U.S. News- Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Aitken Aitken Cohn is proud to announce its inclusion on the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. Firms included in the edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” are recognized for their professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Our firm is regionally ranked in the following areas:

  • Tier 1 in Litigation- Insurance
  • Tier 1 in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs
  • Tier 1 in Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs
  • Tier 1 in Product Liability Litigation- Plaintiffs

The Daily Journal: Top 100 Lawyers

The Daily Journal has named Wylie Aitken as one of the 2022 Top 100 Lawyers in California. The annual list, published in September, recognizes Wylie for his outstanding success for his clients, leadership as the founding partner of Orange County-based law firm Aitken Aitken Cohn and his representation of numerous individuals and businesses who have suffered catastrophic injuries or huge losses.

Top Plaintiff Lawyers

The Daily Journal named Wylie Aitken and Chris Aitken as one of 2022’s Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California. Both attorneys were recognized for their recent achievements, including securing an $11 million settlement with the California Republican Party on behalf of a father of six who was left paralyzed after a freeway collision involving a paid campaign worker

Best Lawyers

Due to their top-tier work in Personal Injury Litigation, the Aitken Aitken Cohn attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Wylie Aitken: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • Richard Cohn: Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • Darren O. Aitken: Bet-the-Company litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • Chris R. Aitken: Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • Casey R. Johnson: Insurance Law, Litigation-Insurance, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions- Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • Michael A. Penn: Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • Ashleigh Aitken: Was featured in Best Lawyers-Woman in Law Spring 2021 Issue; Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs
  • Megan Demshki: Recognized for the first time in 2023 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, as well as her work in Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs,
    and Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers uses an extensive peer review process to capture a consensus opinion of the leading lawyers in each geographic area. The “Lawyer of the Year” recognition goes to the attorney who received the highest overall peer feedback for his or her area of specialty, and only one is recognized in each specialty and location each year.

Super Lawyers

Aitken Aitken Cohn prides itself on having a national reputation for its highly skilled trial lawyers who serve injured and mistreated consumers in various legal conflicts. As the result of an extensive and confidential review by Bar members, attorneys Wylie Aitken, Chris Aitken, Darren Aitken, Richard Cohn, Casey Johnson, Ashleigh Aitken, and Michael Penn have been repeatedly listed in the Directory of Super Lawyers.

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Southern California via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research, and peer evaluation. The Southern California lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process obtain recognition in Southern California Super Lawyers Top Lists. Firm partners Darren Aitken, Casey Johnson, and Michael Penn made the list of 2022’s Top 50: Orange County Super Lawyers list.

In addition, attorney Megan Demshki is among 2022’s Super Lawyers Rising Stars. The Rising Stars list, a distinction for attorneys 40 or younger or who have been in practice for ten years or less, includes no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state.


The attorneys at Aitken Aitken Cohn are proud to hold an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer rating standard. This rating is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers. Martindale-Hubbell conducts a thorough review of attorneys who wish to receive a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, through a secure online peer-review survey where a lawyer’s ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice are assessed by their peers.

Los Angeles Times B2B Publishing

In recognition of their work, AAC’s Wylie Aitken, Richard Cohn, Darren O. Aitken, and Chris Aitken were named 2022’s Top Southern California Personal Injury Attorneys by the Los Angeles Times Business Publication. The LA Times B2B Publishing’s latest magazine, Los Angeles and Orange County Personal Injury Attorneys, highlights noteworthy plaintiff attorneys practicing personal injury law in California who have demonstrated remarkable success and accomplishments during the last three years.

Orange County Business Journal

Our firm is proud to have made the list of the Best Places to Work in Orange County by the Orange County Business Journal. This awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, California, benefiting the county’s economy, its workforce, and businesses. Organizations from across the county entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Orange County.

The Civic 50 Orange County

Aitken Aitken Cohn was named one of Orange County’s most community-minded companies in 2019 by the Civic 50 Orange County. The Civic 50 Orange County is an initiative of Points of Light in partnership with OneOC, designed to recognize and celebrate the 50 most community-minded companies in Orange County.

Inland Empire Magazine

Our partners have been named among the Top Attorneys of the Inland Empire by Inland Empire Magazine. This annual edition highlights only the best Inland Empire lawyers who have earned the prestigious A/V rating, a ranking reserved for only the top five percent of lawyers in the highly respected Martindale-Hubbell Directory. The award is based on a variety of objective factors, including professional ability and high ethical standards. Other considerations include legal experience, judgment, communication ability, legal knowledge, and analytical capabilities.


Aitken Aitken Cohn attorneys are rated 10.0/10.10 “Superb”, AVVO’s highest rating. AVVO is a national organization that rates attorneys in specific regions throughout the country. Its comprehensive rating system reviews a lawyer’s background and overall profile, including years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements, and industry recognition. AVVO performs rankings in 19 different legal categories and periodically collects background data from multiple sources, including state bar associations, court records, lawyer websites, and other pertinent information.


Lawdragon has consecutively recognized Aitken Aitken Cohn Founding Partner Wylie Aitken as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America. The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers is the most elite distinction in the profession, covering all practices and honors lawyers who represent the judiciary, public interest, dealmakers, plaintiff advocates, commercial litigators, disability lawyers, and more. From the opioid epidemic to toxic substances and defective products, truck accidents to wildfires and sexual abuse, these are the lawyers who stand on the front line in individual lawsuits and class actions seeking justice.

Orange County Trial Lawyers Association

Our attorneys including Wylie Aitken, Richard Cohn, and Darren Aitken, have been recognized as Top Gun Trial Lawyers of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. The OCTLA recognizes and honors local trial attorneys for their exceptional trial skills over the past year. These attorneys not only show courage and commitment to their clients, but demonstrate truly exceptional skill, ability, preparation, and professionalism to obtain outstanding results on behalf of their clients.

Consumer Attorneys of California

The Consumer Attorneys of California has long recognized the attorneys at Aitken Aitken Cohn for their dedication to serving injured and aggrieved consumers in various legal conflicts.

Most recently, Aitken Aitken Cohn trial team Chris Aitken, Megan Demshki, and Wylie Aitken were named finalists for Consumer Attorneys of California’s 2021 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award in recognition of the $11 million settlement secured in Ruehle vs. Chavez. This case aimed to hold a political party accountable in the catastrophic injury case.

Aitken Aitken Cohn’s Megan Demshki was honored with the 2022 Street Fighter of the Year Award during Consumer Attorneys of California’s Palm Springs seminar. The Street Fighter of the Year Award celebrates small-firm practitioners that achieved a significant result in a case that exemplifies the everyday struggles of the small practitioner in California.

In 2020, Casey Johnson was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California with the Presidential Award of Merit.
Wylie Aitken has received CAOC’s Robert E. Cartwright Award in recognition of his excellence in trial advocacy and dedication to teaching trial advocacy to fellow lawyers and to the public.

The National Trial Lawyers

For 10 years in a row, The National Trial Lawyers has recognized Aitken Aitken Cohn’s founding partner, Wylie Aitken, in its annual list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization composed of premier trial lawyers from across the country who exemplify superior qualifications as civil plaintiffs or criminal defense trial lawyers.

American Association for Justice

Aitken Aitken Cohn’s Casey Johnson has been honored with the Wiedemann & Wysocki Award by the American Association for Justice (AAJ). AAJ is the largest trial lawyer advocacy group in the United States, dedicated to the preservation of the civil justice system. This award recognizes AAJ members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to protecting the civil justice system, through political outreach efforts and by supporting AAJ’s mission.

San Clemente Times

Our firm was nominated as one of the Best Law Firms in San Clemente by the San Clemente Times. Annually, the San Clemente Times asks readers to vote for their favorite eateries, services, shops, events, and attractions, including Best Law Firms, as part of the San Clemente People’s

Irish Voice Newspaper

Firm Partners Wylie Aitken and Ashleigh Aitken have been honored by the Irish Voice Newspaper on their Irish Legal 100 list. The Irish Legal 100 list includes attorneys, legal scholars, and members of the judiciary who have distinguished themselves in their fields of endeavor. Founded by the Irish Voice newspaper in 2008, it is an annual compilation of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share one common bond: pride in their Irish roots.

Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire

CAOIE Past President Megan Demshki was honored with the 2019 President’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Anti-Defamation League

AAC Partner Darren Aitken was honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) with the 2020 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award. Since 1993, the ADL has bestowed the Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award on attorneys who make outstanding contributions to the legal profession and to the community.