Known as a persistent, aggressive trial attorney who takes a “turn every stone” approach toward the legal matters he handles, he has received numerous awards and accolades for his results. He was one of only three lawyers in Orange County to be recognized as “Top 500 Litigators in the Nation” in the inaugural issue of Law Dragon Magazine. The magazine again later recognized him as one of the Nation’s Top 3000 Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America. He has been repeatedly designated a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine and Law and Politics. He has also been repeatedly listed in U.S. News and World Report’s as a “Best Lawyer” in the category of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Litigation.
Rich is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubble’s Law Directory — which issues such ratings only to those attorneys who have demonstrated preeminent legal ability and the highest professional and ethical standards. In 2008, he received the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association’s prestigious “Top Gun” award, for his work in the field of Medical Malpractice and has been nominated for that award multiple times, including 2019.
Rich received his Bachelor’s Degree, Cum Laude, from University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in 1985 with a double major in Political Science and Communications. He obtained his juris doctorate degree from U.S.C. Law School in 1989, graduating among the top quarter of his class. He began his legal career at the law firm of McGinnis, Fitzgerald, Reese, Sharkey & McIntyre in San Diego, California, specializing in the field of medical malpractice defense. In July of 1990, he joined the Offices of Wylie Aitken and became a named Partner in January 2001, thus changing the name officially to Aitken Aitken Cohn.
He is the current chair of the Orange County Bar Association Education Committee and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars including for California Continuing Education for The Bar (CEB) as well as for the State and Local Trial and Bar Association. He has also been interviewed on multiple occasions by both television and print news media regarding a variety of high profile cases. He continues to be retained as an expert witness on behalf of both the plaintiff and the defense in legal malpractice matters.
When Rich gets a free moment from fighting on behalf of his deserving clients, he enjoys playing the guitar or hitting the surf. Rich was married in 1993 and has two children. They live in Newport Beach, California.