New personal injury attorney joins Chain | Cohn | Stiles

August 22, 2018 | 5:05 pm


Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the Bakersfield-based accident, injury and workers’ compensation law firm, has welcomed a new lawyer to its team.

Doug Fitz-Simmons has joined the personal injury department as an associate attorney, where he is focusing on car accident, wrongful death, elder abuse and neglect, and other injury and accident cases. He joins an experienced personal injury department that includes partners David Cohn, and Matt Clark, and associate attorneys Chad Boyles, Felicia Schoepfer, and Tanya Alsheikh. Other attorneys on the law firm’s team, who are in the workers’ compensation department, are partner James Yoro and associate attorney Beatriz Trejo.

“I’m very happy to be a part of this team,” Fitz-Simmons said. “I think all of the attorneys and staff at Chain | Cohn | Stiles provide an excellent service to injured clients here in Bakersfield and Kern County, and I’m honored to be joining this dedicated team.

Doug graduated from Westmont College, and attended law school at Pepperdine University. He’s originally from Phoenix, AZ.

He has more than 25 years of experience working in insurance defense as a trial lawyer, and has tried more than 100 cases in front of jury. He worked for 17 years with Allstate Insurance and another 8 years at State Farm Insurance. This experience and deep understanding of the inner workings of insurance companies gives our injured clients an upper hand. And for his work, Doug has been awarded an “attorney of the year” honor for trial excellence out of 40 trial attorneys in a previous law firm.

“I’ve been working with claims departments for decades. I know how they evaluate their cases. I know the things they look for as far as making a determination on what type of an offer to make,” Fitz-Simmons said. “I think I bring a lot of valuable experience to Chain | Cohn | Stiles, and the injured clients we represent.”

Out of the office, Doug is involved with a human needs group that feeds the homeless community.

Doug sat down with Scope Studios to share his story on his life as an attorney, and why he decided to change from a defense attorney to one who fights on behalf of injured clients. You can watch his “Meet the Attorneys” video by clicking here.

Learn more about Doug at his attorney biography page on chainlaw.com. Stay tuned to bloggingforjustice.com and Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ various social media profiles to keep an eye on Doug’s work.

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If you or someone you know is injured in an accident at the fault of someone else, please contact the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles by calling (661) 323-4000, or visit the website 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 values of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

New personal injury attorney joins Chain | Cohn | Stiles

September 20, 2017 | 9:32 am


Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the Bakersfield-based accident, injury and workers’ compensation law firm, has welcomed a new lawyer to its team.

Tanya D. Alsheikh has joined the personal injury department as an associate attorney, where she is focusing on car accident, wrongful death, elder abuse and neglect, and other injury and accident cases. She joins an experienced personal injury department that includes partners David CohnMatt Clark and Neil Gehlawat, and associate attorneys Chad Boyles and Felicia Schoepfer-Altmiller. Other attorneys on the law firm’s team are partner James Yoro and associate attorney Beatriz Trejo in the workers’ compensation department.

“I’m excited to join a firm that holds people accountable and provides a voice for people who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to defend themselves,” Tanya said. “Being a lawyer is fulfilling in and of itself, but being able to help people who genuinely need it gives a whole other meaning to the profession.”

Tanya added: “While working here, I find that the firm’s motto ‘Standing for Justice’ really rings true.”

Tanya was raised in Bakersfield, attending Stockdale Christian School and Bakersfield Christian High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount, and her Juris Doctorate from University of San Diego School of Law. During her time at University of San Diego School of Law, Tanya was honored as an associate board member of the school’s competitive moot court team.

Tanya says she has long dreamt of becoming an attorney and spent most of her adult life working towards that goal. clerk. Before joining the firm, she served as a legal assistant, legal intern and law clerk for firms in Los Angeles, San Diego and Bakersfield. She worked as a student attorney at the University of San Diego Education and Disability Clinic where she was responsible for meeting clients who could not afford legal counsel. Her responsibilities also included counseling clients, representing them and their interests during meetings, and if necessary, filing a complaint and preparing for formal mediation and hearings.

She was sworn-in to practice law in California in June by Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe, and took the oath to support the U.S. Constitution, perform her duties of an attorney to the best of her knowledge and ability, and conduct herself in her profession “at all times with dignity, courtesy, and integrity.” You can see photos and watch a video of the swearing-in here.

Outside of the office, Tanya is involved in activities at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, enjoys traveling, cooking and cheering for the Los Angeles Lakers. She is also fluent in Arabic.

You can find Tanya involved in various other community service activities. She recently helped local disadvantaged youth go back-to-school shopping at Kohl’s — you can see a picture of her with her students here.

“I want to personally be involved in making Bakersfield a better place, whether that is through giving a voice to members of our community or attending and participating in community outreach,” said Tanya. “Kern County can only be as good as we work to make it. I am eager for the opportunity to be an active part of Bakersfield’s future.”

Tanya was recently featured in the “People in Business” section of The Bakersfield Californian. See it here.

Stay tuned to bloggingforjustice.com and Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ various social media profiles to keep an eye on Tanya’s work.

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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.

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New personal injury attorney joins Chain | Cohn | Stiles

January 20, 2016 | 6:00 am


(Editor’s Note: Felicia Schoepfer is no longer an attorney with Chain | Cohn | Stiles) 

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

Felicia Schoepfer-Altmiller has joined the personal injury department as an associate attorney, where she will assist injured residents of Kern County. The personal injury department team includes partners David Cohn, and Matt Clark, and associate attorney Chad Boyles.

“I’m excited to join a passionate legal team at Chain | Cohn | Stiles that is committed to helping injured residents in our area,” Schoepfer-Altmiller said. “I, too, am passionate about helping those in need and serving my community.”

Schoepfer-Altmiller was born and raised in Valencia, and has been a resident of Bakersfield for 10 years. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She earned her master’s degree in clinical social work and a concentration on mental health from California State University, Bakersfield. She became an attorney after graduating from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She briefly attended Southwestern University School of Law.

Before becoming an attorney, Schoepfer-Altmiller worked as a family therapist, helping children housed in foster care and group homes, and also worked as a mental health clinician, assisting female inmates in correctional facilities.

As for legal work, Schoepfer-Altmiller has provided legal services to inmates through the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, worked as an extern for the Hon. Garrett L. Wong, and conducted legal work for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic at Golden Gate University.

Before joining Chain | Cohn | Stiles, she worked in the Law Offices of Michael Kilpatrick in Bakersfield, working as an associate attorney for family law cases.

Outside of the office, Schoepfer-Altmiller has a passion for horses. She has volunteered for Kern County’s M.A.R.E. program (Mastering Abilities Riding Equines), a nonprofit program that provides therapeutic equine assisted activities for the benefit of children and adults living with special needs and disabilities.

She also has a passion for serving her community, including mentoring and assisting those in foster care, and assisting others in the African-American community.

Schoepfer-Altmiller’s new role at Chain | Cohn | Stiles was featured in the Jan. 18, 2016 issue of The Bakersfield Californian‘s “People in Business” section. See it by clicking here.

Please join in welcoming Felicia Schoepfer-Altmiller to Chain | Cohn | Stiles. To watch Felicia’s new “Meet the Attorneys” video, 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.

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