* Editor’s Note: Neil Gehlawat is no longer an attorney with Chain | Cohn | Stiles *
Matthew Clark and Neil Gehlawat, attorneys and partners with the Bakersfield-based law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, have been named Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine, the publication announced this week.
This is Clark’s fourth straight year earning the “Rising Stars” title, which is awarded to just 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40 in the Southern California region. It’s the first time Gehlawat has been selected.
And with the two Rising Stars Super Lawyers selections, all four partners at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have now been selected as Southern California Super Lawyers.
Attorney David Cohn was chosen as a Super Lawyer for the fifth straight year, and workers’ compensation attorney James Yoro earned the distinction for the first time, the publication announced in January. The Super Lawyers title is also a prestigious honor, awarded to no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the Southern California region based on a high-degree of peer recognition and personal achievement.
“It’s a tremendous honor for all partners in our law firm to be chosen by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine,” said Cohn, managing partner of the law firm. “And we may be the only law firm in Kern County that can say just that. The leaders in this law firm can say they are also leaders in our state’s legal system.”
Every year, the Super Lawyers selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. According to the program, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multi-phase selection process where each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective of the recognition program is “to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.”
Since Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting an attorney, the program limits the lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public.
As part of the honor, those selected are highlighted in issues of Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine alongside other awarded legal professionals. They also receive profiles on superlawyers.com, which you can see by clicking here.
The law firm has also received a resolution from the California Legislature for the honor, presented by Michael Bowers from Sen. Andy Vidak’s Office, and signed by Vidak, Sen. Jean Fuller, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove and Assemblyman Rudy Salas.
Cohn, Clark and Gehlawat all work in Chain | Cohn | Stiles personal injury department, focusing on car accident, oilfield accident, civil rights, wrongful death and other injury and accident cases. Yoro leads the firm’s workers’ compensation* department.
To learn more about each of the attorney and their practice areas, visit chainlaw.com.
- People in Business (The Bakersfield Californian – June 20, 2016)
- People in Business (The Bakersfield Californian – Feb. 1, 2016)
*NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers’ Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in a prison or a fine of up to $150,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.