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Darren O'Leary Aitken

Darren O'Leary Aitken

Practice areas:

Defective and Dangerous Products, Personal Injury, Insurance Fraud, Litigation

About Me

I am a partner at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn in Santa Ana, California, where I practice in the areas of insurance bad faith, personal injury, product liability and commercial torts.  I am an officer of many professional organizations, and have given numerous seminars on various trial related topics, and have been published in several professional journals such as The Forum and The Advocate. I am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  I also have been named a Southern California Super Lawyer and one of the 500 legal "New Stars" by Lawdragon Magazine.  I was named the OCTLA "Top Gun–Personal Injury Lawyer Of The Year" in 2008.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Defective and Dangerous Products: 35%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Insurance Fraud: 20%



Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Darren. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • William Mark Weinberg

    I endorse this lawyer. He's excellent and extremely knowledgeable in his field.


    William Weinberg Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Aitken, Aitken, & Cohn

3 Macarthur Pl #800
Santa Ana, CA, 92707-6076




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2014 Consumer Attorney of Year FinalistConsumer Attorneys of California2014
Product Liability Lawyer of the Year--Orange CountyBest Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top 50 Lawyers in Orange CountySuper Lawyers2014
Southern California Top 100 AttorneysSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Top 50 Lawyers Orange CountySuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
CEO CenterfoldOC Metro Magazine2012
Best LawyerThe Best Lawyers In America2012
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Presidential Award of MeritConsumer Attorneys of California2011
Top 50 Lawyers In Orange CountyLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Top 5 Personal Injury Lawyers in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine/AVVO2010
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Learned Hand Community Service AwardAJC2010
Presidential Award of MeritConsumer Attorneys of California2010
Top 50 Lawyers in Orange CountyLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Top 50 Lawyers in Orange CountyLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Top Gun--Personal Injury Lawyer of the YearOrange County Trial Lawyers Association2008
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
3000 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon Magazine2007
Top 50 Lawyers in Orange CountyLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
New StarLawdragon Magazine2006
Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
"Rising Star"Law & Politics Magazine2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerAitken*Aitken*Cohn1992 - Present
AssociateLatham & Watkins1989 - 2001


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pubic Law CenterSecretary2014 - Present
Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange CountyPresident2013 - 2014
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)President2011 - 2011
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - 2012
American Red Cross (Orange County Chapter)Board of Directors2005 - 2009
Product Liability Section--Orange County BarCo-Chair2003 - 2007
Celtic Bar Association of Orange CountyFounding President2001 - 2002
Orange County Hispanic Bar AssociationPresident1998 - 1998
Public Law CenterBoard of Directors1995 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Gutierrez v. United States of America$55,184,288 verdict for plaintiffs
Gutierrez v. United States of America$55,184,288 verdict for plaintiffs

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
USC Law SchoolN/Alaw1989
Univ of Notre DameN/Aundergraduate1986