Edward Lester - Senior Counsel

Edward Lester is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office, where his practice focuses on civil litigation defense. Mr. Lester’s expertise includes public entity liability, products liability, premises liability, and catastrophic personal injury.

Mr. Lester has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, providing him with a unique perspective he brings to every case. He believes the visual presentation of a case leads to better results in the courtroom, and he has presented evidence using visual formats in courts and alternative dispute resolution settings to resolve liability disputes in car and trucking accident cases for nominal amounts. Mr. Lester has obtained many nuisance-value settlements, dismissals, and favorable verdicts.

Mr. Lester obtained his J.D. from University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law, where he participated in regional and state mock trial competitions as a member of one of McGeorge’s mock trial competition teams. Additionally, McGeorge awarded Mr. Lester the Capital Commendation for Demonstration of Extraordinary Commitment to Public Service for his work in the Gang and Homicide Unit of the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.

When Mr. Lester is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family and serving as a volunteer firefighter for the North Bay Fire Department.

 

Recent Posts

California Appellate Courts Hold Statutory Immunity Bars Treble Damages Claims

California enacted Assembly Bill-218 on October 14, 2019, amending Code of Civil Procedure section 340.1.  In doing so, California greatly expanded damages awards available to childhood sexual assault victims, including treble damages against entities that engage in “covering up” childhood sexual assault.  One of the principal byproducts of the reform legislation is treble damages claims may be erroneously asserted against public school districts in childhood sexual assault cases.  In two recent decisions, California’s appellate courts have vigorously reaffirmed the traditional rule that statutory sovereign immunity under Government Code section 818 bars liability for treble damages claims brought against public entities under Code of Civil Procedure section 340.1.

Retroactivity Still Applies to Some Construction in California Claims

The California Fourth District Court of Appeals recently held the retroactivity provision of Civil Code section 5986, subdivision (d), applies to construction defect claims that were 1) initiated prior to January 1, 2020, and 2) have been adjudicated by a trial court but have not reached appellate finality. The court further held that prelitigation vote requirements of condominium ownership associations violate fundamental state public policy.

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