Wylie A. Aitken

Wylie A. Aitken

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Santa Ana, CA

Aitken • Aitken • Cohn
 | 3 MacArthur Place, Suite 800
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: 714-434-1424
Fax: 714-434-3600
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1966
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Wylie Aitken is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and founding partner of Aitken*Aitken*Cohn, in Santa Ana, California. He was the youngest president in the history of the State Trial Bar and is continually recognized by publications such as the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the Orange County Business Journal as one of top lawyers of California. He was recently inducted in the LawDragon 500’s “Hall of Fame,” is repeatedly designated a "Southern California Super Lawyer," and is featured in the Best Lawyers in America and The Preeminent Lawyers of America for over 20 years.

Mr. Aitken has been trial counsel in numerous significant tort cases involving bad faith insurance practices, aviation, automobiles, product liability, business tort litigation and actions involving wrongful death and major personal injuries. As appellate counsel, he has been involved in landmark insurance decisions such as: Boicourt v Amex Assurance Company, 78 Cal.App. 4th 1390 (2000); Neal v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, 21 Cal.3d 910, 148 Cal.Rptr. 389 (1978) and Gourley v. State Farm, 217 Cal.App.3d 111 (1990). As an active participant on the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Consumer Attorneys of California Trial Lawyers Association, he has argued numerous major tort actions to the Supreme Court of California.

As a consumer advocate, Mr. Aitken developed bilingual consumer protection brochures, brochures on lawyer selection and he has served on college and charitable foundation boards and select commissions involving justice issues such as court congestion and justice facilities.

As an author, his articles have appeared in numerous law reviews and legal publications; and he serves on the Jefferson's California Evidence Benchbook Editorial Board. He has also been a frequent guest on radio and television programs such as Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Michael Jackson Show, KABC Ronn Owens, OCN Prime Time, and KOCE Real Orange, among others.

Mr. Aitken is a graduate of Marquette University Law School (1965) where he was a St. Thomas More scholar and Associate Editor of the Marquette Law Review and sits on the Marquette Law School Advisory Board. His undergraduate work was in the "OC" at Santa Ana College and Cal State Fullerton.

About Wylie Aitken

Admitted: 1966, California

Professional Webpage: www.aitkenlaw.com/staff/wylie-aitken/

Honors/Awards:

  • Orange County Bar Association, Pro Bono Publico Service Award
  • Recognized by LawDragon Magazine as one of the Top 500 Lawyers in America & Top 100 Litigators
  • Irish America Magazine “Top Irish 100 Legal in America”
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA-Orange County) Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association’s 2006 Attorney of the Year
  • Marquette University Law School, Law Review Associate Editor, 1964
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal - The Top 10 Rainmakers in California
  • Orange County Bar Association “2008 Franklin G. West Award”
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Designated as one of “Orange County’s 50 Most Influential Business People” by Orange County Business Journal
  • St. Thomas More Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Top 100 California’s Most Influential Lawyers (Los Angeles Daily Journal this year and repeatedly over the past 10 + years)
  • Consumer Watchdog’s Rage for Justice-Lifetime Award
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Top Gun Business Trial Lawyer of the Year

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy- Founder
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association- Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates- Trustee, National Board Member
  • American Inns of Court- Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)- Past President, Board of Directors
  • Hispanic Bar Association- Member
  • Orange County Superior Court- Judge, Pro Tem
  • American Association of Justice (ATLA) -Sustaining Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Orange County- Member
  • California Arts Council- Current President
  • Federal Judicial Advisory Committee- Appointed by Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne                                                                 Feinstein
  • Orange County Bar Association- Board of Trustees 
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Foundation- Trustee, President (2010)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers-Board Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles- Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Alzheimer’s Association 
  • Laura’s House
  • 9-11-2011 Victim Compensation Fund (Pro Bono)
  • Aids Foundation
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
  • Orange County Performing Arts Center
  • Kathleen E. Faley Memorial CSUF Special Games
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Public Law Center
  • Ryan’s Reach

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • FEITLER VS PEDERSEN, 4th Civ. G038210 (2008), (One of the Top 10 Verdicts of 2006 according to the Daily Journal). A verdict of $23,500,000 for a 14-year old boy who sustained a traumatic brain injury after defendant ran a red light
  • Buckett vs DoE.  (2009) $20 Million settlement for a 10-year old boy that sustained a brain injury when he fell from playground equipment at a fast food chain restaurant
  • Gutierrez vs USA, 07-56708 (9th Cir. 2009).  (Recognized as the highest individual injury award against federal government).  A 9-year old ventilator-dependent quadriplegic girl was awarded over $54 million dollars as a result of a vehicle collision that occurred when a federal employee ran a red light and broadsided the car in which she was riding; 9th Circuit Court Opinion affirming;
  • TORRES V DISNEYLAND, OCSC Case No.: O4CC10092, wrongful death of 22-year old graphic designer following incident on Big Thunder Mountain and (2000) VUONG V. DISNEYLAND, resulting in implementing substantial changes in California law to ensure the safety of theme parks

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3 MacArthur Place
Suite 800
Santa Ana, CA 92707

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Last Updated: 10/16/2019

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