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 - 2021
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 the 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, Inside OC with Rick Reiff, 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.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Business Litigation
    • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Non-Compete Agreements, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About Wylie Aitken

    Admitted: 1966, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.aitkenlaw.com/attorneys/wylie-aitken/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Robert E. Cartwright Award, Consumer Attorneys of California
    • Top Gun-Business Trial Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
    • Franklin G. West Award, Orange County Bar Association
    • Top 50 Most Influence Business Leaders in Orange County, OC Business Journal
    • OC’s Most Influential Business People, OC Business Journal
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
    • 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Law Dragon (2005-2006)
    • Top Gun-Personal Injury, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
    • The Top 100 Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates (1998)
    • Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League of Orange County (2003)
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquette University Law School (2004)
    • Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (2005)
    • Attorney of the Year, Orange County Women’s Lawyers Association (2011)
    • Orange County Titan Award, CSU Fullerton (2011)
    • Rage for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award, Consumer Watchdog (2011)
    • Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers (2011-2014)
    • Father of the Year, American Diabetes Association (2013)
    • Irish Legal 100, Irish Voice Newspaper (2009-2019)
    • Citizen of the Year Award, Chapman University (2014)
    • Top 25 Plaintiffs Lawyers in California, Daily Journal (2015-2016)
    • OC500, Orange County Business Journal (2016)
    • Top 100 Super Lawyers in California, Super Lawyers (2015-2019)
    • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers (2004-2019)
    • Top Attorneys of the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Magazine (2016)
    •  Orange County Bar Association, Masters Division, Legends of the Law Award (2019)
    • Top 50 in Orange County Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers (2013-2019)
    • LawDragon 500’s “Hall of Fame", Southern California Super Lawyer
    • Hispanic Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019
    • The Preeminent Lawyers of America
    • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America (1987-2020)
    • Southern California Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America
    • 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”
    • 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:

    • Kathleen E. Faley Memorial CSUF Special Games, Board Member
    • Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation, Board Member (2004 – Present)
    • Marquette University President’s Council and Advisory Board, Member
    • Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation, Member
    • Orange County Bar Association, Member
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
    • American Association for Justice, Member
    • Chapman University, Trustee
    • Celtic Bar Association of Orange County, Co-founder
    • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, President (1972)
    • Consumer Attorneys of California, President (1977)
    • South Coast Repertory Theater Trustee and Board, President
    • Board of Visitors of Chapman University Law School, Chairman
    • American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation, President (2010)
    • California Arts Council, Board Member, 2010 – Present
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Board of Directors
    • Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for the Central Judicial District, Member
    • California Task Force on Court Facilities, Member
    • 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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • ABTL 38th Annual Seminar, Modern Punitive Damages Post Campbell: Presenting and Proving Punitive Damages, 2011
    • CAOC 50th Annual Convention, Developing Damages in the Catastrophic Injury Case, 2011
    • ABOTA Masters in Trial, Cutting Edge Trial Techniques for the 21st Century “In our ‘Invasion of Privacy’ Society” Evidentiary Issues, 2012
    • CAOC Annual Hawaii Seminar, How I Got Here, The Mistakes I Made, And Why I Want To Be Even Better (Successful Trial Techniques in the  New Millennium), 2012  
    • ABTL, Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Presenting Damages to the Jury, 2012
    • CAOC Annual Hawaii Seminar, Class Actions for Dummies: A Brief Overview of Class Action Suits, 2013
    • CAOC Annual Convention, Proving Damages: Catastrophic Injuries, 2012
    • Jefferson’s California Evidence Benchbook, 2000
    • ABTL 40th Annual Seminar, Duke Tobacco v. Plantastic, 2013
    • CAOC Annual Conference, What Makes A Great Closing Argument? How To Respond To Your Opponent, 2013
    • CAOC Annual Conference, Picking a Case Theme-Effectively Communicating Your Message, 2014  
    • CAOC/COIE Palm Springs Seminar, The 5 Things You Need to Know About Presenting Damages: It’s the Amount that Counts! (Setting Aside the “Reptile Mind”), 2016  
    • The Civil Trial Advocacy Series: Closing Arguments, Orange County Bar Association, Techniques and Inspiration for Closing Argument, 2016
    • CAOC/COIE Palm Springs Seminar, Techniques to Help You Be an Academy Award Nominee for Best Trial Presentation, 2019
    • HBA Costa Rica, Techniques to Help You Be an Academy Award Nominee for Best Trial Presentation, 2019
    • Discovery in Products Liability Cases-Back to Basics, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Forum Magazine, 1998
    • Overcoming Difficult Issues in Voir Dire to Secure a Winning Verdict — A rejection of the Irish system, 2003

    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
    • Boicourt v Amex Assurance Company, 78 Cal.App. 4th 1390 (2000)
    • 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

    Phone: 714-434-1424

    Fax: 714-434-3600

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