Christopher Schon is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. He specializes in high exposure catastrophic personal injury and general liability defense. Mr. Schon also assists privately held businesses in state regulatory and compliance matters.
Mr. Schon has successfully defended and resolved hundreds of matters for his clients. His personal injury trial experience includes a defense verdict in a multimillion-dollar traumatic brain injury case and jury verdicts substantially below plaintiffs’ settlement demands prior to trial. Mr. Schon has prepared and argued numerous trial and pre-trial motions that disposed of causes of actions and resulted in significantly reduced exposure against his clients. He has settled many personal injury cases within insurance policy limits in which the alleged damages exceeded the limits of the policy.
Mr. Schon earned his J.D. from Western State College of Law in 2013, where he served on the negotiations team and participated in various competitions throughout California. He obtained his B.A. from San Diego State University where he graduated with distinction. Mr. Schon is a member of the San Diego Defense Lawyers. He is licensed to practice law in all districts of California. Mr. Schon is a native San Diegan.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, supporting the Aztecs and Padres, spending time outdoors, and chasing the ever elusive goal of hitting a hole in one.
As defense practitioners, we have all been (or will likely be) in the situation where an overzealous plaintiff lawyer seeks to depose your corporate client’s person most qualified and individual employees, corporate officers, or owners. Often times, the defense lawyer will object to the deposition and meet and confer with plaintiff’s counsel. When meet and confer efforts fail, plaintiff’s counsel will bring a motion to compel the depositions. As the moving party, plaintiff will get the first shot at framing the issues and arguments for the judge. Naturally, defense counsel will then be playing from behind in drafting an opposition and attempting to reframe the issues.
Where a decedent’s death was caused by third party misconduct, there may be tort causes of action for damages. Namely, a wrongful death cause of action- which is an independent claim on behalf of decedent’s heirs for damages they personally suffered; and a personal injury action which “survives” to decedent’s estate for the purposes of recovering damages the decedent would have been awarded had the decedent lived. This is governed by California Code of Civil Procedure (“C.C.P”) § 377.20. This article will focus on survival actions.
In California, when someone is killed due to the reckless, negligent, or intentional act of another, a wrongful death action could be brought against the tortfeasor(s).
One of the best discovery tools to get straight to the facts and clear up any ambiguity is requests for admissions. An often neglected benefit in using requests for admissions is their punitive ability to recover cost of proof sanctions. This article examines the procedure necessary to recover cost of proof sanctions.
Congratulations, you obtained a judgment. Now what? This article takes a step by step approach in analyzing post judgment satisfaction in California.
Your trial may have just ended, but the fun does not stop there. Before you can put your case to bed, you must first consider several procedural processes you could be facing.
Do not let the term “mild” fool you. The effects of a “mild” traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) can be severe. There are so many definitions of “mild TBI” that if you asked 10 neurologists you would receive 10 different responses. But, the general consensus is a mild TBI is defined as the result of a forceful motion of the head or impact causing a brief change in mental status or a loss of consciousness for less than 30 minutes. These symptoms may not be noticed for days, weeks, or months after the incident; sometimes, even an MRI or CAT scan will show the brain suffered no trauma. Fortunately, there are numerous tactics defense counsel can use when facing a claim for mild TBI.
An Offer of Judgment, when used properly, is a vital tool in the litigator’s toolbox. Timing, purpose, and potential benefits and detriments all must be considered prior to deploying your Offer of Judgment. But keep in mind, even with those factors considered, a court could invalidate your Offer of Judgment if it is non-compliant.
With the Holiday season approaching, many underage adults will attend Holiday parties at their parents’ home or the homes of friends or family. Those who host parties are deemed “social hosts.” In general, social hosts are immune from personal injury liability, except for one huge caveat.