Appellate

Pettit Kohn provides highly skilled legal representation in the event our clients experience a disappointing result at the trial level or need to preserve a favorable outcome on appeal. Our Appellate Team provides multifaceted legal services that encompass all stages of the writ and appellate process, including post trial motions, legal research, record review, brief writing and oral argument. Taking a comprehensive approach, our team offers consultation throughout the litigation process to ensure success on the appellate level, and develops winning strategies to help our clients achieve their goals should pursuing or defending against an appeal become necessary.

Pettit Kohn Appellate Team: Douglas Pettit, Christina Bernstein, Valerie Garcia Hong, Jenna Leyton-JonesMatthew Smith.

San Diego County Bar Association - Appellate Court Committee (ACC) Articles
Strategies and Advice for Crafting Compelling - Not Just "Good" - Appellate Arguments
By Jenna Leyton-Jones
Appellate Court Committee Members Enjoy Rare Behind-The-Scenes Tour of Court of Appeal By Jenna Leyton-Jones
ACC's CLE "The Ins and Outs of Initiating An Appeal" Proves to be a Hit With New and Experienced Appellate Attorneys By Jenna Leyton-Jones

Client Testimonial
"Pettit Kohn's appellate team offered exceptional brief writing, professionalism and poise during oral argument, and personal attention to my case. Pettit Kohn's attorneys helped me from the defense of my case at the trial court, Court of Appeal, and before the California Supreme Court."

Denny Kershek, Certified Family Law Specialist, attorney and client.

Representative Matters

  • Gray v. IDS, Case No. B216449. Pettit Kohn represented the respondent and secured affirmance of trial court’s dismissal of action based on appellant’s failure to file amended complaint.
  • Yee v. Cheung, Case No. D060989. Pettit Kohn represented an attorney sued for malicious prosecution arising from the attorney's representation of clients alleging theft of funds owned by a Chinese community music organization. Pettit Kohn prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion and secured attorney's fees and costs. The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's decision in a published decision. This is the first published decision by the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District addressing the statute of limitations for malicious prosection claims against an attorney. See Yee v. Cheung (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 184.
  • Bastien v. Kershek, Case No. D058424. Pettit Kohn handled the appeal before the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One and the appellant's petition for review to the Supreme Court. Pettit Kohn addressed the discovery rule for the one-year statute of limitations against attorneys. Pettit Kohn secured and collected the judgment from the appellant for the client.
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