October 22, 2013
On October 4, 2013, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz prevailed on behalf of its client, an attorney, who was sued for malicious prosecution, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Pettit Kohn prevailed on its anti-SLAPP motion arguing the plaintiff’s claims were time-barred. The Fourth Appellate District, Division One affirmed the trial court’s order in a published decision. This is the first published decision in the Fourth Appellate District, Division One addressing the application of the one-year statute of limitations to a malicious prosecution action against an attorney. Pettit Kohn’s client was awarded all costs, including attorneys’ fees, on appeal. Valerie Garcia Hong and Doug Pettit, members of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group, represented the client.
Click here to read the published decision.
October 10, 2013
The Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego, Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, and Housing Opportunities Collaborative will present a free seminar titled, “Small Business Basics: Forming Your Business, Employing Workers, and Protecting IP.” The panel will be held on October 22, 2013, located at the Lincoln Acres Public Library in National City starting at 5:30 PM. Panelists will include Valerie Garcia Hong, a shareholder and professional liability attorney at Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, and Audie de Castro of de Castro, P.C.
Please see the flyer for additional information.
October 8, 2013
Is litigation prevention a “compliance” function of HR management, or is it a “strategic” function of HR leadership? Human Resource Professionals are invited to join this UCSD HR Leadership event titled, ”Leadership & Litigation: An Inverse Correlation.”
When: Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Where: UCSD Extension, 6256 Greenwich Drive, Room 115, San Diego, CA 92122
Join this insightful dialogue, revealing real-life stories, passionate observations, and practical ideas on how effective leadership is at the root of both asset creation and asset preservation in our companies.
Both Tom Ingrassia and Claudia Schwartz have had direct experience with the “inverse correlation” between leadership and litigation.
Tom Ingrassia, Employment attorney and founding partner of Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, former President of San Diego SHRM, leader and manager of top-performance teams of 100 professionals, public speaker and harassment training presenter, award-winning legal counsel (San Diego Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, San Diego’s Top Attorneys for Employment/Labor) and trial attorney with an AV®-rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
Claudia Schwartz, expert witness in employment litigation, investigator, EEOC consent decree court-appointed monitor, harassment trainer, leadership development and training facilitator, executive coach, corporate HR leader at companies with up to 10,000 employees, employment law instructor and program director at UCSD Extension, HR consultant.
Sound interesting? Reserve your seat today by clicking Register Now. If you would like additional information, please contact Claudia Schwartz by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 255-2600.
September 27, 2013
When was the last time you updated your employment policies? Whether you are a small business owner or a large employer, it can still be confusing with the countless, complex state and federal laws that govern the California workplace. Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz’s Employment & Labor team is pleased to offer a program designed to help you diagnose potential issues and comply with recent changes in the law. Attend this advanced-level program for human resource professionals, supervisors and managers that will address significant employment law issues delivered in two informative sessions.
What’s on the Agenda?
SESSION I – Employment Law Update (Lunch Will Be provided)
What happened in 2013 and what you need to know to be prepared for 2014. The morning session will include a discussion with guest speakers Jared Nichols and Michael Sinkeldam of Mercer Health and Benefits, who will report on the Affordable Health Care Act. Other topics include:
- Wage & Hour Issues and Updates
- Recent trends in Discrimination, Harassment & Retaliation Claims
- Navigating Complex Leave of Absence and Disability Issues
SESSION II – Required AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training
This training session will examine recent developments in harassment law with particular emphasis on detecting, addressing, and preventing concerns to avoid potential liability.
Who Should Attend?
This seminar is designed for human resource managers, controllers, accountants, office managers, payroll professionals, finance directors, presidents, vice presidents, CFOs, operations managers, and small business owners.
This program has been approved for 6.25 credit hours (for both sessions) toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute.
When and Where is this Seminar Located?
This annual employment law symposium will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Resort (Mission Bay). Registration/check-in and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM with the first session starting at 8:30 AM.
What are the Registration Costs?
- Both Session I & II – $175/per person before October 26th ($200 after)
Session I price includes free admission to Session II
- Session I (ONLY) – Employment Law Update – $175/per person before October 26th ($200 after)
- Session II (ONLY) – Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training – $50/per person
For more information email us at email@example.com or contact Cathy Johnson or Lana Tiley at (858) 755-8500.
September 18, 2013
On July 8, 2013, after a three week trial, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz attorneys Grant Waterkotte, Damian Dolin, and Martin Moreno, secured a defense verdict on behalf of their client in a personal injury case. The case involved severe brain injury resulting from a fall at a large retail store in Bakersfield, CA.
In November of 2009, the plaintiff fell on the client’s premises. He struck the back of his head with sufficient force to cause a contrecoup injury, leading to severe brain injury in the frontal lobe of his brain. The injury left plaintiff with severe mental deficits and other medical complications. Plaintiff’s past medical special damages totaled roughly $500,000, which included two neurosurgical procedures, and treatment for a seizure disorder. The reasonableness and necessity of this treatment was not disputed. Both sides agreed that plaintiff’s life care plan needs were significant, falling between $700,000 (defense) and $3,000,000 (plaintiff).
Plaintiff’s attorneys contended that the incident was caused by a dangerous condition that the store either created, or about which it should have known. Pettit Kohn’s attorneys argued that the store acted reasonably and was not at fault for the plaintiff’s accident. The defense presentation was persuasive. Following three weeks of testimony and argument, the jury deliberated for less than two hours, and returned a verdict in favor of Pettit Kohn’s client.
September 10, 2013
On Thursday, September 12, 2013, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz’s Appellate Team will present a FREE one hour seminar, ”Creating and Preserving Your Case for Appeal: How, When, and Why to Object, Raise and Preserve Issues.” Jenna Leyton-Jones, Valerie Garcia Hong, and Derek Hecht will illustrate the importance of preparing to prevail at trial while preserving your grounds properly for appeal.
WHEN: 12:00 PM | Thursday, September 12th
WHERE: North County Bar Association | 249 South Indiana Avenue, Vista, CA 92083
MCLE Credit: 1.0 General
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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.
August 5, 2013
On Monday, August 5, 2013, the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP) and Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC – San Diego) will present, “Even the GC Needs an Elevator Pitch!” This event will be held at the SDG&E Energy Information Center, at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. The program will begin at 5:00pm followed by a networking reception.
Join Pettit Kohn shareholder, Cassandra Mougin, as she provides invaluable insight on how to concisely describe your practice - to prospective employers, clients, and even colleagues. Cassandra will be joined on panel by Diana Day, Assistant General Counsel, of San Diego Gas & Electric and a player to be named later.
This interactive opportunity will allow you to practice your elevator pitch in an inclusive, supportive and fun environment. You will learn how to maximize your impact at business events, express your value to clients and turn social contacts into business opportunities.
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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.
July 16, 2013
Pettit Kohn is pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Williams as an Associate to the firm’s San Diego office. Sarah earned her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sarah is an experienced civil litigation attorney with an emphasis on employment law, premises liability and personal injury cases. She has found success resolving cases on behalf of her clients throughout Southern California. Sarah’s primary focus at Pettit Kohn will be retail litigation matters.