Arrest Made In Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash Following 9-Month Investigation, Chain | Cohn | Stiles Reward Offer

May 12, 2021 | 5:00 am


A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing the fatal hit-and-run crash last year that killed 65-year-old Deborah Ann Geneau, a case in which Chain | Cohn | Stiles and the Geneau family offered a reward.

Stephanie Heninger was arrested and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit-and-run charges connected to the July 22 crash near CSU Bakersfield. The family of Deborah Geneau and Bakersfield law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles had offered a reward to $7,500 for the person who helped identify the driver of a 2013-2019 dark gray Nissan Sentra that was suspected of causing the crash on Stockdale Highway near Don Hart Drive. That vehicle turned into the bike path parking area across from CSUB immediately after the collision, police said. It had driver’s side damage.

Police learned through GPS location data that Heninger had been at the scene of the crash, according to a probable cause declaration reported by KGET-17. Police also obtained a statement from Heninger confirming she was the driver who left the scene, according to reports.

The vehicle in the incident was seized in Riverside County, Bakersfield Police reported. While police received several tips, police investigations ultimately led to the arrest. The court case is ongoing.

“On behalf of the Geneau family, I want to extend their sincerest thank you to Bakersfield Police Department, and especially Officer Chad Ott,” said Chain | Cohn | Stiles lawyer Matt Clark, the Geneau family’s attorney. “It is a direct result of Officer Ott’s persistence and tenaciousness that a suspect has been brought to justice.”

After Bakersfield Police Department completed its report into the crash, which was 165-pages long, officers recommended felony charges against the driver, including hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter, and unsafe lane change. Chain | Cohn | Stiles has filed lawsuits on behalf of the Geneau family against two other driver’s involved in the fatal crash. Both of those drivers were also speeding 10-15 mph above the 55 mph speed limit at the time of the collision, according to police.

Bakersfield Police Department released a video of surveillance camera angles. The angles included traffic cameras and footage from a Golden Empire Transportation bus that was in the vicinity of the crash.

At a previous press conference in July 2020 at Chain | Cohn | Stiles, husband Rick Geneau, husband of Debbie, and their daughter Dawn, shared about their loss, and pleaded with the driver who caused the collision to turn him or herself in. Rick met Debbie met when they were both 14 years old. At the time of Debbie’s death, they had had been married for 45 years.

Dawn Elliott told media she feels she’s had to take on her mother’s role and be the strength of the family during this time.

“You’ve not only taken my mom’s life, you’ve taken a piece of all of our lives.”

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If you or someone you know is injured in an accident at the fault of someone else, or injured on the job no matter whose fault it is, contact the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles by calling (661) 323-4000, or fill out a free consultation form at chainlaw.com.

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Holiday giving tips during this pandemic year of need

December 16, 2020 | 5:00 am


The holidays are a time for giving, and it’s needed now more than ever.

Traditionally, about one-third of all charitable giving is done in the last three months of the year, and of those donations, nearly 20 percent are given in December alone. But the end of this long, difficult year has seen millions of Americans unemployed and struggling to get food on the table. For those who are able, you may feel moved to be extra generous this holiday season.

For the Bakersfield-based injury and accident law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the law firm, its attorneys and staff supported dozens of worthy causes, nonprofits and charitable organizations throughout Kern County during the year.

“Kern County is the home of our law firm, but it is also the home of our clients, friends, and families,” said managing partner David Cohn. “It’s important we all come together to help our neighbors, especially during this pandemic year.”

As we enter the holidays and near the New Year, Chain | Cohn | Stiles would like to recommend local causes and nonprofits you may consider supporting, as well as provide some giving tips, courtesy of Charity Navigator, at the bottom of this article. For a full list of causes supported by the law firm, visit our “Community” page at chainlaw.com.

  • The Hub of Bakersfield: The local nonprofit is committed to redefining and revitalizing Bakersfield’s urban core through various programs, events, and projects. As part of the nonprofit, the new Bakersfield Innovation Lab is a 10-month program where a select group of participants, who are passionate about the place they call home, come together to develop an impactful project to make the greater downtown Bakersfield area a more desirable place to live, work and be for all. Why is this relevant for Chain | Cohn | Stiles? Well, associate attorney Tanya Alsheikh was part of the inaugural Innovation Lab class, and marketing director Jorge Barrientos is a program facilitator and a member of the board of directors for The Hub! Not to mention, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has called downtown Bakersfield home for 85 years, so this is an important program. Learn more about Hub of Bakersfield and the Innovation Lab at thehubofbakersfield.org.
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art: Year-round, Chain | Cohn | Stiles supports the local art museum and its educational programs.
  • Bike Bakersfield: This nonprofit is a local bicycle advocacy coalition providing family friendly bike rides, bicycle safety education, and bike repair. In particular, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has partnered with Bike Bakersfield as part of its mission to reduce the number of accidents in our community, giving away hundreds of free bicycle lights and safety helmets throughout Kern County through “Project Light Up The Night”.
  • Bakersfield Homeless Center: Efforts by City of Bakersfield and Kern County to tackle the issue homelessness are underway. To help, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has donated $10,000 to the Bakersfield Homeless Center’s job skills training program and street cleaning team. The program helps homeless center residents move forward with their lives while making a difference in our community. The program is designed to be a transitional program, where participants gain real-world skills, build confidence, and develop experience to find long-term employment.
  • MADD Kern County: Since 2009, our community has seen at least 4,000 DUI arrests made each year, with nearly 4,400 DUI arrests in 2018, according to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. That’s 12 DUI arrests per day. For the rate of DUI-related fatal collisions per 100,000 people, Kern County ranks highest in the state and second highest in the nation. Each year in Kern County, dozens of innocent lives are lost – plus hundreds more injured and thousands of friends and families affected – from this 100 percent preventable crime. We can all play a part to help make sure our streets are safe. Chain | Cohn | Stiles for many years has partnered with MADD Kern County to combat DUI crashes. Attorney Matt Clark sits on the MADD Kern County Advisory Board, regularly speaks to DUI offenders during the MADD Victim Impact Panels, and is the recent recipient of the “Pursuit of Justice” Award by MADD Southern California. Law firm marketing director Jorge Barrientos is the planning committee chairman for the annual “Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash“, in which the firm is presenting sponsor.
  • Valley Fever: California experiences more than 2,000 new cases of Valley Fever each year, and most were reported in the southern Central Valley regions of Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties. Chain | Cohn | Stiles along with California health officials warn people about Valley Fever year-round.
  • Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: The law firm sponsors several Hispanic chamber events throughout the year, which support local businesses, bring cultural awareness, and raise funds for scholarships, among other things.
  • California Highway Patrol CHiPs for Tips: The fundraiser supports the California Association of Highway Patrolmen Widows and Orphans Trust Fund, which goes toward to families when a loved one is killed in or off the line of duty.
  • CSU Bakersfield Alumni Association: The association’s annual event raises funds for alumni scholarships, membership outreach, and mentoring opportunities for current CSUB students. Attorneys Beatriz Trejo and Chad Boyles are alumni of CSUB, and Boyles is a member of the alumni association’s board of directors.

 

Giving Tips

  • Before you give to any charity, examine the charity’s finances. Make sure the group is a financially healthy organization, sustainable, accountable and transparent. Look for signs of effectiveness. The charity’s ability to bring about meaningful change is the key reason for their existence and for your donation. These websites will help you check on your charity:
  • Give to an organization that matches your beliefs and goals. There is a charity out there that matches your intentions. Take the time to find it and confirm it offers the programs and services that match your charitable interests.
  • Take the time to research your charity so that you can trust them, and then give an unrestricted gift so the charity has the flexibility to respond to changing demands for its services and to spend the money where it is most needed to continue their day-to-day good work. Don’t put strings on your gift.
  • If you gave earlier in the year to an organization helping in a disaster, go back to that organization and give more. Much of the need from any disaster comes later, during the recovery period.
  • Giving before the year’s end can get you a tax break. Check with your tax planner to see if you’ll benefit. This year, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, taxpayers who take the standard deduction are allowed an additional deduction of up to $300 for charitable donations made in cash.

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Join Chain | Cohn | Stiles to give back this holiday season, and throughout the year

December 21, 2016 | 9:27 am


This time of the year, one can’t help but think about life’s blessings, and perhaps also keep in mind those less fortunate, and those in need. It’s no wonder our nation sees the most charitable giving of the year during the holiday season.

For Bakersfield-based injury and accident law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the holiday season is not the only time of year for giving. In 2016, the law firm and its partners and attorneys supported dozens of worthy causes, nonprofits and charitable organizations throughout Bakersfield.

Why? Kern County is the hometown for nearly all of the attorneys and staff.

“It’s important to give back, support, and help our neighbors in need,” said managing partner David Cohn.

As we enter the holidays and near the New Year, Chain | Cohn | Stiles would like to recommend local causes and nonprofits you may consider supporting, as well as provide some giving tips, courtesy of Charity Navigator.

 

Kern County Giving

Here are just a few of the causes Chain | Cohn | Stiles donated toward in 2016, and you can, too. For a full list of causes supported by the law firm, visit our “Community” page at chainlaw.com.

  • Fog Run: The annual Fog Run by the Probation Auxiliary County of Kern will takes place in 2017 on Jan. 7, at Lake Ming and benefits local victims of violent crimes, and to help at-risk youth turn their lives around.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County: Chain | Cohn | Stiles is a major sponsors and organizer of the group’s annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K, aimed to raise awareness in our community of the effect of drinking and driving, raise funds to stop drunken driving and underage drinking locally, and provide support to victims and survivors of drunk driving crashes.
  • Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: The law firm sponsors several Hispanic chamber events throughout the year, which support local businesses, bring cultural awareness, and raise funds for scholarships, among other things.
  • Brain Injury Association of California: The annual Walk for Brain Injury aims to raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries throughout Bakersfield and Kern County.
  • Philippine Weekend: The annual cultural celebration in Delano highlights history and the heritage of the Philippines, and raises funds for causes in Delano. Attorney James Yoro, who is of Filipino descent, participates each year in weekend activities.
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art: Year-round, Chain | Cohn | Stiles supports the local art museum and its educational programs.
  • Bike Bakersfield: The law firm partners with this bicycle advocacy group each year to try to make our roads safer for drivers and bicyclists alike. Last year, the law firm donated hundreds of safety helmets to local residents. This year, the law firm donated bicycle lights to be handed out for free to local bicyclists.
  • San Joaquin Community Hospital Burn Center: For years, the firm has supported the center that provides care to local burn victims.
  • California Highway Patrol CHiPs for Tips: The fundraiser supports the California Association of Highway Patrolmen Widows and Orphans Trust Fund, which goes toward to families when a loved one is killed in or off the line of duty.
  • CSU Bakersfield Alumni Association: The association’s annual event raises funds for alumni scholarships, membership outreach, and mentoring opportunities for current CSUB students. Attorneys Beatriz Trejo and Chad Boyles are alumni of CSUB, and Boyles is a member of the alumni association’s board of directors.
  • Bakersfield Active 20-30 Club: The local group of young philanthropists organizes several events that support local children’s charities, including Christmas Experience for families in need, and Childspree back-to-school shopping.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime: This group aims to empower crime victims, and helps them fight against these crimes in civil court.
  • India Association of San Joaquin Valley: This association helps support the local Indian community and causes.

 

Giving Tips

  • Before you give to any charity, examine the charity’s finances. Make sure the group is a financially healthy organization, sustainable, accountable and transparent. Look for signs of effectiveness. The charity’s ability to bring about meaningful change is the key reason for their existence and for your donation. These websites will help you check on your charity:
  • Give to an organization that matches your beliefs and goals. There is a charity out there that matches your intentions. Take the time to find it and confirm it offers the programs and services that match your charitable interests.
  • Take the time to research your charity so that you can trust them, and then give an unrestricted gift so the charity has the flexibility to respond to changing demands for its services and to spend the money where it is most needed to continue their day-to-day good work. Don’t put strings on your gift.
  • If you gave earlier in the year to an organization helping in a disaster, go back to that organization and give more. Much of the need from any disaster comes later, during the recovery period.
  • Giving before the year’s end can get you a tax break. Check with your tax planner to see if you’ll benefit.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles gives back in October for scholarships, local nonprofits, cancer fight, more

October 19, 2016 | 8:49 am


So far this month, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has taken part in and supported several local programs that raise awareness of issues in our community, and raise funds to help our neighbors in need.

They include:

  • Tips for CHiPs: California Highway Patrol hosted its seventh “Tips for CHiPs” luncheon fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Outback Steakhouse in Bakersfield, with Chain | Cohn | Stiles is serving as a gold sponsor. The fundraiser benefits the California Association of Highway Patrolmen Widows and Orphans Trust Fund, which helps families whose loved ones are killed in or off the line of duty. The fund is organized by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, a nonprofit that represents about 11,000 active and retired CHP officers, and is dedicated to assisting families of CHP officers. The event raised more than $31,000 this year.
  • Kern County Cancer RunUnfortunately, the Chain | Cohn | Stiles extended family knows too well the effects of cancer in our community. But we were proud to join CBCC Foundation for Community Wellness at the Kern County Cancer Run on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Yokuts Park, aimed to raise funds and awareness, and to encourage our community to support local cancer patients.

And the month of giving back isn’t over for Chain | Cohn | Stiles. Here are a few more upcoming events and programs that you can join in supporting, too, and hopefully will make a big difference in our own community:

  • CSU Bakersfield Alumni Association’s Party in the Park: Funds raised for this annual party — held Friday, Oct. 21, at the CSUB Alumni Park — go toward alumni scholarships, membership outreach, and mentoring opportunities for current CSUB students. Three Chain | Cohn | Stiles associates are alumni of CSUB: Chad Boyles, Beatriz Trejo, and Felicia Schoepfer-Altmiller. Boyles is a member of the CSUB Alumni Association Board of Directors. For more information on the event, click here.
  • Olivia’s Heart Project Heart of Gold Gala: The vision of Olivia’s Heart Project is to increase awareness and prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in children and young adults through community heart screenings, education and increased accessibility to life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The gala, which Chain | Cohn | Stiles, is sponsoring, will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at Four Points Sheraton.
  • American Cancer Society’s Valley of Hope: Chain | Cohn | Stiles is serving as a “Supporting Sponsor” for this event that is aimed to finish the fight against cancer. Proceeds help local cancer patients stay well and get well, and find cures. The event is on Saturday, Oct. 22, at a private residence. For more information, click here.
  • American Heart Association Heart & Stroke Walk: The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers — heart disease and stroke. The Oct. 22 event is designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living.
  • Steve Alvidrez Scholarship Poker Tournament: The annual poker tournament raises money for scholarships for students majoring in criminology or going into law enforcement in honor of former Kern High School District Chief of Police Steven V. Alvidrez, who was killed after being hit while on his motorcycle by a drunk driver.
  • Barbell for Boobs: Inspired by athletes everywhere, the nonprofit is dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women and men under the age of 40. Locally, athletes will come together in an exercise event on Oct. 29, at KC Crossfit.

Outside of the work we do for injured victims, through community involvement, our law firm also supports a number of local organizations. See a full list of recent contributions and community involvement here.

Make the season of giving a year-round endeavor

December 16, 2015 | 10:32 am


For many, December is a time of giving. But for Chain | Cohn | Stiles, giving isn’t limited to the one month.

In fact, the law firm has donated, supported and participated in dozens of Bakersfield and Kern County causes throughout 2015. As we approach the end of 2015 and look ahead to the New Year, please consider donating and supporting the following law firm-sponsored causes and nonprofit organizations:

  • Fog Run: The 27th Fog Run by the Probation Auxiliary County of Kern will take place on Jan. 9, 2016, and benefits local victims of violent crimes, and to help at-risk youth turn their lives around.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County: Chain | Cohn | Stiles is a major sponsors and organizer of the group’s annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K, aimed to raise awareness in our community of the effect of drinking and driving, raise funds to stop drunken driving and underage drinking locally, and provide support to victims and survivors of drunk driving crashes.
  • Bakersfield Crush: A 10 and under competitive club baseball team in Kern County.
  • Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: The law firm sponsors several KCHCC events per year that support local business and raise funds for scholarships.
  • Brain Injury Association of California: The annual Walk for Brain Injury aims to raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries throughout Bakersfield and Kern County.
  • Kern County Corporate Challenge / League of Dreams: Chain | Cohn | Stiles takes part in the annual Olympic-style, business-versus-business competition that benefits League of Dreams, a free Kern County sports league for children with disabilities.
  • Walk for Justice: The walk aims to speak out against local cases of police misconduct, wrongful death and civil rights violations.
  • Bakersfield West Rotary Cioppino Feed: The annual fundraiser benefits the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Bakersfield West Rotary Breast Cancer Fund at San Joaquin Community Hospital, the Bakersfield West Rotary Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.
  • Philippine Weekend: The annual celebration in Delano highlights cultural history and the heritage of the Philippines, and raises funds for goodwill in Delano. Attorney James Yoro is an active participant.
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art: Year-round, Chain | Cohn | Stiles supports the local art museum and its educational programs.
  • Bike Bakersfield: The law firm partners with this bicycle advocacy group to give safety helmets to children in need.
  • U.S. Army All-Star Bowl: The Kern County all-star football game helps support local athletics.
  • Kern County Bar Association: Law firm attorneys are members of this group. The foundation provides an outlet for charitable giving which will recognize, promote, and encourage professionalism, equal access to justice and public awareness of the role of judges and lawyers in our community.
  • North of the River Chamber of Commerce: The law firm supports several NOR Chamber events that support local businesses and supports local charities.
  • Downtown Business Association: The group provides support to downtown Bakersfield businesses, and in a new Downtown Clean Team project — supported by Chain | Cohn | Stiles — provides jobs to homeless center residents while keeping our town clean.
  • San Joaquin Community Hospital, Grossman Burn Center: For years, the firm has supported the center that provides care to local burn victims. You can find attorney Matt Clark manning a grill during the annual 5 Alarm BBQ fundraiser.
  • Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation: This nonprofit service is dedicated to assisting burn survivors and assuring the best possible burn care is provided to our community.
  • Optimal Hospice Care, Golf in the Sun and Under the Stars: The group’s annual tournament raises money for the Optimal Hospice Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes activities aimed to ensure that hospice care and other compassionate programs are available for families facing a life-limiting illness, with particular emphasis on the under-insured or uninsured population.
  • New Advances for People with Disabilities: The local nonprofit provides critical services to some of the most vulnerable residents in Kern County.
  • California Applicants Attorneys Association: The group strives to help attorneys fighting to help those with work-related injuries.
  • Nathan’s Army 5K: The annual race aims to raise awareness and fight against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma — DIPG for short.
  • California Highway Patrol CHiPs for Tips: The fundraiser supports the California Association of Highway Patrolmen Widows and Orphans Trust Fund, which goes toward to families when a loved one is killed in or off the line of duty.
  • CSU Bakersfield Alumni Association Party in the Park: The association’s annual event raises funds for alumni scholarships, membership outreach, and mentoring opportunities for current CSUB students. Attorneys Beatriz Trejo and Chad Boyles are alumni of CSUB.
  • Bakersfield Active 20-30 Club: The local group of young philanthropists puts on several annual events that support local children’s charities, including Christmas Experience and Childspree.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County: This well-known group enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
  • Latina Leaders of Kern County: Our attorneys our members of this group that fosters leadership, identifies and develops opportunities for Latinas, and influences key issues affecting our community.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime: This group aims to empower crime victims, and helps them fight against these crimes in civil court.
  • India Association of San Joaquin Valley: The group helps support the local Indian community.

This list does not include all nonprofits, organizations and fundraising events supported by Chain | Cohn | Stiles. For more on the law firm’s community work, click here.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles takes underprivileged children back-to-school shopping in ‘Childspree’ for second year

August 4, 2015 | 11:11 am


The start of the 2015-16 school year for most students throughout Bakersfield and Kern County is right around the corner.

But for some underprivileged students in the San Joaquin Valley, they are not able to participate in the joys of back-to-school shopping. For those students, they are denied the opportunity to buy new clothes and school supplies at the start of each new school year.

The Bakersfield personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles partnered once again with Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield to sponsor underprivileged children in the annual “Childspree” back-to-school shopping program. The program allows sponsors to ease the mind of more than 200 local students with a morning of shopping at both Kohl’s department stores in Bakersfield, this year held on Aug. 1. Each child is also given a new backpack filled with new school supplies, along with a $100 Kohl’s gift card to buy new clothes.

Ten employees from Chain | Cohn | Stiles volunteered for this year’s Childspree, accompanying children of various ages through Kohl’s to help them choose new shoes and clothes. This was the second year in a row that Chain | Cohn | Stiles took part in the nonprofit program.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles volunteers included workers’ compensation attorney James Yoro, with his family.

“Many families in Kern County unfortunately don’t have the means to provide new clothes to their children for the new school year,” said Yoro, a partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “If we can ease the burden for at least some local children by providing them with new clothes for school, we’re happy to help. We understand that for many of them, this will be their only new clothes for the year.”

Other groups involved in Childspree include Bakersfield Rotary, CASA of Kern County, Community Connection for Child Care, California Youth Connection Kern County, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.

Founded in 1928, the Active 20-30 Cub of Bakersfield is part of a national nonprofit group with the main goal of “providing young adults the opportunity for personal growth, friendship and leadership development, while improving the quality of life for the children of Kern County.” Each branch of the club raises funds for underprivileged children in their community. In addition to Childspree, the Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield hosts other community events the Christmas Experience, which provides gifts to underprivileged families throughout Kern County.

For more information on Childspree and other Active 20-30 Club programs, go to www.active2030.org. And to view other community involvement efforts by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the Community page here.

— By Jessica Magee for Chain | Cohn | Stiles

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Chain | Cohn | Stiles and friends raise funds for League of Dreams sports program for special needs children

June 3, 2015 | 8:16 am


The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, with the help of several friends of the firm, helped raise more than $2,000 for The League of Dreams as part of the 2015 Kern County Corporate Challenge.

Chain | Cohn | Stiles recently finished taking part in the Corporate Challenge, an Olympic-style, business-versus-business competition that benefits a local charity, League of Dreams. For six weeks, local companies competed against each other in a dozen athletic and non-athletic games including softball, dodge ball, poker, laser tag, and bowling. Companies fundraised for League of Dreams, which is a free Kern County sports league for children with disabilities.

Among those who graciously donated toward The League of Dreams on behalf of Chain | Cohn | Stiles are as follows:

  • eMedia Marketing Solutions: Erin Henderson is the owner if this Bakersfield-based marketing agency.
  • Dr. Lawrence Miller, MD: Dr. Miller’s runs a international pain management practice with offices in Beverly Hills, Long Beach and Santa Ana.
  • O’Leary’s Office Products: A one-stop source for janitorial, break room and office supply needs, O’Leary’s  is locally owned and operated with more than 20 years of experience serving Kern County businesses.
  • Bob Montgomery Insurance Services: Bob Montgomery provides auto, home, business and commercial insurance services throughout Bakersfield.
  • Atlas Settlement Group, Inc.: This structured settlement insurance agency is comprised of leading professionals located throughout the country, focusing on structured annuities.
  • Quantum Data Systems, Inc.: Quantum provides IT support to a variety of businesses including network administration, desktop support, security, remote computing and database administration.
  • Keleher’s Certified Shorthand Reporters: This family-owned business of court reporters has served Southern San Joaquin Valley since 1952.

League of Dreams representatives says it costs $40 per special needs child per season to take part in the sports league. The participant’s parents and guardians, who are responsible for medical care needed for their children, would not be able to afford for their children to take part without the support of sponsors, like the ones above. Without these sponsors, the league would not be possible.

The mission of the League of Dreams is to work towards fulfillment of its motto, “Every child should have the chance to play!”

Corporate Challenge Recap

Chain | Cohn | Stiles competed against several companies — GAF, Paramount Citrus, In-Shape Fitness, Worklogic, Cameron and  AT&T — in laser tag, poker, horseshoes and dodgeball. To get the law firm excited about the competition, attorneys Matt Clark and Neil Gehlawat starred in a video about the Kern County Corporate Challenge. The 80s-style video stars the two as they get ready for the challenge. You can watch the video by clicking here.

In the end, the law firm took first place in laser tag, third place in poker, second place in horseshoes and second place in dodgeball.

To see photos from Chain | Cohn | Stiles’ participation in Kern County Corporate Challenge, visit the law firm’s Instagram account by clicking here. And to see photos from through the Kern County Corporate Challenge, visit the Corporate Challenge Facebook page here.

* Editor’s Note: Neil Gehlawat is no longer an attorney with Chain | Cohn | Stiles *

Annual Cioppino Feed to benefit several Bakersfield nonprofits, causes

March 18, 2015 | 9:53 am


Chain | Cohn | Stiles had a great time at the Bakersfield West Rotary Cioppino Feed, benefiting several Kern County charities. Pictured here on Instagram are attorneys Matt Clark, Beatriz Trejo, Chad Boyles and Neil Gehlawat. 

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Hundreds of Kern County residents will sit together Saturday evening with plastic bibs around their necks and dig into seafood stew — all in the name of several great local causes.

The Cioppino Feed is an annual fundraiser that this year will benefit the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Bakersfield West Rotary Breast Cancer Fund at San Joaquin Community Hospital, the Bakersfield West Rotary Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.

The Bakersfield-based personal injury and workers’ compensation* law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles is proud to be a sponsor this year for the event.

“The Cioppino Feed is one of Bakersfield’s most successful charity events of the year, which helps support some of our areas greatest causes,” said Matt Clark, senior partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “Our law firm is thrilled to be able to support this event and these local nonprofits.”

The Cioppino Feed, the 23rd annual fundraiser, is hosted by Bakersfield West Rotary from 6 to 10 p.m. on March 21 at Monsignor Leddy Hall at Garces Memorial High School.

Cioppino is an Italian-American fish stew that combines crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish in a tomato in a wine sauce, and served with toasted bread. The annual event will also feature live and silent auctions to further benefit the charities.

Here’s a little bit more about each of the befitting local causes:

  • Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking is a grassroots coalition created in 2012 aimed to combat human trafficking in Kern County through prevention, protection and partnerships.
  • Bakersfield West Rotary Breast Cancer Fund at San Joaquin Community Hospital is a perpetual program that helps provide annual mammograms, biopsies, compression garments and other needs for women in Kern County through the new Breast Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital. The center includes state-of-the-art equipment such as Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography and biopsy equipment.
  • Bakersfield West Rotary Foundation, established in 1993, serves the less fortunate youth of Kern County by providing in local education, literacy, health and welfare. Its mission is to provide assistance to those organizations and individuals dedicated to these goals.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County serves some 5,000 local boys and girls throughout our area. The Cioppino Feed funds will help the club continue to inspire and enable these youth to reach their fullest potential as productive, responsive and caring citizens.

If you’d like to support the Cioppino Feed or would like more information, call Howdy Miller at 747-5380. Tickets are $100 each.

To see various media coverage of the event, click the articles here:

And to see other causes and nonprofits supported in recent years by Chain | Cohn | Stiles, visit the “Community” page at Chainlaw.com.

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