DAVID K. COHN
David K. Cohn is the managing partner of the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain|Cohn|Stiles. He is one of the most highly regarded trial lawyers in the San Joaquin Valley.
David grew up in Bakersfield, graduating from West High School in 1968. At West, David participated on the Norsemen football team, playing halfback and defensive end. For the track team, he ran the 220 and was on the 4x100 relay team.
After graduation, David obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, and shortly thereafter, he obtained his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Following graduation, David returned to Bakersfield, joined the now 80-year-old law firm, and eventually became its managing partner in 2000.
David was voted “Best Lawyer” in Kern County in the 2015 Bakersfield Californian Readers’ Choice Poll. He has also been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” an honor bestowed upon only the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region. Over the course of his career, David has obtained numerous multi-million-dollar results on behalf of his clients.
David is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, on which he holds the rank of associate, and also serves as vice president for its San Joaquin Valley Chapter. He has previously served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and as past president of the Kern County Trial Lawyers’ Association. Recently, he was selected to join the International Society of Barristers, a widely respected, invitation-only group whose aim is to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system, and an independent judiciary.
Outside of his profession, David has served on the Board of Directors for Clinica Sierra Vista and on the City of Bakersfield’s Planning Commission. He was chairman of the Board of Directors for the Bakersfield Museum of Art from 2004 to 2005.
Above all, David is a proud West High School alumnus.