In 1977, Wylie Aitken was elected the president of the California Trial Lawyers Association. At 35, he was the youngest president of that organization in its history.
Trial counsel in several matters reaching national prominence such as Vuong v. Disneyland, a wrongful death action wherein a husband and wife were struck by a metal cleat from Disneyland's Sailing Ship Columbia. Additionally, lead counsel of Small v. County of Orange wherein a young girl was attacked by a mountain lion in Casper Wilderness Park.
Repeatedly featured in "Best Lawyers in America", a prominent national publication (voted on by peer lawyers).
Twice named one of California's "Top 100 Influential Lawyers" (1998, 2000).
Commonly featured in "The Pre-eminent Lawyers of America" and "Who's who in American law."
As an author, Mr. Aitken's articles have appeared in Am Jur Proof of Facts, Trauma, Lawyers Guide to Medical Proof, numerous law reviews and other legal publications.
A frequent guest on radio and television programs such as the Michael Jackson Show, Inside Edition, Larry King Live and others.
A few of the many community projects he has participated in are: City of Anaheim Charter Review Committee; Disneyland 2000; The Committee for Art and Architecture for the Santa Ana Federal Courthouse; County of Orange Committee on Justice Issues; as well as hosting many community fundraising events at his home.
As a consumer advocate, he developed bilingual consumer protection brochures, brochures on lawyer selection and he has served on the Chief Justice's Select Commission on Court Congestion and The County's Commission on Justice Facilities.
As trial and appellate counsel, he has been involved in landmark decisions such as Neal v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, 21 Cal.3d 910, 148 Cal.Rptr. 389 (1978) and Gourley v. State Farm, 217 Cal.App.3d 111 (1990). As an active participant on the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Trial Lawyers, he has argued other major tort actions to the Supreme Court.
Graduate of Marquette University (1965) where he was a St. Thomas More scholar and Associate Editor of the Marquette Law Review.