Top Attorney - Orange County - 2015
Aitken Aitken Cohn
3 MacArthur Place, Suite 800
Santa Ana, CA 92707
A THREE-YEAR-OLD LITTLE BOY lost the financial and emotional care and support of his mother when a military Humvee driving along a state highway crashed into her vehicle and killed her. The driver fell asleep at the wheel and veered into the 26-year-old mother's car.
Distraught and overwhelmed, the father came to Aitken Aitken Cohn for help. On behalf of this family, the firm took on the United States Government. After years of navigating through a complex public entity case, the firm was able to secure a much-deserved seven-figure settlement on behalf of the little boy. "It is always hard to represent a child following the loss of a parent," says Darren Aitken. "Even so, it is extremely gratifying to be able to provide financial security to a child after such a devastating loss." And that's exactly what Aitken Aitken Cohn is known for: helping deserving victims persevere after unfortunate situations. Partner Chris Aitken adds, "Helping people in need and making a difference in families' lives is the most rewarding thing we do."
INSTEAD OF IT BEING ONE OF THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF THEIR LIVES, an expectant mother and father found themselves horrified and petrified when their doctor was nowhere to be found at the time of their first child's birth. Although frantic nurses screamed for the mother to 'close her legs,' the baby kept coming. Due to the resulting lack of oxygen, this young couple's child is now blind, wheelchair-ridden, and suffers from severe brain damage. They were left with millions of dollars of anticipated costs for future attendant care and medical needs. The $4.8 million settlement Aitken Aitken Cohn secured for the family is just enough to fund their economic needs in the future.
"When we are able to take the economic burden off the shoulders of families in these catastrophic circumstances, it feeds our sense of purpose in practicing law and provides a 'true north' for our moral compass as lawyers," says partner Richard Cohn, who has specialized in medical malpractice for over 25 years.
WHEN THE CITY OF ANAHEIM FOUND ITSELF IN A TIGHT SITUATION when the Angels Baseball Stadium lease renewal talks stalled, the Anaheim City Council unanimously voted to engage founding partner Wylie Aitken to take over as their lead negotiator. With $225 million dollars at stake and even the remote possibility that Anaheim could lose the Angels baseball team, the city knew they needed a high-level, veteran negotiator with unsurpassed acuity and expertise. Wylie's legal dexterity was just the ticket.
These are only a few examples of the ways in which Aitken Aitken Cohn has made, and continues to make, an impact in the lives of others and the community. It is how the firm has earned the respect of its clients, peers, the courts, and even opponents. The firm has been featured annually by U.S. News & World Report's 'Best Law Firms' and is regularly included on top tier attorney lists both statewide and nationally.