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CYNTHIA CHIHAK is a graduate of Pepperdine University Law School.  She has been honored with numerous awards by her peers.  She was named by the Los Angeles Daily Transcript as one of the top 50 female attorneys in the State of California for five consecutive years, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Ms. Chihak has received the Outstanding Trial Lawyer award by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, formerly San Diego Trial Lawyers, 8 times. In 1994 she was honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Chihak was named as one of the best lawyers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by San Diego Magazine for personal injury and medical malpractice, and one of the top 100 lawyers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by Super Lawyers.  She was named one of the Top 25 Lawyers in San Diego in 2010 and 2014 by San Diego Metro Magazine.  In 2007, Ms. Chihak received the Daniel T. Broderick III Memorial award recognizing her for the highest standards in civility, integrity and professionalism.  In 2014 Ms. Chihak was selected by her peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury. In 2017 Ms. Chihak was named as one of the top 30 Plaintiff lawyers in Ca by the DJ.

Ms. Chihak also serves the legal community by sharing her skill and experience. She served as Secretary of the Consumer Attorneys of California in 1989 and 1990, and was the President of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego in 1992 and 1993. She is an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and served as President in 2008. Ms. Chihak is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She has been invited to lecture for the Consumer Attorneys, CEB, San Diego County Bar, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego Inn of Court, ABOTA, the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and the American Bar Association.

An article on Ms. Chihak written by SuperLawyers Magazine can be found here.

An article on Ms. Chihak published in the San Diego Attorney Journal can be found here.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury Law
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1977

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 1977
  • UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)
    • B.A. - 1974

Published Works

  • California Civil Practice Procedure, Bancroft-Whitney
  • Professional Malpractice - Medical Malpractice , Bancroft-Whitney
  • Editor of Legislative Analysis Column, Trial Bar News, 1991

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer, Discovery, C.E.B., 1991 to 1991
  • Lecturer, UM Arbitration, SDTLA, 1992 to 1992
  • Lecturer, Anatomy of a Civil Jury Trial, SDTLA, 1992 to 1994
  • Lecturer, Anatomy of a Civil Jury Trial, SDTLA , 1996 to 1997
  • Lecturer, Premises Liability, SDTLA, 1992 to 1992
  • Lecturer, Expert Location & Usage, CTLA, 1992 to 1992
  • Lecturer, Proposition 51 & Apportionment of Verdicts, SDTLA, 1993 to 1993
  • Lecturer, Discovery in a Medical Malpractice Case, CTLA, 1993 to 1993
  • Lecturer, Civil Litigation Before Trial, CEB, 1993 to 1993
  • Lecturer, Avoiding Medical Malpractice Litigation, San Diego Urological Society, 1994 to 1994
  • Lecturer, Litigation Seminar, RIMS, 1994 to 1994
  • Lecturer, Law and Motion Seminar, SDTLA, 1994 to 1994
  • Lecturer, Medical Malpractice & Products Liability, CTLA - Annual Seminar, 1994 to 1994
  • Lecturer, Medical Malpractice, CTLA - Travel Seminar, 1994 to 1994
  • Lecturer, Expert Witness in Medical Malpractice, CTLA - San Francisco Seminar, 1995 to 1995
  • Lecturer, Arbitration Seminar, SDTLA, 1995 to 1995
  • Medical Malpractice Cases - Playing to the Prejudices of the Jury, CAOC - Beaver Creek Seminar, 1996 to 1996
  • Medical Malpractice Panel - Co-Moderator, CAOC - Tahoe Seminar , 1996 to 1996
  • Closing Argument in a Medical Malpractice Case, CAOC - Tahoe Seminar, 1997 to 1997
  • Medical Malpractice - A Discovery Plan to Avoid Defense A Verdict , CAOC - Beaver Creek Seminar, 1997 to 1997
  • Trial by the Masters, ABOTA, 1997 to 1997
  • Opening Statement, San Diego Inn of Court, 1997 to 1997
  • Difficult Causation Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases , CAOC - Beaver Creek Seminar, 1988 to 1998
  • How to Avoid Malpractice, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 1988 to 1988
  • CAOC Annual Seminar , Jury Selection in a Medical Malpractice Action, 1988 to 1988
  • Trying a Medical Malpractice Case , University of California, San Diego, Pre-Law, 1998 to 1998
  • Pre-Law - Trying a Medical Malpractice Case, San Diego Inn of Court , 1998 to 1998
  • Jury Selection in Medical Malpractice Cases, CAOC - Tahoe Seminar, 1998 to 1998
  • San Diego Inn of Court - Cross Examination , CASD World Series of Torts (1999), 1999 to 1999
  • Chair, Medical Malpractice, CAOC Annual Seminar, 1999 to 1999
  • The Obstetrician Practice, Avoiding Liability, ABOTA - Trial by the Masters (1999) Page 3 University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 2000 to 2000
  • Cross Examination, Inns of Court - Trial Practice Program, 2000 to 2000
  • Cross Examination, Inns of Court - Trial Practice Program, 2002 to 2002
  • Inns of Court, ABTL Trial Symposium (2002), 2003 to 2003
  • Basic Training: Civil Procedure, The Rutter Group, 2003 to 2003
  • Depositions, CAOC Annual Convention, 2006 to 2006
  • Trial by the Masters, ABOTA, 2006 to 2006
  • Trial Advocacy - Closing Argument, CALA, 2006 to 2006
  • Case Handling, CASD, 2006 to 2006
  • San Diego and San Bernardino, ABOTA Trial by the Masters, 2007 to 2007
  • Work Study Session, BETA Healthcare Group, 2007 to 2007
  • Work Study Session, BETA Healthcare Group , 2007 to 2007
  • Lecturer, Trial by the Masters, Orange County, ABOTA, 2008 to 2008
  • Lecturer, Inns of Court, 2008 to 2008
  • Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims, ALI-ABA, 2008 to 2008
  • Trial by the Masters, Portugal, ABOTA, 2008 to 2008

Honors and Awards

  • One of the Top 25 Lawyers in San Diego by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine
  • One of San Diego's Top Attorneys by San Diego Magazine
  • Recognized as a Top Attorney by SuperLawyers
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Szkorla v. Vecchione, M.D. (Plastic Surgery - Medical Malpractice Verdict)
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Corso v. Doublewood Contractors, Inc. (Construction site fall)
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Howsmon v. Ricci (Medical Malpractice Verdict)
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Campbell v. Pacific Propane (Fire and Product Liability)
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Mercado v. Kaiser (Med. Malpractice Arbitration Award)
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • California’s Top Woman Litigators, named by Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Daniel T. Broderick, III Memorial Award
  • Top 50 Lawyers in California, named by Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Named as one of the top 30 Plaintiff lawyers in Ca by the DJ

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • California Trial Lawyers (Consumer Attorneys of California)
  • California Trial Lawyers Association (Consumer Attorneys of California), Board of Directors, 1988 to 1996
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1989 to 1990
  • San Diego Trial Association, Board of Directors, 1988 to 1994
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, President Elect, 1991 to 1991
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1992 to 1993
  • San Diego Superior Court, Pro-Tem Judge, 1995 to 1995
  • CAOC, Medical Malpractice Committee, 1997 to 1998
  • ABOTA, Treasurer, 2005 to 2005
  • ABOTA, President Elect, 2007 to 2007
  • ABOTA, President, 2008 to 2008