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Michael Anthony Penn

Michael Anthony Penn

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice

About Me

Michael Penn obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with an emphasis in international relations, graduating with honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1998.  He studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, from 1996 to 1997 and returned to Tokyo after graduation to work for Toyo Corporation.  Mr. Penn obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Chapman University School of Law in 2004, and was elected student commencement speaker.


 


In May 2003, Mr. Penn began working at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn as a law clerk focusing on law and motion matters.  He was promoted to an associate after passing the July bar exam in 2004.  He specializes in litigation with an emphasis in wrongful death, products liability and premises liability.

Mr. Penn is currently Chairman of the Orange County Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ Leadership Development Committee and Co-Chairman of the Orange County Bar Association Products Liability Section.  Mr. Penn also serves as an attorney coach for the Canyon High School Mock Trial Team in Anaheim, California, and as a Local Board Member of the California Selective Service System for Region III.   
 


Mr. Penn previously served as 2008 Chairman of the Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.  He also served on the Board of Governors for the Orange County Asian American Bar Association.


 


Michael Penn has been named a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star by Los Angeles Magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
 
Currently, Michael Penn is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Orange County Asian American Bar Association, the Celtic Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and the Warren J. Ferguson Inn of Court.


 


Michael and his wife, Ashleigh, married in 2002 and have two daughters.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Personal Injury: 60%
  2. Wrongful Death: 30%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • Mark Allen Ziebold

    I have known Michael from law school and have stayed in contact with him ever since. I always keep him in mind for personal injury referrals as I have the highest confidence in him and his firm to obtain the best result for the client.

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    Mark Ziebold Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Paul J Molinaro

    I've known Michael Anthony Penn, Esq. since our days together at Chapman University School of Law. He was a top student, so it comes as no surprise that he has become a extremely successful, highly ethical, and well-respected in the legal community.

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    Paul Molinaro Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Aitken Aitken & Cohn

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

Po Box 2555
Santa Ana, CA, 92707-0555

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200402/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Southern California Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2014
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2013
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2012
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2011
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2010
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2009
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2008
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising StarLos Angeles Magazine2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AssociateAitken Aitken Cohn2004 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Celtic Bar Association of Orange CountyPresident2012 - Present
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)Chairman, Leadership Development Committee2009 - Present
Celtic Bar Association of Orange CountyMember2008 - Present
Warren J. Ferguson Inn of CourtOfficer2008 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Product Liability SectionCo-chair2008 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionChairman2008 - 2009
California Selective Service System, Region IIIBoard Member2006 - Present
Canyon High School Mock Trial Team, Anaheim, CaliforniaAttorney Coach2006 - Present
Hispanic Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Orange County Asian American Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2005 - 2007
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2005 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Gutierrez v. United States of America$55,184,288 verdict for plaintiffs
Friel v. Friel vs. Ford Motor Company, HOL Construction, Inc. and Jose Barajas$2,601,058 verdict for plaintiffs
Gutierrez v. United States of America$55,184,288 verdict for plaintiffs

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman Univ SOLN/Alaw2004
Univ of California Santa BarbaraPolitical Science - International Relationsundergraduate (B.A. with honors)1998

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Warren J. Ferguson Inn of CourtAnatomy of a Trial : Fact or Fiction?2010
General Legal Issues Affecting TeenagersTeenage Legal Survival Skills2010