Celebrating Excellence: Aitken Aitken Cohn Founder, AFI Trustee Wylie Aitken Attends AFI Life Achievement Award Gala

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: (L-R) Emily Procter, Aaron Sorkin, Wylie Aitken, and Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken attend the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Nicole Kidman at Dolby Theatre on April 27, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for AFI)


May 17, 2024 (LOS ANGELES, Calif.) — Aitken Aitken Cohn founder Wylie Aitken recently attended the prestigious 49th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala on April 27, 2024, at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, accompanied by his daughter, Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken.

Both Wylie and Ashleigh Aitken, with deep-rooted pride in their Irish heritage, are esteemed members of the Irish Top 100 Lawyers, an annual compilation honoring the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States.

The AFI Life Achievement Award Gala, a grand celebration of the film industry’s luminaries, was hosted at the renowned Dolby Theatre. Esteemed personalities from the realms of entertainment, law, and culture convened to pay tribute to actress Nicole Kidman’s invaluable contributions. The gala, a testament to the power of philanthropy, raised over $2 million in proceeds for the American Film Institute’s nonprofit endeavors.

Wylie Aitken, a beacon of philanthropy and a champion of the arts, is one of the newest members on the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute (AFI).

Last year, he made history as the first trial lawyer elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute. The AFI Life Achievement Award Gala, a pinnacle of the entertainment calendar, honors outstanding individuals who have made enduring contributions to the world of cinema.

“It’s an honor to be part of this respected event, which showcases the intersection of artistry, culture, and philanthropy,” said Aitken.

Aitken is one of the most prominent trial lawyers in California. As the founding partner of the Santa Ana-based law firm Aitken Aitken Cohn, Wylie’s impressive legal career spans more than fifty years.

His community and philanthropic activities are extensive, including Segerstrom Center for the Arts Trustee; South Coast Repertory, Past-President; Chapman University Trustee (Chair); Chair of Board of Advisors Chapman University Fowler School of Law; Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation Foundation, Board Member; Cal State University Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors; Cal State University Fullerton President’s Circle; Marquette University Law School’s President’s Council, and Advisory Board; and, CSUF Special Games–Kathleen Faley Memorial, Chair; Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Board Member; and, United Way Tocqueville Society Board Member. He presently co-chairs the advisory committee for the Chapman University Performing Arts Center.

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