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Darren Aitken

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Top Rated Business Litigation 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: 2005 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004
Licensed in California Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Darren Aitken is a partner at the law firm Aitken Aitken Cohn in Santa Ana, California. A personal injury attorney with over 32 years of legal experience, he represents clients with matters involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, insurance bad faith, commercial torts, product liability and electrical injury.

With a genuine concern for his clients, Mr. Aitken is dedicated to fighting for the rights of his clients who have suffered injuries due to another party’s negligence and carelessness. He understands the psychological, emotional and financial effects of being harmed through no fault of one’s own, and he is a zealous advocate for his clients.

Mr. Aitken received his bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and earned his Juris Doctor from the USC Gould School of Law, where he served as the managing editor of the university’s law review.

Mr. Aitken is a member of the Orange County Bar Association Master’s Division, for which he is the vice president and a board of directors member of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Public Law Center. He has memberships in the Trial Law Institute, the Diversity Law Institute and Laura’s House Golf Committee. He also is a board member of the Constitutional Rights Foundation – Orange County.

In honor of his exceptional legal work, Mr. Aitken has been AV Preeminent* peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell. With a “Superb” rating on Avvo, he is also named to the Best Lawyers list by The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Aitken is the recipient of the Marcus M. Kaufman Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League and The National Trial Lawyers named him to its Top 100 Lawyers. He was named to the list of Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County by the Los Angeles Magazine. He is an ardent speaker and has lectured at many seminars.  

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Business Litigation
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: 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, Motor Vehicle Defects, Bad Faith Insurance, Birth Injury

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2004

About Darren Aitken

First Admitted: 1989, California

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Palm Springs Virtual Seminar, Don’t Be Afraid of the Bench (Is There MAGIC in the Binding Arbitration and Bench Trials in the Times of COVID? COVID Pros and Cons), 2021
  • CAOC Forum, When is the Cable Guy Off the Clock? The ins and outs of the “going and coming” rule, December 2011
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, Navigating the Death of a Party, July 2011
  • CAOC Annual Convention, Making the MOST Out of Your Cases By Developing Punitive Damage Theories, 2016
  • OCBA Scotland Travel Seminar, Lawyers Civility: Why should we care?, 2019
  • HBA Costa Rica, Lawyers Civility: Why should we care?, 2019
  • RCBA Webinar, Minor Details: Tips for Successful Minor’s Comps, Petitions & Hearings, February 2020
  • CAOC Webinar, Successful Minor’s Compromises: Petitions in a Post-COVID World, July 2020
  • OCBA Webinar, The Minor’s Compromise Petition: Getting it Right the First Time, 2020
  • Darren spoke for the CAOC on the topic of "Successful Minor's Compromises: Petitions in a Post-COVID World", Speaker, CAOC, Law, 2020
  • Darren spoke at an RCBA Webinar on the topic of "Minor Details: Tips for Successful Minor's Compromises, Petitions, and Hearings", Speaker, RCBA, Law, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Public Law Center, Board of Directors (1995 – Present)
  • American Red Cross (Orange County Chapter), Board of Directors (2005 – 2009)
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, President (2013 – 2014)
  • Public Law Center, President (2016)
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation – Orange County, Board of Directors (2004 – Present)
  • Laura’s House, Golf Committee Member (2014 – Present)
  • Diversity Law Institute, Member
  • Trial Law Institute, Member

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Orange County Bar Association Master’s Division (2016 – Present) (currently vice-president)
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, President (1998)
  • Celtic Bar Association of Orange County, Founding President (2001 – 2002)
  • Orange County Bar Association, Product Liability Section Co-Chair (2003 – 2007)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County, President (2011)
  • Orange County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2006 – 2012)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Board of Directors (2009 – Present)
  • CAOC, Board of Directors (2009-present)
  • Public Law Center, Board of Directors (1995-2020), Former President of Board, 2021
  • OCBA Master's Division - Chair of Board, 2021
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation - Orange County, Board of Directors (2004-present), Former President of Board, 2021

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Gutierrez vs. The United States
  • Rothman v. Jackson
  • Boicourt v. Amex Assurance Co.

Honors/Awards

  • Top Gun–Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers, 2008
  • New Star, Lawdragon Magazine (2006)
  • 3000 Leading Plaintiffs Lawyers in America, Lawdragon Magazine (2007)
  • Southern California Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2004)
  • Top Gun-Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (2008)
  • Learned Hand Community Service Award, AJC (2010)
  • Top 5 Personal Injury Lawyers in Orange County, OC Metro Magazine/AVVO (2010)
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California (2010, 2011)
  • Southern California Top 100 Attorneys, Super Lawyers Magazine (2013)
  • Product Liability Lawyer of the Year, Orange County, Best Lawyers Magazine (2014)
  • Consumer Attorney of Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California (2014)
  • Top 50 Orange County Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2007-2016)
  • Top 50 in Orange County Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers (2007-2020)
  • Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers (2005-2021)
  • AVVO Rated Certified Lawyer, AVVO, 2015-2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated - Preeminent Peer Review, 2016-2021
  • Super Lawyers, Law & Politics, Inc., 2005 through 2021
  • Marcus M. Kaufman Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League, 2020
  • Top 50 Attorneys in Orange County, Los Angeles Magazine, 2019
  • Top Lawyers of the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Magazine (2016)
  • Top 100 Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers (2016)
  • Attorney of the Year, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (2016)
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Office Location for Darren Aitken

3 MacArthur Place
Suite 800
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Phone: 714-434-1424

Fax: 714-434-3600

Last Updated: 5/18/2022

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