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, products liability,  premises liability, and contractual disputes.

Mr. Smith regularly brings successful motions for summary judgment, applying an efficient and effective approach to the defense of claims against his clients.  He has either taken or defended over 400 depositions, and takes a comprehensive and thorough approach to the preparation for deposition.  He has been the primary case handler on numerous matters which have resulted in defense verdicts at time of trial, and routinely otherwise obtains favorable resolutions of matters on behalf of his clients.

A proud son of the Old Line State, Mr. Smith obtained a B.A. in History from Rutgers University.  Following two years as an elementary school teacher with the Mississippi Delta Corps of Teach for America, he obtained his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he was an Articles Editor of the CommLaw Conspectus, CUA’s Journal of Telecommunications Law and Policy.

Mr. Smith enjoys listening to and playing music, cooking, documentary films, and will gladly debate the relative merits of any type of barbecue chips with anyone.


Recent Posts

CA Jury Awards Fired Professors $2.4M, Including Punitive Damages, In Wrongful Termination Trial

CVN Courtroom View Network – October 5, 2021

Los Angeles, CA – A California state court jury awarded $2.4 million on Thursday to two professors who claimed they were fired from a small Christian nursing school in retaliation for launching an investigation into sexual harassment claims against the school’s founder.

Q&A: What the Passage of Prop 22 in California Means for “Gig Economy” Employees

App-based transportation and delivery companies spent the months leading up to election day heavily advocating for and supporting Proposition 22, a ballot initiative that would keep app-based drivers – “gig employees” – classified as independent contractors rather than employees, as mandated by the passage of the controversial California Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5). The effort paid off, and the proposition received enough votes in favor to pass into California law.

On the Move: Tracking the Ins and Outs of California Lawyers – June 5, 2020

New hires, promotions and awards from across the California legal market.


Tyson & Mendes Promotes Three to Partner: Sitar Bhatt and Kathryn Lee Colgan Promoted to Partner, Andrew Smith Elevated to Managing Partner

SAN DIEGO (May 28, 2020) – Leading civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the promotion of Sitar Bhatt, Kathryn Lee Colgan and Andrew Smith. Bhatt joins the firm’s partnership in Phoenix, and Colgan in the San Diego and Orange County offices. Smith, meanwhile, was named branch managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Retroactive Applicability of Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements

A recent decision from the Fourth District of the California Court of Appeal confirmed an earlier ruling that arbitration agreements entered into between employees and employers could apply to disputes that existed before the execution of the arbitration agreement.

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