Meet David V. Stiles
David V. Stiles is a former senior partner, and currently of counsel, in the firm. He is a Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent rated trial attorney, who has tried over 50 cases to a jury. He has been with the firm for over 35 years, and has extensive experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases. His areas of interest include auto/truck liability, oilfield accidents, nursing home abuses, and premises liability. Mr. Stiles is a graduate of Bakersfield High School, where he served as student body president, then received a bachelor’s degree from UCSB with honors. He graduated from law school at UC Hasting College of Law in 1976 and started with the then Chain firm in 1977, becoming a partner five years later. He recently (2011) served as the president of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization comprised of recognized trial attorneys.
Over his career, David has recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for his clients, including a number of multi-million dollar results. Most recently he obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for the victim of a truck accident, and high six figure verdicts in two trials involving, respectively, an oilfield accident and a fall accident. He has successfully litigated numerous nursing home neglect cases, and is a Panelist of the California Association for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR).
Mr. Stiles has been deeply committed to and involved with CASA of Kern County, an organization devoted to helping children find a voice in court dependency proceedings. He served on the board of CASA for six years, and has been a sponsor and program partner of the organization for 20 years. CASA trains volunteers from the community to work with abused and neglected children, and to be their non-attorney spokesperson in Court. He has taught at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools sponsored “Coaches Clinic” for over twenty years on the topic of legal issues in sports. He, and other partners of the firm were major donors in establishing the Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Hospital, the first major burn treatment center in Kern County.