Ashleigh Aitken

Ashleigh AitkenAshleigh Aitken is Of Counsel at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn, where she specializes in complex business litigation, class actions and major personal injury cases. She was the 2015 president of the Orange County Bar Association, championing veteran’s rights and pro bono services for military and veteran families, and 2016 President of the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund.

Ashleigh is a former federal prosecutor, practicing in the Los Angeles and Santa Ana Office of the United States Attorney in the Central District of California. While serving as an assistant United States attorney, she prosecuted cases involving armed bank robbery, narcotics, mail and wire fraud, child pornography and firearms violations. She has tried criminal cases (both jury and bench trials) and argued before the 9th Circuit.

Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Ashleigh was a civil litigator with the law firm of Morrison Foerster, LLP, specializing in complex business litigation and class action defense. While there, she tried civil cases in both federal and state court. She began her practice at Nossaman, Guthner, Knox & Elliott, LLP working on environmental and condemnation litigation.

In 2012, Ashleigh was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the Orange County Fair Board, where she served as Chairwoman in 2015. While serving on the Fair Board, she oversaw the first major public art installment on the property honoring Orange County’s agricultural migrant workers and the opening of both the revitalized Pacific Amphitheatre and the new veterans building, Heroes Hall.

Ashleigh is a graduate of Boston College, where she received her B.A. in secondary education. She attended law school at University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. She is a local graduate of Rosary High School in Fullerton, California.

An avid fan of the arts, Ashleigh and her family are generous supporters of the arts and culture in Orange County, particularly Chance Theatre in her hometown of Anaheim, where she is the chair of the 2017 Annual Dinner. She lives in Anaheim with her husband, attorney Michael Penn, their three children and an ark of animals.

Ashleigh has represented clients involved in complex business torts, class actions, wrongful death, and severe personal injury. She was a part of the Counsel team in the 2010 Toyota class action suit, acting as national liaison counsel between state and federal cases that resulted in largest automobile class action settlement. She represented the Vego family in Vego vs. Southern California Edison, confidential wrongful death settlement resulting in PUC fines of over $20 million. Ashleigh was also involved in an OC Fairgrounds litigation matter where she succeeded in a pro bono representation of local residents that assisted in thwarting the $100 million sale of state-owned asset.

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund, President (2016)
  • Orange County Bar Association, President (2015), Board Member (2004-2010)
  • 32nd District Agricultural Association-OC Fair, Board Member (2012-present)
  • 32nd District Agricultural Association-OC Fair, Chairwoman (2015)
  • City of Anaheim Community Services Board, Chairwoman (2012-13)
  • City of Anaheim Community Services Board, Commissioner (2006-2013)
  • Orange County Women Lawyers, President (2010), Board Member (2004-2011)
  • Celtic Bar Association, President-Elect (2014)
  • Girl Scouts of Orange County, Co-Chair of Celebrate Leadership Fundraiser (2016, 2017)
  • Girl Scouts of Orange County, Troop Leader (2014-present)
  • State Bar of California, Leadership Academy Scholar (2004-2005)
  • Hispanic Bar Association, Vice-President (2008), Board Member (2003-2008)
  • Orange County Bar Foundation, Board Member (2004-2007)
  • Member, Central District of California, Pro Bono Panel
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Governors (2010-2012)
  • Chance Theater, Gala Chair (2017)
  • Chapman University, Chair of Chapman Celebrates (2017)
  • South Coast Repertory, Gala Committee Member (2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers (2016-2017)
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2012-2017)
  • Irish Legal 100 Rising Star (2017)
  • OCAABA Inspire Award, Orange County Asian American Bar Association (2017)
  • Top Attorneys of Inland Empire, Inland Empire Magazine (2016)
  • Rising Leader Award, Segerstrom Center Arts and Business Leadership (2016)
  • Honoree, OC Women2Women (2016)
  • Attorney of the Month, OC Attorney Journal (2015)
  • Outstanding Community Leader, Chapman University Minority Students Association (2014)
  • Phenomenal Women of the Year, Chapman University Women Lawyers (2014)
  • Exceptional Women Leader, Girl Scouts of Orange County (2013)
  • Attorney of the Year, Orange County Women Lawyers (2013)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine (2005-2007, 2012)
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers (2012)
  • Top 40 Under 40, OC Metro Magazine (2012)
  • Organization: Consumer Attorneys of California – Annual Convention
    Title: Friends And Ethics In The 21st Century
    Year: 2016
  • Organization: The 14th Annual Bar Leaders Conference
    Title: Making Governance Work, Panelist
    Year: 2016
  • Organization: CAOIE Annual Palm Springs Seminar
    Title: Working Your Case Up Right, Moderator
    Year: 2016
  • Organization: CAOIE Annual Palm Springs Seminar
    Title: Deposing the Evasive Witness
    Year: 2015
  • Organization: Chapman University
    Title: Issues of Women in the Law
    Year: November 2014
  • Organization: Consumer Attorneys of California
    Title: Deposition Skills
    Year: November 2014
  • Organization: Celtic Bar Association
    Title: Debunking Myths of Substance Abuse
    Year: September 2014
  • Organization: Hispanic Bar Association
    Title: Debunking Myths of Substance Abuse
    Year: May 2014
  • Organization: Consumer Attorneys of California
    Title: Elimination of Bias
    Year: November 2013
  • Organization: Consumer Attorneys of California
    Title: Tactics in Opening Statements
    Year: November 2013
  • Organization: Whittier Law School
    Title: Issues of Women in the Law
    Year: October 2012

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