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Longtime Bakersfield attorney Milt Younger dead at 86

Attorney Milt Younger is seen in a photo provided Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, by law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles. The longtime partner died Friday morning at the age of 86.

Milt Younger, an attorney who played a prominent role in the Bakersfield legal community for decades, died Friday morning. He was 86.

Younger spent more than 50 years at the firm now known as Chain | Cohn | Stiles. He served as partner.

“Milt was not only a leader in Kern County’s legal community for many decades, but he was also a leader through his generous volunteerism with many other local organizations,” managing partner David K. Cohn said in a news release. “Above all else, Milt stood for the working man and woman, and always believed in the fight for the ‘little guy.’ It is that mission that drives our law firm to this very day. He’s an inspiration to many, including myself, as he is the reason I entered the legal world.”

Cohn is also Younger's nephew.

Younger, born in 1931 in Bakersfield, returned to his hometown after graduating from Stanford University.

He joined the law firm founded by Morris B. Chain full time in 1956 and took over leadership in 1964. After Younger separated from the firm in 2008, its name switched from Chain Younger to Chain | Cohn | Stiles.

The firm said Younger advocated for the "little guy," diversity and industrial safety improvements.

He's survived by his wife Betty and three daughters, Lynda, Lisa and CeCe.

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