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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

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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. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mendes has developed a formidable track record in defending insurance companies and businesses…

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Kristi Blackwell

Partner

Kristi Blackwell is the California Regional Managing Partner for Tyson & Mendes and leads the firm’s Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality practice group. Her practice focuses primarily on general liability, professional liability, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, coverage, and complex litigation. Ms. Blackwell has wide-ranging litigation experience representing…

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Daniel Fallon

Partner

Dan Fallon is the Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Mr. Fallon leads a group of litigators specializing in professional liability, personal injury, general commercial liability, and business litigation…

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William Johnson

Partner

William Johnson is the Managing Partner at Tyson & Mendes’ Nashville office and is a Partner in the San Diego and Los Angeles offices. His practice focuses on defending against claims of catastrophic personal injury, sexual torts…

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Emily Beck

Partner

Emily Beck is a Partner 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…

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Rachel Donnelly

Partner

Rachel Donnelly is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. She applies her extensive trial and litigation experience as a member of the Complex Trial Team, focusing her practice on personal injury and insurance litigation…

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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…

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Ashley Paige Fetyko

Partner

Ashley Paige Fetyko is a Partner & Head of Communications. Ms. Fetyko is based in the Denver and San Diego offices but serves all offices across the firm. Her practice focuses on external and internal communications, business development, client relations, and education. Ms. Fetyko leads the creation and delivery of educational content for national audiences.

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Harry Harrison

Partner

Harry Harrison is a Partner 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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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.  Ms. Holm is one of the country’s leading trial and appellate litigators for large health care entities…

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Cayce E. Lynch

Partner

Cayce E. Lynch is the firm’s Administrative Partner. As part of the strategic leadership team, she drives the formulation, development, and execution of Tyson & Mendes’ administrative functions firmwide and has led the firm through a period of unprecedented growth…

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Mitchell B. Malachowski

Partner

Mitchell B. Malachowski is a Partner 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…

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Mina Miserlis

Partner

Mina Miserlis is the Chair of Complex Trials. Based in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office, she brings more than 20 years of litigation and trial experience to leading the firmwide Complex Trial Team. She focuses her practice on complex personal injury matters.

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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…

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Robert Olson

Partner

Rob Olson is a Partner in the Orange County and San Diego office. Mr. Olson has specialized experience handling all types of personal injury lawsuits – from major brain and concussion injuries to minor trip and falls…

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Christopher Schon

Partner

Christopher Schon is a Partner 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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Brian Woolfall

Partner

Brian Woolfall is a Partner 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…

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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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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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Sergio G. Chaidez

Senior Counsel

Sergio G. Chaidez is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  He represents public entities and school districts in litigation involving personal injury and the sexual assault of minors.

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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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Sarah Garrick

Senior Counsel

Sarah Garrick is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Her practice includes the defense of entity defendants where sexual torts are alleged, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse, as well as catastrophic personal injury defense…

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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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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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Dane Joseph

Senior Counsel

Dane Joseph is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  His practice focuses on general liability matters, including automobile liability and personal injury matters…

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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…

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Charles Lawrence

Senior Counsel

Charles Lawrence is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Nashville offices. His practice focuses on general liability, catastrophic personal injury, vehicle and premises liability, construction defect, and mass tort defense…

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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…

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Matthew Riley

Senior Counsel

Matthew Riley is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice focuses on litigating complex labor disputes and insurance matters before state, federal, and administrative courts. Mr. Riley has extensive litigation experience, including notable successes at jury trial and appeals…

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Adam Rivera

Senior Counsel

Adam Rivera is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego Office, where he primarily focuses on personal injury and premises liability cases. Mr. Rivera is an experienced litigator with a track record of success representing both plaintiffs and defendants…

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Jeffrey R. Siegel

Senior Counsel

Jeffrey R. Siegel is Senior Counsel in the Law and Motion Department in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  He handles complex motions and appeals. Mr. Siegel has extensive experience in trial and appellate work.  He has tried cases in California, Missouri, Kansas, Guam, and Saipan…

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Jessica J. Slusser

Senior Counsel

Jessica J. Slusser is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Los Angeles offices.  She handles a wide range of cases, including general liability and commercial and insurance litigation, catastrophic personal injury defense, employment practices litigation defense, the defense of entity…

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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

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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Ana Walsh

Senior Counsel

Ana Walsh is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office.  Her practice areas include complex and catastrophic loss litigation, commercial real estate, and contracts. Ms. Walsh has extensive experience in business and litigation matters…

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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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William Koska

Of Counsel

Bill Koska is Of Counsel at Tyson & Mendes in the Environmental & Toxic Tort practice group.  Mr. Koska has 50 years’ legal experience, the last 30 of which have been devoted to environmental issues.  Mr. Koska represents a variety of clients, both large and small, on a broad range of environmental matters in various courts and administrative boards, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  These litigations include CERCLA, CEQA, Clean Air Act, Proposition 65, asbestos-related cases, federal and state safe drinking water laws, and air quality issues.

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Adrian Alba

Associate

Adrian Alba is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego and Northern California Offices. His practice focuses on complex litigation. Mr. Alba has proven success in law and motion work, effectively utilizing discovery and civil procedure to succeed on dispositive motions. Prior…

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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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Lauren Holappa

Associate

Lauren Holappa is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Before joining Tyson & Mendes, Ms. Holappa clerked for a plaintiff’s attorney, where she learned all about plaintiffs’ tricks for personal injury cases and saw all the ways plaintiffs try to shift the balance against defendants…

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Andrew Katseanes

Associate

Andrew Katseanes is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. His practice he focuses on general litigation. Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Mr. Katseanes worked in family law and criminal defense. He gained valuable experience taking and defending depositions…

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Wilson Petty

Associate

Wilson Petty is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. He is a member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team. Prior to becoming licensed to practice law in the state of California, Mr. Petty garnered valuable experience as an extern at a prominent civil…

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Alexis Philpott

Associate

Alexis Philpott is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Ms. Philpott has experience defending insurance companies against breach of contract and insurance bad faith claims. She also has experience representing insured parties against personal injury claims on behalf of insurers…

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Anthony J. Puzo

Associate

Anthony J. Puzo is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego Office. Mr. Puzo primarily defends against complex and high stakes personal injury lawsuits stemming from both products liability and premises liability claims…

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Svetlana “Lana” Volkova

Associate

Svetlana “Lana” Volkova is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Ms. Volkova has extensive litigation experience in personal injury law. She is passionate about fighting for justice and defending the American dream of local and national businesses…

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