Annual Cioppino Feed to benefit several Bakersfield nonprofits, causes

March 18, 2015 | 9:53 am


Chain | Cohn | Stiles had a great time at the Bakersfield West Rotary Cioppino Feed, benefiting several Kern County charities. Pictured here on Instagram are attorneys Matt Clark, Beatriz Trejo, Chad Boyles and Neil Gehlawat. 

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Hundreds of Kern County residents will sit together Saturday evening with plastic bibs around their necks and dig into seafood stew — all in the name of several great local causes.

The Cioppino Feed is an annual fundraiser that this year will benefit the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Bakersfield West Rotary Breast Cancer Fund at San Joaquin Community Hospital, the Bakersfield West Rotary Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.

The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be a sponsor this year for the event.

“The Cioppino Feed is one of Bakersfield’s most successful charity events of the year, which helps support some of our areas greatest causes,” said Matt Clark, senior partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “Our law firm is thrilled to be able to support this event and these local nonprofits.”

The Cioppino Feed, the 23rd annual fundraiser, is hosted by Bakersfield West Rotary from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 21 at Monsignor Leddy Hall at Garces Memorial High School.

Cioppino is an Italian-American fish stew that combines crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish in a tomato in a wine sauce, and served with toasted bread. The annual event will also feature live and silent auctions to further benefit the charities.

Here’s a little bit more about each of the befitting local causes:

  • Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a grassroots coalition created in 2012 aimed to combat human trafficking in Kern County through prevention, protection and partnerships.
  • Bakersfield West Rotary Breast Cancer Fund at San Joaquin Community Hospital is a perpetual program that helps provide annual mammograms, biopsies, compression garments and other needs for women in Kern County through the new Breast Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital. The center includes state-of-the-art equipment such as Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography and biopsy equipment.
  • Bakersfield West Rotary Foundation, established in 1993, serves the less fortunate youth of Kern County by providing in local education, literacy, health and welfare. Its mission is to provide assistance to those organizations and individuals dedicated to these goals.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County serves some 5,000 local boys and girls throughout our area. The Cioppino Feed funds will help the club continue to inspire and enable these youth to reach their fullest potential as productive, responsive and caring citizens.

If you’d like to support the Cioppino Feed or would like more information, call Howdy Miller at 747-5380. Tickets are $100 each.

To see various media coverage of the event, click the articles here:

And to see other causes and nonprofits supported in recent years by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the “Community” page at Chainlaw.com.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Failing workers’ compensation system ‘adding inequality to injury’

March 10, 2015 | 10:25 am


Note: The following article was written by Chain | Cohn | Stiles senior partner James A. Yoro, who manages the Bakersfield-based law firm’s Workers’ Compensation* Department, for publication into The Bakersfield Californian’s “Community Voices” section. You can the full article in the Kern County Journal here

By James A. Yoro

One of the most important protections that employees have is a workers’ compensation system that is supposed to provide them with minimum necessary benefits when they suffer an injury on the job.

This system was predicated on a “Grand Bargain” that was initiated during the Industrial Revolution to deal with the rising tide of work-related injuries and death. The injured worker gave up the right to sue the employer for civil damages. In exchange, the employee would receive medical treatment and a sufficient amount of monetary benefits to help them get by during their recovery period. If their injuries caused some permanent limitation or restriction on their ability to function, additional benefits were paid to reflect their level of disability. If they were unable to return to their usual and customary job, they would be provided retraining to help them adjust to other more suitable employment within their limitations.

Workers’ compensation was a progressive idea that came to fruition at a time when we as a society recognized that it was not fair to treat injured workers as if they were nothing more than a piece of broken machinery – something to be discarded and replaced. Human capital is a valuable commodity that contributes to the success of our economy. Therefore, when workers get injured, they should be helped and cared for and not marginalized. Originally, this was the goal of the Workers’ Compensation system. At the beginning of the 20th century, all 50 states adopted such a system in accordance with this philosophy.

But in the last 15 years, things have gone horribly awry for the injured worker.

Within the last week, two investigative reports and several news articles – including by OSHA and the U.S. Department of Labor, National Public Radio and The Washington Post – reveal how poorly injured workers are now being treated in the Workers’ Compensation system and the effect this cost shifting of the burden has affected our economy and our society.

The Department of Labor report titled, “Adding inequality to injury: The costs of failing to protect workers on the job,” summarized its findings as follows:

“The costs of workplace injuries are borne primarily by injured workers, their families, and taxpayer-supported components of the social safety net. Changes in state based workers’ compensation insurance programs have made it increasingly difficult for injured workers to receive the full benefits (including adequate wage replacement payments and coverage for medical expenses) to which they are entitled. Employers now provide only a small percentage (about 20 percent) of the overall financial cost of workplace injuries and illnesses through workers’ compensation. This cost-shift has forced injured workers, their families and taxpayers to subsidize the vast majority of the lost income and medical care costs generated by these conditions.”

The study concluded that the “failure of many employers to prevent millions of work injuries and illnesses each year, and the failure of the broken workers’ compensation system to ensure that workers do not bear the costs of their injuries and illnesses, are truly adding inequality to injury.”

I have represented injured workers for more than 25 years and I’ve seen firsthand this slow deterioration in the system and how it has affected those most vulnerable in our society – the injured, the handicapped and disabled – in their struggle to obtain the benefits they deserve and achieve some measure of dignity. At times, my level of frustration is overwhelming as I gaze into the eyes of my clients and see the look of quiet desperation in their eyes as they struggle to avoid near poverty, bankruptcy and sometimes divorce simply because they got injured on the job.

Franklin Roosevelt once said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

If this is the measure for progress then the workers’ compensation system is in a period of regression. The “Grand Bargain” is no longer a bargain.

– James A. Yoro is a certified workers’ compensation attorney with nearly 40 years of legal experience, and partner at the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

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Learn more about the recent reports on the workers’ compensation system:

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If you’ve been hurt while on the job, contact the Bakersfield workers’ compensation attorneys at 661-323-4000. Also, visit Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ specialized workers’ compensation website — for frequently asked questions and answers, and other information — by clicking here.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Local families, attorneys to march against police misconduct in ‘Walk for Justice’

March 3, 2015 | 10:08 am


Note: To see media coverage of this event, scroll to the bottom.

Prominent attorneys will be joining local families in the “Walk for Justice” on Saturday, March 14, to speak out against local cases of police misconduct, wrongful death and civil rights violations.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Neil Gehlawat will be joining lawyers from the prominent Los Angeles-based firm Geragos & Geragos at the 1 p.m. march, which starts at 1700 Flower St. in east Bakersfield.

That’s near the site where David Silva lost his life on the night of May 7, 2013, when officers approached him as he lay on the grass across the street from Kern County Medical Center. Silva, a 33-year-old father of four, was severely beaten by seven baton-wielding officers, and died an hour later.

The two prominent law firms are working together on the Silva wrongful death case, as well as other Kern County cases against the Kern County Sheriff’s Department and Bakersfield Police Department. The civil lawsuit is ongoing. 

Silva’s family, joined by other families from local cases of police misconduct, are now advocating for an end to police brutality.

To read more about the Silva case, click here.

The marchers will be meeting at four locations where incidents of police brutality have taken place, and will leave flowers in remembrance of victim’s lives. Those victims also include Ronnie (Pops) Ledesma, David Turner and James De La Rosa. The march will end at Heritage Park.

“Be the voice for those who no longer have one,” organizers stated in a flier for the march.

Attorney Neil Gehlawat will be speaking about local cases, as well as a representative from Geragos & Geragos. Attorney Mark Geragos is representing the families of two men killed by Bakersfield police in separate incidents, including the killing of Ramiro James Villegas on Nov. 13. That claim seeks damages for violation of civil and constitutional rights, wrongful death, punitive damages and emotional injuries. It says Villegas got out of his vehicle and held his hands up after being cornered by officers into a light pole. Officers said Villegas reached toward his waistband, and the officers opened fire, killing him. No gun or other weapon was found in Villegas’ possession.

For more information on the march, visit the “Walk for Justice” Facebook event page by clicking here, or call 661-747-1110. The march is sponsored by “Concerned Citizens of Bakersfield #UnitedWeStand.”

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Media:

The Bakersfield Californian: March draws attention to deaths in encounters with law enforcement

KGET Channel 17 (NBC): Locals call for more accountability in law enforcement

Instagram: CCS’ Neil Gehlawat speaks at “Walk for Justice” event

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Police misconduct, police brutality and the denial of civil rights have the effect of undermining our country’s Constitution. Common forms of police misconduct include unnecessary use of force, false imprisonment, sexual harassment and assault, illegal searches and planting evidence, among other circumstances. If you or someone you know has been a victim of police misconduct or police brutality, call the Bakersfield police misconduct lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000, or visit the law firm’s website at Chainlaw.com.

Annual Bakersfield walk brings awareness to traumatic brain injuries

February 24, 2015 | 9:58 am


Each year, about 2.4 million children and adults in the United States suffer from a traumatic brain injury and another 795,000 people sustain an acquired brain injury from non-traumatic causes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currently, more than 5.3 million children and adults in the United States live with a lifelong disability as a result of traumatic brain injury. And in California alone, more than 350,000 Californian live with brain injury, which is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States that affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities and incomes.

“Chances are that you have a family member, friend, or business colleague who has sustained a brain injury, whether it was a traumatic injury from a sports concussion, fall, or motor vehicle accident, or an acquired injury from a stroke, brain tumor or aneurysm,” according the Brain Injury Association of California.

In an effort to raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries throughout Bakersfield and Kern County, the Brain Injury Association of California will host its eighth annual signature “Walk, Run & Ride for Brain Injury” on March 7 at Pioneer Village, 3801 Chester Ave.

The event brings people together to recognize the individuals living with brain injury, and remember those who were lost.

The Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to support the Brain Injury Association of California and the upcoming “Walk, Run & Ride for Brain Injury.” In fact, the lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have extensive experience dealing with personal injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries, and have successfully obtained millions of dollars on behalf of victims.

Those who suffer brain injuries experience significant change in their otherwise normal lives; they may no longer be able to work, and some may even require around-the-clock support. Treating brain injuries may require multiple surgeries, ongoing therapy or around-the-clock care. Chain | Cohn | Stiles can step in and help when that burden is due to the fault of someone else.

According to Brain Injury Association of California, is the most misdiagnosed, misunderstood and underfunded type of injury/disease. Though advances in neurosurgery and research have saved thousands of lives, without appropriate level of specialized rehabilitation, many victims will not achieve their maximum outcome.

The “Walk, Run & Ride for Brain Injury” also helps raise funds for education, advocacy and prevention of traumatic brain injury.

If you’d like to join Chain | Cohn | Stiles and hundreds of others in Kern County to support the event, click here to register, sponsor, join a team, donate, or for more information.

“Brain injury is not an event or a final outcome; it is the beginning of a lifelong disease process and is a leading cause of death and disability,” according to the Brain Injury Association of California. “Brain injury is something most individuals don’t think about until it happens to them or someone they love. When it does, their lives quickly spin out of control and they need compassionate, informed guidance to navigate the intricate system of care. Our mission is to provide this guidance through help, hope and healing.”

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If you or a loved one suffer from a traumatic brain injury at the fault of someone else, call the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000 or visit the website Chainlaw.com. For more information on traumatic brain injury cases, click here.

Testimonial videos: Former clients speak about their experience at Chain | Cohn | Stiles

February 17, 2015 | 10:41 am


The attorneys and staff at Chain | Cohn | Stiles take pride in their unwavering commitment to all clients.

When handling sensitive cases with distraught clients, the law firm employees take it upon themselves to treat clients not simply as case numbers, but as their own loved ones in times of need. As such, attorneys and staff answer all questions and concerns in a timely manner while making sure every client is aware of his or her legal options. It’s no wonder most new clients to the law firm come at the recommendation of former clients, and referrals.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles invites you to view real testimonials from clients who have retained the Bakersfield personal injury lawyers to represent them in times of hardship. Recently, several former clients were interviewed on camera to share their experience at the Bakersfield-based law firm. Meet them here:

CINDEE

Cindee suffered major injuries when she was involved in a car accident due to the fault of another driver. While she lay in the hospital, Cindee’s husband called the law firm. Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyer Matt Clark visited her in the hospital, took the case, and received a substantial settlement for Cindee and her family.

“It’s an emotional journey to go through, but it’s very nice to know that you have somebody like Matt Clark representing you, and he’s going to take care of things so that you can get on with your life. So that you can get back, and enjoy your family, and get well and get back to work.”

Watch Cindee’s video testimonial here.

JOE

A pick-up truck pulled in front of Joe as he rode his motorcycle to work, which caused him to lose control, fly off the motorcycle and suffer major injuries. Chain | Cohn | Stiles came to his aid.

“There was never a time I didn’t have a question answered … If indeed I needed them again, they would be the ones to talk to,” Joe said. “If they take your case, they’re taking it for a reason.”

Watch Joe’s video testimonial here.

DOLORES 

Dolores was carrying a box while working when she slipped, fell and injured herself. She hired an attorney outside of Bakersfield, who was unable to help her in her case. Later, she hired Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

“They always communicated everything,” she said in Spanish. “If you call them with any question, they’ll always call you back as soon as possible. And we won our case, thank God.”

Watch Dolores’ video testimonial in Spanish here.

LOREEN

Loreen was injured when the car she was driving was crashed into by an uninsured motorist. She chose an attorney from the phone book, who was unable to help her in her case over two years. Eventually, she discussed her situation with Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ David Cohn, who took Loreen’s case.

“Within just months, it was completely settled,” she said.

Watch Loreen’s video testimonial here.

MARILYN

Marilyn was driving home when she was involved in a car accident, and suffered major injuries. Her husband called Chain | Cohn | Stiles, which took her case.

“They made me feel comfortable,” Mariyln said. “They reassured me that I didn’t need to worry about it.”

Watch Marilyn’s video testimonial here.

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To read more client testimonials, visit the Client Testimonials page here. And to watch more videos, visit the Media Center page here.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles managing partner David Cohn named Southern California ‘Super Lawyer’ for fourth straight year

February 10, 2015 | 9:58 am


David Cohn, managing partner of the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has once again been named a Super Lawyer by Southern California’s Super Lawyers Magazine.

This is the fourth year in a row that Cohn has received the honor, awarded to no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the Southern California region based on a high-degree of peer recognition and personal achievement.

“It’s a huge honor to be selected yet again as a Super Lawyer, and to be recognized by the legal professionals I deeply respect, and work with,” Cohn said.

Each year, the selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The Super Lawyers program selects attorneys using a multi-phase selection process where each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, according to Super Lawyers.

The objective of the recognition program is “to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.”

Since Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer, the program limits the lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public, the Super Lawyers website states.

As part of the honor, Cohn is highlighted in the 2015 issue of Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, released in January, along with other awarded legal professionals.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles partner Matthew Clark has also been honored by Super Lawyers. Clark was named a “Rising Star” in the Super Lawyers program, which is bestowed upon only 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40 in the Southern California region. You can ready his profile on the Super Lawyers website by clicking here.

The Super Lawyers honor adds to the list of recent accolades for the veteran trial attorney. Recently, Cohn was selected to join the International Society of Barristers, a widely-respected invitation-only group whose aim it is to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system and an independent judiciary.

He was also selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” program, a premier group of attorneys who practice civil plaintiff law in the state of California that is invitation only, and extended exclusively to attorneys who meet stringent qualifications and specialize in the legal practice of criminal defense or civil plaintiff.

In all, Cohn is one of the most highly regarded trial lawyers in the San Joaquin Valley. To learn more about him, visit his attorney profile by clicking here. You can also read his profile on the Super Lawyers website by clicking here.

You can reach him at Chain | Cohn | Stiles by calling 661-323-4000, and you can learn more about Cohn and his law firm at the website, Chainlaw.com.

New attorney joins Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation department

February 3, 2015 | 9:13 am


The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles has welcomed a new attorney to its team.

Beatriz Trejo has joined the firm’s workers compensation department as an associate, where she will represent injured Kern County workers alongside veteran attorney and Chain | Cohn | Stiles partner James Yoro.

“I’m very excited to join Chain | Cohn | Stiles in representing injured workers in Kern County,” Trejo said.

Trejo is joining a team of attorneys who, like her, grew up or have called Bakersfield home for decades. Trejo graduated from Highland High School in northeast Bakersfield, and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal State Bakersfield. At CSUB, she was part of Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honor society.

She earned her master’s degree, also in political science, from Cal State Northridge, where she was vice president of the Pi Sigma Alpha chapter.

She earned her Juris Doctorate at University of Akron School of Law in Ohio in 2011. While she was there, she participated in the Trial Team Honor Society, and competed in several statewide and national trial competition. She was also vice president of the Akron Asian-Latino Law Student Association.

In Ohio, Trejo worked for Thomson Reuters, West, conducting legal research for Westlaw.com, and also worked as a law clerk for Akron-based law firm.

After earning her law degree, she returned to Bakersfield 2011, and worked for more than three years in the local office for a statewide workers’ compensation defense firm.

Outside of the office, Beatriz enjoys taking part in CrossFit, an intense fitness program. She’s also a fan of basketball, and cheers for the Los Angeles Lakers. Trejo is also fluent in Spanish.

If you’ve been hurt while on the job, contact the Bakersfield workers’ compensation attorneys, including Beatriz Trejo, at 661-323-4000. And visit Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ specialized workers’ compensation website — for frequently asked questions and answers, and other information — by clicking here. See Trejo’s profile on Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ website by clicking here.

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Beatriz Trejo was featured in the Feb. 3, 2015 issue of The Bakersfield Californian in the “People in Business” section. Click here to see the article of Trejo about her addition to Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles sponsors Bakersfield Crush competitive youth baseball team

January 27, 2015 | 9:47 am


For years, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been a proud supporter and sponsor of youth activities and programs throughout Bakersfield and Kern County — from the Active 20-30 Club’s Children’s Shopping Spree for the underprivileged to Youth Connection, among others.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be a sponsor this year for Bakersfield Crush Baseball, a new 10 and under competition club baseball team in Kern County.

Bakersfield Crush is not an instructional or recreation league, and instead, players try out for the competitive team. Though the team is competitive, coaches and staff place a special emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork and respect both on and off the field, with high expectations in place for players and parents, said Jayson Bryan, coach and organizer of Bakersfield Crush Baseball.

“Coaches, parents and players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that encourages and supports these values,” said Bryan. “Coaches and team staff will at all times have the safety and general well-being of our players in mind. Our coaches will not intimidate, embarrass, or ridicule players. Baseball is a fun game and the best baseball is played by teams that remember to have fun.”

He added: “Thanks to local supporters like Chain | Cohn | Stiles, Bakersfield Crush can provide local youth a program to compete, and grow as citizens of our community.”

The team is currently active and playing throughout Kern County, including in tournament in Taft this coming weekend. To learn more about that team, visit the Bakersfield Crush Facebook page by clicking here.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles in recent years has supported other local youth baseball programs as well, including Southwest Bakersfield Baseball last year. But the firm has also supported local programs and activities through deep community involvement.

To see other Bakersfield-area programs supported by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the Community page by clicking here. And be sure visit this Blogging For Justice blog in the future to see photos of the team in action.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles managing partner David Cohn invited to join prestigious lawyers group

January 12, 2015 | 9:02 am


Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ managing partner David Cohn has been selected to join the International Society of Barristers, a widely-respected invitation-only group whose aim it is to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system and an independent judiciary.

“It’s a huge honor to be chosen to join the International Society of Barristers,” Cohn said. “Through the society, I will continue to uphold our nation’s legal system and help protect the rights of people in our country.”

Membership into the International Society of Barristers is extended to “advocates of exceptional talent whose qualities including integrity, honor, and collegiality embody the spirit of the true professional,” according to the society.

The society was created in 1965 with the goal to bring together the best of the trial bar in a setting free from partisan interests. Membership is open to both plaintiffs’ or defendants’ advocates, who consider, rationally and in good will, issues of ethics and excellence in advocacy and the role of litigation in society.

“As individuals, the fellows of the society are committed to the highest of ethical standards and to civility in all their personal and professional relationships,” according to the society.

New members for the society are elected by the Board of Governors after a nomination from an existing fellow of the society — no lawyer may apply for membership. Each potential nominee undergoes a rigorous screening process involving lawyers and judges to identify trial lawyers who meet its standards.

Membership is limited, and the society has fellows from every state in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, as well as from Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and Ireland.

Cohn has served as an attorney for 40 years, all of those years serving the Bakersfield/Kern County area with the law firm founded by Morris Chain 80 years ago, now called Chain | Cohn | Stiles. The attorneys at the personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm represents injured victims of Kern County, and throughout California.

Through his career, Cohn has been honored with several other industry accolades. He has been named a Super Lawyer in Southern California the last three years, and has been voted “Best Lawyer” in the Best of Kern County poll. His other memberships include the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he previously served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California, and as past president of the Kern County Trial Lawyers Association.

Through the International Society of Barristers, Cohn will be helping uphold our nation’s legal system by working with other members to support common goals: retaining trial by jury in litigated matters, encouraging and demanding ethical conduct by all involved in litigation, and overall protecting the rights of citizens, the independence of the judiciary and the integrity of the bar.

To learn more about David Cohn, click here. And to see a mention of Cohn’s selection in The Bakersfield Californian, click here.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Time to Vote: CCS, David Cohn nominated in 2015 ‘Best of Kern County’ contest

January 5, 2015 | 9:23 am


In 2013 and 2014, the people of Bakersfield and Kern County graciously voted Chain | Cohn | Stiles as the “Best Law Firm” in the area.

With the New Year upon us, it’s time once again for local residents to vote for the best people, places and things in Kern County, in the 2015 “Best of Kern County” contest — The Bakersfield Californian’s Readers’ Choice Poll.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been nominated once again for the “Best Law Firm” category, and is asking you to vote for our law firm in the category once again.

Additionally, Chain | Cohn | Stiles managing partner David Cohn has been nominated again this year in the “Best Lawyer” category. He was voted “Best Lawyer” in 2013, and as a “favorite” in 2014. Cohn would also appreciate your vote in 2015.

The 2015 “Best of Kern County” competition kicked off on Jan. 5, and voting will continue until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 25.

Here’s how you can vote:

  • Visit the official “Best of Kern County” website at www.BestofKern.comand login, or sign up and register if you’ve never voted before.
  • Click “Ballot” and vote for your choice in each category, including Chain | Cohn | Stiles as “Best Law Firm” and David K. Cohn as “Best Lawyer” — both under the “Services” category.
  • Once you click on “vote,” your vote is cast — no need to do anything else. To change your vote, simply click “vote” on a different nominee.

Please note that this year, the contest has some new changes from previous years:

According to the Best Of Kern County website: “Our new, simplified balloting system will allow you to vote once each day, and to add nominees in any category you wish. New nominees will be reviewed for accuracy and appropriateness and added to the ballot on the next available business day.”

Being nominated for three years in a row for “Best Law Firm” and “Best Lawyer” is a huge honor, said managing partner David Cohn. The two categories were added to the contest in 2013.

“The recognition would not be possible without all of you – the people of Kern County. Thank you for acknowledging the hard work our attorneys and staff put in every day. Thank you for allowing us to serve Kern County for the last 80 years.”

Cohn continued: “Our passion is to bring justice and protect the rights of local residents who have been seriously injured due to the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another. We also strive to assist local residents in need with their workers’ compensation* cases. Once again, thank you for trusting us to stand for you.”

The final results are released each year in the May issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine.

To view the full list of winners from the 2014 “Best of Kern County” competition in Bakersfield Life Magazine, click here to see the list online, and click here to see the list in the magazine version.

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*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.