Codie Dukes - Partner

Codie Dukes is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. A member of the firm’s Complex Trial Team, she has extensive litigation experience representing individuals and businesses in California state and federal district court cases involving catastrophic injury and damages claims.  She has successfully obtained defense verdicts and moved for summary judgment in favor of defendants in both general and professional liability lawsuits. She routinely negotiates favorable settlements in high exposure, multi-party matters.

Ms. Dukes was a Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors Society member and received her B.S. in Political Science from California State University San Bernardino in 2000. She earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 2003, where she competed as a member of the mock trial team. Ms. Dukes is a member of the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association where was formerly elected by colleagues to act as a board member.

In her free time, Ms. Dukes enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.  She enjoys music, dancing, skating, and the great outdoors.

Recent Posts

3 Liability Lines Caught in a Tightening Vise of COVID-19 Accountability

Risk & Insurance – August 2, 2020

Spikes in claim frequency and severity are expected across employment, professional and general liability lines in the fallout from the pandemic.


SD Metro Daily Business Report-March 9, 2020

SD Metro – March 9, 2020

Tyson & Mendes expands Complex Trial Team with promotion of four attorneys.


Tyson & Mendes Expands Complex Trial Team with Partner Promotions

The Daily Transcript – March 9, 2020

Tyson & Mendes LLP, a civil defense law firm, annouced March 5, the promotion of Codie Dukes, Reece Roman, and Morgan Van Buren to Partner in San Diego.


Robocop: Will Driverless Police Vehicles be Rolling Out Soon?

Autonomous driving technology has entered the fast lane in recent years. Beginning with automated vehicles manned with a driver, and most recently driverless taxis, is Robocop next? If Ford Motor Company has its way, autonomous police cars will be hitting the pavement soon.

Your Client or Opposing Party is Incompetent: Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem for Incompetent Litigant in California

In California, a party must have “capacity” to prosecute or defend a civil lawsuit. A party who lacks the requisite capacity may be deemed “incompetent” by the court and a guardian ad litem may be appointed to represent him or her in the litigation.

Scenarios: (1) you are an attorney defending a personal injury action and based upon your interactions with your defendant client, you have reason to believe your client is unable to understand the nature or consequences of the lawsuit, or is unable to assist you with the preparation of the case; (2) you are an attorney defending a personal injury action and during the course of mediation and/or plaintiff’s deposition, plaintiff’s competency is called into question.

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