Chain | Cohn | Stiles names two new law firm partners

January 8, 2020 | 9:32 am

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

But 2020 also brought with it new beginnings, as the law firm announced the newest law firm partners at Chain | Cohn | Stiles: Chad Boyles and Beatriz Trejo. They join senior partners David Cohn, Jim Yoro, and Matt Clark.

Learn more about Beatriz and Chad below:


Beatriz A. Trejo is an associate with Chain | Cohn | Stiles, where she focuses on workers’ compensation cases. She is a Certified Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation, the recipient of the “Workers’ Compensation Young Lawyer of the Year” award in California, and has been named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine.

Beatriz attended Highland High School in Bakersfield before earning her bachelor’s degree in political science from Cal State Bakersfield and her master’s degree in political science from Cal State Northridge. She earned her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in Ohio.

She has practiced in front of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board since 2012. She began her practice as a defense attorney, representing, self-insured employers, insurance companies, private employers, municipalities, school districts, and governmental entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense. In 2015, began representing injured workers through her work at Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

Beatriz was selected by the State Bar of California as the 2017 “Workers’ Compensation Young Lawyer of the Year.” She is past president of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), Bakersfield Chapter, and has been named as one of the 20 Under 40 People to Watch by Bakersfield Life Magazine. She is a Certified Legal Specialist in Workers’ Compensation by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

She was also recently recognized by her peers in the “Top Attorneys” poll voted on by local lawyers, highlighting the best lawyers in their practice areas. Recently, Beatriz was named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. This high honor is awarded to just 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the Southern California region.

She is an active member of CAAA’s Latino Caucus, and serves on the panels of the Immigration Justice Collaborative, which aims to educate immigrants on their constitutional rights. She is a frequent speaker for Kern County Small Business Academies, educating new business owners on work injury laws, and serves on the CSU Bakersfield Pre-Law Advisory Committee, helping aspiring lawyers.

Outside of the office, she supports her community through local organization including Latina Leaders of Kern County, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center Foundation for Community Wellness.

Beatriz is fluent in Spanish, and appears on local Spanish radio stations, assisting local residents with their legal questions.


Chad J. A. Boyles is an associate with the firm, focusing on personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Chad was born and raised in Bakersfield, and graduated from Highland High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from Cal State Bakersfield where he was also a part of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society. He then attended Whittier Law School where he served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. His note, entitled “Money Can’t Buy You Love … and It Shouldn’t Buy You A Seat In Congress Either,” was published in the Whittier Law Review. He graduated cum laude from Whittier in 2010.

After law school, Chad worked briefly in Pasadena before returning to Bakersfield and joining another local firm. For 2 years, he litigated state cases covering a wide variety of legal issues, including personal injury and civil rights. Chad has also provided advice and counseling to clients facing legal issues on a volunteer basis at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.

Outside of the office, Chad is involved in several goodwill efforts throughout the community, including taking underprivileged students back-to-school shopping and mentoring pre-law students. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the CSU Bakersfield Alumni Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Bakersfield, class of 2019.


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

Attorney Neil Gehlawat named partner at Chain | Cohn | Stiles

December 23, 2015 | 8:11 am

* Note: Neil Gehlawat is no longer an attorney at Chain | Cohn | Stiles *

Attorney Neil Gehlawat has been named a partner of the prominent Bakersfield-based law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, managing partner David Cohn announced.

Gehlawat joins David Cohn, Matthew Clark and James Yoro as partners of the law firm. At 27, he is the youngest partner of the firm, and perhaps one of the youngest partners of a law firm in all of Kern County.

“This is an incredible honor. I am extremely grateful and humbled by the opportunity given to me,” Gehlawat said. “I look forward to serving this community and continuing the fight for justice on behalf of people who have been injured or harmed by wrongdoers.”

Gehlawat joined Chain | Cohn | Stiles in 2012 and focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights and employment cases. He grew up in Bakersfield, graduated from Stockdale High School, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

The Bakersfield Californian‘s CEO Richard Beene mentioned the announcement in his popular newspaper column and blog, Bakersfield Observed. Beene wrote:

“Here’s a reason to applaud those children who go away to college but return to put down roots in our community. One of them is Neil Gehlawat, who has been named a partner in the plaintiffs law firm of Chain Cohn Stiles. Gehlawat is a Stockade High School graduate who attended UC Berkeley and the University of Texas School of Law. Not a bad accomplishment for this 27-year-old wunderkind.”

Gehlawat is currently involved in several high-profile civil cases including the David Silva’s wrongful death case, Jose Beltran’s wrongful death case, and representing the victims of sexual assaults in juvenile hall and in Tehachapi by Kern County Sheriff’s Department officers.

Outside of the office, Gehlawat is involved in several community groups and nonprofits. He serves on the planning committee for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Kern County’s annual “Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K.” He recently joined the board for the India Association of San Joaquin Valley, and is currently participating in Leadership Bakersfield. He was named one of Bakersfield Life Magazine’s 20 Under 40 People to Watch in 2015.

Related to his career, he is the membership chairman for the New Lawyers Division Board for the Consumer Attorneys of California, a member of the technology committee for Kern County Bar Association, and is also the founder of the Cal Alumni Chapter of Bakersfield.

For more on Gehlawat, watch a video about him by clicking here.