Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Milt Younger, the old lion, still manages a growl
< It's interesting to watch the public breakup of the old Chain, Younger, Cohn & Stiles law firm, one of the preeminent "slip and fall" firms in town. The firm is now under firm control of David Cohn, Milt Younger's nephew, and his partner Dave Stiles. Milt, who has long fancied himself as something of a kingmaker in local Democratic politics and has an ego to match it, didn't go quietly into the night when he left the firm. Instead, despite some health problems, he teamed up with his old partner Timothy Lemucchi to take on his old firm. They've launched an ambitious TV campaign featuring the two old lions. It will be fun to watch what happens. Stay tuned.
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I couldn't see Milt Younger going quietly into the night over anything. He's always been involved in public circles and been a very upfront kind of guy.
Milt Younger, The “Old Lion” is as active now as ever- practicing law with his old partner Tim Lemucchi- as Younger and Lemucchi.
Younger created the Chain Younger firm and was its mainstay for more than forty years. His departure from the firm is due to the ungrateful treachery of his nephew, David Cohn, who owes his career to his uncle.
In addition to being one of the finest lawyers in the history of Kern County, Younger has made major contributions to our community. He has been a supporter of Cal State Bakersfield since it’s beginning and has an honorary doctorate in recognition of this and his continued to service on the Foundation Board. He has devoted much of his life and money to supporting such worthwhile local institutions as the Child Guidance Clinic (president), the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (president), the Bakersfield College Foundation and the Center for Democratic Education (president) the Arts Counsel of Kern, the Kern County Labor counsel (life time award) and numerous bond issues and measures for the support of public education. His effort to build a center for the performing arts is ongoing. His efforts on behalf of working people and minorities are well recognized. The Mayor has declared a “Milt Younger day”. The Kern County Bar association has bestowed “The Bench and Bar Award”. He has received commendations from governors and the State Legislature.
In short, the Cohn firm has lost it’s most illustrious member and you can bet that “Old Lion” Younger will continue to roar in his law practice and service to our community.
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