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:

Turkey time: Get to know the dangers of using fryers for the holidays

November 20, 2014 | 10:06 am


Around the holidays in 2002, Richard Hernandez was heating the oil in his Brinkmann turkey fryer he bought from Walmart when it combusted, shooting bright red flames three feet into the air.

“The best way I can explain it is, it was an eruption like out of a volcano,” Hernandez told The Bakersfield Californian in 2004. “It just shot straight up in the air.”

Hernandez then sprayed the fire with an extinguisher, but it only fed the flames. He decided to carry the flaming pot away from the house, but the pot started to implode. The flaming hot oil burned Hernandez’s arms, legs and face.

A year after Hernandez’ incident, Steven Pendergrass, a Kern County Fire Department engineer and former paramedic was frying a turkey using a Brinkmann fryer on Christmas Day. When moisture in the turkey caused oil to boil out of the pot and catch fire, Pendergrass tried to push the pot away from his house, it tipped, spilling oil onto the ground. Pendergrass slipped and fell onto the oil, burning his arms, ankles, back and face.

Both men, represented by Bakersfield personal injury and burn injury law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles faced several surgeries to repair damaged skin, and dealt with unbearable pain and suffering. Attorney David Cohn helped settle Hernandez’ case against Brinkmann Corp. and Walmart for $2.15 million, while Cohn settled Pendergrass’ case for more than $2 million.

The lawsuits led companies to make changes in the design of the turkey fryers, including adding more legs to make them steadier and prevent tipping, adding automatic turn-off valves if the oil becomes too hot, and other safety fixes.

Still, burn injuries continue all too often with propane-fueled turkey fryers. In fact, more than 4,000 fires occur annually around Thanksgiving alone as people deep fry turkeys, bake pies and cook other foods, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

With the holidays around the corner, the Bakersfield personal injury lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles, are reminding people about the dangers of turkey fryers, with tips provided by the Bakersfield and Kern County Fire Departments.

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from structures.
  • Never use fryers under patio covers, on wooden decks or in garages.
  • Use fryers on flat surfaces to reduce the possibility of accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Do not overfill the fryer. This may result in a “spill-over” of hot oil.
  • Safety goggles and potholders or oven mitts should be used when utilizing the fryer.
  • Turkey must be completely thawed to avoid oil splattering and “boil-over.”
  • Turkey should be free of loose ice and water to avoid oil splattering and “boil-over.”
  • Choose a smaller turkey (10 to 12 pounds) to fry to reduce the potential for accidents.
  • Never use water to extinguish a grease fire; use an all-purpose fire extinguisher.

And if you are injured or burned throughout the holidays, call Chain | Cohn | Stiles at 661-323-4000, or visit the website Chainlaw.com for more information on the following:

Chain | Cohn | Stiles backs Prop 46 to better protect medical malpractice victims

September 16, 2014 | 10:35 am


Medical malpractice kills as many as 440,000 Americans each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Consumer Attorneys of California, or CAOC.

“It’s like a 747 jetliner crashing every 10 hours,” CAOC states on its website. “Unlike airline disasters, malpractice deaths don’t grab headlines. Politicians won’t tackle the problem.”

The time is now to better protect patients and ensure accountability.

Consumer Attorneys of California is a professional organization made up of nearly 3,000 attorneys who represent plaintiffs seeking accountability from those who do wrong. This year, for the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot, CAOC is asking voters to choose “Yes on 46,” the Pack Patient Safety Act.

It helps protect patients in three key ways:

  • Mandates random drug testing of doctors. Nearly one in five doctors suffer substance abuse problems in their lifetimes.
  • Requires physicians to use the state prescription database to curb “doctor shopping” by drug addicts.
  • Raises the state’s malpractice cap for non-economic damages to reflect 38 years of inflation.

The Bakersfield personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have been deeply involved in CAOC for years. As a whole, members in CAOC represent those injured or killed by defective products or drugs, individuals injured or killed because of another’s negligent acts, citizens whose civil rights have been violated, and patients who have negligently been harmed instead of healed by the health care industry, among others.

Currently, five of our attorneys are involved in CAOC in various capacities, and all are President’s Club sponsors.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles Managing Partner David Cohn previously served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California. The New Lawyers Division provide public services focusing on the preservation of the civil justice system, and develops statewide professional relationships and assist members of CAOC in the early stages of their careers, among other things.

This year, the lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are speaking out in favor of Proposition 46, and informing voters about the Pack Patient Safety Act. On Thursday, Sept. 25, Chain | Cohn | Stiles is hosting a CAOC New Lawyers Division member mixer to discuss the proposition and network.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles is joined by Wood & Randall Certified Shorthand Reporters and Rodriguez & Associates as sponsors of the event. If you’re a new lawyer in the Bakersfield area and would like to attend the event, contact Jorge Barrientos at 661-334-4948 or email jbarrientos@chainlaw.com.

And if you think you may have a medical malpractice case, call Chain | Cohn | Stiles for a free consultation at 661-323-4000, or visit our specialized medical malpractice website here.

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 represents victims in explosive accident garnering media attention

August 6, 2014 | 12:00 pm


UPDATE: Arrests have been made in this case. See the news stories below for more information. 

Russell Lester and Bryan Walls were attending a party on Fourth of July in west Bakersfield, celebrating our nation’s independence and wedding reception. By the end of the night, they were in local hospitals.

The two arrived at the party where party-goers were allegedly setting off illegal fireworks and explosives. Lester and Walls were asked to hold the balloons while they were filled with acetylene gas, which is very unstable, highly flammable gas. The balloons were being taped to a pole when they exploded. It’s possible static electricity ignited them.

Four people were severely injured in the blast, including Lester and Walls. The two suffered burns to their face, chest and arms. Lester lost all the hearing in his right ear and partial hearing in his left ear, and lost peripheral vision in his left eye. Walls suffered hearing loss, too, and Lester’s burns were so severe that he was taken to a Fresno burn center. Others were taken to San Joaquin Community Hospital‘s Grossman Burn Center.

Bakersfield personal injury attorney David Cohn, with the law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, is representing Lester and Walls, who continue to receive medical treatment.

The incident has been covered by local media in recent days. The case was publicly revealed by KERO Channel-23 News on Aug. 4, a month after the actual accident.

Jim Trino, who allegedly was igniting the bombs, told KERO he was celebrating his wedding reception that night. He told KERO that he had been setting off legal and illegal fireworks for more than 30 years, including the acetylene bomb which he pumped the gas into balloons, hung on a metal pole in the middle of a field, and ignited.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the Kern County Fire Arson unit are now investigating.

The Bakersfield Californian also covered the case, including an article by Californian columnist Lois Henry, who argues that local safety agencies failed to inform the public properly about the incident. She calls it “a communications and training failure, something that can only be fixed from the top down.”

To catch up on the news coverage, click the links below:

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The personal injury lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are major proponents of fireworks safety and providing burn victims with world-class care. Go HERE for tips on celebrating the Fourth of July safely. And read about our $200,000 donation to the Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital HERE.

If you’ve been burned in an accident, contact Chain | Cohn | Stiles immediately.

Radio show: CCS managing partner speaks on Silva wrongful death case

June 23, 2014 | 9:21 am


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CCS Managing Partner David Cohn on Saturday was a special guest on a national radio show to discuss the ongoing wrongful death case involving David Silva.

To listen to the hour-long interview, which also features the brother of David Silva — Chris Silva — press play on the player above, or CLICK HERE.

The two were the guests of Jacque DelRio, who hosts the radio show, Chicano Chronicles. The program is featured by the Progressive Democrats of America, a political organization that works inside the Democratic Party and outside in movements for peace and justice.

The focus of Saturday’s program was an ongoing wrongful death case involving David Silva, brought by Bakersfield personal injury law firm. Here’s a synopsis on that case:

On the night of May 7, 2013, David S. Silva was asleep in front of a home in east Bakersfield, across from Kern Medical Center. Several law enforcement officers arrived on scene and proceeded to use unreasonable and excessive force in striking Silva with batons several times all over his body, while he screamed for his life and repeatedly begged the officers to stop. After being repeatedly beaten, bitten and hog-tied, Silva stopped breathing.

Shortly after midnight, Silva was taken to Kern Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

On the one-year anniversary of the event, veteran personal injury attorney David Cohn — who is representing the family of David Silva — released the following statement:

“Today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic and unfortunate death of David Silva at the hands of local law enforcement from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol. Although disappointed, we were not surprised by District Attorney Lisa Green’s decision several weeks ago to not pursue criminal charges against these officers. That being said, we remain committed to obtaining justice on behalf of David and his entire family, especially his four children, who will be without a father for the rest of their lives. The road to obtaining justice will be a difficult one; however, we are confident that in the end, the truth will prevail and justice will be done. This case is certainly about David Silva and about what happened to him, but it is also about much more than that. It is about changing the culture of local law enforcement in this community, and holding law enforcement officers who use unreasonable and excessive force accountable for their actions.”

Chain | Cohn | Stiles filed a civil rights lawsuit in connection with the wrongful death of David Silva. The lawsuit arises out of an incident at the intersection of Flower Street and Palm Street in Bakersfield, when David Silva died as a result of unreasonable and excessive force used by six Sheriff’s deputies, a sergeant, and two California Highway Patrol officers. The complaint seeks damages on behalf of David’s four young children, his significant other, his parents and his brother, for the loss of love, affection, society, service, comfort, support, right of support, expectations of future support and counseling, companionship, solace and mental support, as well as other benefits and assistance of Silva.

Since Silva’s death, family members and other supporters have been rallying for justice. Among the most outspoken is David Silva’s brother, Chris, who was also a guest on the radio show.

Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 “to transform the Democratic Party and our country.” The group seeks to build a party and a government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites, with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests.

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.