The first hall of fame selections come as West High School celebrates its 50th year of operation. David Cohn was in the class of 1968 at West High. The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Msgr. Leddy Hall at Garces Memorial High School.
“It’s an honor to be selected to West High’s inaugural hall of fame, especially in light of all of the past outstanding students who graduated from the historic school,” Cohn said.
Below is the West High School hall of fame biography for David Cohn.
David K. Cohn is the managing partner of the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, and is one of the most highly regarded trial lawyers in the San Joaquin Valley.
David grew up in Bakersfield, graduating from West High School in 1968. At West High, David participated on the Norsemen team, playing positions of halfback and defensive end. He also ran the 4 x 100 relay team and the 220 distance.
David went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, and shortly thereafter, he obtained his law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Following graduation, David returned to Bakersfield, joined the now 80-year-old law firm and eventually became its managing partner in 2000.
David was voted “Best Lawyer” in Kern County in the 2015 Bakersfield Californian Readers’ Choice Poll. He has also been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” an honor bestowed upon only the top 5 percent of lawyers in the region.
David is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, where he holds the rank of Associate, and also serves as the vice president for the San Joaquin Valley Chapter. He has also previously served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and as past President of the Kern County Trial Lawyers Association. Recently, he was selected to join the International Society of Barristers, a widely-respected invitation-only group whose aim it is to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system and an independent judiciary.
Outside of his profession, David has served on Board of Directors for Clinica Sierra Vista, and of the City of Bakersfield’s Planning Commission. He was chairman of the Board of Directors for Bakersfield Museum of Art from 2004 to 2005.
Over the course of his career, David has obtained numerous multi-million dollar results on behalf of his clients.
Above all, David is a proud West High School alum. For more on David Cohn, go to www.chainlaw.com.
- 10 to be inducted at inaugural West Hall of Fame ceremony (The Bakersfield Californian) (Newspaper Version)
- West High School Hall of Fame Website