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Cynthia Chihak - San Diego, CA

12555 High Bluff DriveSuite 150 San Diego, CA 92130

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Updated: 09/21/2022

San Diego Personal Injury Law Lawyer


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...

About Cynthia Chihak

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury Law
  • Medical Malpractice


  • 100%


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1977

Other Affiliations

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

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Discovery, C.E.B., 1991
  • Lecturer, UM Arbitration, SDTLA, 1992
  • Lecturer, Anatomy of a Civil Jury Trial, SDTLA, 1992 - 1994
  • Lecturer, Anatomy of a Civil Jury Trial, SDTLA , 1996 - 1997
  • Lecturer, Premises Liability, SDTLA, 1992
  • Lecturer, Expert Location & Usage, CTLA, 1992
  • Lecturer, Proposition 51 & Apportionment of Verdicts, SDTLA, 1993
  • Lecturer, Discovery in a Medical Malpractice Case, CTLA, 1993
  • Lecturer, Civil Litigation Before Trial, CEB, 1993
  • Lecturer, Avoiding Medical Malpractice Litigation, San Diego Urological Society, 1994
  • Lecturer, Litigation Seminar, RIMS, 1994
  • Lecturer, Law and Motion Seminar, SDTLA, 1994
  • Lecturer, Medical Malpractice & Products Liability, CTLA - Annual Seminar, 1994
  • Lecturer, Medical Malpractice, CTLA - Travel Seminar, 1994
  • Lecturer, Expert Witness in Medical Malpractice, CTLA - San Francisco Seminar, 1995
  • Lecturer, Arbitration Seminar, SDTLA, 1995
  • Medical Malpractice Cases - Playing to the Prejudices of the Jury, CAOC - Beaver Creek Seminar, 1996
  • Medical Malpractice Panel - Co-Moderator, CAOC - Tahoe Seminar, 1996
  • Closing Argument in a Medical Malpractice Case, CAOC - Tahoe Seminar, 1997
  • Medical Malpractice - A Discovery Plan to Avoid Defense A Verdict , CAOC - Beaver Creek Seminar, 1997
  • Trial by the Masters, ABOTA, 1997
  • Opening Statement, San Diego Inn of Court, 1997
  • Difficult Causation Issues in Medical Malpractice Cases , CAOC - Beaver Creek Seminar, 1998
  • How to Avoid Malpractice, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 1998
  • CAOC Annual Seminar , Jury Selection in a Medical Malpractice Action, 1998
  • Trying a Medical Malpractice Case , University of California, San Diego, Pre-Law, 1998
  • Pre-Law - Trying a Medical Malpractice Case, San Diego Inn of Court, 1998
  • Jury Selection in Medical Malpractice Cases, CAOC - Tahoe Seminar, 1998
  • San Diego Inn of Court - Cross Examination , CASD World Series of Torts, 1999
  • Chair, Medical Malpractice, CAOC Annual Seminar, 1999
  • The Obstetrician Practice, Avoiding Liability, ABOTA - Trial by the Masters (1999) Page 3 University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 2000
  • Cross Examination, Inns of Court - Trial Practice Program, 2000
  • Cross Examination, Inns of Court - Trial Practice Program, 2002
  • Inns of Court, ABTL Trial Symposium, 2002
  • Basic Training: Civil Procedure, The Rutter Group, 2003
  • Depositions, CAOC Annual Convention, 2006
  • Trial by the Masters, ABOTA, 2006
  • Trial Advocacy - Closing Argument, CALA, 2006
  • Case Handling, CASD, 2006
  • San Diego and San Bernardino, ABOTA Trial by the Masters, 2007
  • Work Study Session, BETA Healthcare Group, 2077
  • Work Study Session, BETA Healthcare Group, 2007
  • Lecturer, Trial by the Masters, Orange County, ABOTA, 2008
  • Lecturer, Inns of Court, 2008
  • Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims, ALI-ABA, 2008
  • Trial by the Masters, Portugal, ABOTA, 2008


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California, 1977
    Law Review: Pepperdine University Law Review , Assistant Editor
  • UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), 1974


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

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

Office Information


12555 High Bluff DriveSuite 150 San Diego, CA 92130


  • 858- 481-3703


Other Sources of Feedback About Cynthia Chihak

Included on the 2023 San Diego list

Past Lists

  • 2022 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 San Diego Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 San Diego Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Cynthia Chihak on Super Lawyers


  • 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), - 1990
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Corso v. Doublewood Contractors, Inc. (Construction site fall), - 1993
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Howsmon v. Ricci (Medical Malpractice Verdict), - 1994
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Campbell v. Pacific Propane (Fire and Product Liability), - 1996
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer - Mercado v. Kaiser (Med. Malpractice Arbitration Award), - 2004
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, - 1994
  • California’s Top Woman Litigators, named by Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2002 - 2008
  • Daniel T. Broderick, III Memorial Award, - 2007
  • Top 50 Lawyers in California, named by Super Lawyers Magazine, - 2008
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Named as one of the top 30 Plaintiff lawyers in Ca by the DJ, 2017 - Present

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