Russell S. Kohn

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Oceanside, California

Kohn Law Office
Russell S. Kohn
Kohn Law Office

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in California since: 1985

Education: The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2017 - 2023
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Kohn Law Office

2170 S. El Camino Real
Suite 201
Oceanside, CA 92054-6203 Visit website


From the Kohn Law Office in Oceanside, California, Russell S. Kohn represents personal injury plaintiffs throughout San Diego and the North County. Devoted to representing people, not companies, Mr. Kohn has consistently returned maximum compensation for victims of negligence. San Diego Magazine has named him as one of the Top Lawyers of San Diego.  In 2004, Mr. Kohn was elected President of the North County Bar Association.  He currently serves as a board member of that organization's Lawyer Referral Service.

Since 1987, Mr. Kohn has been exclusively focused on handling personal injury cases that involve incidents such as premises liability, slip-and-fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents and animal bites. Mr. Kohn has recovered millions for his clients.  For example, when a rear-end car accident caused a 50-year-old man neck and back injuries, Mr. Kohn secured $1 million on his behalf. He obtained $1 Million for the brother of a man killed by a negligent driver.  He also obtained a  $302,000 judgment for a 71-year-old man who suffered a dog attack that resulted in hip replacement surgery.  There are many more such successful outcomes, which can be reviewed on his website.  Mr. Kohn has also received numerous glowing written testimonials and five-star reviews from his happy clients.

For these and countless other victories, Mr. Kohn has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell; has an Avvo 10.0 "Superb" rating; and is listed in Super Lawyers.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in accounting from The University of Arizona in 1981, Mr. Kohn received a Juris Doctor in 1984 from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Mr. Kohn is a published author and frequent speaker. He is also a member of The State Bar of California, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the North County Bar Association.

Outside his practice, Mr. Kohn enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with his wife and family. He also volunteers as a judge pro tem and arbitrator for the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 90% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1984, Arizona

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Bar Association of Northern San Diego County, President, 2004
  • San Diego County Superior Court, Arbitrator and Judge-Pro-Tem
  • California, 1985
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Director, 2006 - 2008
  • Bar Association of Northern San Diego County, Personal Injury Section, Chair, 1996 - 1998
  • Arizona, 1984
  • State Bar of Arizona, Member (presently inactive)
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Member
  • Bar Association of Northern San Diego County, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2003
  • Board of Directors of the North County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service Program
  • This video provides a testimonial by actual former clients and describes the services provided by the Kohn Law Office., Kohn Law Office Video
Educational Background:
  • University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, 1981
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, JD Degree, 1984
  • $250,000.00 - In June 2018, Kohn Law Office in association with Skolnick Law Group, obtained an uninsured motorist insurance coverage policy limit settlement of $250,000.00 on behalf of their client who was stopped for a red light when her vehicle was struck violently from the rear by a vehicle driven by an uninsured motorist in San Diego. The client’s injuries included whiplash, aggravation of a pre-existing lumbar spine condition, severe bruising to both of her calves, traumatic orbital hematoma, and a concussion with loss of consciousness. The settlement was paid by the plaintiff’s insurer, The Hartford Insurance Company., 2018
  • $681,000 Underinsured Motorist Arbitration Award. In May 2015 Attorney Kohn, along with attorney Suzanne Skolnick, represented a 60-year-old man in an underinsured motorist claim against Truck Insurance Exchange (Farmers Insurance). The claimant was injured in a November, 2010 rear-end collision that occurred while he was in the course and scope of his employment as a school district security officer. He sustained back, neck and shoulder injuries and had undergone 4 ½ years of treatment, including neck and back epidural injections and 2 lumbar radiofrequency ablation procedures by the time the matter reached arbitration. The claim against the underinsured motorist settled for the $15,000 minimal policy limit. After the worker’s compensation case was resolved, the case was mediated unsuccessfully with Farmers offering only $30,000. The case then proceeded to arbitration before retired Judge Herbert Hoffman. Less than one week before the hearing, Farmers increased its offer to $175,000. Judge Hoffman determined total damages in the amount of $681,606.20, which included the following items: past economic damages of $156,606.20; future medical expenses of $75,000; past non-economic damages of $150,000; future non-economic damages of $250,000 and loss of consortium damages for the client’s wife of $50,000. After reduction for the worker’s compensation benefits and the third party recovery, Judge Hoffman’s net award totaled $520,000., 2015
  • $840,000 settlement for a motor vehicle accident victim. In this case, Mr. Kohn helped an injured woman recover about $125,000 in medical expenses and $715,000 in pain and suffering for injuries sustained in a collision with a vehicle operated by an army attorney. The defendant pulled away from a stop sign and made a left turn in the path of the plaintiff's oncoming vehicle. As a result of the accident, the 50-year-old wife suffered neck, shoulder, and back injuries which required three major surgeries to correct. The defendant, represented by the United States government, contended that one of the needed surgeries could not be traced to the collision. After two settlement hearings, Mr. Kohn was able to successfully settle the case without the need for a trial., 2004
  • $1 Million settlement achieved just weeks before trial for the brother of a 63-year-old disabled man who was killed when the 89-year-old defendant driver lost control of his truck and drove onto the walkway hitting the man in his wheelchair outside the emergency room entrance at the new Palomar Hospital in Escondido, CA. This settlement was paid as follows: $500,000 paid by underlying carrier USAA Insurance Co., $500,000 paid by the umbrella carrier, Scottsdale Insurance Co. This is believed to be the largest wrongful death recovery for a single sibling in San Diego County history., 2018
  • $1,070,000 recovered by Kohn Law Office in association with Skolnick Law Group for three young men who were passengers in a motor vehicle accident at an intersection in Del Mar, CA. The defendant made a left turn on a red arrow signal crossing directly into the path of the plaintiff’s vehicle. All three clients suffered major injuries including a fractured femur, a fractured pelvis, lumbar vertebral fractures, and concussion head injuries. The clients individually recovered $435,000.00, $315,000.00, and $320,000.00, which were paid by the defendant’s insurer Amica Mutual Insurance., 2018
  • Don R. Hemphill v. Wright Family, LLC, 234 Cal.App.4th 911 (2015), [Fourth Appellate District, Division One, February 25, 2015] Held that plaintiff tenant was entitled to an award of attorney fees against defendant landlord, where plaintiff prevailed at trial for injury caused by a dangerous condition of the leased premises.  Plaintiff recovered $311,000 compensatory damages plus $150,000 attorney fees.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presentation speaker for the Personal Injury Section of the North County Bar Association on the topic of "Uninsured Motorist Law Update.", Speaker, Uninsured Motorist Law Update, North County Bar Association, 2019
  • Speaker, “An Introduction to and Roundtable Regarding Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Arbitration,” Personal Injury Section of the North County Bar Association, July 8, 2014, Speaker, Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Arbitration, North County Bar Association, 2014
  • Seminar speaker on “How to Win a Soft Tissue Injury Trial,” National Business Institute, April 23, 2003, Speaker, How to Win a Soft Tissue Injury Trial, National Business Institute, 2003
  • Speaker on “Personal Injury, People's Law School,” for the North County Bar Assn., 2002, Speaker, Personal Injury, People's Law School, North County Bar Association, 2002
  • Speaker on “Settlement Demands and Settlements in Multiparty Cases,” for the Personal Injury Section of the North County Bar Association, February 10, 2015, Speaker, Settlements in Multiparty Cases, North County Bar Association, 2015
  • Super Lawyers® list, 2017 to present,, 2021
  • Top Lawyers of San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2014 to present, San Diego Magazine, 2021
  • Best Law Firms in San Diego County California, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014 to Present, National Trial Lawyers, 2021
  • AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® 2014 to present., Martindale-Hubbell, 2021
  • AVVO Rating of 10.0 Superb 2014 to present., AVVO, 2021

Office location for Russell S. Kohn

2170 S. El Camino Real
Suite 201
Oceanside, CA 92054-6203

Phone: 760-712-3331


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007, 2017 - 2023

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