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I am managing partner of the firm and one of the most highly regarded trial lawyers in the San Joaquin Valley. I was voted Best Lawyer in Kern County by the Bakersfield Californian Reader’s Choice Poll, and have also been named a Super Lawyer in Southern California -- an honor bestowed upon only the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region -- for three consecutive years. I grew up in Bakersfield, graduating from West High School, before going on to receive my bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. Shortly thereafter, I obtained a law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. While in law school, I clerked for then Federal Public Defender, John Van de Kamp. Following graduation, I returned to Bakersfield and joined the firm and eventually became the managing partner in 2000.


Over the course of my career, I have obtained numerous multi-million dollar results on behalf of my clients. In 2011, I recovered $10 million on behalf of a man who suffered serious burn injuries in an oilfield accident. I also recently obtained $8.8 million settlement in an auto accident case in which two people were struck and killed by a Sheriff's deputy patrol car. Before that, I obtained a $2.1 million verdict in a wrongful death case where a man was run over by a city worker at Jefferson Park.


I am a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), where I hold the rank of Associate and also serve as the Membership Chair for the San Joaquin Valley Chapter. I have also previously served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and as past President of the Kern County Trial Lawyers Association.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English, Hindi, Punjabi

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 25%
    40 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    40 years
  3. Trucking Accident: 20%
    40 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
    40 years
  5. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    40 years



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  • Michael Francis Ball

    David is one of the top personal injury attorneys in the Central Valley. He works hard for his clients, and spends the money he needs to in order to properly work up his files.


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Contact info

Chain | Cohn | Stiles

1731 Chester Avenue
Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA, 93301


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
InducteeWest High School Hall of Fame2016
Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2016
Best Law FirmThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2015
Best LawyerThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2015
Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Best Law FirmThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2014
Favorite LawyerThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2014
Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2014
2013 Best Law FirmThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2013
2013 Best LawyerThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2012
Top 100 Verdicts in CATop 100 Verdicts in CA2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerChain Cohn Stiles1975 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Kern County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of GovernorsN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
Kern County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMemberN/A
National Trial LawyersTop 100 Trial LawyersN/A
International Society of BarristersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Oilfield Injury$10 Million Settlement
Auto Accident$8.8 Million Settlement
Wrongful Death$6 Million Settlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of Southern California Law SchoolN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Kern Schools Federal Credit Union WorkshopHome and Auto Insurance: How to Protect You and Your Family2015
American Board of Trial AdvocatesCivility in the Courtroom2015
Organization meeting3rd Party Workers' Comp Cases2012
Economic SummitPersonal Injury2012
Monthly MCLE LuncheonWorkers' Comp and 3rd Party Litigation2011