Ashley Kaye - Special Counsel

Ashley Kaye is Special Counsel for Client Relations & Legal Education for Tyson & Mendes. In this role, she develops legal educational content for Tyson & Mendes University – the firm’s internal training program – as well as content for external trainings and seminars for the firm’s clients. She also provides a unique and innovative legal perspective to the firm’s Client Relations Team. Ms. Kaye has litigation experience defending personal injury, products liability, and general liability claims in California state and federal district courts.

Ms. Kaye is a skilled negotiator and has achieved numerous favorable results for her clients. She also obtained a jury verdict in a consumer warranty case in which she served as lead trial counsel. Additionally, she assisted in briefing a matter before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and negotiating a favorable outcome for her client.

Ms. Kaye earned her B.S. in 2009 from The University of Georgia and her J.D. in 2016 from University of San Diego School of Law, where she worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ms. Kaye is licensed to practice law in California state and district courts and is a member of San Diego Defense Lawyers. Ms. Kaye also volunteers on a pro bono basis with San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, where she represents victims of domestic violence in their restraining order proceedings.

In her free time, Ms. Kaye enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and five-pound Pomeranian puppy. She also enjoys yoga and running, and hopes to run her first half-marathon soon.

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Recent Posts

Grit and Growth: The Sole Factors Contributing to Women’s Professional Advancement?

You may have heard of the “grit and growth” concept.  In a very brief and simplified nutshell, “grit and growth” refers to common traits of successful people: “grit,” or resilience, and “growth,” or the mindset that people are not simply born successful but rather have the capability to learn and master any given skill through practice and commitment.

A New Year’s Reflection and the Endless Pressure of Success

As we begin a new year, many of us have already done the hard work of reflecting on the past twelve months and identifying resolutions to carry us through the next.  Many professionals, particularly in the grueling field of law, have a work hard / work harder approach to life.  We want to succeed, and we will do everything we can to achieve that success.  Perhaps many of our resolutions even center around achieving those career goals.

Subpoenas for Insurance Claims Files: How Do I Respond?

At some point, insurance agencies are bound to receive a subpoena for business records in the context of litigation, seeking the claims file pertaining to the lawsuit.  Are agencies required to hand over the entirety of the claims file, and if not, what are their options?

Accepting Responsibility: A Valuable but Little Used Means to Defuse Juror Anger & Reduce Verdicts

Full disclosure: this material is lifted entirely from Tyson & Mendes founder and strategic managing partner, Robert Tyson.  But tried and true trial strategies bear repeating, and repeating often.  So, let’s dive in on one of the most counterintuitive, underutilized, and effective trial strategies for defense lawyers: ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY.

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Creative Ways to Tackle Sexism in the Workplace

The most overt display of sexism I have encountered as a professional occurred during my first trial.  As a young associate, I was reassigned from second chair to lead counsel on the eve of trial.  The insecurity and anxiety I felt cannot be emphasized enough, and the palpable glee of opposing counsel when they learned a “baby attorney” was trying the case at the last minute certainly did not help.

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