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Robert Tyson

Robert Tyson

  Partner

A native of Staten Island, New York, Bob Tyson is the strategic managing partner of the firm. Mr. Tyson is a trial lawyer and author of the #1 best-selling, first book written for the defense to limit exposure at trial, Nuclear Verdicts: Defending Justice for All.  In this groundbreaking book, Mr. Tyson sets forth the specific methods to beat plaintiff lawyers and achieve justice.  It is the culmination of an over 30-year legal career, during which he has successfully resolved a variety of cases involving complex products liability, commercial and general civil litigation, professional malpractice, environmental, and employment law – representing individuals, corporations, public entities, professionals, and many other different types of businesses.

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Patrick Mendes

Patrick Mendes

  Partner

A San Diego native, Pat Mendes is a Founding Partner of Tyson & Mendes and works from the firm’s San Diego headquarters. Previously a partner with Gordon & Rees – where he served as director of the construction and insurance groups – he joined forces with Robert Tyson in 2002 to form Tyson & Mendes, which has since evolved into one of the region’s leading defense firms with offices throughout the nation.

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Lynn Allen

Lynn Allen

  Partner

Lynn Allen is the Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ Phoenix office. Ms. Allen is an experienced trial lawyer who represents her clients in a wide variety of complex cases, including insurance coverage disputes, insurance bad faith, defense of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, intellectual property, employment law, and appeals. Ms. Allen has extensive appellate experience in both the Arizona state and federal courts. She has been lead counsel in many successful jury trials, arbitrations, summary judgment motions, and appeals. She is a frequent lecturer on insurance bad faith and coverage issues in Arizona.

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Sitar Bhatt

Sitar Bhatt

  Partner

Sitar Bhatt is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Phoenix office. His practice focuses primarily on general liability, personal injury, premises liability, professional liability, employment, and bad faith litigation. Mr. Bhatt has successfully represented individuals and businesses in Arizona state and federal district courts as well as arbitrations. Mr. Bhatt also chairs the Tyson & Mendes Young Professionals Group.

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Kristi Blackwell

Kristi Blackwell

  Partner

Kristi Blackwell is the Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and leads the firm’s Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality practice group. Her practice focuses primarily on general liability, professional liability, personal injury, premises liability, coverage, and complex litigation. Ms. Blackwell has wide-ranging litigation experience representing a diverse group of individuals and businesses in California state and federal district courts.

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Morgan Van Buren

Morgan Van Buren

  Partner

Morgan Van Buren is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and a member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team. His practice focuses primarily on general liability and high exposure litigation. Mr. Van Buren has significant litigation experience, including handling of matters involving diverse damages claims and potential excess exposure.

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Michelle Campbell

Michelle Campbell

  Partner

Michelle A. Campbell is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles and Orange County offices, where she is a member of the Complex Trial Team.  Her practice includes general liability, directors and officers liability, and errors and omissions.  Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Ms. Campbell gained significant experience in an insurance defense firm in Orange County, California.

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Mike Coffey

Mike Coffey

  Partner

Michael Coffey is a Partner and member of the national Complex Trial team in Tyson & Mendes’ New York and Connecticut offices.  He has handled many of the largest insurance related claims and litigated matters in New York State over the past 25 years.  The world’s largest companies routinely parachute in Mr. Coffey to handle complex high exposure liability and damages matters.  He is also an ABOTA attorney who has personally tried over 125 jury trials for companies and syndicates in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. in cases involving all types of high-stakes insurance related and commercial matters.  He has also arbitrated and mediated over 300 matters to successful conclusion.  Mr. Coffey and his bespoke litigation team deliver legal services that ensure excellent results in mitigating exposure and containing litigation costs, either through ADR or trial by jury, if necessary.

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Kathryn Lee Colgan

Kathryn Lee Colgan

  Partner

Kathryn Lee Colgan is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Orange County offices. Ms. Colgan is an experienced ten plus year attorney and leads two multi-attorney litigation teams in the areas of general liability and labor and employment practices. Ms. Colgan specializes in insurance defense including catastrophic accidents, personal injury, premise liability, business litigation, and some medical malpractice cases and labor and employment defense including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, retaliation, wage/hour claims, class actions and PAGA representative actions.

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Scott Cook

Scott Cook

  Partner

Scott Cook is a Partner at Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office. His experience includes all aspects of general liability, complex and mass tort litigation, insurance, health care, regulatory law, and business litigation. Mr. Cook’s experience extends to catastrophic injury/damage, complex/mass litigation in tort, multi-state litigation, environmental litigation, explosion/fire litigation, health care law, employer/employment law, and insurance law.

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Codie Dukes

Codie Dukes

  Partner

Codie Dukes is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. A member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team, she has extensive litigation experience representing individuals and businesses in California state and federal district court cases involving catastrophic injury and damages claims.  Ms. Dukes achieved successful resolution in a variety of cases involving personal injury, fraud, property damage, and complex trust disputes. She has successfully obtained defense verdicts and moved for summary judgment in favor of defendants in both general and professional liability lawsuits. She routinely negotiates settlements for pennies on the dollar in cases involving 7 and 8-figure demands.

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Daniel Fallon

Daniel Fallon

  Partner

Dan Fallon is a Partner in the firm’s San Diego office. Mr. Fallon leads a group of litigators specializing in professional liability, personal injury, general commercial liability, and business litigation. Admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts, Mr. Fallon has significant experience developing and executing litigation strategies to the benefit of his individual and corporate clients.

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Jacob Felderman

Jacob Felderman

  Partner

Jacob Felderman is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Denver offices. Mr. Felderman has in-depth experience in a number of practice areas, including: general negligence, professional liability, premises liability, product liability, personal injury, and commercial & general civil litigation in California and Colorado.

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Damian M. Fletcher

Damian M. Fletcher

  Partner

Damian M. Fletcher is the Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Florida office. Mr. Fletcher has over 20 years’ experience proactively managing liability risks and investigating accidents resulting in catastrophic losses in state and federal courts across the country. He regularly defends tort claims involving industrial accidents, contaminated drugs, products liability, environmental contamination, medical malpractice, trucking and other vehicular accidents, negligent security and discrimination.

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David M. Frishman

David M. Frishman

  Partner

David M. Frishman is a Partner at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where he is a leader of the Los Angeles Complex Trial Team. His practice includes all facets of the defense of cases involving personal injury, including wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, burns and other catastrophic injuries, as well as significant property damage claims across a wide range of general liability and casualty matters, including commercial ground transportation, warehouse and cargo liability, personal automobile liability, construction- related accidents, premises liability, the hospitality industry, subrogation, unfair business practices and related claims.  Mr. Frishman also advises clients on risk management and related issues.

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Kevin J. Gray

Kevin J. Gray

  Partner

Kevin Gray is a Partner at Tyson & Mendes’ San Francisco office and leads a multi-attorney team.  His practice focuses on personal injury defense, defense of trucking companies, defense of governmental entities, premises defense, and Special Investigation Unit work.

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Jessica Heppenstall

Jessica Heppenstall

  Partner

Jessica Heppenstall is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice and general liability maters, including premises liability, automobile liability, and personal injury matters. Her representation of individuals and businesses includes high-exposure matters involving alleged catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

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William Johnson

William Johnson

  Partner

William Johnson is the Managing Partner at Tyson & Mendes’ Nashville office. His practice focuses on defending against claims of catastrophic personal injury, sexual torts, including childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault, medical malpractice, and employment practices liability. Mr. Johnson has represented skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, physicians, hospitals, religious institutions, and many others.

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Cayce E. Lynch

Cayce E. Lynch

  Partner

Cayce E. Lynch is the firm’s Administrative Partner based in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. In this capacity, she wears multiple hats – directing Tyson & Mendes’ administrative, marketing, and business development activities, and has taken the firm through a period of unprecedented growth.

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Tom McGrath

Tom McGrath

  Partner

Thomas McGrath is the Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office. He handles a wide variety of litigation cases and specializes in general liability, third-party bodily injury, first party uninsured/underinsured bad-faith and coverage litigation, and HOA litigation. Mr. McGrath is licensed to practice in all Nevada and California federal and state courts. He has devoted his practice to Nevada for the last 15 years.

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Mina Miserlis

Mina Miserlis

  Partner

Mina Miserlis is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office with over 20 years of litigation and trial experience. She leads the firm’s multi-attorney Complex Trial Team, focusing on complex personal injury matters.

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Robert Modica

Robert Modica

  Partner

Robert Modica is the Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ New York and New Jersey offices. Rob is a trial attorney. He has tried high profile cases throughout New York and New Jersey. His practice focuses primarily on professional liability, cyber, technology and media litigation, commercial litigation and construction/construction defect litigation. Mr. Modica represents a broad range of clients including directors and officers of both large and small businesses, attorneys, architects, engineers, accountants, brokers, manufacturers and distributers. Mr. Modica also represents businesses in various commercial disputes involving intellectual property rights, shareholder derivative claims and technology based claims arising out of privacy, data and cybersecurity breaches.

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Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver

  Partner

Susan Oliver is a Partner at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and leads a multi-attorney team. Her practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense, the defense of entity defendants where sexual torts are alleged, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse, and medical malpractice defense.

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Juliann O’Meara

Juliann O’Meara

  Partner

Juliann O’Meara is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ New York office. Using her background as a registered nurse and years of litigation experience, Ms. O’Meara provides clients with an effective defense in high-exposure medical malpractice and professional liability lawsuits from inception through trial.

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Kara Pape

Kara Pape

  Partner

Kara Pape is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office and is a leader of the Complex Trial Team.  Her practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense; general liability defense; commercial vehicle litigation; and the defense of public entities where sexual torts are alleged, including child sexual assault and harassment.

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Steven Rich

Steven Rich

  Partner

Steven Rich is a Partner at Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. Mr. Rich is an accomplished litigator and trial attorney with experience in complex and multi-party civil litigation. He passionately defends large companies and individuals in high-exposure lawsuits involving a myriad of issues, including premises liability, product liability, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death claims, automobile accidents, construction defect claims, toxic torts, and environmental contamination.

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Reece Roman

Reece Roman

  Partner

Reece Román is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and is a member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team. His practice focuses primarily on catastrophic personal injury matters, with particular emphasis on cases involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cords injuries, and major orthopedic injuries. Mr. Román represents individuals, public entities, and businesses in California state and federal district courts.

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Scott Ruksakiati

Scott Ruksakiati

  Partner

Scott Ruksakiati is the Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ Chicago offi­ce. For more than 25 years, he has defended clients in diverse and challenging litigation involving catastrophic injury and death, professional liability, construction defect, breach of contract disputes stemming from multi-million dollar construction projects, transportation litigation and other complex commercial litigation cases throughout the United States. He also has significant experience in insurance coverage matters involving third-party liability and first party property claims.

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Bryan D. Scholnick

Bryan D. Scholnick

  Partner

Bryan D. Scholnick is the Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. Mr. Scholnick’s legal career focuses on defending general liability cases with a focus on professional liability and automotive claims. He is an experienced litigator in a variety of cases involving automotive and trucking personal injury claims, automotive rental liability issues, engineering error and omissions claims, medical malpractice, products liability, workplace injuries, wrongful death, construction defect, and breach of contract. Mr. Scholnick has defended and represented architects, engineers, and physicians and hospitals in suits alleging professional negligence.

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James Sell

James Sell

  Partner

Jim Sell is the Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office and leads a multi-attorney litigation team. Mr. Sell has practiced law in the Bay Area since his admission to the California Bar in 1988. He is a trial attorney with a long history of success in all types of jury trials. Mr. Sell has extensive experience in construction, public works, products liability, catastrophic injury, personal injury, wrongful death, and professional liability litigation. He also serves as “general counsel” to a number of Bay Area contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in hundreds of construction matters and disputes.

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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

  Partner

Andrew Smith is the Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Mr. Smith leads a multi attorney litigation practice focused on labor and employment litigation, to which he also brings substantial experience in the defense of public and private entities in matters involving general liability, personal injury, trade secrets litigation, premises liability, and contractual disputes.

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Richard Somes

Richard Somes

  Partner

Richard Somes is the Managing Partner of the Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office.  His practice focuses on general liability, premises liability, personal injury, surety law, construction, medical malpractice, toxic and mass torts, and employment law.

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Orlando Arellano

Orlando Arellano

  Senior Counsel

Orlando Arellano is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, and works in the Employment Practices group. Mr. Arellano handles a broad range of employment law matters such as harassment/discrimination claims, wrongful termination claims, and wage and hour claims including claims under the California Private Attorney General’s Act. He is also extremely well versed in the complex nuances of class action litigation, and just recently, preemptively de-certified a class action before the plaintiff was able to obtain the list of putative class members, saving the company hundreds of thousands of dollars and avoiding the disruptive class notice procedure. He has further drafted numerous arbitration agreements helping his clients avoid the court system, and preventing class action litigation before it starts.

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Sheila Baker

Sheila Baker

  Senior Counsel

Sheila Baker is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Her practice focuses on the defense of professionals in the healthcare industry. Ms. Baker also has extensive litigation experience in other areas of law including premises liability, breach of contract, real estate disputes, insurance coverage, and corporate liability, including claims against controlling shareholders.

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Jeffrey H. Ballin

Jeffrey H. Ballin

  Senior Counsel

Jeffrey H. Ballin is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes. Mr. Ballin’s practice focuses on personal injury, general liability, construction defect, and medical malpractice cases.

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Louis R. Barella

Louis R. Barella

  Senior Counsel

Louis R. Barella is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. He specializes in personal injury and general liability defense. Mr. Barella has successfully defended and resolved hundreds of matters for his clients.

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Bonnie Bennett

Bonnie Bennett

  Senior Counsel

Bonnie Bennett is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County and Los Angeles offices. Her practice focuses primarily on defending insureds in personal injury, premises liability, and products liability matters.

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Emily Berman

Emily Berman

  Senior Counsel

Emily Berman is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Los Angeles offices. Her practice primarily focuses on general liability and commercial and insurance litigation, including personal injury defense. Ms. Berman has experience representing individuals, businesses, and insurance companies in litigation across California state courts.

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Robert Bernstein

Robert Bernstein

  Senior Counsel

Robert Bernstein is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  Mr. Bernstein is in his 32th year of practicing law in California.  During his career, he has defended clients in construction defect, real estate, premises liability, and personal injury/auto accident cases. Mr. Bernstein’s construction litigation clients include national developers and general contractors, manufacturers and material suppliers, design professionals including architects and engineers, and trade contractors of many specialties.

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Shivani Bommakanty

Shivani Bommakanty

  Senior Counsel

Shivani Bommakanty is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, construction defect, intellectual property prosecution, insurance defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, and government entity liability.

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Randel Campbell

Randel Campbell

  Senior Counsel

Randel Campbell is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. Before becoming an attorney in 2000, Mr. Campbell worked in construction for 17 years, and owned and operated his own contracting business for more than a decade. He is a California licensed contractor in the B–General Building, C20–Warm Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning, and C43–Sheet Metal classifications. Owing to his experience before becoming an attorney, his practice naturally emphasizes construction law. His experience includes: construction defect claims, complex multi-party cases, breach of contract, payment disputes, delay claims, general contractor and sub-contractor liability, design professional liability, materials and product defect claims, and toxic tort (mold) claims. He has also handled a variety of personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage cases, including workplace injury, fire claims, and motor vehicle accidents, and other accident claims.

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Christopher L. Campbell

Christopher L. Campbell

  Senior Counsel

Christopher L. Campbell is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. His practice focuses on personal injury defense, employment practices defense, and sports-related disputes from high school to Olympic levels.  

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Russell D. Christian

Russell D. Christian

  Senior Counsel

Russell D. Christian is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office. His practice focuses on personal injury and general liability defense litigation. He is licensed to practice in all Nevada state and federal courts.

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Jodi Cohen

Jodi Cohen

  Senior Counsel

Jodi Cohen is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Fort Lauderdale office and works in the construction defects practice group. Ms. Cohen focuses her practice on all aspects of construction law.  She has experience advising and counseling contractors regarding litigation strategy, lien and bond claims, breaches, defaults, delays, terminations, claims evaluation, contract formation, administration, and performance. Ms. Cohen primarily litigates complex construction claims involving construction defects, contracts, payment and performance bonds, design errors, and construction liens.

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Eric L. Cook

Eric L. Cook

  Senior Counsel

Eric L. Cook is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Phoenix office. His practice focuses on complex litigation, product liability, construction defect, insurance bad faith, nursing home defense, traumatic brain injury, quad, burn, and significant injury, and environmental superfund cleanup litigation. He has extensive litigation experience, including representing individuals and businesses in state and federal courts throughout Arizona.

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Jenn N. Crittondon

Jenn N. Crittondon

  Senior Counsel

Jenn N. Crittondon is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office.  Her practice focuses on personal injury and general litigation, with an emphasis on multi-party litigation and catastrophic injuries. 

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Katy Cummings

Katy Cummings

  Senior Counsel

Katy Cummings is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on general liability, including personal injury, premises liability, and products liability claims. She also has extensive experience in professional liability and insurance coverage.

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Richard P. Dieffenbach

Richard P. Dieffenbach

  Senior Counsel

Richard P. Dieffenbach is Senior Counsel and a Team Leader at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on defending insureds in personal injury and property damage matters, Homeowners Association litigation, product liability defense, and employment rights defense.

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Erick Dimalanta

Erick Dimalanta

  Senior Counsel

Erick Dimalanta is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. His practice focuses on construction defect, business litigation, premises liability, property damage, subrogation and real estate professional liability.

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Michael D. Drews

Michael D. Drews

  Senior Counsel

Michael D. Drews is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes.  Mr. Drews has a wealth of experience and enjoys the challenges of handling cases that draw from a number of diverse practice areas, including professional liability, premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, insurance law and bad-faith litigation, employment law, interstate trucking and transportation law, commercial law, and construction defects.

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Derek Earley

Derek Earley

  Senior Counsel

Derek Earley is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office. His practice focuses on defense of personal injury, general commercial liability, professional liability, and business litigation matters.

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Julee Fritsch Earley

Julee Fritsch Earley

  Senior Counsel

Julee Fritsch Earley is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses primarily on catastrophic personal injury.

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Amanda Fornwalt

Amanda Fornwalt

  Senior Counsel

Amanda Fornwalt is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on general liability litigation and personal injury defense in state and federal courts throughout California.

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Dana Furman

Dana Furman

  Senior Counsel

Dana Furman is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office with a wide range of practice areas including legal malpractice, bad faith, wrongful death and general liability matters. Ms. Furman has been praised by the judiciary for her legal skill and trial ability and has secured multiple judgments in favor of her clients at trial, arbitration, through motion practice and on appeal.

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Nathan Furman

Nathan Furman

  Senior Counsel

Nathan Furman is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. His practice focuses on defending general liability and personal injury cases including auto liability, UIM/UM, premises liability, construction accidents, and construction defect claims.

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Molly Gilardi

Molly Gilardi

  Senior Counsel

Molly Gilardi is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office.  Her practice focuses primarily on personal injury and general liability litigation.  Ms. Gilardi is an experienced litigator, having successfully defended individuals and businesses throughout the state of California.

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Jason Gould

Jason Gould

  Senior Counsel

Jason Gould is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Phoenix office. His practice focuses on general liability, personal injury defense, premises liability, and property damage matters.

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Haldon Greenburg

Haldon Greenburg

  Senior Counsel

Haldon Greenburg is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes, where he represents individuals, businesses and insurance carriers related to a variety of different legal matters including claims of personal injury, construction defects, premises liability, wrongful death, first party property claims, and contract related matters.

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Susan Gruskin

Susan Gruskin

  Senior Counsel

Susan Gruskin is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  Her practice focuses primarily on general liability litigation and complex civil litigation. Ms. Gruskin represents individuals and businesses throughout California state and federal district courts.

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Candice N. Hamant

Candice N. Hamant

  Senior Counsel

Candice Nguyen Hamant is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office.  Her practice focuses primarily on general liability, construction litigation, and premises liability.  Ms. Hamant has extensive litigation experience, including representing individuals and businesses in California state and federal district courts. 

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Kelley Harman

Kelley Harman

  Senior Counsel

Kelley Harman is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on general tort claims, including large catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death claims, premises liability, and product liability actions.

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Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison

  Senior Counsel

Harry Harrison is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on personal injury, employment, and the defense of entity and organization defendants involving allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Victoria Hightower

Victoria Hightower

  Senior Counsel

Victoria Hightower is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office. Her practice includes general liability and personal injury litigation.

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Rachel Holzer

Rachel Holzer

  Senior Counsel

Rachel Holzer is Senior Counsel in Tyson Mendes’ Las Vegas office. Her practice areas include insurance bad faith defense and coverage litigation, general liability, and construction defect. Ms. Holzer has extensive experience practicing in Nevada’s state and federal courts, including the United States District Court for the District of Nevada and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada.

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Timothy Irving

Timothy Irving

  Senior Counsel

Tim Irving is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Mr. Irving concentrates his practice on representing insurance carriers and corporate clients in high-stakes litigation. He has more than 25 years of courtroom experience representing clients in complex insurance coverage disputes, commercial litigation, and the defense of professional liability and general liability claims. Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Mr. Irving was a litigation partner at an AmLaw 100 firm.

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Matthew Izu

Matthew Izu

  Senior Counsel

Matthew Izu is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on medical malpractice defense, elder law defense, regulatory law, personal injury defense, and legal malpractice defense.

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Sherri Jayson

Sherri Jayson

  Senior Counsel

Sherri Jayson is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ New York office where her practice focuses on professional liability, employment liability litigation, excess casualty litigation and construction. Ms. Jayson has successfully represented individuals and small business owners and takes pride in her ability to counsel clients and explain complex legal issues in easy to understand ways. Ms. Jayson’s experience includes all phases of litigation from inception through trial in New York State and Federal Courts, as well as the various Appellate Divisions of the State of New York. Ms. Jayson approaches her cases aggressively and practically to achieve early, cost-effective resolutions.

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Patrice Stephenson Johnson

Patrice Stephenson Johnson

  Senior Counsel

Patrice Stephenson Johnson is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas Office, where her practice includes personal injury defense of commercial and local clients. She also has experience practicing criminal law, civil law, family law, and securities law.

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Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

  Senior Counsel

Brian Johnson is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. His practice focuses on general liability, personal injury, complex construction, products liability, and general business matters.

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Dane Joseph

Dane Joseph

  Senior Counsel

Dane Joseph is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on general liability matters, including automobile liability and personal injury matters. Mr. Joseph’s legal experience also includes complex civil litigation, including residential construction, and he has extensive experience representing Fortune 500 companies, including real estate developers, general contractors, and property owners.

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Raymond K. Wilson Jr.

Raymond K. Wilson Jr.

  Senior Counsel

Raymond “Ken” Wilson Jr. is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury; sexual assault and molestation defense on behalf of youth serving organizations, churches, schools, and national governing bodies; professional malpractice defense (medical and legal); and appellate law.

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David Kahn

David Kahn

  Senior Counsel

David Kahn is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office specializing in the defense of complex, multi-party general litigation and personal injury matters. Mr. Kahn has extensive litigation experience representing individuals, businesses and employers in California state and federal district courts.

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Robert S. Kahn

Robert S. Kahn

  Senior Counsel

Robert has been a practicing attorney for the past 16 years and is now Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office. His practice focuses on business and contract disputes, automobile accidents, wrongful termination, and premises liability.

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Mia Kelly

Mia Kelly

  Senior Counsel

Mia Kelly is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes. Ms. Kelly’s practice focuses on personal injury, professional liability, premises liability, and general commercial liability matters. As a former prosecutor, Ms. Kelly brings a wealth of trial and litigation experience to the Tyson & Mendes team while also chairing the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

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Brandon Kerr

Brandon Kerr

  Senior Counsel

Brandon Kerr is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office.  His practice focuses on general liability/insurance defense and construction litigation. 

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Shelley Kramer

Shelley Kramer

  Senior Counsel

Shelley Kramer is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. With over 35 years of legal experience, in and out of the courtroom, Ms. Kramer specializes in catastrophic injury and personal injury litigation.

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Allison Lawrence

Allison Lawrence

  Senior Counsel

Allison Lawrence is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. Her practice focuses primarily on general litigation, premises liability and personal injury matters. Ms. Lawrence has extensive litigation experience defending clients in both civil and criminal California state courts.

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Aurora Levinson

Aurora Levinson

  Senior Counsel

Aurora Levinson is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. Her practice focuses on defending Washington businesses and individuals in general liability and personal injury litigation.

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Tina Ma

Tina Ma

  Senior Counsel

Tina Ma is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ New York and New Jersey offices. Her practice focuses primarily on professional liability defense, employment practices litigation defense, direct representation of insurers in insurance coverage litigation, monitoring and coverage determination, statutory class action litigation (FDCPA, TCPA) and New York labor law. Ms. Ma has appeared on behalf on insurers, entities, and individuals in federal and state courts throughout New York and New Jersey.

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Carlos MacManus

Carlos MacManus

  Senior Counsel

Carlos MacManus is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Mr. MacManus works primarily on general liability and personal injury litigation. His legal experience includes complex civil litigation in the areas of general liability, business and contract disputes, and more recently, medical malpractice defense.

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Cindy N. Mader

Cindy N. Mader

  Senior Counsel

Cindy Mader is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on general liability litigation and personal injury defense. Ms. Mader has significant experience litigating and advising clients in connection with various business and commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout California.

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Mitchell B. Malachowski

Mitchell B. Malachowski

  Senior Counsel

Mitchell B. Malachowski is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Northern California offices and engages in full-spectrum civil litigation defense. His trial-court and appellate practice specializes in complex litigation, including federal multidistrict litigation, class actions, mass torts, and products liability. Mr. Malachowski’s litigation style is notable for applying creative approaches to leverage favorable outcomes, particularly with respect to novel legal theories.

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Nathan E. Malone

Nathan E. Malone

  Senior Counsel

Nathan E. Malone is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office.  His practice is focused exclusively in civil litigation, primarily in the areas of personal injury, general liability, complex and environmental tort, and products liability. Mr. Malone also has experience in lemon law, business litigation, HOA defense, and representation of corporate and HOA creditors in Bankruptcy Court.

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Garry McCarthy

Garry McCarthy

  Senior Counsel

Garry (Gerald) McCarthy is a Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. He has almost 30 years of experience as both a business attorney and a litigator, and has extensive experience in all phases of litigation including investigation and discovery, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Mr. McCarthy focuses on professional liability, directors & officers’ liability, catastrophic personal injury, and construction litigation. He has represented corporate boards of directors as both general counsel and litigation counsel, and has defended developers, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, design professionals, C.P.A.s and attorneys in cases involving alleged negligence, malpractice, design and construction defects. Mr. McCarthy has successfully tried numerous lengthy cases to jury verdict.

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Sean McGah

Sean McGah

  Senior Counsel

Sean McGah is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office.  His practices focuses on personal injury defense and general liability litigation.

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Issa Mikel

Issa Mikel

  Senior Counsel

Issa Mikel is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes who primarily practices general liability and commercial litigation. Mr. Mikel has extensive litigation experience, including representing businesses and individuals in state and federal courts in California and New York. Today, his practice primarily focuses on premises liability, motor vehicle collisions, product liability claims, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts.

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Olesya Mikhaylova

Olesya Mikhaylova

  Senior Counsel

Olesya Mikhaylova is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on first and third-party liability, automobile and property insurance coverage, and general commercial litigation. Ms. Mikhaylova has extensive experience representing insureds and insurers in first and third-party liability insurance matters involving premises liability defense, products liability defense, automobile negligence matters, construction defect, and condominium and homeowner’s association defense. She has also handled employment, business, and immigration matters.

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Roberta E. Nalbandian

Roberta E. Nalbandian

  Senior Counsel

Roberta Nalbandian is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. With over 30 years of litigation experience, Ms. Nalbandian’s practice focuses on diverse complex litigation including construction defect, general liability, personal injury and other related areas of practice.

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Darrell Nguyen

Darrell Nguyen

  Senior Counsel

Darrell Nguyen is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office.  His practice focuses on complex multi-party construction litigation, real estate professional liability, and general liability litigation.

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Denae M. Olivieri

Denae M. Olivieri

  Senior Counsel

Denae M. Olivieri is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. Ms. Olivieri is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on construction defect litigation, general civil litigation (with an emphasis on insurance defense matters, including toxic torts, products liability, premises liability and business litigation.) She primarily represents developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in all phases of litigation and pre-litigation alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Olivieri also has a background in bad faith defense matters, including long-term disability and ERISA claims.

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Rob Olson

Rob Olson

  Senior Counsel

Rob Olson is Senior Counsel in the San Diego office and a member of the Complex Trial Team. Mr. Olson has specialized experience handling all types of personal injury lawsuits – from major brain and concussions injuries to minortrip and falls. Mr. Olson also has litigation experience with regards to complex multi-party matters, toxic tort, professional liability, aviation, and maritime matters.

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Joel Palmer

Joel Palmer

  Senior Counsel

Joel Palmer is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Colorado office, with a background in cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, premises and products liability, construction defect, insurance coverage and bad-faith claims, contractual disputes, employment discrimination, and constitutional claims.

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Stephen Poirier

Stephen Poirier

  Senior Counsel

Stephen Poirier is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Mr. Poirier has extensive experience in complex construction litigation and commercial litigation; defending general contractors, developers, architects, and engineers.

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Alla Policastro

Alla Policastro

  Senior Counsel

Alla Policastro is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office.  Ms. Policastro’s practice focuses on defense of general liability and personal injury matters on behalf of individuals and businesses.  Ms. Policastro’s decade of litigation experience has revolved around high exposure and catastrophic personal injury cases in the insurance and hospitality industries.  Ms. Policastro also has significant experience defending leading insurance carriers against first-party claims.  

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Leslie Price

Leslie Price

  Senior Counsel

Leslie Price is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on general liability matters including catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, and the defense of libel and slander claims. Mr. Price is admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts and has over 30 years’ experience in all phases of litigation including investigation and discovery, mediation, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Over his career, he has successfully defended homeowners (easement disputes; dog bites; slip & fall; assault & battery), homeowner associations, supermarkets, contractors, manufacturers, pharmacies, landlords, bars & taverns, cosmetic makers, and motorists in a wide variety of motor vehicle collision cases.

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David Ramirez

David Ramirez

  Senior Counsel

David Ramirez is an AV rated Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses primarily on general liability, commercial and residential construction, and insurance litigation. Mr. Ramirez’s extensive litigation experience includes representing individuals and businesses across all California state and federal district courts.

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Kimberly Sayre

Kimberly Sayre

  Senior Counsel

Kimberly Sayre is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Phoenix office. Her practice focuses on bad faith litigation, catastrophic personal injury, traumatic brain injury cases, complex regional pain syndrome, insurance coverage disputes, nursing home neglect, paraplegic, professional liability, and wrongful death cases. She has been practicing exclusively in the area of personal injury litigation for 25 years.

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Christopher Schon

Christopher Schon

  Senior Counsel

Christopher Schon is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. He specializes in high exposure catastrophic personal injury and general liability defense. Mr. Schon also assists privately held businesses in state regulatory and compliance matters.

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Greta M. Schultz

Greta M. Schultz

  Senior Counsel

Greta M. Schultz is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her areas of practice include general liability, intellectual property, business litigation, and property law, which she practices in both California state and federal district courts. Ms. Schultz is also licensed to practice law in Maryland.

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Rick Seely

Rick Seely

  Senior Counsel

Rick Seely is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego Office. Mr. Seely has 26 years of experience representing clients mainly in business litigation, construction defect litigation, and general insurance defense matters. He has handled numerous matters from initial case introduction through trial.

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Mark Shanberg

Mark Shanberg

  Senior Counsel

Mark Shanberg is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Chicago o­ffice. Mr. Shanberg is a seasoned litigation attorney with over 27 years of practical experience.  He has successfully defended his clients in a variety of concentrations including medical liability, construction liability, product liability, trucking and transportation liability and premises liability. Most of Mr. Shanberg’s cases involve wrongful death or catastrophic injuries that rely heavily on liability and medical experts. He prepares every case as if it is going to trial, meaning that trial strategy is being developed from the moment the responsive pleading is prepared.  Mark Shanberg has deposed over a hundred liability and damages witnesses, and is known by his peers as a zealous and ethical advocate for his clients. He has served as a guest speaker to discuss with nursing students the potential pitfalls involved in medical negligence cases.   Mr. Shanberg  is rated as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Illinois Leading Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury Defense Law, General.

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Pegah Shetabi

Pegah Shetabi

  Senior Counsel

Pegah Shetabi is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. Her practice focuses on personal injury and general liability litigation.  Ms. Shetabi joins Tyson & Mendes as an experienced litigator who has successfully represented individuals and business entities (including Fortune 500 companies) involved in personal injury, premises liability and products liability litigation.  She has managed cases from inception up to trial, drafted and argued numerous discovery and dispositive motions, and taken hundreds of depositions of plaintiffs and key witnesses on behalf of her clients.

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Wendy Skillman

Wendy Skillman

  Senior Counsel

Wendy Skillman is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. Her practice focuses primarily on general liability litigation, with experience in both criminal and civil prosecution work.

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Timothy Smyth

Timothy Smyth

  Senior Counsel

Timothy Smyth is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. His practice focuses on personal injury, general liability, civil rights, construction defect, premises liability, landlord-tenant, products liability, and public entity defense.

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Emily Straub

Emily Straub

  Senior Counsel

Emily Straub is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Her practice focuses on defending personal injury, general liability, and professional liability claims. Ms. Straub’s practice is also geared towards representing businesses of all sizes, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, in business disputes and employment litigation.

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Evgenia Terehova

Evgenia Terehova

  Senior Counsel

Evgenia Terehova is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where her practice focuses on general insurance defense litigation. Ms. Terehova has extensive experience representing individuals, businesses, and insurance companies in high exposure personal injury, product liability, and premises liability matters, as well as employment and business litigation disputes. Through her experience of representing both defendants and plaintiffs prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Ms. Terehova provides a unique and comprehensive perspective with regard to case strategy.

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Jennifer Vedra

Jennifer Vedra

  Senior Counsel

Jennifer Vedra is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Colorado office. An experienced litigator, she has defended individuals as well as small and international companies. Ms. Vedra has represented her clients in a variety of matters including personal injury, products liability, toxic torts, and complex commercial and international disputes. She also has extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality industries, and was in-house counsel to a global hotel company prior to joining the firm.

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Michelle Verkh-Kent

Michelle Verkh-Kent

  Senior Counsel

Michelle Verkh-Kent is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  Her practice focuses on professional liability matters.

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Po Waghalter

Po Waghalter

  Senior Counsel

Po Waghalter is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. With over a decade of experience, her practice focuses on general liability, product liability, and personal injury defense. Ms. Waghalter specializes in developing legal strategies aimed at early dismissals and summary adjudication of contentious disputes through tactical strategy and dispositive motions. Ms. Waghalter is licensed to practice law in California, Oregon, and Washington.

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Paul Whitfield

Paul Whitfield

  Senior Counsel

Paul Whitfield is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on general liability, including personal injury, premises liability, and products liability claims. He also has extensive experience in professional liability, unfair business practices claims, and insurance coverage.

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Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl Wilson

  Senior Counsel

Cheryl Wilson is a Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office.  She is a trial attorney primarily focused on civil defense of claims asserting negligence, product liability, professional liability, and business torts. She has been practicing in Nevada since 2002.

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Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson

  Senior Counsel

Ian Wilson is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office and is part of a multi-attorney team.  He practices general litigation, with a primary focus on construction defect, personal injury, and professional liability defense.

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Brian Woolfall

Brian Woolfall

  Senior Counsel

Brian Woolfall is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  His practice focuses on litigating complex construction defect and property damage claims on behalf of developers, general contractors, and subcontractors along with our construction defect litigation team.  Mr. Woolfall also has also litigated cases involving personal injury, products liability, unfair business practices, and antitrust violations over nearly 25 years of experience.

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Kevin Yee

Kevin Yee

  Senior Counsel

Kevin Yee is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. He specializes in premises liability and personal injury defense. Mr. Yee has represented client in litigation throughout Southern California for more than 10 years. He serves as multi-state Firm Liaison for global commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE, Inc.

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Wilson Yurek

Wilson Yurek

  Senior Counsel

Wilson Yurek is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County Office. His practice focuses on general liability, catastrophic personal injury, vehicle and premises liability, construction, and mass tort defense.

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Kiran Gupta

Kiran Gupta

  Special Counsel

Kiran Gupta is Special Counsel for Client Relations and Legal Education at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  The primary focus of her practice is developing legal content for the firm’s training, marketing, and education programs. 

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Ashley Kaye

Ashley Kaye

  Special Counsel

Ashley Kaye is Special Counsel for Client Relations & Legal Education for Tyson & Mendes. In this role, she develops legal educational content for Tyson & Mendes University – the firm’s internal training program – as well as content for external trainings and seminars for the firm’s clients. She also provides a unique and innovative legal perspective to the firm’s Client Relations Team. Ms. Kaye has litigation experience defending personal injury, products liability, and general liability claims in California state and federal district courts.

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William Koska

William Koska

  Special Counsel

Bill Koska is Special Counsel to the Firm in the Environmental Department. He has over 35 years’ legal experience, the last 20 of which has been devoted to environmental issues. Mr. Koska has handled a broad range of environmental matters in various courts and administrative boards, including the EPA. The litigation has included CERCLA, CEQA, Clean Air Act, Proposition 65, asbestos related cases, federal and state safe drinking water laws, and air quality issues for a variety of clients, both large and small, and construction contract issues.

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Allen Aho

Allen Aho

  Associate

Allen Aho is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office. His practice focuses on personal injury defense, general liability, and premises liability. 

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Brianna Andrade

Brianna Andrade

  Associate

Brianna Andrade is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on multi-party complex litigation and general liability matters. She also has previous training in labor and employment litigation.

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Benjamin Angulo

Benjamin Angulo

  Associate

Benjamin Angulo is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. His practice includes commercial litigation and general liability matters.

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Nicolette Argyropoulos

Nicolette Argyropoulos

  Associate

Nicolette Argyropoulos is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ New York Office, where she handles all phases of complex civil litigation. Ms. Argyropoulos’ practice focuses primarily on professional liability, New York Labor Law, and construction defect.

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Blaire Bayliss

Blaire Bayliss

  Associate

Blaire Bayliss is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Denver office. Her practice focuses on personal injury defense, corporate liability, and general liability matters.

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Nathan Berkeley

Nathan Berkeley

  Associate

Nathan Berkeley is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses primarily on business litigation, personal injury, and professional liability. Mr. Berkeley has represented organizational and individual clients throughout California for more than eight years.

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Maxwell Bottini

Maxwell Bottini

  Associate

Maxwell Bottini is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ New York and Connecticut offices. His practice focuses primarily on complex litigation matters, construction litigation, product liability matters, data and cybersecurity, New York Labor Law, and medical malpractice.

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James Brewer

James Brewer

  Associate

James Brewer is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Arizona office. His practice focuses on insurance defense litigation, including insurance coverage disputes, personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, premises liability, and bad faith litigation.

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Annalyse Butler

Annalyse Butler

  Associate

Annalyse Butler is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Her practice focuses primarily on defending against personal injury, general liability, and professional malpractice claims.

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Cinnamon J. Carr

Cinnamon J. Carr

  Associate

Cinnamon J. Carr is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office.  Her practice focuses on personal injury defense, including general liability, auto, premises liability, and wrongful death, as well as property damage and defamation cases.

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Amy Chambers

Amy Chambers

  Associate

Amy Chambers is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and a member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team.  Ms. Chambers has extensive experience representing employers and insurers in California state and federal district courts.

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Kiley McCarthy Connolly

Kiley McCarthy Connolly

  Associate

Kiley McCarthy Connolly is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and is a member of the Complex Trial Litigation team. Her practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense.

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Bradley Damm

Bradley Damm

  Associate

Bradley Damm is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Colorado office.  Mr. Damm’s practice focuses on personal injury, premises liability, construction defect, professional malpractice defense litigation, and commercial litigation. 

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Terra Davenport

Terra Davenport

  Associate

Terra Davenport is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. She specializes in general liability defense and personal injury. Ms. Davenport has experience representing insurance and public entity defendants in a variety of different legal matters, including class action tax litigation, tort litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, construction and premises liability, quiet title and boundary disputes, and civil rights and police liability.

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Elizabeth Dimaano

Elizabeth Dimaano

  Associate

Elizabeth Dimaano is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office, where her practice focuses on general liability and employment-related claims. Ms. Dimaano has experience representing individuals, businesses, and insurance companies across Southern California.

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Dominic Donato

Dominic Donato

  Associate

Dominic Donato is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ New York and Connecticut offices. He specializes in all aspects of construction litigation, including high exposure New York Labor Law, construction defect and adjacent property damage cases, as well as premises and product liability matters.

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Rachel Donnelly

Rachel Donnelly

  Associate

Rachel Donnelly is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and is a member of the Complex Trial Team. Ms. Donnelly has extensive trial and litigation experience. She began her career immediately upon admission to the State Bar of California as a law clerk with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Since then, she has represented clients in civil cases ranging from personal injury to labor and employment matters. Ms. Donnelly’s practice now focuses on personal injury and insurance litigation.

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Stephanie Drenski

Stephanie Drenski

  Associate

Stephanie Drenski is an Associate Attorney at Tyson & Mendes’ San Francisco office. Ms. Drenski represents individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters, including general liability, personal injury, premises liability, automobile liability, professional liability, and product liability. Her past clients include owners of small and large businesses, hotels and restaurants, and owners and property managers of commercial buildings.

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Ross Dwyer

Ross Dwyer

  Associate

Ross Dwyer is an Associate at Tyson Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on general liability defense, where he defends clients in a range of matters, including catastrophic personal injury and employment. Mr. Dwyer also has extensive experience litigating complex insurance coverage disputes under personal and commercial lines.

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Jeremy Freedman

Jeremy Freedman

  Associate

Jeremy Freedman is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses primarily on general liability. Mr. Freedman has experience litigating personal injury, professional liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions, employment, and commercial claims representing individuals, retired naval officers, businesses, and banking institutions in California state and federal courts.

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Andrew Friese

Andrew Friese

  Associate

Andrew Friese is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office, where he is engaged in a wide variety of civil litigation in tort and contract including land use, trespass, breach of contract, and construction defect cases.

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Ariadne Giannis

Ariadne Giannis

  Associate

Ariadne Giannis is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office and a member of the Complex Trial Team. Her practice focuses on commercial defense of entities and individuals in high profile, enhanced-exposure litigation claims, as well as first-party insurance claims. She excels in handling matters with compound causes of action, issues, and damages, including traumatic brain injury, complex regional pain syndrome, vicarious liability for sexual harassment, premises liability involving uninhabitability claims, multi-tortfeasor liability with express indemnity issues, and large loss subrogation arising from property damage.

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Marianne (Mimi) Gordon

Marianne (Mimi) Gordon

  Associate

Marianne Gordon is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on general and professional liability, intellectual property, and business litigation defense.

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Quinn Graham

Quinn Graham

  Associate

Quinn Graham is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office and practices on the Complex Trial Team. His practice focuses on catastrophic injury, negligence, intentional tort, breach of contract, class action employment, and product liability claims.

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Ross Harper

Ross Harper

  Associate

Ross Harper is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. He is a member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team, where his practice focuses on a variety of complex civil litigation matters.

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Kayla Huynh

Kayla Huynh

  Associate

Kayla Huynh is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office, where practice focuses on general liability, professional liability, and personal injury litigation.

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Colin Jennings

Colin Jennings

  Associate

Colin Jennings is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Mr. Jennings is a member of a multi-attorney team handling primarily general liability and personal injury litigation.  He has experience in representing corporations and individuals across California.

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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

  Associate

Mark Johnson is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office and a member of the Complex Trial Team. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense and general liability defense.

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Grace Kim

Grace Kim

  Associate

Grace Kim is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles and Orange County offices. Her practice focuses primarily on labor and employment litigation on both a single plaintiff and class action level. Ms. Kim represents public and private clients in a wide range of employment cases, including discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, harassment, and reasonable accommodation matters.

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Kris D. Klingensmith

Kris D. Klingensmith

  Associate

Kris D. Klingensmith is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office.  Mr. Klingensmith has extensive litigation experience representing individuals and businesses in Nevada state and federal courts.  He practices primarily in personal injury litigation with experience in trucking accidents, premises liability, product liability and wrongful death.

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Nareg Kourouyan

Nareg Kourouyan

  Associate

Nareg Kourouyan is an Associate at Tyson and Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where he works with a multi-attorney litigation team on employment practices liability insurance matters.

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Ethan Kraft

Ethan Kraft

  Associate

Ethan Kraft is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where he is a member of a multi-attorney litigation team with a primary focus on general liability and personal injury defense.

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Michael Kutzner

Michael Kutzner

  Associate

Michael Kutzner is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. His practice includes general liability and personal injury litigation.  

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Kristopher Lancial

Kristopher Lancial

  Associate

Kristopher Lancial is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on general litigation, including personal injury defense, corporate liability, and automobile liability.

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Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee

  Associate

Kevin Lee is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. His practice focuses primarily on general litigation, construction defect, insurance defense, and bodily injury. Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Mr. Lee’s practice also included landlord-tenant disputes, premises liability, and business litigation.

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Jeffrey Leight

Jeffrey Leight

  Associate

Jeffrey Leight is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office.  Mr. Leight has a broad range of experience in multi-party complex litigation, including products liability, business litigation, premises liability, employment, and general liability matters. He is experienced in all stages of litigation, including early litigation strategy, discovery, dispositive law and motion, and trial preparation.  He has represented a wide range of entities in his practice including corporations, insurance companies, homeowners’ associations, and manufacturing companies.

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Edward Lester

Edward Lester

  Associate

Edward Lester is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office, where his practice focuses on civil litigation defense. Mr. Lester’s expertise includes public entity liability, products liability, premises liability, and catastrophic personal injury.

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Victoria Lew

Victoria Lew

  Associate

Victoria Lew is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses primarily on insurance defense, general liability, and commercial litigation.

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Christopher Lund

Christopher Lund

  Associate

Christopher Lund is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office. His areas of practice include employment law, personal injury, general liability, commercial litigation, and representing homeowner’s associations. Mr. Lund has litigation experience representing individuals and businesses in both Nevada and Utah state and federal district courts, as well as the Utah Court of Appeals.

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Christine Luong-Pham

Christine Luong-Pham

  Associate

Christine Luong-Pham is an Associate in the firm’s Los Angeles and Orange County offices. She has experience in litigation, including catastrophic personal injury defense, product liability, toxic tort, and civil qui tam. She has extensive experience handling all aspects of litigation claims, from initial case evaluation, discovery, law and motion, settlement negotiations, and trial preparation.

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Kyle R. Maland

Kyle R. Maland

  Associate

Kyle R. Maland is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Orange County offices. Mr. Maland focuses his legal career on representing employers of all sizes on a broad spectrum of employment law issues. He has extensive experience in handling employment litigation in state and federal court, as well as before various California agencies.

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Rachael Marvin

Rachael Marvin

  Associate

Rachael Marvin is an Associate in Tyson Mendes’ New York office. Her practice focuses primarily on professional liability, privacy, data and cybersecurity, New York labor law, commercial litigation, and product liability.

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Leah McKeever

Leah McKeever

  Associate

Leah McKeever is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Phoenix office. Her practice focuses on defense of general liability and personal injury matters on behalf of individuals and businesses.

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Emily Meeson

Emily Meeson

  Associate

Emily Meeson is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Orange County offices. Her practice focuses on employment practices litigation defense including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims.

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Omar Mulamekic

Omar Mulamekic

  Associate

Omar Mulamekic is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ New York office. His practice focuses on complex litigation matters including construction (New York Labor Law and construction defect), transportation and catastrophic injury matters.

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Raymond Nabhani

Raymond Nabhani

  Associate

Raymond Nabhani is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ New York office.  He is experienced in all facets of civil litigation in both federal and state courts. Mr. Nabhani’s practice focuses on defending construction defect litigation, New York Labor Law, dram shop, toxic tort and premises liability matters.  Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Raymond Nabhani worked as outside counsel to one of the largest insurance carriers in the United States.

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Scott Nenni

Scott Nenni

  Associate

Scott Nenni is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. His practice primarily focuses on labor and employment litigation.

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Marlene Otero

Marlene Otero

  Associate

Marlene Otero is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office, where her practice focuses on defending Washington businesses and individuals in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including construction defect, breach of contract, premises liability, personal injury, and professional malpractice.

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Jordan Pratty

Jordan Pratty

  Associate

Jordan Pratty is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where he is member of a multi-attorney litigation team. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense, construction defect, premises liability, product liability, and surety defense.

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Alex Randolph

Alex Randolph

  Associate

Alex Randolph is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where he is a member of the Complex Trial Team. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense, employment practices liability litigation defense, intellectual property defense, and all complex litigation matters.

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Justin T. Ruedaflores

Justin T. Ruedaflores

  Associate

Justin T. Ruedaflores is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where his practice focuses on complex litigation.

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Thushan Sabaratnam

Thushan Sabaratnam

  Associate

Thushan Sabaratnam is an Associate Attorney at Tyson & Mendes’ Chicago office, where he handles all facets of complex litigation. Mr. Sabaratnam’s practice focuses on general liability, where he defends clients on matters of catastrophic personal injury and death, construction defects and accidents, transportation litigation, and commercial liability.

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John Salcedo

John Salcedo

  Associate

John Salcedo is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office and a member of the Complex Trial Team. His current practice focuses on insurance defense and complex commercial litigation. Additionally, prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, he also accumulated experience in trust litigation, construction defect, and general liability matters.

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Kareen Sassounian

Kareen Sassounian

  Associate

Kareen Sassounian is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office. Her practice focuses on insurance defense, general liability, personal injury, and premises liability.

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Nick Schechter

Nick Schechter

  Associate

Nick Schechter is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense, employment practices litigation defense, medical malpractice defense, and the defense of entity defendants where sexual torts are alleged, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

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Lauren Sharkey

Lauren Sharkey

  Associate

Lauren Sharkey is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. Her practice focuses on personal injury defense and employment practices litigation defense.

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Ben Z. Steinberger

Ben Z. Steinberger

  Associate

Ben Steinberger is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. His practice focuses on general liability defense and litigation.

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John Stiglich

John Stiglich

  Associate

John Stiglich is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. He works on a multi-attorney litigation team focusing on medical malpractice and personal injury matters.

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Jamie R. Nazemi Tabrizi

Jamie R. Nazemi Tabrizi

  Associate

Jamie R. Nazemi Tabrizi is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. His practice primarily focuses on general liability, personal injury, and property damage matters.

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Matthew G. Tang

Matthew G. Tang

  Associate

Matthew G. Tang is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense, complex commercial litigation, and other general liability matters. 

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Christopher Tuttle

Christopher Tuttle

  Associate

Christopher Tuttle is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office.  His practice focuses on personal injury, construction defect defense, and general liability.

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