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James A. Yoro is a senior partner with Chain | Cohn | Stiles, where he manages the firm’s workers’ compensation and social security disability practices. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law. Following law school, he worked as a staff attorney with Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, before joining Chain | Cohn | Stiles as an associate in 1982 and becoming a partner in 1987.


Over the course of his career, James has argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.  He is also responsible for securing a $4.5 million Workers’ Compensation settlement on behalf of his client, one of the largest such settlements in Kern County.  James currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, an officer for the Kern County Bar Association, and on the Board of Governors for the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association.  He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Kern Regional Center and the Kern County Bar Association. James is also a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional in California.


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  1. Workers Compensation: 100%



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  • David Kent Cohn

    Jim is one of the most senior workers' compensation lawyers in the area, and is an expert in his field. He works hard for his clients, and cares deeply for their well-being.


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Chain Cohn Stiles

1731 Chester Avenue
Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA, 93301


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Law FirmBakersfield Californian's Readers' Choice Poll2014
Best Law FirmBakersfield Californian Readers' Choice2013
Certification of Legal Special SpecializationCalifornia Board Of Legal Specialization2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerChain Cohn Stiles1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Kern County Bar AssociationSecretary2013 - Present
Kern County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationBoard of Directors2004 - Present
Greater Bakersfield Legal AssistanceBoard of Directors2003 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants RepresentativesSustaining MemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Workers' Compensation$4.5 Million Settlement
Workers' Compensation$1.1 Million Settlement
Workers' Compensation$1 Million Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Kern Business JournalEmployers: Make sure employees know their rights with workplace postings2015
The Bakersfield CalifornianWhy workers' compensation is no longer a 'grand bargain'2015
Kern Business Jorunal5 Things every employer should know2015
Bakersfield Life MagazineBest of Bakersfield: Best Law Firm2014
The Bakersfield CalifornianPeople in Business: James A. Yoro2013
Bakersfield Life MagazineBest of Bakersfield: Best Law Firm2013
The Bakersfield CalifornianPeople in Business: James A. Yoro2012
Bakersfield MagazineKern County Generations: Chain Cohn Stiles2011
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationInjured Workers & Their Advocates2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - BerkeleyLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of California - BerkeleyPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Social Security EligibilitySocial Security2014
Support Group MeetingSocial Security2013
Doctor's monthly meetingSocial Security2013
Staff MeetingSocial Security2008