.m. game against Golden West. Each game webcast will feature pre-game and post-game show.

To watch the games online, go to Bakersfield.com. TBC Media will build a section where all of the highlights, full games and other content will be stored for on-demand viewing.

CCS senior partner Matt Clark chosen by Bakersfield Life magazine as one of ’20 Under 40 People to Watch’

June 30, 2014 | 9:25 am


Bakersfield personal injury lawyer Matthew C. Clark has been chosen as one of the “20 Under 40 People to Watch” by Bakersfield Life Magazine for 2014.

Clark was featured in the 20 Under 40 feature in the local monthly lifestyle magazine released Saturday, June 28, in The Bakersfield Californian. It was the second annual 20 Under 40 feature, where about 100 up and coming local young professionals between 18 and 39 years old were nominated.

“It was difficult to choose, but in the end, Bakersfield Life’s selection committee could only honor 20 of these shining stars who are doing brilliant things for the city they call home,” according to the magazine. “Each leader is making their mark in a different way; some own their own businesses while others have put in time and love to causes dear to their heart.”

Clark was honored with 19 other local honorees during a recognition ceremony on Friday, June 27 at The Mark Restaurant, the day before the magazine was released.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this group. It makes me proud to live here,” Clark said after receiving a plaque and several certificates from local dignitaries and elected officials. “I moved back here after school … And being around all of you reminds me of why I moved.”

The magazine highlighted Clark’s community service, inspirations and secret talents, among other things. It read as follows:

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Matthew C. Clark

Attorney/senior partner with Chain | Cohn | Stiles

Age: 38

Community involvement: Clinica Sierra Vista board, San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation board, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Miracle Society member, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Walk in Kern County volunteer and board member.

Professional in your field who inspires you: Although this may sound contrived, I am honestly inspired by my law partners, Dave Cohn, Dave Stiles and Jim Yoro. My successes are a result of their mentoring and encouragement.

Secret talent: Since helping my in-laws build a pizza oven in their backyard, I’ve become a pretty decent pizza chef. Also, it’s been said that I have an “intimidating head of hair,” at least according to Scott Cox.

How do you hope to make a difference in Bakersfield? I grew up in Bakersfield, moved away for school and then returned. I’ve been back for about 13 years now. During this time, I have worked with clients of every imaginable background and one thing is universal to all of them — the need for quality, local medical care. Through my volunteer activities and affiliations, I have tried to commit my time toward this goal and will continue to do so in the future.

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You can read the online version of the feature and view more pictures at bakersfieldlife.com. You can also read the magazine version online here, or read the entire magazine online here. And you can pick up a copy at The Bakersfield Californian.

CCS completes the first-ever Kern County Corporate Challenge

June 25, 2014 | 9:45 am


After six weeks of intense competitive games, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has completed the first ever Kern County Corporate Challenge.

Starting in May, our Bakersfield personal injury law firm went head-to-head with several other companies from throughout Kern County in the 2014 Kern Corporate Challenge. It was a six-week, Olympic-style competition that pitted similar-sized companies against each other in more than a dozen athletic and non-athletic games.

The entire competition was for a good cause: benefiting the League of Dreams, a Kern County sports league for children with disabilities.

Challenges include dodge ball, a 5K run, basketball, bowling, volleyball, flag football, golf, laser tag, soccer, softball, tug-o-war and more. Non-athletic events include billiards, poker and a T-shirt competition.

In the end, CCS came in third place overall. WorkLogic HR came in first place and AT&T came in second place. Here are a few other CCS highlights (and photos) from the Corporate Challenge:

  • Our poker team took first place. Check out our team by clicking here.
  • CCS also came in first in the Biggest Winner weight loss competition. Our “biggest winner” lost a whopping 35 pounds in the six weeks of the competition.
  • Our fundraising team raised $1,350 in the fundraising competition, benefiting The League of Dreams. Thank you to the following people and companies who kindly donated funds for the league:
  1. Bob Montgomery
  2. Steve Roach of Quantum Data Systems
  3. Chris Thornburg of Brown Armstrong
  4. O’Leary’s Office Products
  5. Metro Record Storage and Shredding
  6. Sunrise Coffee Service

To see even more pictures from the events, go to the Kern County Corporate Challenge Facebook page.

In the end, the 2014 Kern County Corporate Challenge was a success. The teams raised a lot of money for a worthy cause, CCS came together as a team, and the law firm got to compete against some worthy opponents. The Challenge is sure to be bigger and better in the years to come.

To learn more about the competition, click on some of the media coverage below:

Bakersfield Life Magazine

KERO-23 (ABC)

CCS attorneys selected to ‘Top 100 Trial Lawyers’ list

June 16, 2014 | 10:31 am


Two of our Bakersfield personal injury lawyers and partners at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have been selected to join “The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for 2014.

Senior partners David V. Stiles and Matthew C. Clark have been invited to join the “Top 100” list, which is a premier group of attorneys who practice civil plaintiff law in the state of California. Additionally, Clark was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 40 under 40,” a professional organization comprised of America’s top young trial attorneys.

Membership into The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only, and is extended exclusively to those individuals who meet stringent qualifications and specialize in the legal practice of criminal defense or civil plaintiff, according to The National Trial Lawyers program.

As for the “Top 100,” it’s composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyers. The national organization provides networking opportunities, advocacy training, and the highest quality educational programs for trial lawyers.

Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

Prospective members of The National Trial Lawyers’ are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership. The criteria used in the evaluation process include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary, and the public
  • The previous year’s achievements, settlements and verdicts as a trial lawyer
  • Board Certification as a trial lawyer or trial attorney
  • Nominations received from leading trial lawyers, current members and/or our executive committee members
  • Leadership and membership within other national and state trial lawyer organizations
  • Rankings and ratings of the attorney by established organizations.

As part of the selection, the attorneys at CCS will have their photos and biographies displayed on The National Trial Lawyers website. They’ll also receive a plaque, which CCS will proudly display in the lobby of our Bakersfield office, as well as highlight in our various social media sites.

Here’s a little more on the attorneys selected for this honor:

  • David V. Stiles is a senior partner in the firm. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent rated trial attorney, who has tried over 50 cases to a jury.  He has been with the firm for over 35 years, and has extensive experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases. His areas of interest include auto/truck liability, oilfield accidents, nursing home abuses, and premises liability. Over his career, Stiles has recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for his clients, including a number of multi-million dollar results.  Most recently he obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for the victim of a truck accident, and high six figure verdicts in two trials involving, respectively, an oilfield accident and a fall accident.  He has successfully litigated numerous nursing home neglect cases, and is a Panelist of the California Association for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR).For more on Stiles, read his biography at chainlaw.com.
  • Matthew C. Clark is a senior partner with the firm and a recent graduate of the ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School.  He was recently named a Rising Star in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40.In 2011, Matthew obtained a six-figure verdict on behalf of his client in a public entity premises liability case.  He also was part of the team that helped secure a $10 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered serious burn injuries in an oilfield accident.  For more on Clark, read his biography at chainlaw.com.

New Chain | Cohn | Stiles ad thanks Bakersfield, Kern County for voting us ‘the best’

June 12, 2014 | 8:48 am


The words are simple and sincere: “Thank you for making us Kern County’s best law firm. We stand for justice for you — the people of Kern County.”

This is the message that the Bakersfield-based personal injury law firm of Chain | Cohn | Stiles had for the entire Kern County community who voted the firm as “Best Law Firm” for 2014, and managing partner David K Cohn as a “favorite” lawyer.

The honors were unveiled in the May issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine, which is the “Best of Bakersfield” issue, where winners of The Bakersfield Californian’s Readers Choice Poll are announced each year. In that issue, CCS was chosen as the best law firm, and Cohn was chosen as one of the top three lawyers in Bakersfield. In fact, three lawyers at CCS — Cohn, Matt Clark and David Stiles — were nominated for the honor.

In the following June issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine, Chain | Cohn | Stiles wanted to thank those who voted for the law firm, and its lawyers, as the best in town. The law firm decided to feature a full-page ad in the June issue, thanking our Bakersfield community for choosing us. See the full ad HERE.

In the same issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine, CCS was featured in the Business Profile section for its 80-year anniversary. Included in the feature were various relevant questions and answer, such as:

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What is the history of Chain | Cohn | Stiles in Bakersfield?

Our law firm was founded in 1934 by Morris B. Chain, a local legend in Kern County courtrooms. Eventually, the firm developed practices in personal injury, wrongful death and social security disability, which are the core of the firm today. Some of the most respected names in local law were bred out of this firm, and our current attorneys continue to be the most respected in their fields – not only in Bakersfield and Kern County, but across the state.

Chain died in 1977, but his values are carried on today by David K. CohnDavid V. Stiles, six other dedicated attorneys and the firm’s professional staff.

How does Chain | Cohn | Stiles stand out from other firms today? 

As the oldest personal injury law firm in Bakersfield, with our attorneys and staff bred locally, we have an extra edge that a firm outside of Kern County – or in Kern County for that matter – would never have. We care about Kern County, and we hold those accountable to make sure our residents are treated properly.

What firm accomplishments stand out from the last 80 years?

Our firm has more multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements than any other local law firm, and we’ve recovered more than half a billion dollars on behalf of our clients. Besides that, our commitment to help those in our local community has made workplaces safer. We’ve consistently held large corporations accountable – oilfield and agriculture companies included –which, in turn, has made workplaces safer for our community’s workers.

We’re also very proud of the deep connection this firm has made with our community – the firm’s roots are embedded in giving back. Our attorneys sit on local boards, including Clinica Sierra Vista, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and CASA Kern County, among many others. And our employees give back in many ways, too, including hosting teams for March of Dimes and Relay for Life, sharing their expertise at the university level, and donating their time to volunteer for local causes.

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CCS plans to continue to thanks its local community through 2014 for its trust and confidence. Stay tuned to bloggingforjustice for more.

CCS senior partner Matt Clark named a 2014 Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine

June 6, 2014 | 6:19 am


Matthew C. Clark, senior partner with the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has been named a 2014 Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, the awards program announced today.

This is Clark’s second year in a row earning this honor, which is bestowed upon only 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40 in our region.

He joins in his law partner David K. Cohn, managing partner with the Kern County-based law firm, in being recognized by Super Lawyers magazine. Cohn earlier this year was selected to the 2014 “Super Lawyers” for the third consecutive year. No more than 5 percent of lawyers in the region are selected, based on a high-degree of peer recognition and personal achievement.

Rising Star Clark concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and product liability. He earned an undergraduate degree at Loyola Marymount University and a law degree at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He recently graduated from the ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, according to Super Lawyers.

The magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. The list is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazine across the country. In the United States, the magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

This latest accolade add to the list of awards for Chain | Cohn | Stiles in 2014. Besides the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars awards, CCS has also awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” from Mayor Harvey Hall and City of Bakersfield during a city council meeting for the law firm’s partnership in the “Freeway Litter Cleanup Project.”

And in May, Chain | Cohn | Stiles was voted “Best Law Firm,” and David K. Cohn was chosen as a “favorite” in the “Best Lawyer” category. It was the second year in a row that the law firm was honored in these two categories. The “best law firm” and “best lawyer” categories were added to The Bakersfield Californian’s Readers’ Choice Poll two years ago.

Bakersfield Life Magazine highlights CCS 80-year anniversary

June 4, 2014 | 10:03 am


The newest issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine featured an article of Chain | Cohn | Stiles, highlighting the firm’s 80-year anniversary. Below is the article, which covers the history of our firm, our accomplishments in the last 80 years, and what’s ahead for the Bakersfield personal injury law firm.

Read the June 2014 magazine article to learn more.

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What is the history of Chain | Cohn | Stiles in Bakersfield?

Our law firm was founded in 1934 by Morris B. Chain, a local legend in Kern County courtrooms. Eventually, the firm developed practices in personal injury, wrongful death and social security disability, which are the core of the firm today. Some of the most respected names in local law were bred out of this firm, and our current attorneys continue to be the most respected in their fields – not only in Bakersfield and Kern County, but across the state.

Chain died in 1977, but his values are carried on today by David K. Cohn, David V. Stiles, six other dedicated attorneys and the firm’s professional staff.

How does Chain | Cohn | Stiles stand out from other firms today? 

As the oldest personal injury law firm in Bakersfield, with our attorneys and staff bred locally, we have an extra edge that a firm outside of Kern County – or in Kern County for that matter – would never have. We care about Kern County, and we hold those accountable to make sure our residents are treated properly.

Plus, we’re the only local firm to win “Best Law Firm” the last two years, and managing partner David Cohn has also been honored the last two years in the “Best Lawyer” category.

What firm accomplishments stand out from the last 80 years?

Our firm has more multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements than any other local law firm, and we’ve recovered more than half a billion dollars on behalf of our clients. Besides that, our commitment to help those in our local community has made workplaces safer. We’ve consistently held large corporations accountable – oilfield and agriculture companies included –which, in turn, has made workplaces safer for our community’s workers.

We’re also very proud of the deep connection this firm has made with our community – the firm’s roots are embedded in giving back. Our attorneys sit on local boards, including Clinica Sierra Vista, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and CASA Kern County, among many others. And our employees give back in many ways, too, including hosting teams for March of Dimes and Relay for Life, sharing their expertise at the university level, and donating their time to volunteer for local causes.

How are you commemorating 80 years in our community?

We’ve partnered with the City of Bakersfield and the Bakersfield Homeless Center to adopt a portion of the Westside Parkway, where we employ our homeless resident to keep our roads clean and beautify Bakersfield. You’ll see our sign on the Parkway, near Coffee Road, as reminder of our loyalty and service to our community for the last 80 years, and decades to come.

You’ll also see us giving back to a variety of local causes and events, including the Kern County Corporate Challenge, where our firm is going head-to-head against local businesses for the nonprofit, League of Dreams. And there’s more. To keep up to date, visit our website and blog –  bloggingforjustice.com – and follow us on social media.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles recognized by City of Bakersfield, Mayor Harvey Hall for contribution to litter cleanup program

May 23, 2014 | 8:08 am


UPDATE: To watch a video of Chain | Cohn | Stiles being honored by the City of Bakersfield and Mayor Harvey Hall, go to our Chain | Cohn | Stiles YouTube channel here.

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Chain | Cohn | Stiles on Wednesday was awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” from Mayor Harvey Hall and City of Bakersfield during a city council meeting for the law firm’s partnership in the “Freeway Litter Cleanup Project.”

For the program, Chain | Cohn | Stiles sponsored a one-mile stretch of highway on the Westside Parkway, eastbound at Coffee Road. The sponsorship funds donated by the Bakersfield personal injury law firm go to pay residents from the Bakersfield Homeless Center to clean up our portion of the newest Bakersfield freeway, as highlighted in a previous Blogging for Justice post.

The program is a win for everyone involved: it keeps our freeway clean, increases community pride, gives jobs to the homeless, and sponsorships keep costs down for  the city and homeless center. The program — partnering the homeless center with the city, and local business — has been hailed nationwide by other county and city governments.

On Tuesday, Hall addressed the Bakersfield city council and audience in attendance regarding the certificate of appreciation.

“We’ve had success with private businesses in our community supporting our sponsorship for our litter pickup programs,” Hall said. “Chain | Cohn | Stiles is here tonight to accept their recognition. (Their sponsorship) will go toward us utilizing the residents of Bakersfield Homeless Center to pick up litter on our freeways.”

Hall awarded a plaque to the Bakersfield attorneys representing the firm — managing partner David K. Cohn and senior partner Matt Clark — “in recognition of the firm’s contribution.”

The attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are proud of our community, our city and our streets, and wish to keep our city as clean and healthy as possible.

“On behalf of Chain | Cohn | Stiles, we thank the city of Bakersfield for this opportunity,” Clark said, addressing the council. “It allows us to support the homeless in our community, while at the same time making a little effort to keep Bakersfield beautiful.”

The plaque will hang proudly at our downtown Bakersfield office on Truxtun Avenue. And our sign, acknowledging our sponsorship ,stands high the Westside Parkway.

To learn more about the program, click on the following links:

Chain | Cohn | Stiles founder Morris Chain honored with ‘100 Stars Award’

May 19, 2014 | 9:27 am


Bakersfield College hosted its 100th commencement on Friday, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles congratulates all of the graduates who took part in this special ceremony. The Bakersfield junior college is especially significant for our law firm, as our founder — Morris Chain — and managing partner David K. Cohn are graduates of the college.

As part of its centennial celebration, acknowledging the college’s accomplishments and impact in our community, college officials recognized 100 alumni, retirees and community members who had a great impact on Bakersfield College.

Each recipient of the 100 Stars Award received a medal from BC President Sonya Christian, and their biographies and pictures are placed in the trophy cabinet in the campus library, and also featured on the BC website.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to have Morris Chain featured as one of the 100 Stars. Chain died in 1977, and he has no immediate family in Bakersfield. Cohn accepted the award on his family’s behalf during the Bakersfield College student scholarship awards Honor Reception on May 9 in the Gil Bishop Gymnasium. Here is Morris Chain biography that was read during the awards ceremony.

It’s safe to say that without Morris B. Chain, one of the most prominent lawyers in Kern County history, there would be no Bakersfield College Renegades.

That’s because Chain, who played BC football for three years, dubbed the team as the “Renegades” in the 1920s.

Chain, who attended elementary and secondary schools in Bakersfield, also graduated from BC. He studied law at University of Southern California and eventually returned to Bakersfield, where he founded his own law firm in 1934.

He quickly rose to prominence throughout our community and in local courts, building his reputation as a champion of the underdog and laying the foundation for what has become San Joaquin Valley’s leading law firm. Awarded the coveted Bar and Bench Award by the Kern County Bar Association in 1976, local dignitaries described Chain as “one of the most remarkable men in the history of the community, and certainly in the history of the legal community of Kern County.”

Chain died in 1977. Today, Chain | Cohn | Stiles – celebrating its 80-year anniversary this year – carries on Morris Chain’s tradition of justice and community service.

Chain joined 99 other BC standouts who have made tremendous impacts in our community, and throughout the country. They include Congressman Kevin McCarthy, baseball player George Culver and Mayor Harvey Hall, among many others.