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Chain | Cohn | Stiles participates in community ‘Real Talk’ discussions focused on race relations in America

Following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, and the nationwide protests that followed, Bakersfield College aimed to bring us all together. With the help of local media personality Danny Morrison, the college organized a full week of conversations, events, and celebrations for Juneteenth, a commemoration of the ending of slavery in the ...
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Bakersfield 2020 virtual ‘Walk Like MADD’ – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – aims to raise funds to combat impaired driving during pandemic

To register for the 2020 Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash, click here. Like many nonprofits, MADD Kern County has severely been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, losing a large percentage of funding intended to fight against impaired driving in our community. In fact, MADD California has lost over 80% of annual revenue, forcing ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Chad Boyles earns two awards for young professionals

One thing is for sure: Chad Boyles, personal injury lawyer with Chain | Cohn | Stiles, is someone we should all be watching. Boyles has recently been selected for inclusion in two listings awarded to young professionals: the Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list, and also in Bakersfield Life Magazine’s annual “20 Under ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles files lawsuit in the case of Wasco High coach convicted of sexual misconduct with student

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has filed a lawsuit against the Wasco Union High School District on behalf of a student who was the victim of sexual misconduct by an assistant football coach at the high school. Miguel Nicholas Saldana pleaded no contest to sending sexually explicit messages to the student, was sentenced to six ...
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MADD Kern County awards ceremony, sponsored by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, honor locals fighting against DUI crimes

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Kern County recently recognized and honored our local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other community members for their valiant efforts in helping stop DUI crimes during the past year. Chain | Cohn | Stiles was proud to be a key organizer, sponsor, and supporter of this event. The 2020 MADD ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles awards 11 drivers education scholarships in new ‘Guided Partners in Safety’ (GPS) program

The Law Office of Chain | Cohn | Stiles has awarded 11 drivers education scholarships as part of the new “Guided Partners in Safety (GPS) Scholarship” program. The scholarships program aims to support a new generation of teen drivers, build guided partners in safety, and help pay for student driver’s education training, while keeping safety ...
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Reward offered for information leading to the arrest in July 22 fatal hit-and-run crash

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect responsible for the July 22 hit-and-run crash near CSU Bakersfield that killed 65-year-old Deborah Ann Geneau. Chain | Cohn | Stiles and family of Deborah Ann Geneau is offering a $2,500 reward to the person who helps identify the driver ...
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Tips for a safe summer road trip during the pandemic

Summer vacation may look different for you and your family this year. Many people are deciding on a summer road trip instead to flying to a vacation destination. In fact, U.S. air travel has dropped more than 70% compared to this time last year, according to reports. But before you hit the road, there are ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney, partner Beatriz Trejo named to 2020 Super Lawyers ‘Rising Stars’ list

Beatriz A. Trejo, a partner with the law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles who focuses on workers’ compensation cases, has been named to the 2020 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. This is Trejo’s second year of earning the “Rising Stars” distinction, which is granted to just 2.5 percent ...
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Awards give Chain | Cohn | Stiles ‘world-class’ law firm, attorneys designations (Bakersfield Life Magazine)

Editor’s Note: Chain | Cohn | Stiles was featured in the July “Top Attorneys” issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine. As the magazine stated in the issue:  “Requiring the services of an attorney often comes during a time of need. Bakersfield houses some of the best law professionals around. These attorneys specialize in a range of fields, ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles resolves Nancy Garrett wrongful death case, the last in a series of fatal crashes involving Kern County Sheriff’s personnel

Chain | Cohn | Stiles has resolved a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of 72-year-old Nancy Joyce Garrett, who was killed when a Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputy struck and killed her in September 2014 while in his patrol car. The family settled the lawsuit against the County of Kern for $2.5 ...
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Fireworks Safety: Don’t let home celebrations this Fourth of July turn to tragedy (or a fine)

As COVID-19 continues to spread locally and statewide regulations block public gatherings, officials are putting a halt to large fireworks shows this Fourth of July, leading many to celebrate at home. And while lighting fireworks in your own yard might seem festive and fun, it’s important to celebrate our nation’s Independence safely, so your holiday ...
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Feeling the Kern County heat? Here’s a safety guide to avoid heat-related illnesses.

The heat has arrived in Kern County, and the extreme triple digit weather is not going anywhere any time soon. As the temperatures rise above 100 degrees, Chain | Cohn | Stiles reminds local residents to take extra care to avoid heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. In fact, more than 600 people in ...
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‘America’s deadliest police’ title hangs over Kern County as protests continue against law enforcement brutality

As protests against police brutality continue throughout Kern County, the United States, and the world, Chain | Cohn | Stiles would like to revisit this issue that has been brought up time and time again in our own community. In fact, it was five years ago that The Guardian — a renowned British national daily newspaper that also ...
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Elder abuse and neglect awareness is more important now than ever

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and there is not a more important time than now to protect and be mindful of our most vulnerable citizens. Senior residents have been especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those in nursing and care facilities. As of June, more than 25,000 residents died and 60,000 were infected ...
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During pandemic, auto crashes are down throughout California, but not in Bakersfield-Kern County

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, including driving habits. In fact, traffic volume is down throughout California’s roadways, which has resulted in fewer collisions and arrests for driving under the influence across the state. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Bakersfield and Kern County. While California saw an 88% reduction ...
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Electrical Safety: Take these precautions to reduce injury risks at home and work

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and a time to raise awareness on steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss — at work and at home. Did you know that the United States sees nearly 200 electrical-related fatalities per year, according to Occupational Safety and ...
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More bicycles are on our roadways during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more accidents (how to stay safe)

With the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis restricting much of everyday life, limiting movement to essential trips for food and medicine and a daily outings for exercise, bikes have emerged as savior for many. Bicycles have become a welcome tool for this pandemic as a way to quickly get around and get exercise while staying a safe ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney Matt Clark discusses COVID-19 outbreak at local skilled nursing facility, and how to protect loved ones

A local skilled nursing facility is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak affecting staff and residents alike, and Chain | Cohn | Stiles spoke with media on what people can do to protect their loved ones. Kingston Healthcare Center, a skilled nursing facility in southwest Bakersfield, has reported 70 positive cases of the novel coronavirus as of ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles selected into ‘Best Law Firm’ category in 2020 Best of Kern County poll

Each year, Kern County nominates, votes on, and chooses the best restaurants, shops, services and people in our community through The Bakersfield Californian‘s “Best of Kern County” Readers’ Choice Poll. And each year since the category was introduced, Kern County selects Chain | Cohn | Stiles into the “Best Law Firm” category. This year is ...
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Seeking justice, inspiring hope, sharing stories for 2020 ‘Crime Victims’ Rights Week’

This week — April 19-25 — is Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which promotes victims’ rights and services available to crime victims. Locally, the Kern County District Attorney’s Office each year hosts a march, speeches, and vigils to mark the occasion. That, of course, is not possible in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic taking place. But ...
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Dog bite prevention during the pandemic, and beyond

With more people taking walks around their neighborhoods and exercising outdoors to take a break from stay-at-home life during the conoravirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever to be aware of potential dangers while outside. And that includes dangerous dogs or other animals roaming our streets. This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, aimed ...
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New mobile app gives Kern County residents free resources, immediate access to Chain | Cohn | Stiles

More than half a century ago, Chain | Cohn | Stiles pioneered “Group Law Services” to provide quality legal help for working people in Kern County, especially those who belong to local credit unions, labor unions and service organizations. Institutions who partner with the law firm include Alta One Federal Credit Union, California Correctional Peace ...
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How personal injury and workers’ compensation systems work together

Note: Veteran workers’ compensation attorney James Yoro recently spoke at the Kern County Paralegal Association luncheon about the relationship between workers’ compensation law and personal injury law. Chain | Cohn | Stiles law firm focuses on only personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Below is a portion of Yoro’s presentation. ——— If you have been ...
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Coronavirus and the workplace: Benefits available to help impacted workers in California

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to affect all aspects of everyday life in our country, including workplaces. Businesses across the United States have temporarily closed or asked employees to work from home to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. In Kern County, many are still being asked to go to work, while other workers ...
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New state Assembly Bill targets street racing, increasing penalties for dangerous activity

Outrage had been building in Bakersfield over widespread incidents of street racing, and it reached a boiling point after an alleged street racing crash killed a Bakersfield woman and injured two children riding with her in a minivan. The issue hits close to home for Chain | Cohn | Stiles, which is representing one of ...
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Pedestrian deaths reach 30-year high in the U.S. with California, Kern County seeing alarming accident rates

Pedestrian deaths in the United States have hit a 30-year high, according to new data, and California is seeing a jump in death rates that are well above national averages. In fact, pedestrian deaths in California jumped 12% in the first half of last year, well above the national average increase of 3%, according to ...
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‘Judicial emergency’ results in lack of justice for Kern County residents

The Central Valley’s federal district court has instituted a “judicial emergency” order due to a shortage of judges, and thousands of Kern County residents — including clients of Chain | Cohn | Stiles — are being left with a feeling of injustice. Federal Judge Dale A. Drozd of the U.S. Eastern District Court of California, ...
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BTuff Magazine Interview: Attorney Matt Clark and the importance of Kern County’s oil industry

To say the gas and petroleum industries are important for Kern County is an understatement. In fact, California produces more oil than all but three other states (Texas, North Dakota and Alaska), and Kern County is responsible for more than 80 percent of California’s oil production, according to a Duke University study. So as proposed ...
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California ranked 4th worst state to drive in the United States, according to report

Have you had a bad driving experience lately? Well, you may not be alone. California has been named the fourth worst state to drive in the United States, according to a new report from WalletHub, a personal finance and information website. WalletHub compared driving experiences across all 50 states to help drivers identify the states ...
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New state law gives sexual assault, abuse victims more time to seek justice

The new year brings with it a new law in California allowing victims of childhood sexual assault more time to file lawsuits, and seek justice. Assembly Bill 218 gives victims of childhood sexual abuse either until age 40 or five years from discovery of the abuse to file civil lawsuits. The previous limit had been ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles launches unique scholarship to support a new generation of young drivers in Kern County

The application period for the scholarship has ended. Please tune in to chainlaw.com in January 2021 for more scholarship opportunities. El período para aplicar para la beca ha terminado. Visite abogadosenbakersfield.com en Enero 2021 para más oportunidades de becas. ——— Chain | Cohn | Stiles launches unique scholarship to support a new generation of young ...
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‘Bored in Bakersfield’ show, Chain | Cohn | Stiles visit famous Wool Growers Restaurant

It’s a place where Chain | Cohn | Stiles founder Morris Chain and other attorneys at the law firm dined often. Today, Wool Growers Restaurant continues to be a Basque staple in Bakersfield. In fact, photos of Chain and other veterans of the firm still hang on the restaurant walls, and a sandwich on the ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles names two new law firm partners

For Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the New Year brought about an end, and a beginning. It was the end of the law firm’s 85-year anniversary (Morris Chain founded the firm in 1934), which was commemorated with videos, giveaways, and history-focused media in local publications. Catch up on all the anniversary recognitions at bit.ly/chainlaw85. But ...
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New year, new laws for California drivers, police, bicyclist, and more

The New Year brings new laws to California. For 2020, several new laws will affect roadway safety starting Jan. 1, including increased distracted driving penalties, peace officer use of deadly force, bicycle turning movements at intersections, wildlife salvage permits, and motor carrier permit rules. The following laws are relevant for Chain | Cohn | Stiles ...
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Holiday season a time for giving (and some local organizations you can support, too)

♫ “It’s the most charitable time of the year” ♫ The holidays are a time for giving. In fact, about 34 percent of all charitable giving is done in the last three months of the year, and of those donations, about 18 percent are given in December alone. Nonprofits that benefit the most from the ...
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How a legendary local lawyer helped a young man in need, who then paid him back 60 years later

Over its 85-year history, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has seen and heard countless inspirational stories from the people of Kern County, who visit the law office for assistance during what is typically their time of greatest need. The story of Kenneth Cannon is no different. Back in 2015, 87-year-old Cannon visited the law office ...
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Driving in drizzle: 12 tips for navigating safely in the rain (Rule 1: slow down!)

With rain making its way into the Central Valley, the rich soil is getting a vital ingredient that helps grow the crops to feed our country. But, the water sprinkles are also landing on our roadways, creating dangerous driving conditions. Rain is directly associated with higher accident rates. In fact, out of the nearly 6 ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorney awarded MADD Southern California ‘Pursuit of Justice Award’

Chain | Cohn | Stiles senior partner and attorney Matt Clark was the recent recipient of the “Pursuit of Justice Award” by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Southern California. Below is the press release announcing the award.  ——— Two Bakersfield-based institutions received awards during Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s 2019 “Tie One On for Safety” Gala Awards ...
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Study: Number of people killed by red light runners hits a 10-year high (and how to prevent crashes)

We all learned the rules as children: green light means go, yellow light means slow, and perhaps most importantly, red means stop. Unfortunately, adults seem to be forgetting that lesson. The number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, according to a study by Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA). ...
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‘Bored in Bakersfield’ show highlights Chain | Cohn | Stiles historic ‘haunted’ building

Downtown Bakersfield is full of history, and the Chain | Cohn | Stiles building in the heart of downtown is no exception. In fact, since 1870, the southwest corner of 18th Street and Chester Avenue in downtown Bakersfield — where the law firm calls home now — has been home to various local businesses including ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles ranked in 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Law Firms’

The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been selected for inclusion in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report. Law firms included in “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for “professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers,” according to U.S. News ...
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‘Real People, Real Results’: Clients reunite with their attorneys to share life-changing experience

For the 85th anniversary of Chain | Cohn | Stiles, we reunited clients with the attorneys who helped them following life-changing accidents, and interviewed them on camera about their experience. The result was a new video series titled “Real People. Real Results.” In the videos, one client provides a testimonial about her experience in hiring ...
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Teen drivers, school buses the focus of safety awareness weeks

Our children’s safety can be one of the most important focuses in our lives, which makes two national observances this week especially vital. This week in the United States we are observing “School Bus Safety Week” and “Teen Driver Safety Week.” Learn safety tips, statistics, and other important information about these observances below. “Our children’s safety ...
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Driving while high on THC? Here’s what you should know

Marijuana today has become mainstream as voters across the United States approve ballot measures for legalization and medical use. In fact, cannabis is now legal for recreational use in 10 states (including California) and the District of Columbia, and nearly three dozen states have cleared the use of medical cannabis. As legalization continues to expand, ...
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News investigation highlights cost of school employee ‘administrative leave’ in Chain | Cohn | Stiles civil lawsuits

In the 2018-2019 school year, the Kern High School District had five employees who faced allegations involving sexually inappropriate behavior, including alleged suspects in Chain | Cohn | Stiles civil lawsuits. Eyewitness News, in an investigation, found that those employees, put on administrative leave while they were being investigated for sex crimes, earned a combined ...
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MADD Kern County’s sixth ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash’ – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – raises $60,000 to fight against DUI crimes

Kern County came together Saturday morning at the Park at River Walk to support victims of DUI crashes, call for an end of drunk and drugged driving, and raise more than $60,000 in the process. The sixth annual Bakersfield Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash – presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles – is ...
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles sponsors scholarships during annual ‘El Grito’ ceremony in downtown Bakersfield

Hundreds came together on Sept. 15 at the Liberty Bell in front of Kern County Superior Court to celebrate the annual “El Grito de Dolores,” a major celebration in Mexico that marks the country’s fight for independence against Spanish rule. The evening included folkloric dancers, mariachi and banda music groups, and a scholarship recognition ceremony ...
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Sixth Bakersfield ‘Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash’ presented by Chain | Cohn | Stiles

Each year, too many innocent people die in Kern County from crashes caused by people who choose to get behind the wheel while under the influence. Those local lives lost – plus hundreds more injured and thousands of friends and families – are affected from this 100 percent preventable crime. In fact, Kern County is ...
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Work injury lawyer James Yoro provides insight for cancer cases involving former refinery workers

Editor’s Note: Chain | Cohn | Stiles workers’ compensation lawyer James Yoro provided advice and legal insight in the local cases involving the Mohawk Refinery in Bakersfield, and workers who may have been exposed to cancer causing materials. Trusts have been set up to distribute fund to those who either worked at or are related ...
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