In addition to the Howell v. Hamilton Meats California Supreme Court victory, Tyson & Mendes attorneys have played a role in some of the country’s top insurance defense cases, with high profile results including:

 

    • Partners Bob Tyson, Mina Miserlis, and Jim Sell obtained a jury verdict less than 0.1 percent of plaintiff’s demand at trial. The plaintiff, a 69-year-old software programmer, and his wife, sought approximately $34 million in damages arising out of a rear-end motor vehicle accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 101 in San Rafael, California. The plaintiff claimed he suffered a traumatic brain injury, among other injuries, which interfered with his ability to invent and develop software, and prevented him from completing a mobile phone application for TV evangelist and megachurch Joel Osteen Ministries. Defendants admitted liability but disputed the cause, extent, and severity of all injuries and damages claimed by the plaintiffs. After a 21-day trial, the Marin County jury awarded the plaintiff $26,775 in total damages, and awarded his wife $0 for her loss of consortium claim.
    • Partners Jim Sell and Bob Tyson defeated one of the most well-known plaintiff’s attorneys in California, Roger Dreyer of Dreyer Babich. Dreyer sought $6 million in this admitted liability, three-week jury trial in Napa, California. The plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award almost $2 million in past and future medical expenses for back and neck surgeries the plaintiff underwent and would need in the future. The lowest settlement demand just before trial was $4 million. The jury returned a verdict of only $389,000, and the plaintiff was found 40 percent at fault.
    • Partners Mina Miserlis and Bob Tyson won a 5-week long jury trial in Ventura County in which plaintiff sought damages for brain damage and two neck surgeries associated with an automobile incident. The plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to award just under $7 million. Partner Mina Miserlis asked for $362,000. The carrier had offered $1.8 million in a CCP 998 Offer to Compromise before Tyson & Mendes’ Complex Trial Team was parachuted in for the trial. The jury ultimately returned a verdict of just $355,000. After expert fees and expenses are deducted for beating the defense’s CCP 998 Offer, the plaintiff ultimately owed the defendant expert costs and court fees.
    • Tyson & Mendes won a motion for summary judgment on behalf of a Southern California golf resort, on which a wildfire started and ultimately caused $100 million in damage to neighboring commercial and residential properties. Partner Susan Oliver won the summary judgment motion in San Diego County.
    • The Complex Trial Team at Tyson & Mendes was parachuted in shortly before trial to defend a multi-million-dollar jury case against the most famous lawyer in California, Brian Panish. This adverse liability, traumatic brain injury case settled for only 6 percent of the plaintiff’s last demand before Tyson & Mendes was brought in as trial counsel. Why the number one plaintiff’s law firm in California would settle an adverse liability, traumatic brain injury case for less than $1 million when its demand was $15 million, may never be known. What is known is the trial team of Partners Mina Miserlis and Bob Tyson were prepared to start the six-week jury trial the next day when the Panish firm settled this case with the insurance carrier.
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