About the Firm
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Frank Chirino is the lead trial attorney and a founding partner at Ayala Chirino, LLP. With over 2,000 personal injury matters resolved and tens of millions of dollars recovered for his clients, Frank is one of Southern California’s preeminent personal injury attorneys. It is not uncommon for other attorneys to contact Frank and draw upon his expertise and experience when dealing with complicated injury cases or complex legal scenarios.
Frank’s journey began with humble roots. He is the child of two Cuban immigrants, who came to the United States with the hopes of building a better life for themselves. Frank grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and was the first person in his family to attend college. He graduated, with honors, from the University of California, Irvine, in 2002 and soon thereafter began his legal studies at Southwestern Law School, where he served as a member of the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas. During his final year of law school, Frank published an article on international litigation that has since been cited by the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2005, and began practicing personal injury law immediately thereafter. Since then, Frank has exclusively dedicated his career to handling personal injury cases.
Although Frank now only represents injured persons as plaintiffs, he spent the first 10 years of his career defending insurance companies in personal injury matters. He considers his time as a defense attorney to be a critical asset that now allows him to achieve superior results for his clients. After all, the best way to win a battle, is to know your enemy. As a former defense attorney, Frank possesses intimate knowledge of how insurance companies evaluate claims. With this knowledge, Frank is able to comprehensively evaluate every case that he handles, anticipate the arguments of the insurance companies, and achieve the best possible results for his clients.
Frank is active is several community organizations, including the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Orange County Bar Association. Frank currently enjoys the privilege of serving on the board of trustees for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. Additionally, he dedicates much of his free time to advancing the rights of underprivileged and underrepresented communities in Southern California.
When he is not practicing law, Frank can be found pursuing his lifelong passion as a martial artist- a discipline that he has been studying since he was a small child. Currently, he holds black belts in three separate disciplines – Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. As a martial artist, Frank values honor, discipline, and respect. He believes that these values not only help him to be a better person; they help him to be a better advocate for his clients and a better spokesman for his community.
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Christopher J. Ayala
Christopher J. Ayala established his first law practice in downtown Santa Ana in 2012. Mr. Ayala graduated with Honors obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management and a minor in Philosophy from California State University, Fullerton. Mr. Ayala received his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2011, graduated Magna Cum Laude, was a Law Review member, and on the Trial Advocacy Honors Board. He also received two CALI Awards in Legal Writing and Professional Skills. He was then admitted to the California State Bar in December 2011. He is a first-generation college graduate and attorney.
By understanding the struggles faced by our Hispanic Community, he has volunteered at various pro-bono immigration clinics, health fairs, food banks, and has offered pro-bono services to DACA applicants. In 2012, he received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California.
Christopher is committed to providing his clients with legal representation based on integrity, compassion, and experience. He will go above and beyond to meet his clients’ goals and objectives. Over 90% of his clients are Latino and Spanish speakers. He has a natural ability to connect with and understand each client’s unique circumstances because of his fluency in Spanish and cultural background. Christopher’s parents immigrated to the United States at a young age and taught him the importance of an education, hard work, and having integrity in all that you do. At a young age, his mother would commute almost two hours from South Gate to a private Beverly Hills school, just to make sure her children received the best education possible. She would then go to work in downtown LA and return to pick up the kids for another two hour trip home. His father started a business and worked seven days a week over 12 hours a day. He wanted to assure that all of his children’s needs were met and they received the best education possible. It is this foundation that he appreciates the hard work of his parents and attributes to his strive for success.
By understanding the struggles faced by our Hispanic Community, he has volunteered at various pro-bono immigration clinics, health fairs, food banks, and has offered pro-bono services to DACA applicants. In 2012, he received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California. Chris was also elected to serve as the President of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association from 2021-2022.