Nine Pettit Kohn Attorneys Selected for 2015 San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List; Douglas Pettit Ranked as one of San Diego’s Top Ten Attorneys.

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Pettit Kohn’s best year yet, with nine attorneys named to the 2015 San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

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This is a remarkable group of attorneys and this recognition reflects our firm’s continued commitment to providing an exceptional level of service to each client.

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, a prominent civil litigation firm with offices in San Diego and Los Angeles, is proud to announce that four of the firm’s attorneys were named to the 2015 San Diego Super Lawyers list. In addition, five attorneys were named to the 2015 San Diego Rising Stars list. Only five percent of the lawyers in California are named to Super Lawyers and no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Douglas Pettit was ranked among the “Top 10” attorneys in San Diego, an honor that demonstrates an extraordinary level of achievement.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research and peer nominations and evaluations. Each attorney has been evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement including: verdicts and settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, position within law firm, bar and or other professional activity, pro bono and community service as a lawyer, scholarly lectures and writings, education and employment background, and other outstanding achievements.

Pettit Kohn attorneys and their primary practice area as categorized by Super Lawyers:

San Diego Super Lawyers
Douglas Pettit: Professional Liability - Defense (Super Lawyers since 2007, Top 10, Top 50 (Fifth Time))
Andrew Kohn: Personal Injury General - Defense
Thomas Ingrassia: Employment & Labor (Super Lawyers since 2008)
Jennifer Lutz: Employment Litigation - Defense (Super Lawyers since 2011)

San Diego Rising Stars
Damian Dolin: Personal Injury General - Plaintiff
Valerie Garcia Hong: Business Litigation
Jenna Leyton-Jones: Employment & Labor
Robert Ortiz: Business Litigation
Derek Wilson: Personal Injury General - Defense

John Durant, COO, commented, “This is a remarkable group of attorneys and this recognition reflects our firm’s continued commitment to providing an exceptional level of service to each client.”

Douglas Pettit, a founding shareholder and chair of the firm’s Professional Liability and Business Litigation groups, was listed among the 2015 Top 10 San Diego Super Lawyers. This year marks the ninth consecutive year Doug has been included on the San Diego Super Lawyers list. Most recently, Doug was named by Best Lawyers in America as the 2015 Defendants’ Legal Malpractice “Lawyer of the Year” in San Diego. He has defended professional liability and complex litigation matters throughout his career; and he has won significant verdicts and settlements for an impressive list of clients which include professionals, small-mid size firms and Fortune 100 companies. Doug is an active member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is AV-rated, Martindale’s highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethics.

Andrew Kohn, founding shareholder and the firm’s CEO, is a highly respected trial attorney with 22 years of experience litigating personal injury, product liability, and business disputes. Drew has tried more than 20 cases to verdict before a jury, and was elected as a member by ABOTA in January of 2014. Drew has also been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as “Best of the Bar” and as a “Most Admired CEO.” Additionally, he has achieved an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Thomas Ingrassia, a founding shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor group, has been named to the San Diego Super Lawyers list for the eighth consecutive year. He defends employers in all forms of employment disputes throughout California and regularly assists clients in developing and implementing successful employment and management practices. Tom is a highly acclaimed speaker who is frequently requested to provide employment law and management training to corporate officers, managers, HR professionals, and other attorneys. Tom has achieved Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards and was recognized as a San Diego Daily Transcript "Top Attorneys" for Labor and Employment Law in 2011. Additionally, he has been included in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America. In 2013, Tom was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as a Finalist for the "CFO of the Year" Award. That publication also honored Tom as being one of the "Best of the Bar" for 2014.

Jennifer Lutz, a founding shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s Employment & Labor group, focuses her practice in employment litigation and counseling. Jennifer successfully represents California employers involving issues of discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, defamation, trade secrets, and both individual and class action wage-and-hour claims. In addition to being an accomplished speaker and author on issues such as HR audits, wage-and-hour law, employee privacy, and leaves of absence, she regularly provides advice and training for employers. This is the fifth year in a row that Jennifer has been selected for inclusion to the San Diego Super Lawyers list. Jennifer was also nominated for The Daily Transcript’s Top Attorneys Award in 2013 and the San Diego Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar” in 2014.

Damian Dolin focuses on litigation in the areas of personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, business disputes, premises liability, and general negligence. Damian's practice is largely devoted to the representation of individual plaintiffs who have suffered injury. Damian is well-versed in all stages of litigation and has obtained outstanding results for his clients in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and mediations throughout California. Damian has obtained in excess of $10,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for his injured clients over the last five years. Damian believes in an honest, direct approach to litigation. He is a tough, but fair litigator who never loses sight of his client's goals. He is an experienced trial attorney who recognizes that most cases can and should be resolved short of trial.

Valerie Garcia Hong defends attorneys and law firms against professional negligence and fraud claims. Most recently, Valerie prevailed on an anti-SLAPP motion on behalf of her client facing fraud and negligence claims arising from a business dispute. She successfully secured attorney’s fees and costs at the trial level and prevailed on appeal. In 2014, Valerie was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as “Best of the Bar” and named one of San Diego’s "Top Attorneys" by The Daily Transcript. She is also involved with local organizations such as the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce - San Diego, Dress for Success - San Diego, and the Eugene Bowman Economic Empowerment Center.

Jenna Leyton-Jones, a shareholder of the firm’s Employment & Labor group, has an extensive background handling all aspects of employment litigation, including the defense of claims involving retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour disputes, leave and disability issues, and trade secret misappropriation. Jenna routinely lectures on employment law trends and developments, and currently serves as the Vice President of Legislation for the San Diego Society for Human Resource Management (SDSHRM). Jenna is also a co-founder of the firm's growing Appellate practice group. In 2011, she was honored with The Daily Transcript's Young Attorneys Award, and was more recently nominated for The Daily Transcript's "Top Attorneys" 2013 Award.

Robert Ortiz has extensive litigation experience representing clients involving business disputes, product liability and personal injury matters. Most recently, Robert obtained a dismissal of a wrongful death claim on behalf of a large retail client. He also assisted in securing a settlement of $680,000 for a client who was injured on the job.

Derek Wilson represents clients for personal injury and business matters. In every case, he strives to exceed client expectations from inception through trial. Derek has successfully handled lawsuits for premises liability, car accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and additional claims for a broad range of clients—both individuals and companies of all sizes.

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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