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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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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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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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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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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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Margaret M. Holm

Margaret M. Holm

  Partner

Margaret M. Holm is a Partner in the Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles offices and Chair of the Healthcare practice.  Margaret is one of the country’s leading trial and appellate litigators for large health care entities in complex civil disputes.  She is a well-renowned leader in the legal profession.  Margaret defends national and regional insurers in addition to healthcare organizations and providers, including hospitals, medical professionals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities.

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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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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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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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David Ramirez

David Ramirez

  Partner

David Ramirez is an AV rated Partner 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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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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Terra Affourtit

Terra Affourtit

  Senior Counsel

Terra Affourtit is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. She specializes in high exposure catastrophic personal injury and general liability defense.  Ms. Affourtit has experience representing insurance and public entity defendants in a variety of legal matters, including class action tax litigation, tort litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, construction and premises liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, quiet title and boundary disputes, and civil rights and police liability.

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Sheila Baker

Sheila Baker

  Senior Counsel

Sheila Baker is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Southern California office. Her practice focuses on the defense of individuals and business entities in a broad range of legal matters. Ms. Baker has extensive and in-depth experience in commercial litigation, personal liability, premises liability, products liability, breach of contract, real estate, as well as commercial and residential construction defect disputes. Her experience also includes professional and medical malpractice, general liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions, bad faith, insurance coverage, and subrogation. Ms. Baker has successfully written, argued, and won several motions for summary judgment as well as appeals in the Central District Court.

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Nathan Berkeley

Nathan Berkeley

  Senior Counsel

Nathan Berkeley is Senior Counsel 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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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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David Bregman

David Bregman

  Senior Counsel

David Bregman is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. He has spent the better part of his legal career analyzing and resolving complex business and commercial and construction related disputes and achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Bregman successfully represents clients in a wide range of complex business transactional and litigation matters including contractual disputes, contract review and negotiation, corporate formation, real estate, complex construction litigation, delay claims, mechanics lien actions, and risk management.

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Rachel Donnelly

Rachel Donnelly

  Senior Counsel

Rachel Donnelly is Senior Counsel 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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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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Chase Goodman

Chase Goodman

  Senior Counsel

Chase Goodman is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Mr. Goodman primary practice focuses on catastrophic accidents, personal injury, premise liability, and business litigation.

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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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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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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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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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Mia Kelly

Mia Kelly

  Senior Counsel

Mia Kelly is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. 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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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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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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Emily Meeson

Emily Meeson

  Senior Counsel

Emily Meeson is Senior Counsel 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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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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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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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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Cynthia Speegle

Cynthia Speegle

  Senior Counsel

Cynthia Speegle is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego Office and a member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team.

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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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Shelly Stuppiello

Shelly Stuppiello

  Senior Counsel

Ms. Stuppiello is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and a member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team. Ms. Stuppiello has comprehensive experience representing businesses and individuals through all phases of civil litigation. Her practice primarily focuses on defending against personal injury and property damage claims. Her background also includes defending subrogation actions brought on behalf of insurance carriers.

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Kent Thaeler

Kent Thaeler

  Senior Counsel

Kent Thaeler is a Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office with almost 30 years of experience.  Mr. Thaeler primarily handles construction defects matters, both residential and commercial, as well as personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage claims.

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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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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 and has represented clients in litigation matters in Southern California for over 10 years. He specializes in premises liability and general liability matters and also has extensive experience litigating and resolving contentious claims involving wildfire damage, consumer law, financial elder abuse, and complex trust and probate disputes.

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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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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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Grace Shuman

Grace Shuman

  Special Counsel

Grace Shuman is Counsel for Client Relations and Legal Education at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego Office. Ms. Shuman’s focus is on developing legal content for the firm’s marketing, education, and training programs.

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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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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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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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Caroline Emhardt

Caroline Emhardt

  Associate

Caroline Emhardt is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Her practice focuses on personal injury defense as well as the defense of entity defendants where sexual torts are alleged, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse.

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Jeremy Freedman

Jeremy Freedman

  Associate

Jeremy Freedman is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office whose practice focuses primarily on general liability cases. He has litigated cases involving personal injury, professional liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions, employment, and commercial claims and has represented individuals, retired naval officers, businesses, and banking institutions in both California state and Federal courts.

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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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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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