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Christopher R. 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: 2010 - 2023
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2008
Licensed in California Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

A partner at Aitken Aitken Cohn in Santa Ana, California, Christopher R. Aitken is a personal injury attorney with more than 24 years of experience in the legal field. He represents clients with cases involving insurance bad faith, wrongful death, brain and spinal cord injury, trucking incidents, automobile accidents, and also general business litigation. 

Understanding and empathetic, Mr. Aitken is a zealous and tenacious litigator. He has a firm commitment to his clients’ needs and interests, and fights for their rights and liberties, especially when they are hurt because of the negligence of someone else. He has won many favorable settlements and verdicts for his clients. 

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Aitken earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the state of California since 1997. He has spoken at many legal events about civil litigation, mediation and serious head injuries. 

A board of directors’ member at the Orange County Bar Foundation, Mr. Aitken is the chair of the Downtown Business Association. Additionally, he has memberships in the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Public Law Center, the American Association for Justice and the William P. Gray Legion Lex American Inn of Court. 

Recognized for his noteworthy contributions to the legal field, Mr. Aitken has been named to the Best Lawyers list by The Best Lawyers in America, the Top 100 Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers and the Top 10 Attorneys in Southern California by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys. He is also named to the list of 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys and named to the Top Lawyers of the Inland Empire by the Inland Empire Magazine.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Selections

14 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2005 - 2008

About Christopher R. Aitken

First Admitted: 1997, California

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • CAOC Seminar, Serious Head Injuries: Using the Latest Medical Knowledge and Tests to Persuade Juries, 2019
  • Riverside Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, Tactful Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Mediation and Trial, 2018

Honors/Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers
  • Top 10 Attorney in Southern California, National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2013-2015
  • , 2021 Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • , 2021 Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • , Top 100 Lawyers, NTLA, 2016
  • , Top Lawyers in the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Magazine, 2016
  • , 10 Best Attorneys in Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Orange County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, Past Board of Directors
  • Legion Lexington Inn of Court, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Public Law Center, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Laura’s House, Past Chairman
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County
  • Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund, Past Board of Directors
  • Orange County Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2021
  • San Clemente Downtown Business Association, Chair, 2021

Educational Background

  • University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Political Science

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Huie v Southland Sod -  Case involving the wrongful death of a loving father and husband of two children in an automobile collision resulted in a $5,000,000 settlement., 2008
  • Derek P. v. Doe Ambulance Company and Shuttle Med
  • Christina, Michael and Kathy A. v. Doe Trucking
  • Larkin v. Peterson Brothers -  A wrongful death matter of a renowned optometrist in Anaheim Hills which resulted in a recovery of over $4,100,000 and heightened County awareness for truck safety.
  • B. v. Doe Fast Food Chain -  Obtained a $20,000,000 settlement (and estimated over $100,000,000 payout) for an 8 year old boy who suffered a brain injury by falling from a soft contained playground at a prominent fast food chain. Due in part to this matter, the food chain is in the process of performing retrofits for consumer safety on all their playgrounds on a national basis.  , 2008
  • Torres v. Disneyland -  Successfully litigated the case involving a fatality on the Thunder Mountain roller coaster at Disneyland.
  • Feitler v. E.A. Pedersen Power Products, Peter Infranca - Successfully represented a 13 year old boy who sustained a severe brain injury in an automobile collision, resulting in a jury verdict of $23,500,000. , 2008
  • Lieu vs. Disneyland -  Successfully litigated for a case which reached national attention when a metal cleat dislodged from Disneyland’s "Sailing Ship Columbia" killing a man and seriously injuring his wife.  The settlement of this matter was estimated at $25,000,000 by the Los Angeles Times and the case led to major changes in California law regarding the safety of theme parks.  
  • Corbin v. Westbrent Limited -  Case involved the traumatic brain injury of Ryan Corbin, grandson of performing artist, Pat Boone, resulting in a $10,125,000 settlement, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Project Youth OCBF "Feed the Need" Fundraiser, 2020

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Ruehle v. California Republican PartyThrough aggressive litigation, Chris Aitken obtained an $11 million settlement with the California Republican Party on behalf of a father of six from Riverside who was involved in a freeway accident that left him with an irreparable spinal cord injury. The plaintiff, Richard Ruehle was traveling on his motorcycle eastbound on the 91 freeway in the City of Anaheim in 2016 when he was violently struck by a paid campaign worker. The defendant, who was an unlicensed driver, worked as a voter data collector for Republican Assemblyman Eric Linder who was running for reelection in the 60th Assembly District. The state GOP was actively involved in Linder’s campaign and its effort to collect information about voters. The settlement ended nearly five years of intense litigation that exposed serious dangers associated with the lax standards of paid political campaign precinct walkers. Chris was able to establish a joint enterprise of the statewide political party and a local assembly campaign through their joint data voter collection efforts.  , 2021
  • Gwendolyn Wilson vs. Doe International Transportation Company The trial team obtained a $3.8 million settlement on behalf of a pedestrian who was violently struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. The defendant driver admitted that while in the course and scope of his job he was distracted and did not see the woman while he attempted to make a U-turn. , 2021
  • Wilson v. Major Transportation CompanyIn a case involving a major international trucking company, Chris Aitken recently secured a $3.8 million settlement on behalf of a pedestrian who was violently struck from behind by a tractor-trailer. The defendant driver admitted that while in the course and scope of his job he was distracted and did not see the woman while he attempted to make a U-turn. The collision captured on another tractor-trailer’s dashcam, showed the plaintiff trapped under the front wheel of the truck. She suffered extensive, debilitating physical and emotional injuries due to the driver’s negligence.   , 2021
  • Genovese v. Doe Trucking  As lead plaintiff attorney, Chris Aitken held a trucking company accountable for a horrific semi-truck accident that left one motorist dead and a passenger severely injured. The defendant truck driver fell asleep at the wheel on the freeway, lost control of the rig, and collided with the plaintiff’s car which was parked on the shoulder with its hazard lights flashing. Gregory Ashe was standing in front of the sedan off the roadway, waiting for help while his friend, Matthew Genovese remained in the vehicle. The violent collision pushed the sedan into the middle of the freeway and crushed the entire back half of the vehicle. Mr. Ashe was killed following the severe impact. Litigation required unraveling the trucking company’s insurance scheme which involved the defendant wrongfully claiming its employees was an independent contractor.  Chris secured a $6 million settlement on behalf of the decedent’s widow Christina Fu and his parents, Michael and Kathy Ashe. , 2019
  • Morales. v. Doe Industrial Plant   In a high-profile case involving a welding contractor who was blamed for his injuries in an industrial plant explosion, Chris Aitken obtained a $17.5 million settlement against the industrial plant owner. The plaintiff, Adam Morales was hired to perform routine welding on an industrial storage tank containing cutback asphalt. During the welding process, Morales made a circular cut into the storage tank which triggered a steam explosion that blew open the top of the storage tank, threw the plaintiff 30 feet to the ground below, and caused Morales catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care. Initially, the defendant blamed Morales for the incident claiming he directed plant employees to increase steam into the storage tanks during his welding operations. The plaintiff denied giving those instructions and no evidence supported that claim. Through hard-fought litigation and technical expert testimony, Chris Aitken was able to establish the defendant left combustible product in the storage tank for more than three decades creating a causative factor in the steam explosion.  , 2019
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Office Location for Christopher R. Aitken

3 MacArthur Place
Suite 800
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Phone: 714-434-1424

Fax: 714-434-3600

Last Updated: 5/20/2022

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