Three attorneys selected for 2023 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ prestigious ranking service

August 24, 2022 | Article by Chain | Cohn | Clark staff | At the Firm , Awards & Recognition

Three attorneys selected for 2023 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ prestigious ranking service

Three lawyers at Chain | Cohn | Clark have been recognized in the 2023 Best Lawyers in America program, the oldest and among the most respected attorney ranking services in the world.

For the fifth year in a row, David K. Cohn, managing partner at the law firm, was selected into the personal injury litigation category of the Best Lawyers program, while James A. Yoro, senior partner at the firm, was selected into the workers’ compensation law listings. This year, Chain | Cohn | Clark is the only law firm in the Kern County area with a workers’ compensation attorney listed, and the only firm with more than one personal injury attorney to be listed.

Chain | Cohn | Clark personal injury lawyer and junior partner Chad Boyles was selected for inclusion in the 2023 Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list for the third year. The recognition is given to attorneys who are earlier in their careers (5 to 10 years in practice) for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. For this edition, Best Lawyers recognized nearly 20,000 lawyers in 79 practice areas and 190 metropolitan areas.

Attorneys named to the U.S. News & World Report’s “The Best Lawyers in America” are recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in specific practice areas. For the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, more than 12.2 million evaluations were analyzed, which resulted in the recognition of only 5.3% of lawyers in the United States. Unlike some other attorney directories and awards, lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, and inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

“For more than 40 years, our awards have garnered the respect of the industry as a reliable and unbiased resource to identify the top legal professionals, and we are proud to continue our globally respected purely peer-review methodology through these recognitions for lawyers at every level in their career,” said Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer in a press release.



David Cohn is one of the most respected lawyers in the Central Valley, having been voted into the “Best Lawyer” category of The Bakersfield Californian’s Readers Choice Poll year after year. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent-rated trial attorney, has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list, and was selected to join the International Society of Barristers. Over the course of his career, which spans nearly 45 years all at Chain | Cohn | Clark, Cohn has obtained numerous multi-million dollar results on behalf of his clients, and his cases have led to workplace, roadway and vehicle safety measures. You can view David Cohn’s “Best Lawyers” profile by clicking here,

James Yoro is a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional in California, and is one of the most veteran and most respected workers’ compensation lawyers in the San Joaquin Valley. He is the past president of the Kern County Bar Association. He has argued cases in front of the California Supreme Court, and for nearly 40 years has fought day in and day out for the rights of injured workers. You can view David Cohn’s “Best Lawyers” profile by clicking here.

Chad Boyles earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from Cal State Bakersfield, and then attended Whittier Law School where he served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. He has also been named as one of the “20 Under 40 People to Watch” in Bakersfield Life Magazine. 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. You can view Chad Boyles’ “Best Lawyers” profile by clicking here.



For decades, Best Lawyers has assisted those in need of legal services to identify the attorneys best qualified to represent them in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Its methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

Attorneys are nominated for consideration. They are divided by geographic region and practice areas, and are evaluated by their peers on the basis of professional expertise. Those who receive high peer reviews undergo an authentication process to make sure they are currently practicing and in good standing. Only then can top attorneys be included in Best Lawyers.

“Best Lawyers believes that the best lawyers know who the best lawyers are,” according to the program’s methodology. “Thus, our recognitions are based purely on the feedback we receive from lawyers already highlighted in our publication.”

Having at least one attorney selected into the “Best Lawyers” program qualifies Chain | Cohn | Clark to be included in the program’s “Best Law Firms” listings. In fact, Chain | Cohn | Clark was selected for inclusion in the “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report, which recognizes law firms for “professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Additionally, achieving a ranking “signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.”

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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 | Clark by calling (661) 323-4000, or fill out a free consultation form, text, or chat with us at