Darren Aitken

Darren Aitken is an Orange County native and has been a practicing attorney in California since 1989. He is a partner of the law firm Aitken Aitken Cohn and has practiced with the firm since 1992. Darren’s practice is limited to civil litigation, where he represents plaintiffs in major matters involving insurance bad faith, personal injury, product liability and commercial torts.

Darren has been recognized and awarded consistently throughout his career for his and was named the Orange County Trial Lawyers “Top Gun–Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” in 2008. He was named a “Super Lawyer” by his peers in a vote of lawyers conducted by Law & Politics, Inc. from 2005 through 2016. Darren was further named one of the “Top 50” lawyers in Orange County by this organization based on the number of votes he received from his fellow lawyers. He is AV rated by the national Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, the highest rating that organization bestows in regard to legal ability and professional ethics. Furthermore, Darren has also received a 10/10 rating by the legal review website AVVO.com.

Mr. Aitken has successfully litigated and tried numerous civil actions both in the state and federal courts, and he has obtained numerous seven and eight figure results for his clients. His notable achievements include a trial judgement on behalf of his clients in the amount of $55,180,000 in Gutierrez vs. The United States. The Gutierrez judgment is believed to be the largest amount ever awarded in an Orange County personal injury to a single plaintiff, and the largest amount ever awarded in an injury action against the United States government. This judgment was subsequently upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In a separate matter, Mr. Aitken negotiated a settlement in the amount of $19,250,000 for his clients in a fiercely disputed action against a publicly traded international corporation. In 2009, Mr. Aitken obtained a jury verdict over $2,600,000 for his clients after a hotly contested four week trial against Ford Motor Co. based on a product defect in a Ford F350 truck. His appellate practice is reflected in published opinions such as Boicourt v. Amex Assurance Co. and Rothman v. Jackson.

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Tort
  • Orange County Bar Association Master’s Division (2016 – Present)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Directors (2009 – Present)
  • Public Law Center, Board of Directors (1995 – Present)
  • Laura’s House, Golf Committee Member (2014 – Present)
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation – Orange County, Board of Directors (2004 – Present)
  • Public Law Center, President (2016)
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, President (2013 – 2014)
  • Orange County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2006 – 2012)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County, President (2011)
  • American Red Cross (Orange County Chapter), Board of Directors (2005 – 2009)
  • Orange County Bar Association, Product Liability Section Co-Chair (2003 – 2007)
  • Celtic Bar Association of Orange County, Founding President (2001 – 2002)
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, President (1998)
  • Best Lawyer, Personal Injury & Product Liability Litigation, Best Lawyers in America (2012-2017)
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine (2005-2017)
  • Top 100 Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers (2016)
  • Top Lawyers of the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Magazine (2016)
  • Attorney of the Year, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (2016)
  • Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2016)
  • Consumer Attorney of Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California (2014)
  • Product Liability Lawyer of the Year, Orange County, Best Lawyers Magazine (2014)
  • Southern California Top 100 Attorneys, Super Lawyers Magazine (2013)
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California (2010-2011)
  • Top 5 Personal Injury Lawyers in Orange County, OC Metro Magazine/AVVO (2010)
  • Learned Hand Community Service Award, AJC (2010)
  • Top Gun-Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (2008)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine (2004-2008)
  • 3000 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America, Lawdragon Magazine (2007)
  • New Star, Lawdragon Magazine (2006)
  • Conference Name: CAOC Annual Convention
    Title: Making the MOST Out of Your Cases By Developing Punitive Damage Theories
    Year: 2016
  • Conference Name: OCTLA
    Title: Understanding Corenbaum & Ochoa
    Year: June 25, 2015
  • Conference Name: CAOC 54th Annual Convention
    Title: Trial Skills Track: Dealing with Evidence at Trial, Moderator
    Year: November 5, 2015
  • Conference Name: CAOIE 2015 Palm Springs Seminar
    Title: Litigation Strategies from the Masters, Moderator
    Year: April 5, 2015
  • Conference Name: CAOIE 2014 Palm Springs Seminar
    Title: Experts: Friend or Foe?
    Year: April 4, 2014
  • Conference Name: CAOC 52nd Annual Convention
    Title: Mock Trial with the Masters, Moderator
    Year: November 14, 2013
  • Publication Name:Los Angeles Daily Journal
    Title: Navigating the Death of a Party
    Year: July 2011
  • Publication Name: CAOC Forum
    Title: When is the Cable Guy Off the Clock? The ins and outs of the “going and coming” rule
    Year: December 2011

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