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Shannon Finley Joins Pettit Kohn’s Employment Team

September 18, 2014

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz is pleased to announce the addition of Shannon Finley as an Associate to the firm’s San Diego team. Shannon earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she obtained a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in History and in Classical Civilization. Shannon’s practice will focus primarily on employment & labor matters.

9/22 – 9/26/14: Pettit Kohn Supports Dress for Success San Diego

September 17, 2014

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz has partnered with the San Diego Paralegal Association (SDPA) and the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD) to host a Women’s Suit Drive benefiting the local non-profit Dress for Success – San Diego. The suit drive will be held from September 22 – 26 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Please follow these guidelines for acceptable items to donate: Interview appropriate women’s attire, current style, clean, ready-to-wear skirt suits, pant suits, separate slacks, skirts, neutral blouses, gently used purses, and costume jewelry. Also, unopened and/or original packaging items: hosiery (large sizes), cosmetics, hair brushes, skin care products, nail polish, and perfume.

The majority of their clients are ages 23-30. Cash donations are gratefully accepted for the purchase of special size clothing. Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be provided. To view the event flyer click here.

Donations can be dropped off Monday – Friday at two locations:

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz – Shanon McDonnell (858) 755-8500
11622 El Camino Real, #300, San Diego 92130

Butterfield Schechter & Van Clief LLP – Kristine Custodio (858) 444-2300 x119
10021 Willow Creek Road, #200, San Diego 92131

Dress For Success San Diego helps low income women acquire jobs and build their careers. Their private boutique is an encouraging environment that provides wardrobe and interview preparation services, employment retention programs, and life management consultation. Dress for Success – San Diego has served nearly 8,000 low income women since its inception.

Please share this information with your friends and family who may  have an interest in supporting this clothing drive. Any questions about this event, please contact Shanon McDonnell at (858) 755-8500 or

We thank you for your support!

San Diego Attorneys Pettit & Kohn Featured in Forbes Magazine

September 9, 2014

Preparation, Commitment, Business Litigation Excellence

In 2006, a group of lawyers decided to open a business litigation firm where commitment – to clients and each other – was the glue and great work was the rule.

From vision to reality: Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, nine attorneys in the early days and 35 now, works to resolve disputes for individuals, the smallest of small businesses and the largest of major corporations. This is a firm prepared to fight and ready to go to trial for its clients.

The practice brings significant litigation experience to the dispute and is a passionate advocate, whether the client is the plaintiff or the defendant. Three of the firm’s attorneys are members of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a pre-eminent national association of experienced, highly respected trial attorneys.

Trying Cases to Verdict
“We try cases. And in today’s legal world, not all firms do,” says Douglas A. Pettit, Esq., vice president. “In the early summer, we had four trials in 60 days and obtained very good outcomes.” Such outcomes, he says, are the primary driver behind the firm’s impressive recession-years growth. “We’ve delivered for our clients, and they’re very satisfied.” When Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz opened, the attorneys worked in areas where they had substantial background – business litigation, employment and labor law, professional liability and retail. Organic growth followed, and as new attorneys joined the firm, its breadth of operations widened. Practice areas now include personal injury, appellate, product liability, real estate, restaurant and hospitality, and transportation. “We’ve grown into new areas where our clients have asked us to handle work for them,” Pettit says. “We’ve handled all types of litigation matters for our clients.”

Developing Clear Arguments
The attorneys get to know their clients and their businesses, learn their goals and strategic plans and work with them as partners, almost like in-house counsel. They develop arguments they can present clearly, sensibly and compellingly to judges, jurors and mediators, but not every case goes to trial. For those that do, Andrew N. Kohn, Esq., chief executive officer, says clients are in good hands. “We’re experienced in the courtroom. We work very hard to make sure what we do is not only in the best interests of the client but within the context of what’s going on with their business. And we’re really prepared.”

Armed with that business-minded approach to its clients’ needs, Pettit Kohn looks forward to its future prospects.

PDF: Forbes – Preparation, Commitment, Business Litigation Excellence

Two Pettit Kohn Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2015

August 20, 2014

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants and Employment Law – Management.

Shareholder and Vice President of the firm, Douglas Pettit, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for the fifth year in a row, in the category of Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants. Additionally, Doug was named the Best Lawyers’ 2014-2015 Legal Malpractice Law  “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego. Only one lawyer in each practice area, in each community is awarded this honor.

For a third year in a row, Thomas Ingrassia, shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor group, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for his work in Employment Law – Management.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2015) includes 52,488 attorneys in 137 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

9/4/14: Join Jennifer Lutz at CRA’s Membership Meeting at The Prado

August 13, 2014

Join Jennifer Lutz, co-chair of Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz’s employment & labor group, at the CRA San Diego Chapter’s “Forward Learning or How I Learned to Love My Attorney” general membership meeting to be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at The Prado at Balboa Park.

The event will begin with a networking & continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. with the legal panel starting at 8:45 a.m.  The program will cover topics, including tip pooling, affordable care act, social media in the workplace, minimum wage, ADA lawsuits, wage & hour and more.

When:  Sept. 4
Time:  Registration and continental breakfast – 8 a.m.
Meeting:  8:45 a.m.
Where:  The Prado at Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego

If you have any questions, contact Jan Borkum at or 619.846.2164.


11/13/14: Pettit Kohn Annual Employment Law Symposium

August 12, 2014

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz’s 8th Annual Employment Law Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar at 15575 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, 92014. Our employment attorneys will address any new laws and employment changes that HR professionals need to know and how to effectively handle them.

Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM with the program lasting from 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM with lunch included. This year’s program will include:

  • State and federal cases that have been decided in the past year and new California laws impacting wage and hour issues.
  • Significant developments and recent cases regarding employee harassment, discrimination and retaliation issues and how they impact employee management processes and strategies.
  • An overview of recent arbitration-related cases on the state and federal levels, as well as an in-depth analysis of a recent California Supreme Court decision, and tips for drafting arbitration policies.

Registration Fee: EARLY BIRD RATE $175/per person ($200 after 10/24/14)

To Register:

Questions, feel free to call Cathy Johnson or Jennifer Ingrassia at (858) 755-8500 or email

Pettit Kohn is the Gold Sponsor for FALSD’s Fundraiser on 8/21

August 5, 2014

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz is proud to be this year’s Gold Sponsor for Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego’s (FALSD) Golf Scramble & Happy Hour Fundraiser. The event will be held on August 21, 2014, at Sail Ho Golf Course at Liberty Station. The Golf Scramble will begin at 4:00 pm, followed by a happy hour at 5:30 pm. The cost to attend is $40 (Scramble & Happy Hour) or $25 (Happy Hour only).

Funds raised from the event will go to local law students taking the California Bar.

To RSVP or for information about available sponsorship opportunities, please email Valerie Garcia Hong at  For more information about FALSD, visit their website at

Golf Scramble & Happy Hour 2014 at Sail Ho Golf Course

David Halm Named Finalist in 2014 Asian Business Awards

July 30, 2014

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz congratulates David Halm, managing shareholder of Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz’s Los Angeles office, who was recently named a finalist in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2014 Asian Business Awards.  The award recognizes Asian-owned and managed businesses that are setting the example for excellence throughout Greater Los Angeles.

Click here to view the July 28th supplement.


Pettit Kohn Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict in Professional Liability Case

July 17, 2014

On April 25, 2014, Matt Smith and the professional liability team of Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz in San Diego, successfully obtained a defense verdict on behalf of their client in a professional liability case. The plaintiffs alleged claims for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraudulent concealment, intentional misrepresentation, and conversion. After sixteen months of litigation and a three-week trial – lead trial attorney Matt prevailed on all counts in favor of his client, with the jury deliberating and returning a defense verdict in less than a day.

According to court documents, the Plaintiffs initially hired the client to help them recover their share of an inheritance that had been wrongfully withheld from them for years. In April of 2008, after months of hard-fought litigation (and over 1,500 hours of work), the client secured a very favorable, multi-million dollar settlement for the Plaintiffs and collected a contingency fee worth more than one million dollars. Several years later, Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit seeking a refund of the contingency fee.

At trial, Matt was able to prove that his client had fully complied with all of his ethical and professional responsibilities and that he was entitled to retain his well-earned contingency fee. This was a very hotly-contested case, involving serious allegations of wrong-doing against the client and the jury verdict represented complete vindication for Pettit Kohn’s client.

Pettit Kohn Secures Defense Verdict for Trek Bicycle Corporation in Product Liability Case

July 9, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Pettit Kohn Secures Defense Verdict for Trek Bicycle Corporation in Product Liability Case

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC, a prominent civil litigation firm headquartered in San Diego, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of Trek Bicycle Corporation. 

Santa Ana, CA, June 17, 2014: An Orange County jury returned a defense verdict in favor of Trek Bicycle Corporation in the product liability case Eric Richard Koff vs. Trek Bicycle Corporation (Case No. 30-2012 00602533). After 12 days of testimony and deliberation the jury found that Trek’s 16-spoke Bontrager Race X Lite Aero front wheel was soundly designed, and not defective as alleged by the plaintiff.

Bruce Brusavich, a well-known trial lawyer with more than 100 jury trials to his name, argued that Mr. Koff sustained serious personal injury due to defects in the design of the 16-spoke wheel purchased at a Trek Super Store in Vista, Calif. Plaintiff Eric Koff claimed that the front wheel of his bike “collapsed” during a ride in Newport Beach due to design defects, resulting in a pitch-over event, in which Mr. Koff suffered serious, multiple, comminuted LeFort III facial fractures, and other injuries. Mr. Koff’s counsel implored the jury to award $3.4 million dollars for general damages due to the seriousness of the injuries, residual vision impairment, and the alleged, residual cognitive deficit. Mr. Koff required total reconstructive surgery of the facial bones on the right side of his face, and three additional surgeries to reposition his eye, and to correct double vision problems.

Andrew Kohn and Lauren Bates, trial counsel from Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC, mounted the successful defense on behalf of Trek Bicycle Corporation. At trial, Mr. Kohn presented extensive evidence on behalf of Trek regarding the soundness of the design, the thorough and rigorous in-house testing conducted by Trek, and the fact that Trek’s Bontrager Race X Lite Aero wheels are hand-built to demanding specifications. Trek rebutted plaintiff’s claims by demonstrating that a used, identical wheel was ridden with one spoke removed for more than 60 miles at speeds up to 43 mph without incident. Trek also presented convincing physical evidence that Mr. Koff’s incident occurred when a foreign object lodged between the spokes and the front fork.

Informal interviews with jurors after the verdict revealed that the jury concluded that the design of the wheel was not the cause of Mr. Koff’s injuries.

“This was a great win for Trek, which builds great cycling products, many of them by hand, in Waterloo, Wis.,” said Mr. Kohn. “Not many American manufacturers can make that claim, and even fewer go to the lengths demonstrated by Trek in this case to painstakingly design, build and test their products prior to introduction into the marketplace. Taking a case like Mr. Koff’s to trial against an experienced and skilled trial attorney, and which regrettably involved serious injuries to a person like Mr. Koff, demonstrated the depth of Trek’s conviction and belief in their product. That the jury agreed with Trek’s view of the soundness of the product is satisfying vindication of Trek’s commitment to quality.”

About Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC

Founded in 2006, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC is a law firm committed to providing outstanding trial counsel for its clientele. The firm’s attorneys commit themselves to incorporating the client’s business concerns, goals and objectives. Doing so has generated both extraordinarily positive client relationships, and routinely successful results in the courtroom. Pettit Kohn’s attorneys provide experienced counsel in matters including 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 issues. The firm clients include professionals, small to mid-size firms, and Fortune 100 companies. Pettit Kohn services clients from offices in located 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 please visit


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