Mr. Aitken has been trial counsel in numerous significant tort cases involving bad faith insurance practices, aviation, automobiles, product liability, business tort litigation and actions involving wrongful death and major personal injuries. As appellate counsel, he has been involved in landmark insurance decisions such as: Boicourt v Amex Assurance Company, 78 Cal.App. 4th 1390 (2000); Neal v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, 21 Cal.3d 910, 148 Cal.Rptr. 389 (1978) and Gourley v. State Farm, 217 Cal.App.3d 111 (1990). As an active participant on the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Consumer Attorneys of California Trial Lawyers Association, he has argued numerous major tort actions to the Supreme Court of California.
As a consumer advocate, Mr. Aitken developed bilingual consumer protection brochures, brochures on lawyer selection and he has served on college and charitable foundation boards and select commissions involving justice issues such as court congestion and justice facilities.
As an author, his articles have appeared in numerous law reviews and legal publications; and he serves on the Jefferson's California Evidence Benchbook Editorial Board. He has also been a frequent guest on radio and television programs such as Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Michael Jackson Show, KABC Ronn Owens, OCN Prime Time, and KOCE Real Orange, among others.
Mr. Aitken is a graduate of Marquette University Law School (1965) where he was a St. Thomas More scholar and Associate Editor of the Marquette Law Review and sits on the Marquette Law School Advisory Board. His undergraduate work was in the "OC" at Santa Ana College and Cal State Fullerton.
CA Bar 1966
California Arts - Council Board Member - 2010 - Present
California Task Force on Court Facilities - Member - N/A
Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for the Central Judicial District - Member - N/A
American Board of Trial Advocates - Board of Directors - N/A
American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation - President - N/A
Best Lawyers in America - Best Lawyers in America - 2016
Top 100 Super Lawyer in California - Super Lawyers - 2015
Top 50 in Orange County Super Lawyer - Super Lawyers - 2015
Irish Legal 100 - Irish Voice Newspaper - 2015
Best Lawyers in America - Best Lawyers in America - 2015
Irish Legal 100 - Irish Voice Newspaper - 2014