Pettit Kohn Attorneys Grant Waterkotte, Kelly Douglas, and Andrew Smith Selected as 2014 Rising Stars

PRESS RELEASE: Pettit Kohn Attorneys Grant Waterkotte, Kelly Douglas, and Andrew Smith Selected as 2014 Rising Stars

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 11, 2014 – Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, a civil litigation law firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, is pleased to announce that three attorneys from the firm’s Los Angeles office have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Southern California Rising Stars list; Grant Waterkotte (Transportation/Maritime), Kelly Douglas (Civil Litigation Defense), and Andrew Smith (PI General).

Southern California Rising Stars is an annual publication of Thomson Reuters, that recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years or younger, or have been in practice ten years or less. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. No more than 2.5% of lawyers in California are included on this list.

David Halm, Managing Shareholder of Pettit Kohn’s Los Angeles office, had this to say, “To receive a distinction like this from your peers is a great honor, for each of these attorneys individually and for the firm as well. It’s a testament to the dedication and commitment to quality service and counsel that they deliver to their clients every day.”

Grant D. Waterkotte is a Shareholder in the firm’s Transportation, Business Litigation, and Employment & Labor groups. He has received this honor each year since 2010. Grant represents a diverse group of clients in a variety of areas including transportation law, retail liability, personal injury defense, employment law, commercial litigation, and product liability.

Kelly M. Douglas is a Shareholder in the firm’s Business Litigation and Retail groups. This marks the third consecutive year that Kelly has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list. Kelly has experience handling diverse civil litigation matters. Kelly’s practice focuses on the areas of premises liability, product liability, personal injury and business litigation.

Andrew O. Smith is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Business Litigation and Retail groups. He handles a wide-range of complex matters on behalf of small businesses to large size companies throughout Southern California. Andrew concentrates his legal practice in the areas of product liability, premises liability, and business disputes. This is the sixth time Andrew has been recognized for this honor.

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


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