Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation lawyer selected to Bakersfield ’20 Under 40 People to Watch’

July 5, 2018 | 7:19 am


Bakersfield Life Magazine’s “20 Under 40 People to Watch” highlights outstanding young men and  women whom Bakersfield can be proud of, who possess a hard work ethic, dedication, and a passion for volunteering.

“Their success is only rivaled by their commitment to giving back, making our community better for current and future generations,” according to Bakersfield Life.

For 2018, the magazine selected Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation lawyer Beatriz Trejo as one of its “20 Under 40 People to Watch” for her success in her profession, and meaningful contributions to our local community. She and 19 others were highlighted in the July issue of the magazine.

Trejo’s inclusion on the list now makes four people at the law firm who have been selected for this honor:

This year’s “20 Under 40 People to Watch” honorees were recognized during a reception. In receiving her award, Beatriz was described by Bakersfield Life editor Mark Nessia as “someone who has achieved tremendous success in her career, and who has become a leader in the community. She continues to achieve in her job, advocating for those in times of need and her commitment to providing goodwill for her own town that will never end. She has experienced success through many hardships, which she has taken to use as a venue to give back and achieve.”

In particular, Trejo is involved in several local organizations on a volunteer basis including CBCC Foundation, Latina Leaders of Kern County, CSUB Pre-Law Advisory Committee, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Education Foundation’ Small Business Academy, Kern County Cancer Run committee, and Immigration Justice Collaborative.

She is the Bakersfield Chapter President for the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), a statewide organization advocating for injured workers. Trejo is also is the board member on the CAAA Legislative Caucus Board Member, advocating at the state government level. Last year, she was selected as the 2017 winner of the “Young Workers’ Compensation Lawyer of the Year” by the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section.

The following profile on Trejo was published in Bakersfield Life Magazine.

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If it were easy, everyone would do it.

That’s the mentality Beatriz Trejo takes with her in all aspects of her life as she looks for ways to challenge herself every step of the way.

That’s why she enjoys CrossFit. That’s why she went to law school, despite working a job she enjoyed at CSU Northridge, where she earned her master’s in political science.

Trejo attended law school at the University of Akron in Ohio and moved back to Bakersfield the day after graduation in 2011, starting her career as a workers’ compensation defense attorney for Hanna Brophy.

Despite working hard for her clients, Trejo felt her personality was better-suited toward protecting and advocating for injured workers rather than their employers. In 2015, she joined Chain Cohn Stiles as an associate attorney representing injured workers in workers’ compensation claims.

“An injury goes beyond a person,” she said. “It affects their entire family, and I don’t take that lightly.”

Trejo is driven by the fact that she has been on the other side and knows the benefits that can be negated to injured workers, so she strives not only to serve her clients to the best of her ability, but to educate other attorneys so they, too, can do the same.

“As far as what is motivating me, I think there is a true, true desire to help my clients and the community,” she said.

Trejo is involved with numerous local organizations, most notably, being a member of the planning committee for Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center’s Kern County Cancer Run/Walk, a cause that’s near and dear to her heart because her dad passed away from cancer in 2016 and her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer six months later.

“I’ve been a family member of someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer and I know how it feels and I know how much support is needed to get through something like that,” she said. “I very much understand that situation and feel like it’s happened to me and now it’s my turn to give back.”

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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney, marketing director named two of Bakersfield’s “20 Under 40 People to Watch”

July 1, 2015 | 9:48 am


* Editor’s Note: Neil Gehlawat is no longer an attorney with Chain | Cohn | Stiles *

Chain | Cohn | Stiles‘ associate attorney Neil Gehlawat and director of marketing and public relations Jorge Barrientos have been chosen for the 2015 “20 Under 40 People to Watch” in Bakersfield by Bakersfield Life Magazine.

Gehlawat, 27, and Barrientos, 31, were highlighted in the July 2015 issue of Bakersfield Life, which was unveiled Saturday, June 27, in The Bakersfield Californian newspaper. They are two of 20 Kern County residents who succeeding in their professional fields, and also contributing to their local community in meaningful ways.

Gehlawat and Barrientos join Chain | Cohn | Stiles partner Matt Clark who have been highlighted by Bakersfield Life Magazine for their professional and community work. Clark was selected for the “20 Under 40 People to Watch” list in 2014.

Learn a little bit more about two honorees here:

Neil Gehlawat

Neil K. Gehlawat has been an associate with the personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm since 2012, where he focuses his practice on personal injury, and wrongful death cases.

He grew up in Bakersfield, graduated from Stockdale High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

In his Bakersfield Life profile, Gehlawat said:

“I went to law school because I wanted to help real people, and I’m happy to say that I’m at a place where I’m doing that every day.”

As for community work, Gehlawat is the education committee chairman for the New Lawyers Division of Consumer Attorneys of California, founder of Bakersfield’s Cal Alumni Chapter, a member of the planning committee for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Kern County) “Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K” to end drunk driving locally, and a mentor for a North High School mentor program.

“I’ve brought my students downtown to my office so that they can see what I do, so that they can see the courthouse,” he said. “It’s much more powerful to bring them downtown and show them what I do, and let them visualize their future.”

To read Gehlawat’s full profile in Bakersfield Life, click here.

Jorge Barrientos

Jorge Barrientos joined the firm as the marketing director in early 2014, after working for five years at The Bakersfield Californian. He grew up in Bakersfield, went off to college and made his way back to Kern County after working a few years at The Orange County Register.

In Bakersfield, Barrientos’ community involvement includes serving as vice president of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Education Foundation, member of MADD’s “Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K” planning committee,, board member of the Bakersfield Museum of Art, mentor for North High School mentors program, and volunteer for several other nonprofit events and activities, many of them youth and education related.

He speaks with youth who are growing up in less than ideal situations, like he did as a teenager, Bakersfield Life mentioned.

“I say it’s not the end of the road. There are resources always available and good people who are always willing to help.”

He added: “I learned – from family, friends and mentors – that hard work overcomes a whole lot.”

To read Barrientos’ full profile in Bakersfield Life, click here.

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Making an Impact: 20 Under 40 People to Watch (Bakersfield Life Magazine, July 2015) – Jorge Barrientos and Neil Gehlawat

Recognizing Bakersfield’s leading young professionals: 20 Under 40 People to Watch (Bakersfield Life Magazine, July 2014) – Matt Clark

Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark named Super Lawyers Rising Star for third straight year

June 17, 2015 | 9:38 am


Matt Clark, attorney and senior partner at the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, has been named a 2015 Southern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for the third straight year.

The Rising Star title is awarded to just 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40 in the Southern California region.

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.

Clark is a senior partner at the Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm, concentrating his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and industrial accidents.

Over the course of his career, Clark has obtained numerous multi-million dollar results on behalf of his clients, including a $10 million settlement in 2011 on behalf of a man who suffered serious burn injuries in an oilfield accident, and a $8.8 million settlement in 2014 on behalf of the family of a man who was struck and killed by a Sheriff’s deputy patrol car while he crossed the street.

Clark has also been part of several successful trial verdicts including the following a $333,000 verdict in 2011 on behalf of a motorcyclist who was injured when a Kern County employee driving a truck crashed into him at a downtown Bakersfield intersection, and a $261,000 verdict in 2012 on behalf of a client who was injured when he fell into a dumpster at a local landfill.

Currently, Clark is involved in several high-profile cases including a wrongful death claim brought by the family of Nancy Joyce Garrett, who was struck and killed by a Kern County Sheriff’s patrol car while she drove home.

Clark’s clients say he is professional, caring, and a wonderful communicator. To see several testimonials from real clients who worked with Clark, click here.

Clark has recently received other prestigious awards:

  • He was recently named one of the “20 Under 40 People to Watch” in Kern County by Bakersfield Life Magazine. According to the magazine, the 20 chosen are “shining stars who are doing brilliant things for the city they call home … 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.”
  • He was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers. 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.

Clark, a Garces Memorial High graduate, earned an undergraduate degree at Loyola Marymount University and a law degree at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Currently, Matt serves as President of the Board of Directors for Clinica Sierra Vista, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation. He sits on the planning committee for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County’s annual event, Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash.

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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.