Truck Safety

The recent tragic events surrounding the death of a well known optometrist in Anaheim Hills has re-focused the Orange County community on truck safety. On March 8, 2001, a dump truck with attached trailer apparently lost its brakes traveling down Imperial Highway at the intersection of Nohl Ranch Road, in Anaheim Hills. Due to the… read more

Chapman Law Dedicates Wylie A. Aitken Courtroom

A supporter of Chapman University’s School of Law from its inception, Wylie Aitken and his wife Bette have given the school a financial endowment to establish what will be called the Center for Lawyering and Advocacy Skills. The new center enables students to build skills in negotiation, mediation, client counseling and trial and appellate advocacy,… read more

‘Playing With Fire’ Case Resolved, $2 Million Paid Under $100,000 Policy

In a unique settlement, heretofore unprecedented under California law, a young Riverside boy, severely injured in an automobile accident is to receive over two (2) million dollars pursuant to a policy issued by Amex Assurance Company, a subsidiary of American Express. The policy provided only $100,000 in coverage. This result was obtained when the carrier… read more

New Legislation To Benefit All California Citizens

Through the hard work of the statewide consumer attorneys’ organization, a group with which Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, proudly supports and participates, new legislation was recently signed by Governor Davis that will benefit all Californians in general, and the victims of the September 11, 2001, tragedies in particular.  This legislation bore the title SB… read more

Aitken * Aitken * Cohn Lawyers Win $23.5 Million Verdict

In a matter tried by Wylie, Chris and Casey at the Orange County Superior Court, a jury returned a verdict in Aitken * Aitken * Cohn’s client’s favor in the amount of $23.5 million. Fourteen year old Cade F. suffered a traumatic brain injury and has had more than 24 surgeries after the defendant ran a red light… read more

Truck Safety Update

The driver who lost control of an overloaded dump truck when its brakes malfunctioned on steep Nohl Ranch Road — resulting in the death of a Los Alamitos man and injuries to six other people — was recently told that he should be tried for gross vehicular manslaughter. Deputy District Attorney Michael Pear argued that… read more


Chris Aitken, Casey Johnson and Michael Penn were selected as “2007 Southern California Rising Stars” and will be featured in Los Angeles Magazine and Southern California Super Lawyers–Rising Stars Edition Magazine. Only the top 2.5 percent of Southern California lawyers received this distinction.


OCTLA “Is the Policy Open?” July 28, 2005 Rich Cohn LORMAN SEMINARS “Select Topics for Legal Staff” August 2005 Darren Aitken CONSUMER ATTORNEYS OF CALIFORNIA “What’s Your Point? The How To’s of Today’s State of the Art in Graphic Power Point Presentations” November 20, 2005 Wylie Aitken

Pocialik v. Southern California Grading Co., et al.

On February 5, 2001, the firm achieved a substantial verdict in a wrongful death jury trial in Orange County Superior Court.  The case, entitled Pocialik v. Southern California Grading Co., et al., was tried by the firm’s Senior Associate, Richard A. Cohn, over the course of an approximate two week time period. The case involved… read more

The True Story of the McDonald’s Coffee Case

How twelve everyday Americans decided Stella Liebeck’s case was not a joke. 79 year old Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was in the passenger seat of her grandson’s stopped car when she was severely burned by spilled McDonald’s coffee. Stella suffered 3rd-degree burns over 6% of her body, including her inner thighs, genitals, and… read more