Litigation Attorneys Shannon Finley & Arash Yahyai Win Summary Judgment on Behalf of National Retail Client

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin litigation attorneys Shannon R. Finley and Arash J. Yahyai successfully obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a national retail client in a slip-and-fall case in the San Bernardino Superior Court. 

Plaintiff brought suit on behalf of her son, a minor, claiming that her son was injured as a result of a slip-and-fall incident on Defendant’s premises.  Plaintiff alleged that there was a spill in the area of the fall and that the Defendant failed to clean the area or provide notification of the dangerous condition.

Video recording of the incident demonstrated that the Plaintiff’s son had tripped as a result of his own actions.  Based on this video evidence, Defendant filed a Motion for Summary Judgment.  Mr. Yahyai successfully argued that there was no dangerous condition at the time of the incident and that even if there was a dangerous condition, Defendant had no actual or constructive notice.  Thus, the court granted summary judgment in favor of the retailer and Plaintiff’s claims against Defendant were dismissed.  

About Shannon Finley

Shannon R. Finley is a shareholder in Pettit Kohn’s San Diego office.  She focuses her practice on the defense of clients against personal injury and premises liability matters as well as employment law matters, representing California employers in disputes ranging from single plaintiff wrongful termination cases to complex class actions, and everything in between.  She also provides guidance to employers, advising on best practices to avoid lawsuits before they arise.  She is a speaker and author on issues that include best hiring practices, wage and hour law, discrimination, leaves of absence, and social media.  Shannon was recognized by the San Diego Business Journal’s “Women of Influence in Law” and “Leaders in Law” and has been included in the Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list since 2019.  She was also honored by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch© in 2021 and 2022 for her work in Labor & Employment Litigation.

About Arash Yahyai

Arash J. Yahyai is an associate in Pettit Kohn’s San Diego office.  He has extensive trial experience representing clients in transportation, catastrophic injury, personal injury, and premises liability matters.  He has obtained favorable results for his clients in both pre-litigation and litigation.  He has secured victories through dispositive motions, mediations, bench trials, arbitrations, and settlement conferences.  Mr. Yahyai is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California as well as the United States District Court, Southern District of California.  Additionally, he is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Defense Lawyers, and the law fraternity of Phi Alpha Delta.

About Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin PC is a leading AV-rated, full-service trial firm with expertise in litigating and resolving civil matters in both state and federal courts.  The firm represents clients in the areas of Appellate, Business Litigation, Community Association Litigation, Employment & Labor, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Real Estate Litigation, Restaurant & Hospitality, Retail, Transactional & Business Services, Transportation, and Trial & Civil Litigation.  Clients include large and mid-sized corporations, privately held businesses, institutions, and individuals.  Pettit Kohn is located in California and Arizona with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson.  Learn more about the firm at