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Meet the Team: J.P. Harrington Bisceglia

Background Information
J.P. Harrington Bisceglia is Senior Counsel in the Tyson & Mendes Arizona office. J.P. has spent her entire legal career working in insurance defense litigation. She represents clients in a wide range of cases including insurance coverage disputes, bad faith, medical and other professional liability claims, nursing home litigation, subrogation, and general civil litigation.

Where did you grow up?
Queens Village, New York

Where did you go to college/law school?
I received my undergraduate degree in Marine Science/Biology in 2002 from the University of San Diego. I went to the University of San Diego School of Law several years after receiving my undergraduate degree.

What are your hobbies?
I am currently trying to get back into photography, but really, I don’t have time for hobbies because I have a one year old little boy, who has his own ideas on how to spend my free time.

What is your favorite part about practicing law?
I love building a case – standing back and taking account of the information I have, and then figuring out what I need to get the best result for my client. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces hidden around the house.

What is the craziest thing you have seen/experienced as a lawyer?
I filed a motion to dismiss a case where the pro se plaintiff had settled with my client, and then filed another lawsuit shortly thereafter alleging claims that could have and should have been brought originally. When the pro se plaintiff appealed the dismissal, I relied upon, and cited to, the transcript of the hearing where the superior court judge patiently explained to the plaintiff the reasons why the case could not survive and the reasons for dismissal. Plaintiff’s reply brief accused: me, my office, the court, and the judge himself of doctoring the transcript because it was not accurate and it did not reflect the verbal abuse and cruelty the judge displayed towards him during the hearing. The appellate court upheld the dismissal without an oral argument.

What would you be if you were not a lawyer?
I would probably still be a resident marine technician for Scripps Oceanographic Institute making sure the scientists and the ship’s crew on research vessels communicated research needs and safety concerns appropriately, and none of the very expensive research equipment, or scientists fell overboard while doing open ocean research.

Do you have a nickname? What is it?
J.P. is a nickname.

Favorite line from a movie?
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Favorite word?
Disingenuous

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
The Mets winning the World Series in 1969.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza – cheese – NY style

If you could have a drink with anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be?
Audrey Hepburn

Least favorite food?
Frozen spinach

Hidden talents?
Baking, including an annual homemade apple strudel recipe that has been in my family at least three generations.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?
When I get angry, the New Yorker in me comes out – accent and all!

First thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Pay off my school loans.

Contact JP at (602) 386-5656 or jpharrington@tysonmendes.com.