Russell S. Kohn was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 2, 1959. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona from which he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in 1981 and his Juris Doctor Degree in 1984. He was admitted to practice law in Arizona in 1984 and in California in 1985.
He has limited his practice to representing injured victims in personal injury matters since 1987.Mr. Kohn is a lawyer for people, and does not represent businesses, corporations or insurance companies.
He enjoys the personal and professional satisfactions that comes from helping injured people obtain full and fair compensation. He is a lawyer who empathizes with this clients, and takes the time to understand the unique effects of the injuries to the specific lifestyle of each client.
As an attorney for people, Mr. Kohn is attentive and responsive to his clients. Each client's case is personally handled by him, rather than by paralegals or office staff. He believes that a successful resolution of a case is only achieved if the client is satisfied with the result. He also believes that a satisfied client is one who is fully informed about the applicable law, facts, and available options. For this reason, Mr. Kohn keeps each client fully informed, and is always accessible to his clients by phone and office visits. He is trustworthy, experienced, and aggressive for his clients.
The experience and integrity he brings to each case has earned Mr. Kohn extensive recognition among his peers, including the distinction of being among the top 5 percent of attorneys endorsed by Super Lawyers in 2008 due to outstanding achievement. He was also elected by his peers as President of the Bar Association of Northern San Diego County for 2004, and was thereafter elected to a three-year term as a director of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2005.
For many years, Russell Kohn has had the distinction and privilege of acting as a temporary judge for the San Diego Superior Court presiding over personal injury settlement conferences, as well as small claims and traffic court cases
Animal Bites - Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Premises Liability - Plaintiff
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Arizona, 1984 (inactive)
University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
J.D. - 1984
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Bachelor's Degree - 1981
NBI Personal Injury Seminar – “California Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law - Made Simple" (2022)
NCBA Personal Injury Section – “Uninsured/underinsured motorist cases update” (2018)
NCBA Personal Injury Section – “An Introduction and Roundtable Regarding Uninsured/Underinsured
Motorist Arbitration” (2014)
NCBA Personal Injury Section – “Recovery of Attorney Fees on Personal Injury Cases” (2012)
NCBA Personal Injury Section – “Statutory Attorney Fees in Personal Injury Cases” (2010)
NBI Personal Injury Seminar – “How to Win a Soft Tissue Injury Trial” (2003)
Personal Injury, People's Law School, North County Bar Assn., 2002
Super Lawyers, since 2008
State Bar of California, Member
State Bar of Arizona, Member (presently inactive)
Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, Member
San Diego County Bar Association, Director, 2006 - 2008
Bar Association of Northern San Diego County, President, 2004; Board of Directors, 2001 - 2003; Personal Injury Section, Chair, 1996 - 1998
San Diego County Superior Court, Arbitrator and Judge-Pro-Tem
AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®
Top Lawyers of San Diego, San Diego Magazine, 2014 to Present
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014 to Present
Designated as a "Super Lawyer" by Southern California Super Lawyer Magazine. Includes top 5% of attorneys in California.
AVVO Rating of 10 Superb
America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys (2019 to present)
Consumer Attorneys of San Diego/California, member (1987-present)
Published Appellate Decisions:
Don R. Hemphill v. Wright Family, LLC; et al., Fourth Appellate District, Division One, D065462, February 25, 2015 (Allowing injured tenant to recover attorney fees against negligent landlord).
"Appeals Court Affirms Lawyer's License to Steal - Attorney Referral Fees" North County Lawyer July 2020
"The Tee is Yours - If You Dare! (Lessons in Trail Immunity)" North County Lawyer October 2019
"Lewis and Clarke and the Indians. Casinos too!" North County Lawyer August 2017
"Justice For the Fallen – Sidestepping the Trivial Defect Rule" North County Lawyer, Magazine of the North County Bar Association May 2009
"Damages: Obtaining Prejudgment Interest on Economic Damages in a Personal Injury Case" The Advocate, journal of the Consumer Attorney Associations of Southern California May 2009
"California Dog Bite Law" North County Lawyer February 2012
"Injuries to Children in California" North County Lawyer June 2013
"California Bicycle Law" www.kohnlawoffice.com
"Proposition 51 Does Not Affect Vicarious Liability" Trial Bar News, publication of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (formerly San Diego Trial Lawyers) Feb. 1993.
"Uninsured Motorist Case Law Update" North County Bar Association's Personal Injury Section, September 10, 2019
"Settlement Demands and Settlements in Multiparty Cases" North County Bar Association's Personal Injury Section, February 10, 2015
"An Introduction and Roundtable Regarding Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Arbitration" North County Bar Association's Personal Injury Section meeting, July 8, 2014
"Statutory Attorney Fees in Personal Injury Cases" North County Bar Association's Personal Injury Section meeting, October 12, 2010
"How to Win a Soft Tissue Injury Trial" National Business Institute, April 23, 2003.