Today we are introducing Emily, a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Orange County offices, where her practice focuses on employment practices litigation defense including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. She has extensive litigation and late-stage negotiation experience and has achieved several favorable jury verdicts throughout her career. Dive into Emily’s passion for litigation and find out who she dreams of eating dinner with below.
T&M: Why did you decide to specialize in employment law and litigation defense?
EM: The cases we encounter in employment litigation are always interesting. Each matter is an opportunity to develop new skills, creative craft strategies and tell a new story. It is a field that is constantly growing and in movement, so I am always learning. Litigation is a field composed of hard work and high rewards – there is nothing more rewarding than acquiring a good result for a client. It is work I enjoy every day.
T&M: Compared to other firms you have worked for, what makes Tyson & Mendes so unique?
EM: The education Tyson & Mendes provides its attorneys cannot be matched. The firm is truly dedicated to its mission and pours resources and development into its team to make it happen. I always feel supported and prepared to take on all aspects of litigation thanks to the tools provided to me by T&M.
T&M: Tell us about your biggest professional accomplishment or most significant trial win?
EM: Settling a case that started out with a seven-figure demand for five figures. We were able to achieve this result with tireless use of the T&M methods and targeted discovery to dismantle the plaintiff’s arguments.
T&M: Similarly, what has been the biggest professional challenge you have faced?
EM: Learning how to balance being a mom and lawyer. It is no secret the legal field is time-consuming. I am lucky to have a supportive family and employer that help me navigate this work-life balance.
T&M: What advice would you give to aspiring or first-year lawyers?
EM: Always ask the questions. It sounds cliché, but it’ is true: there are no stupid questions. The law is always changing, and you need to be able to adapt to it. Understanding what you do not know and seeking out those answers from your colleagues will help you be a better lawyer.
T&M: What has been your most memorable moment outside of the courtroom at Tyson & Mendes?
EM: Being promoted to Partner this year was a huge personal accomplishment for me. It was a proud moment and a culmination of a lot of hard work. It is not a day I’ll forget any time soon!
T&M: Where do you see the future of insurance defense heading?
EM: A continued partnership between firms and carriers to develop strategies to shut down Nuclear Verdicts® and really implement justice in our legal system.
T&M: Did you pick up any new hobbies or skills during the pandemic?
EM: When gyms shut down during the pandemic, I was disappointed to lose access to my Orangetheory classes. Like a lot of people, I picked up the Peloton and have not looked back. Also, I have always loved to cook and try out new restaurants. When eating out was no longer an option, I really dove into practicing my at-home cooking skills.
T&M: If you could have dinner with any historical legal figure, who would it be and why?
EM: Sandra Day O’Connor. It takes determination and strength to be a pioneer. I would love to talk to her about her life story and what it took to get where she did during her time.
T&M: When not at work or home, where are we most likely to find you?
EM: At the local farmers’ market, planning events for my community, cheering on my sons as they learn to swim and play hockey or just out and about spending time with friends and family.