Aurora Levinson is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office. Her practice focuses on defending Washington businesses and individuals in general liability and personal injury litigation.
Ms. Levinson has significant litigation experience defending insurers in workers’ compensation claims. She has saved her clients millions of dollars through careful and innovative case analysis. Ms. Levinson also has prior experience working in family law, where she successfully defended her clients’ assets, parental rights, and safety. For example, she obtained a Stalking Protection Order in Oregon, which is notoriously difficult to obtain due to its high evidence standard.
Ms. Levinson was born and raised in Mexico City. She obtained her J.D. from Tulane University in 2010. At Tulane, she served with the Environmental Law Journal, graduated with distinction, and received a Public Service Award. Ms. Levinson obtained her B.A. in Political Science from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico in 2004. Ms. Levinson is a member of the Washington and Oregon State Bars. She is the Chairperson for the Oregon State Bar’s Editorial Advisory Committee and was appointed to the Paraprofessional Licensing Committee. Through these activities, Ms. Levinson seeks to shine a light on the work of Latinx in the legal community, diversify the legal profession, and provide better access to justice. Ms. Levinson is also a member of the Board of the Oregon Child Development Coalition, which provides childcare and family resources to Latinx families, especially those of migrant agricultural workers.
In her free time, Ms. Levinson enjoys reading, watching Sci-Fi shows and movies, and building Lego sets with her family.
I was born and raised in Mexico City, and I had the opportunity to live in different areas throughout Mexico at various times: from the mountains to the desert to the tropical forests. I also had the opportunity to study in Spain during college. I am lucky to have friends that come from all over Latin America, with vastly different experiences that inform their interpretations about what it means to be Latinx.
This article will discuss the origins of the PREP Act and its use as a tool to provide immunity from civil prosecution to senior living facilities from actions arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will briefly review the history of the PREP Act, address its use to protect senior living facilities from prosecution during the pandemic, and address the limits of immunity and the next battlegrounds in litigation.
In July of 2020, a jury awarded the largest personal injury verdict ever against the state of Washington. This was a $115 million award to the maternal grandparents of two boys murdered by their father during visitation. This article will analyze the verdict: why it was awarded, and what we can learn from it.
Last December, the U.S. rolled out its first vaccines against COVID-19, marking a turning point in the pandemic. Many employers wondered whether they could or should require employees to vaccinate. Another question is whether this requirement would violate ADA and religious mandate regulations.