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I am a senior partner with the law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles and a recent graduate of the ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School.

I have been named a "Rising Star" in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor bestowed upon only 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40.  

I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University before attending law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  While in law school, I was an active member of the school’s Mock Trial Competition Team. I joined the firm in 2006, after serving as a litigation associate at another local law firm for five years.

In 2011, I obtained a six-figure verdict on behalf of my client in a public entity premises liability case.  I also was part of the team that helped secure a $10 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered serious burn injuries in an oilfield accident.  Currently, I serve as President of the Board of Directors for Clinica Sierra Vista, on the Board of Directors for the San Joaquin Community Hospital Foundation, and on the planning committee for an annual fundraising event for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 


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Practice areas


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



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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
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Best Law FirmThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2015
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
20 Under 40 People to WatchBakersfield Life Magazine2014
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Best Law FirmThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Best Law FirmThe Bakersfield Californian Readers' Choice Poll2013
Mock Trial HonorsMcGeorge School of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerChain Cohn Stiles2006 - Present
Litigation AssociateYoung Wooldridge2002 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Crime Victim Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Mothers Against Drunk DrivingBoard Member2014 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates - Harvard Trial CollegeFellow2012 - Present
Clinica Sierra VistaPresident2012 - Present
San Joaquin Community Foundation BoardBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Stockdale High SchoolMock Trial Coach2001 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Oilfield Accident$10 Million Settlement
Auto Accident$1 Million Settlement
Auto Accident$350,000 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
KERO Channel 23 (ABC)Christmas Light Safety2014
Bakersfield Life Magazine20 Under 40 People to Watch2014
The Bakersfield CalifornianFirst Look: Woman killed in crash involving deputy2014
100 ReportersWrongful death cases involving restraints of disabled adults2014
The Bakersfield CalifornianPeople in Business: Matthew C. Clark2013
The Bakersfield CalifornianLawsuit filed in connection with July death at residential care facility2013
Bakersfield Life MagazineBest of Bakersfield 20132013
Super Lawyer MagazineRising Star2013
Bakersfield MagazineKern County Generations: Chain Cohn Stiles2011
The Bakersfield CalifornianPeople in Business: Matthew C. Clark2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Loyola Marymount UniversityFilm/Television ProductionBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WorkshopHome and Auto Insurance: How to Protect You and Your Family2015
Safety SymposiumCoaching: Liability Issues2015
Legislative MeetingPatients' Rights2013
All Staff MeetingCivil Rights2008