Three of Pettit Kohn’s Los Angeles Attorneys Earn Distinquished Award

PRESS RELEASE – Three attorneys in Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz’s Los Angeles office have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars List; Shareholder Grant D. Waterkotte, Shareholder Kelly M. Douglas and Senior Counsel Andrew O. Smith.

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz, a civil litigation law firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, is pleased to announce that three attorneys in the firm’s Los Angeles office have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list; Grant Waterkotte: Transportation/Maritime, Kelly Douglas: Civil Litigation Defense and Andrew O. Smith: Business Litigation. Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars recognizes top up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years or younger, or have practiced law ten years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in California are included on this list.

“These are hard-earned honors for Grant, Kelly and Andrew, who are outstanding attorneys in the Los Angeles legal and business community,” said David Halm, Managing Shareholder for Pettit Kohn. “Each of them represents a great depth of knowledge and industry experience, representing our firm’s commitment to consistently meet the needs of our clients. They are integrally involved in the growth of our Los Angeles office, which continues to thrive in this well-developed Los Angeles market.”

Grant D. Waterkotte is a Shareholder in the firm’s Transportation and Business Litigation groups. This is the fourth year in a row that Grant has been selected for inclusion on this esteemed list. As one of the youngest members of the American Board of Trial Advocates, he is recognized as an experienced practitioner and highly qualified trial attorney. Grant successfully represents 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 Civil Litigation and Retail groups. Kelly has a wide-range of experience handling diverse civil litigation matters, and has served as lead counsel on both jury trials and appeals. Kelly regularly defends clients in a variety of areas including premises liability, product liability, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases. Her dedication to the firm was realized earlier this year when she was elevated to Shareholder. This is Kelly’s second year to be selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list. Kelly has also been recognized as one of Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Women Lawyers.

Andrew O. Smith is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Business Litigation and Retail groups. Andrew has successfully represented his clients in a variety of complex matters, including product liability, premises liability, personal injury cases as well as business disputes. Andrew approaches each case with the client’s goals in mind, regularly achieving favorable results. This is the fifth year that Andrew has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Southern California Rising Stars list.

As Pettit Kohn’s Los Angeles attorneys continue to generate accolades in prominent legal industry rankings, they have also seen tremendous growth. They have increased their presence in the Los Angeles area by adding the eleventh attorney to the office. This growth prompted a move earlier this year to a newly expanded suite in their existing building, located at 9841 Airport Boulevard, Suite 1100.

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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