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Timothy M. Osborn

• 35, Law Office of Timothy M. Osborn — Owner/Personal Injury Attorney

• Community involvement: JJ’s Legacy board of directors, CSUB Foundation, St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Active 20-30 Club of Bakersfield, The Kern County Bar Association

Timothy M. Osborn is a fourth-generation local whose ancestors’ names are etched in Bakersfield history.

He is the great, great nephew of Marion Osborn Cunningham, whose family established the first Bakersfield Museum of Art – known as the Cunningham Memorial Art Gallery in her honor.


But he has made a name for himself in the legal community as a solo practitioner.


At the age of 28, he opened his own practice, just shy of completing his third year as a lawyer.


He had one client and no staff.


“I remember having an endless number of concerns but the main one was whether I would be able to generate enough business to survive,” Osborn said.


To date, Osborn is the only attorney in the office and clients deal with him directly. There isn’t a single document that goes through without Osborn looking at it and making a decision on every case.


This past year, Osborn was named a Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers – a prestigious rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.


“Of course, I probably would not be allowed back in the office if I didn’t mention my secretaries, Tiffany Gomez and Perla Lizarraga,” he said.


For those thinking about taking a leap of faith, Osborn says charge forward.


“Don’t be afraid to take some calculated risks once in a while. If it doesn’t work out, at least you had the courage to give it a try, which is more than a lot of people can say,” he said.

By Bakersfield Life


By: Bakersfield Life magazine
originally published in the Bakersfield Life Magazine June 29, 2015