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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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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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Emily Berman

Emily Berman

  Partner

Emily Berman 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. Ms. Berman has experience representing individuals, businesses, and insurance companies in litigation across California state courts.

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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 prior to joining Tyson & Mendes.

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Kirsten K. Cinquemani

Kirsten K. Cinquemani

  Partner

Kirsten K. Cinquemani is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County and Los Angeles offices.  Her practice is focused on the defense of complex civil litigation actions involving matters which include high exposure catastrophic injury and wrongful death. 

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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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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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Kevin P. McNamara

Kevin P. McNamara

  Partner

Kevin P. McNamara is a Partner at Tyson Mendes’ Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense, commercial vehicle litigation, premises liability litigation, and general liability litigation. Mr. McNamara has extensive experience advising insurers on their duties under general liability, excess, umbrella, pollution, property, and auto insurance policies. He also has experience litigating coverage disputes involving a wide array of insurance policies.

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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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Sheryl Rosenberg

Sheryl Rosenberg

  Partner

Sheryl Rosenberg is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. She is a trial attorney whose clients include both private and public entities for cases involving product liability, personal injury, harassment, abuse, and bullying. She has been lead counsel on cases for high profile clients in business litigation, product liability, and personal injury cases in both California and federal courts. Sheryl was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2010-2011 and in 2013-2018. In 2018, she was named by Super Lawyers as one of the Up-and-Coming 50: 2018 Women Southern California Rising Stars.

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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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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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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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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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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

  Senior Counsel

Mark Johnson is Senior Counsel 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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Jeffrey Leight

Jeffrey Leight

  Senior Counsel

Jeffrey Leight is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County 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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Christine Luong-Pham

Christine Luong-Pham

  Senior Counsel

Christine Luong-Pham is Senior Counsel 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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Cindy N. Mader

Cindy N. Mader

  Senior Counsel

Cindy Mader is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office where she is a member of the Complex Trial Team. Her practice focuses on general liability including commercial and insurance litigation. 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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Scott Nenni

Scott Nenni

  Senior Counsel

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

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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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Jeff Rector

Jeff Rector

  Senior Counsel

Jeff Rector is a Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office and works in the Employment Practices group. Mr. Rector 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.

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David Scott

David Scott

  Senior Counsel

David Scott is a Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office and is a member of the Complex Trial Team.  His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense and general liability defense.

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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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Po Waghalter

Po Waghalter

  Senior Counsel

Po Waghalter is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles and Seattle offices. 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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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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Michael Diaz

Michael Diaz

  Associate

Michael Diaz is an associate attorney at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on general liability and personal injury defense. 

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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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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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Alexandra LaMonica

Alexandra LaMonica

  Associate

Alexandra LaMonica is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. She is a member of the Complex Trial Team, and her practice focuses on the commercial defense of entities and individuals in high profile, enhanced-exposure litigation claims. Ms. LaMonica has extensive experience handling most facets of litigation, including initial case evaluation, discovery, law and motion, settlement negotiations, mediation, and trial preparation.

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Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence

  Associate

Christopher Lawrence is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense, commercial carrier defense, and defense of corporate entities where labor violations and sexual torts are alleged.

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Jie Lien

Jie Lien

  Associate

Jie Lien is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where her practice focuses on insurance defense, general commercial liability, personal injury, premises liability, and all complex litigation matters.

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Brooke Park

Brooke Park

  Associate

Brooke Park is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on general liability and commercial litigation.

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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 and a member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team. His practice includes the defense of cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, paralysis and other catastrophic injuries, as well as commercial litigation, including fraud, unfair business practices and related claims, construction litigation, and other general liability matters.

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Kasun Wijeyewickrema

Kasun Wijeyewickrema

  Associate

Kasun Wijeyewickrema is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where he is a member of the Complex Trial Team. His practice focuses on general liability defense. Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Mr. Wijeyewickrema gained experience in professional liability and general liability matters at an insurance defense firm in Los Angeles. He also has experience in representing clients in commercial real estate litigation and corporate transactions.

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