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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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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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Candice N. Hamant

Candice N. Hamant

  Partner

Candice Nguyen Hamant is a Partner 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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Allison Lawrence

Allison Lawrence

  Partner

Allison Lawrence is a Partner 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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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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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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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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Joanne C. Chan

Joanne C. Chan

  Senior Counsel

Joanne C. Chan is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on employment practices, litigation defense, and commercial litigation.

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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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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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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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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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Edward Lester

Edward Lester

  Senior Counsel

Edward Lester is Senior Counsel 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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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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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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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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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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Matthew G. Tang

Matthew G. Tang

  Senior Counsel

Matthew G. Tang is Senior Counsel 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

  Senior Counsel

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

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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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Molly Gilardi

Molly Gilardi

  Special Counsel

Molly Gilardi is Special 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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Phil Downs

Phil Downs

  Associate

Phil Downs is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ San Francisco office, and is part of the attorney trial litigation team. Mr. Downs practices in the area of public entity defense, including the defense of peace officers against 42 U.S.C. 1983 actions, as well as premises liability and other types of personal injury defense matters.

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Stephanie Drenski

Stephanie Drenski

  Associate

Stephanie Drenski is an Associate 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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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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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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