CHAIN | COHN | STILES 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 and wrongful death, 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. Cohn, David 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. Plus, we’re the only local firm to win “Best Law Firm” the last two years, and managing partner David Cohn has also been honored the last two years in the “Best Lawyer” category. 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 recov100
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Attorneys for Chain | Cohn | Stiles, which is celebrating 80 years in Bakersfield this year, discuss their cases at the firm’s office downtown.
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ered 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. How are you commemorating 80 years in our community? We’ve partnered with the City of Bakersfield and the Bakersfield Homeless Center to adopt a portion of the Westside Parkway, where we employ our homeless residents to keep our roads clean and beautify Bakersfield. You’ll see our sign on the Parkway, near Coffee Road, as reminder of our loyalty and service to our community for the last 80 years, and decades to come. You’ll also see us giving back to a variety of local causes and events, including the Kern County Corporate Challenge, where our firm goes head-to-head against local businesses to benefit the nonprofit, League of Dreams. And there’s more. To keep up to date, visit our website and blog – bloggingforjustice.com – and follow us on social media.
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