Awards & Publications

Three Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz Shareholders Selected to 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers List

February 21, 2014

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC is pleased to announce that three Shareholders in the firm’s San Diego office have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. Super Lawyers identified the top five percent of lawyers in Southern California based on a survey and research conducted by Thomson Reuters. Remarkably, this year marks the fourth time Douglas Pettit has been included in the Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyers.

Pettit Kohn Shareholders selected for inclusion in 2014 Southern California Super Lawyers are as follows:

-Douglas A. Pettit, Professional Liability: Defense
-Thomas S. Ingrassia, Employment & Labor
-Jennifer N. Lutz, Employment Litigation: Defense

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice.

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San Diego Trial Attorney Andrew Kohn Elected to ABOTA

February 12, 2014

Andrew N. Kohn, Esq.February 2014 – Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC, is proud to announce that CEO and shareholder Andrew N. Kohn, has been elected as a member to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership to ABOTA is by invitation-only to trial attorneys who have demonstrated exceptional trial skills, while displaying the highest levels of professionalism, honor, and integrity. Drew will be officially inducted into ABOTA on February 27, 2014.

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Pettit Kohn’s Lauren Bates Nominated for Young Attorneys 2013

December 19, 2013

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz would like to congratulate associate Lauren Bates for being nominated as one of San Diego’s Young Attorneys 2013 by The Daily Transcript.

Each year, The Daily Transcript reaches out to the legal community in search of San Diego’s next generation of outstanding attorneys. The Daily Transcript invites local attorneys to nominate their peers who have been practicing law for seven years or less, are ethical & professional, hard-working & detail orientated, knowledgeable & enthusiastic, and committed to furthering the interests of justice in society. Once all of the nominations are in, an independent panel of judges select the finalists.

Lauren represents clients in a wide-range of matters including employment litigation, business litigation, contract disputes, personal injury, product liability, and premises liability.

Pettit Kohn Honored with Workplace Excellence Award for the Fourth Year

December 11, 2013

PRESS RELEASE – San Diego Society of Human Resource Management awards Pettit Kohn a fourth consecutive Medallion Workplace Excellence Award. The San Diego Union Tribune also recognized Pettit Kohn as one of San Diego’s Top Workplaces.

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, a civil litigation law firm with offices in San Diego and Los Angeles, representing a diverse client base of both businesses and individuals in matters of retail liability, professional liability, business litigation, employment litigation defense and personal injury, is pleased to announce the firm received its fourth consecutive Workplace Excellence Award from the San Diego Society of Human Resource Management (“SD SHRM”). The San Diego Union Tribune (“U-T”) also honored Pettit Kohn as a San Diego Top Workplace.

The SD SHRM Workplace Excellence Award is based upon employee nomination and a comprehensive application and screening process conducted by human resource experts throughout San Diego, and highlights the value and impact HR leadership contributes to an organization’s success and profitability. Workplace Excellence Award winners were evaluated in the following areas: innovative corporate culture, diversity, employee growth and learning opportunities, and a flexible work environment.

Pettit Kohn was also recognized as one of San Diego’s Top Workplaces. WorkplaceDynamics, an employee survey company, joined forces with the U-T to find the best employers in San Diego. Team members of companies with 50 or more employees were asked to nominate worthy employers. WorkplaceDynamics conducted comprehensive employee surveys for 862 San Diego County companies – only 40 were honored as Top Workplaces.

“We strive, as a team, to perform and provide an excellent workplace environment,” said Andrew Kohn, CEO and co-founder of Pettit Kohn. “We asked our employees for their candid feedback and in turn scored highly on several key indicators of company culture. Being recognized by the U-T as a Top Workplace is a testament to the strength of character of all our team members; each employee plays an individual role in protecting and preserving this great culture, every day.”

The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by the U-T San Diego in collaboration with the SD SHRM at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines on November 7, 2013.

About Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC

Founded in 2006, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC is a law firm that knows how to achieve successful outcomes. The firm’s commitment to handle each case from the client’s perspective, incorporating the client’s goals and objectives, has generated both extraordinarily positive client relationships, and routinely successful results in the courtroom. Pettit Kohn’s practice areas include Appellate, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation & Trials, Employment & Labor counseling and litigation defense, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Real Estate, Restaurant & Hospitality, Retail, Transactional & Business Services, and Transportation. The firm’s list of clients includes professionals, small to mid-size firms, and Fortune 100 companies. Pettit Kohn represents clients in Southern California from regional offices located in San Diego – 11622 El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130; (858) 755-8500; and in Los Angeles – 9841 Airport Boulevard, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (310) 649-5772. For more information visit the firm’s website at www.pettitkohn.com.

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Pettit Kohn Shareholders Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014

August 23, 2013

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz is pleased to announce that shareholders Douglas A. Pettit and Thomas S. Ingrassia were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

For a fourth year, Doug was recognized for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants and Tom was honored for Employment Law – Management for a second year.

This list of outstanding attorneys is compiled by conducting extensive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on this list.

Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers in America has been regarded – by both the legal profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.

Valerie Garcia Hong Recognized as one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys

July 31, 2013

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz is pleased to announce that professional liability attorney, Valerie Garcia Hong, was honored today by The Daily Transcript as one of the 2013 San Diego Top Attorneys. She was recognized as a Finalist in the Corporate Litigation category and as a Semi-Finalist in the Insurance category. Additionally, Jennifer Lutz and Jenna Leyton-Jones were nominated for the award.

Annually, The Daily Transcript conducts a unique peer voting process to determine the best lawyers in private, corporate, academic and government practice in San Diego County in 15 categories. The top 10 ranked attorneys in each category are named finalists. Congratulations to ALL the finalists.

Click here to view The Daily Transcript’s list of Top Attorneys for 2013.

Three of Pettit Kohn’s Los Angeles Attorneys Earn Distinquished Award

June 26, 2013

PRESS RELEASE – Three attorneys in Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz’s Los Angeles office have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars List; Shareholder Grant D. Waterkotte, Shareholder Kelly M. Douglas and Senior Counsel Andrew O. Smith.

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, a civil litigation law firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, is pleased to announce that three attorneys in the firm’s Los Angeles office have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list; Grant Waterkotte: Transportation/Maritime, Kelly Douglas: Civil Litigation Defense and Andrew O. Smith: Business Litigation. Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years or younger, or have practiced law ten years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in California are included on this list.

“These are hard-earned honors for Grant, Kelly and Andrew, who are outstanding attorneys in the Los Angeles legal and business community,” said David Halm, Managing Shareholder for Pettit Kohn. “Each of them represents a great depth of knowledge and industry experience, representing our firm’s commitment to consistently meet the needs of our clients. They are integrally involved in the growth of our Los Angeles office, which continues to thrive in this well-developed Los Angeles market.”

Grant D. Waterkotte is a Shareholder in the firm’s Transportation and Business Litigation groups. This is the fourth year in a row that Grant has been selected for inclusion on this esteemed list. As one of the youngest members of the American Board of Trial Advocates, he is recognized as an experienced practitioner and highly qualified trial attorney. Grant successfully represents clients in a variety of areas including transportation law, retail liability, personal injury defense, employment law, commercial litigation and product liability.

Kelly M. Douglas is a Shareholder in the firm’s Civil Litigation and Retail groups. Kelly has a wide-range of experience handling diverse civil litigation matters, and has served as lead counsel on both jury trials and appeals. Kelly regularly defends clients in a variety of areas including premises liability, product liability, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases. Her dedication to the firm was realized earlier this year when she was elevated to Shareholder. This is Kelly’s second year to be selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list. Kelly has also been recognized as one of Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Women Lawyers.

Andrew O. Smith is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Business Litigation and Retail groups. Andrew has successfully represented his clients in a variety of complex matters, including product liability, premises liability, personal injury cases as well as business disputes. Andrew approaches each case with the client’s goals in mind, regularly achieving favorable results. This is the fifth year that Andrew has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list.

As Pettit Kohn’s Los Angeles attorneys continue to generate accolades in prominent legal industry rankings, they have also seen tremendous growth. They have increased their presence in the Los Angeles area by adding the eleventh attorney to the office. This growth prompted a move earlier this year to a newly expanded suite in their existing building, located at 9841 Airport Boulevard, Suite 1100.

About Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC

Founded in 2006, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC is a law firm that knows how to achieve successful outcomes. The firm’s commitment to handle each case from the client’s perspective, incorporating the client’s goals and objectives has generated both extraordinarily positive client relationships and routinely successful results in the courtroom. Pettit Kohn’s practice areas include Appellate, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation & Trials, Employment & Labor counseling and litigation defense, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Real Estate, Restaurant & Hospitality, Retail, Transactional & Business Services, and Transportation. The firm’s list of clients includes professionals, small to mid-size firms, and Fortune 100 companies. Pettit Kohn is regionally located with offices in San Diego – 11622 El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130; (858) 755-8500, and Los Angeles – 9841 Airport Boulevard, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (310) 649-5772. For more information about Pettit Kohn visit http://www.pettitkohn.com.

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Pettit Kohn Shareholders Selected to the 2013 San Diego Super Lawyers List

June 7, 2013

PRESS RELEASE – Three Shareholders of Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 San Diego Super Lawyers list: Douglas A. Pettit, Thomas S. Ingrassia, and Jennifer N. Lutz.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) June 07, 2013 - Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, a civil litigation law firm, is pleased to announce that three shareholders in the firm’s San Diego office have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 San Diego Super Lawyers list: Douglas A. Pettit for Professional Liability: Defense, Thomas S. Ingrassia for Employment Litigation: Defense, and Jennifer N. Lutz for Employment & Labor. San Diego Super Lawyers is a rating service that identifies outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Doug was also recognized as one of the “Top 50” on the San Diego Super Lawyers list for the third time.

“I am extremely proud of each of these hard-working and impressive individuals. Recognition like this flows from their commitment to deliver the highest quality work and outstanding results for our clients,” said Andrew Kohn, CEO of Pettit Kohn.

Douglas A. Pettit is a founding shareholder and chair of the firm’s Professional Liability and Business Litigation groups. Doug brings over 20 years of experience defending legal malpractice claims as well as handling complex litigation matters throughout Southern California. Doug handles each case with a client-centered approach allowing him to resolve disputes favorably and achieve outstanding trial results. His trial experience has led to his induction as the youngest member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2011 and the San Diego Super Lawyers list every year since 2007. In 2013, Doug also received the distinction of being on the list of the “Top 50” attorneys in San Diego for the third time. Doug is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®, (the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethics).

Thomas S. Ingrassia is a founding shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor group. Tom is well-known for his business-oriented and client-centric approach to litigation defense, and client counseling services, allowing him to consistently deliver favorable and cost efficient results and solutions. A distinguished speaker, Tom regularly provides training and management counseling for employers with respect to employee and business management issues. Tom has been consistently recognized for his outstanding litigation and trial work by his peers. He has been selected for inclusion in the San Diego Super Lawyers list every year 2008 – 2013, listed in Best Lawyers in America and The Daily Transcript honored Tom as one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys in 2011. Tom has also achieved an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell® (the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethics). Additionally, Tom was recognized as a Finalist for the 2013 CFO of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal.

Jennifer N. Lutz is also a founding shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor group. Jennifer has extensive employment litigation experience, successfully representing California employers in a variety of employment disputes in State and Federal court, and before administrative and government agencies. Jennifer regularly defends all forms of employment litigation, including claims of discrimination, wrongful termination, and harassment. Jennifer also assists her clients in developing and enforcing appropriate employment practices and policies. Most recently, Jennifer was nominated for The Daily Transcript’s 2013 Top Attorneys award. This is the third consecutive year that Jennifer has been selected for inclusion in the San Diego Super Lawyers list.

The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. Only five percent of lawyers in California are selected. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.

About Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC

Founded in 2006, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC is a law firm that knows how to achieve successful outcomes. The firm’s commitment to handle each case from the client’s perspective and incorporate the client’s goals and objectives has generated both extraordinarily positive client relationships and routinely successful results in the courtroom. Pettit Kohn’s practice areas include Appellate, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation & Trials, Employment & Labor counseling and litigation defense, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Real Estate Litigation, Restaurant & Hospitality, Retail, Transactional & Business Services, and Transportation. The firm’s list of clients includes professionals, small to mid-size firms, and fortune 100 companies. Pettit Kohn is regionally located with offices in San Diego – 11622 El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130; (858) 755-8500, and Los Angeles – 9841 Airport Boulevard, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (310) 649-5772. For more information visit the firm’s website at http://www.pettitkohn.com.

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Pettit Kohn Attorney Receives The Daily Transcript’s 2012 Young Attorneys Award

December 13, 2012

December 13, 2012, Pettit Kohn is pleased to announce associate Jeff Boman was recognized by The Daily Transcript as a Young Attorneys Finalist in the “Practicing 3-5 Years” category. Additionally, Hazel Ocampo, Valerie Garcia Hong and Bron D’Angelo were also nominated for the award.

Each year The Daily Transcript recognizes San Diego’s best young attorneys with seven years or less of experience. They are selected through a peer nominated process and judged by an independent panel of legal experts. All finalists represent characteristics of being ethical and professional, enthusiastic, detail-orientated, hard working and committed to furthering the interests of justice in society. Congratulations to ALL the finalists.

Jeff Boman represents individuals and companies across a variety of industries in matters involving business litigation, premises liability, product liability, employment practices, contracts, corporate structure, corporate financing and securities. In addition to his litigation practice, Jeff co-founded and manages the firm’s corporate transactional and advisory practice. He provides counseling and unique solutions that integrate the issues and risks of both business and litigation.

Hazel Ocampo is an associate in the firm’s Employment & Labor group. She represents clients on a broad spectrum of claims, including discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, and wage and hour litigation.

Valerie Garcia Hong has substantial litigation experience representing professionals, large commercial companies as well as small companies in wide-range of cases, including unfair business practices, breach of contract, negligence, fraud and trade secrets. Valerie is also a co-founder of the firm’s Appellate practice.

Bron D’Angelo has extensive trial and litigation experience. He currently represents clients in matters involving business litigation, product liability, premises liability, and personal injury.

Click here to view the 2012 Finalists of The Daily Transcript’s Young Attorneys Award.

Pettit Kohn’s Liz Pagano Nominated for the 2012 Women Who Mean Business Awards

October 16, 2012

Liz Pagano, Chief of Operations for Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, was named a finalist for the 2012 Women Who Mean Business Awards, presented by the San Diego Business Journal and Union Bank. The Women Who Mean Business event recognizes women who have made a difference in the workplace and the community and have served as role models for other women or young girls. In addition to her work in business, Liz has been a featured speaker for organizations on Leadership, Effective Management and Operational Excellence. She has met with students at High Tech High, helped coach community members who are in transition with networking and resume writing, and provided management training to new and experienced professionals. Liz is presented with this award on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.