Darren O'Leary Aitken
Darren Aitken is an Orange County native and has been a practicing attorney in California since 1989. Mr. Aitken is a partner of the law firm Aitken Aitken Cohn and has practiced with the firm since 1992. Mr. Aitken's practice is limited to civil litigation, where he represents plaintiffs in major matters involving insurance bad faith, personal injury, aviation, product liability and commercial torts. Mr. Aitken has successfully litigated and tried numerous civil actions both in the state and federal courts, and he has obtained numerous seven and eight figure results for his clients. His recent notable achievements include a trial judgement on behalf of his clients in the amount of $55,180,000 in Gutierrez vs. The United States. The Gutierrez judgment is believed to be the largest amount ever awarded in an Orange County personal injury to a single plaintiff, and the largest amount ever awarded in an injury action against the United States government. This judgment was subsequently upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In a separate matter, Mr. Aitken negotiated a settlement in the amount of $19,250,000 for his clients in a fiercely disputed action against a publicly traded international corporation. In 2009, Mr. Aitken obtained a jury verdict over $2,600,000 for his clients after a hotly contested four week trial against Ford Motor Co. based on a product defect in a Ford F350 truck. His appellate practice is reflected in published opinions such as Boicourt v. Amex Assurance Co. and Rothman v. Jackson.
Mr. Aitken was named the Orange County Trial Lawyers "Top Gun–Personal Injury Lawyer Of The Year" in 2008. He was named a "Rising Star" in 2004 by his peers in a vote of lawyers conducted by Law & Politics, Inc., and was named a "Super Lawyer" by that same organization in 2005 through 2015. Mr. Aitken was further named one of the "Top 50" lawyers in Orange County by this organization based on the number of votes he received from his fellow lawyers. Mr. Aitken was named by LawDragon as one of the top 3000 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America in 2007.
Mr. Aitken is AV rated by the national Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, the highest rating that organization bestows in regard to legal ability and professional ethics. Mr. Aitken was also awarded a 10/10 "Superb" rating by AVVO.com.
Throughout his career, Mr. Aitken has devoted considerable time and taken leadership responsibilities in several legal and community organizations. Mr. Aitken is a former President of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County. Mr. Aitken has served on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association, the Public Law Center (where he currently holds the position of Vice President), the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the American Red Cross (Orange County Chapter), the Orange County Legal Aid Society and the Notre Dame Club of Orange County. Mr. Aitken is the first and founding president of the Celtic Bar Association of Orange County. Mr. Aitken is a former president of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County Chapter).
Mr. Aitken has given numerous seminars on various trial related topics, and he has been published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Southern California Law Review, the OCTLA Gavel, the Advocate magazine (for which he served as the Orange County Editor for several years) and the CAOC Forum.