Chain | Cohn | Stiles represents victims in deputy sexual assault cases

September 9, 2015 | 8:36 am


Two years ago, three women in Tehachapi thought that when a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy came to their homes, they would be safe and protected. Instead, they were subjected to traumatic experiences when they were sexually assaulted at the hands of former deputy Gabriel Lopez.

Lopez pleaded no contest to two counts of assault by a public officer, two counts of false imprisonment, and two counts of sexual battery. In support of two victims represented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, attorneys David Cohn and Neil Gehlawat attended Lopez’s sentencing recently where Lopez’s victims spoke.

Lopez forced one woman to disrobe, after responding to a reported burglary at her home. In another case, Lopez took the woman into a back room and sexually assaulted her, she told the court. Now, she said, she fears law enforcement and is afraid to ask for help if something goes wrong.

“Apologies are nice, but they can’t change what happened and how it affected someone’s life,” she told Judge John S. Somers before his sentencing, according to The Bakersfield Californian.

Somers said Lopez was in a position of power and trust, and therefore rendered his victims powerless against him. If they fought against him, he had the power to have them arrested.

In the end, Somers denied Lopez’s request for felony probation and sentenced him to two years in prison. He will also have to register as a sex offender when he is released.

After the sentencing, the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles spoke with local media about the sexual assault civil case.

“Today at least some justice has been served,” Neil Gehlawat told Eyewitness News after the sentencing. “And I think she can sleep better tonight knowing that this man who did these horrible things to her will be in prison now for two years.”

Attorney David K. Cohn told Bakersfield media that the client who was present at sentencing was relieved Lopez received a prison term, but thinks he deserved more than two years. At a press conference in 2013 announcing the lawsuit, Cohn described Lopez as a “predator” and a “sexual deviant.”

“How does a person like this get through the system?” he asked. “How does he become a sworn officer?”

The civil lawsuit is ongoing.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles also represents two females who were sexually assaulted in separate incidents by Kern County Juvenile Corrections officers while the girls were housed at James G. Bowels Juvenile Hall.

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If you or someone you know has been the victim of police misconduct or sexual assault at the hands of someone in authority, please contact the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles by calling 661-323-4000, or visit the website chainlaw.com.

Kern County votes Chain | Cohn | Stiles as ‘Best Law Firm’ for 2015 for third straight year; David Cohn as ‘Best Lawyer’

April 27, 2015 | 9:37 am


For the third year straight, the people of Bakersfield and Kern County voted Chain | Cohn | Stiles as the “Best Law Firm” through The Bakersfield Californian Readers’ Choice Poll for 2015.

Additionally, managing partner David K. Cohn was voted the 2015 “Best Lawyer” for the second year. He was voted “Best Lawyer” in Bakersfield in 2013 — the first year this category was introduced to the poll — and as a “Favorite” in the “Best Lawyer” category in 2014.

More than 20 years ago, The Bakersfield Californian unveiled a contest where readers would select the best that Bakersfield had to offer. They nominated, voted, and chose the best restaurants, shops, services and people in our community. The winners are announced each year in Bakersfield Life Magazine.

This year, Bakersfield Life Magazine wrote:

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has become a landmark in Kern County with a reputation of helping our own neighbors get through tough situations since 1934. 

“The best part of our jobs is running into former clients around Bakersfield, who once came to us for help in their most vulnerable moments and thanking us for helping them with their cases,” said managing partner David K. Cohn. 

Something that sets the law firm apart is all or most of its staff and attorneys either were born and raised in Bakersfield, or have called it home for years. As such, the care for local cases is important to the firm. 

“The results of our cases have led to safer workplaces, better roadways and, in some cases, more accountability,” Cohn added. 

This year, the contest featured about 100 categories. Readers from throughout Kern County first nominated their favorites in our community, and then voted out of the nominations in each category.

For the finalists, Bakersfield Life titled the categories in the following areas: Food & Drink, Shop, Go, Do, At Your Service, and Mind, Body and Spirit. Chain | Cohn | Stiles was listed under the “At Your Service” category.

The honor comes at a time of great change and milestones for the Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm.

  • In 2014, the law firm celebrated its 80-year anniversary of serving the people of Kern County.
  • And this summer, Chain | Cohn | Stiles will be moving into a new building in the heart of downtown Bakersfield, at the southwest corner of Chester Avenue and 18th Street. Since 1934, the firm founded by Morris Chain has been situated at various buildings all within a 1 mile-radius in downtown Bakersfield.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is the oldest personal injury law firm in Bakersfield, with attorneys and staff bred locally, giving them an extra edge that a firm outside of Kern County – or in Kern County for that matter – would never have. In all, the staff and attorneys at the law firm care about Kern County, and hold those accountable to make sure local residents are treated properly.

To read the May “Best of Bakersfield” issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine, click here. And to see the full list of winners and favorites, click here.

‘Meet the Attorneys’ videos win second place in international legal marketing contest

April 21, 2015 | 7:01 am


Chain | Cohn | Stiles was named a second-place winner in the 2015 “Your Honor Awards,” presented by the Legal Marketing Association at its 30th international conference in April 13 in San Diego.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles won second place in the “Advertising” category in the annual Your Honor Awards, which is the only awards program of its kind in the legal field. The law firm won second place for its “Meet the Attorneys” videos,

The “Your Honor Awards” – which included 170 entries in 16 categories from law firms throughout the world this year – recognizes “creativity, execution, achievement and overall excellence in legal marketing, business development and communications,” according to LMA. The award recipients, according to LMA, are recognized “for their industry-leading work.”

The videos are airing now on Kern County television stations as 30-second spots, and can be found online at Chainlaw.com, including 90-second spots. They’re aimed to give viewers a better idea of who their hometown attorneys are, why they became lawyers, and how they could help viewers in the chance they ever needed to contact the firm.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles worked together on the videos with Bakersfield-based Scope Studios (Scope Creative Agency). The videos in December won first place in the advertising category in the California “Your Honor Awards.”

“We’re incredibly honored to have received this outstanding recognition from the largest legal marketing group in the world,” said David Cohn, managing partner for Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “It speaks volumes about our commitment to portray our law firm and attorneys in the same way we practice law: with utmost professionalism. Our firm is composed of compassionate and talented lawyers, and I think our television campaign brings that out.”

LMA is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1985 for those in marketing, business development, client service and communications within the legal profession. It has more than 3,500 members in 48 U.S. states, Canada and 15 other countries.

The Legal Marketing Association summarized Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ videos as follows:

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Too often, the general public has a perception that lawyers are disconnected with the clients they serve. It’s important for the public to view their attorneys as approachable, yet, professional. The goal in the latest video advertisements from Bakersfield, Calif.-based personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles was to break the disconnect barrier in its hometown, and to humanize its attorneys.

The firm’s commercials and Web videos, titled “Meet the Attorneys,” give the public a chance to get to know the firm’s lawyers on a personal level — learn why they became lawyers, what they like most about their jobs and how they can serve them.

The firm created two versions of these videos: The 30-second commercials would appear on local television, and 90-second versions would reside on the firm’s website.

Working with a Bakersfield-based film company, Scope Studios, the firm recorded all seven of the attorneys in similar fashion, answering questions in a candid interview-style format. The hope through these videos is that viewers would choose the attorneys based on their personalities and likability, history in Bakersfield, and their professional accolades. The biggest challenge was trying to develop something that wasn’t the typical personal injury lawyer commercials the public has come to expect — with a “call to action.” The goal was to brand.

From the background music and the slow motion shots of staff to the historical images of the lawyers, the videos put prospective clients in the firm’s offices — showing the care and compassion the firm gives each client. Even without a call-to-action message, the firm received a surge in calls following the videos debut. The videos will be used for more than a year on local TV and on its website. 

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Learn more about the awards and winners by clicking here. To watch the award-winning videos, click here.

To read media coverage of the award, click here to see a mention in The Bakersfield Californian.

Kern County Corporate Challenge brings businesses together for second year to compete for League of Dreams

April 8, 2015 | 10:34 am


Last year, Chain | Cohn | Stiles took part in the first Kern County Corporate Challenge, an Olympic-style, business-versus-business competition that benefited a local charity, League of Dreams.

For six weeks, local companies competed against each other in a dozen athletic and non-athletic games including softball, dodge ball, poker, laser tag, and bowling. Companies also fundraised for League of Dreams, which is a free Kern County sports league for children with disabilities.

In the end, the companies raised enough money to provide participation for the more than 270 disabled athletes in Kern County involved in League of Dreams, to play in such sports as basketball, bowling, swimming and baseball. The mission of the League of Dreams is to work towards fulfillment of its motto, “Every child should have the chance to play!”

Chain | Cohn | Stiles came in third place overall in the division, and raised $1,350 in the fundraising competition thanks to donations from Bob Montgomery, Steve Roach of Quantum Data Systems, Chris Thornburg of Brown Armstrong, O’Leary’s Office Products, Metro Record Storage and Shredding and Sunrise Coffee Service.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be competing again in this year’s 2015 Kern County Corporate Challenge.

“The Kern County Corporate Challenge provides a great way for our staff to compete as a team while also supporting a wonderful cause here in our hometown,” said David K. Cohn, managing partner of the Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm.

2015 CORPORATE CHALLENGE

The Challenge kicks off April 11 with an Opening Ceremony and finishes on May 30 with a Closing Ceremony. In between, companies will compete in as many as 17 events over seven weeks. The challenge is produced by Q- Event Management, LLC.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles will be competing against several companies — GAF, Paramount Citrus, In-Shape Fitness, Worklogic, Cameron and  AT&T — in the following games:

  • Laser tag on April 18 at Emerald Cove Park
  • Poker on April 23 at Golden West Casino
  • Horseshoes on May 2 at Beech Park
  • Dodgeball from May 11 to May 14 at Riverlakes Community Park

To get the law firm excited about the competition, attorneys Matt Clark and Neil Gehlawat starred in a video about the Kern County Corporate Challenge. The 80s-style video stars the two as they get ready for the challenge, and has been circulating on the web throughout Bakersfield.

You can watch the video by clicking here.

You can follow along with the challenge, and learn more about it, by visiting the Kern County Corporate Challenge webpage here, or by visiting the Kern County Corporate Challenge Facebook page by clicking here.

And if you’d like to support Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ fundraising efforts for League of Dreams, call 661-334-4948 or email jbarrientos@chainlaw.com.

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

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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.

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.

CCS Meet the Attorneys videos win statewide award

December 18, 2014 | 9:52 am


The Bakersfield-based personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been named a 2014 winner of the Legal Marketing Association’s “Your Honor Awards” in California for its “Meet the Attorneys” videos.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles won the “Advertising” category in the annual Your Honor Awards in California, which is the only awards program of its kind in the legal field, and recognizes “creativity, execution, achievement and overall excellence in legal marketing, business development and communications,” according to LMA.

The videos are airing now on Kern County television stations as 30-second spots, and can be found online at Chainlaw.com, as well as longer 90-second spots. They’re aimed to give viewers a better idea of who their hometown attorneys are, why they became lawyers, and how they could help viewers in the chance they ever needed to contact the firm.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles worked together on the interview-style videos with Bakersfield’s Scope Studios.

You can watch all of the award-winning videos by clicking here, or on the Chain | Cohn | Stiles website here.

“What makes this award something to be proud of is that our firm doesn’t resort to unprofessional legal advertising that many other law firms and attorneys rely on,” said David Cohn, managing partner for Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “We are simply telling our attorney’s and law firm’s stories in an effort to help our local community.”

LMA is a non-profit professional organization founded in 1985 for those in marketing, business development, client service and communications within the legal profession. It has more than 3,500 members in 48 U.S. states, Canada and 15 other countries.

The competition included three chapters in the California region of LMA –Southern California, Los Angeles and Bay Area chapters. Bakersfield’s Chain | Cohn | Stiles beat out advertising campaigns from law firms throughout the state.

Read this excerpt from the contest submission by Chain | Cohn | Stiles to learn about the background of the “Meet the Attorneys” videos:

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Too often, lawyers have a disconnect with the clients they serve, or at least that’s the perception the general public can have. It’s important for the public to view their attorneys as approachable, yet professional.

The goal in our law firm’s latest television commercials was to break the disconnect barrier in Bakersfield, and we believe we have achieved that goal.

We titled our newest commercials and web videos as “Meet the Attorneys” to give the public a chance to get to know our lawyers on a personal level — learn why they became lawyers, what they like most about their jobs, and how they can serve them. We created two versions of these videos: the 30-second versions of these commercials would appear on local television, and longer 90-second versions would be available on our website.

Working together with a Bakersfield-based film company Scope Studios, we recorded all seven of our attorneys in similar fashion, as they answered questions in an interview-style format.

Our firm, Chain | Cohn | Stiles, is the oldest personal injury law firm in Bakersfield, celebrating 80 years in 2014. It is a recognizable and widely-respected firm in our area. The general public knows our firm by name, and even many of the attorneys by name. But they don’t necessarily know the attorneys personally — that is, until clients actually hire them.

The attorneys are all either born and raised in Bakersfield, or have called the city home for many, many years. It’s something the firm prides itself on — being a firm of local attorneys who care about the people in their hometown.

Another hope through these “Meet the Attorneys” videos was that viewers, after watching them, would choose our firm based on all of the above — their personalities and likability, history in Bakersfield, and their stellar professional accolades.

In the end, we developed videos that didn’t resemble anything similar to other law firms in our area (or state or nation, for that matter). From the retrospective background music, to the slow motion shots of staff members and attorneys in the office, to the historical images of the lawyers, the videos put prospective clients in our office, and lets them see the day-to-day business — showing the care and compassion we give each of our clients.

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To learn even more about the award-winning videos, click here to view a previous blog post on the unveiling of the videos.

And to see a mention of the statewide award in the local newspaper, The Bakersfield Californian, click here.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney David Cohn comments on L.A. Times update of Silva wrongful death case

November 25, 2014 | 10:16 am


“This was a beat down,” Chris Silva told the Los Angeles Times in an article updating readers on his brother’s wrongful death case. “Seven deputies and two CHP officers failed at their jobs.”

The newspaper’s columnist Robin Abcarian provided an update last week on the infamous David Silva case, which is being represented by the Bakersfield personal injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

In the column — which you can read by clicking here — Abcarian outlines what happened on the night of May 7, 2013, when officers approached David Silva as he lay on the grass across the street from Kern County Medical Center in east Bakersfield.

When Silva woke up, officers tried to arrest him and released a police dog on him. Over 20 minutes, six more Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies and two California Highway Patrol officers arrived. Silva was hit with batons, bitten dozens of times, hobbled with a hog-tie-like restraint and sat on by the officers, Abcarian described.

“He vomited, then stopped breathing,” Abcarian wrote. “He was pronounced dead at 12:44 a.m. on May 8.”

David Silva left behind four children, and a loving family who is now advocating for an end to police brutality.

Silva had gone to the hospital that night seeking help. After he fell asleep on the grass outside of the hospital, a security guard escorted him away. Officers were called after he fell asleep again across the street.

The Sheriff’s Office stated Silva was on drugs.

“How high could he have been?” Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney David Cohn told The Times, who is representing the Silva family in a federal wrongful-death lawsuit. “He was sleeping. That hardly sounds like someone who is amped up on methamphetamine.”

The case received national media attention, including the aftermath when officers confiscated witness’s videos of the incident.

Nearly a year after Silva died, Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green declined to file charges against the officers. And last month, the U.S. Department of Justice also refused to file criminal charges.

Still, the wrongful death lawsuit continues.

Last week, Bakersfield personal injury lawyer Neil Gehlawat, who is also assisting with the Silva case as part of Chain | Cohn | Stiles, appeared on The Groove 99.3 with Sheri Ortiz to discuss police misconduct cases, as well as the Silva case.

Click here to listen to that show.

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

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To read all about the Silva case represented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, read the media coverage below: