Jacob Felderman is Head of Legal Operations and Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Denver office. Mr. Felderman has in-depth experience handling cases in California and Colorado in many practice areas including general negligence, professional liability, business disputes, premises liability, product liability, personal injury, and commercial and general civil litigation.
Mr. Felderman has had a successful career as a litigator. He obtained a favorable jury verdict of 2% of plaintiff’s final demand in an admitted-liability auto accident case in which plaintiff claimed life changing neck and back injuries. He successfully defended an international produce corporation sued after an alleged food-borne outbreak caused over 300 cases of Hepatitis A and multiple deaths in the Eastern United States. He has also successfully defended C.P.A firms in suits involving multi-million-dollar embezzlement schemes alleging failure to uncover internal fraud during corporate audits.
In addition to his regular civil litigation practice, Mr. Felderman volunteers as legal counsel for outdoor recreational organizations, where he won a Federal administrative appeal against the U.S. Forest Service. The successful appeal resulted in opening public lands to responsible recreational user groups, while balancing the need to protect local flora and fauna. Mr. Felderman served as legal counsel and an expedition team member for National Geographic’s expedition in search of the lost tomb of Genghis Khan. He is a featured member in the National Geographic documentary, “Valley of the Khan’s.”
Mr. Felderman is a member of the Colorado State Bar and California State Bar. He earned his J.D. in 2003 from the University of Iowa, where he was a staff writer and Manager for the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice. He received his B.A. in English with honors from the University of Iowa. In 1997, Mr. Felderman was a member of the University of Iowa’s Division I NCAA National Championship wrestling team.
In his free time, Mr. Felderman enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
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Law Week Colorado – January 28, 2022
On Jan. 18, national civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced longtime Denver Partner Jacob Felderman was promoted to equity partner. Felderman joined the firm in 2011 and, on top of his diverse legal practice, he has held numerous leadership positions at the firm and Denver office.
Attorney at Law Magazine – January 19, 2022
National civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the promotion of two long-time partners to equity partner: Jacob Felderman and Daniel Fallon. These new additions bring the firm’s total equity partnership to 10, including Robert Tyson, Patrick Mendes, Mina Miserlis, James Sell, Susan Oliver, Cayce Lynch, Kristi Blackwell and Lynn Allen.
SAN DIEGO (January 14, 2022) – National civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the promotion of two long-time partners to equity partner: Jacob Felderman and Daniel Fallon. These new additions bring the firm’s total equity partnership to 10, including Robert Tyson, Patrick Mendes, Mina Miserlis, James Sell, Susan Oliver, Cayce Lynch, Kristi Blackwell and Lynn Allen.
Law.com – October 26, 2021
Tyson & Mendes, a San Diego-based midsize insurance defense firm, has named longtime partner Jake Felderman its inaugural head of legal operations.
Felderman joined Tyson & Mendes in 2011 in San Diego, and became the founding partner of the firm’s Colorado office in 2018. In the newly created role, Felderman will devote 90% of his time to legal operations.
Colorado has enacted a number of tort reform statutes. Typically, these statutes limit the amount of tort damages available to a plaintiff. For example, CRS § 13-21-102.5(3)(a) limits non-economic damages in a tort action to $468,010 (but this cap is increased to a maximum of $936,030 if the plaintiff can show by “clear and convincing” evidence that the higher cap is warranted).
Plaintiffs in Colorado are entitled to recover damages to “make them whole.” This category is known as “compensatory” damages. Generally, compensatory damages include economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the usual and natural consequence of the defendant’s conduct, like lost income and medical bills. Non-economic or “special” damages are less tangible and are peculiar to the plaintiff, like pain and suffering.
DENVER (Jan. 3, 2017) – Tyson & Mendes, one of the country’s fastest growing legal defense firms, is expanding its Denver office with the relocation of partner Jacob Felderman, who will handle all aspects of insurance defense litigation throughout the state of Colorado. The firm’s practice areas include construction defect, personal injury, insurance coverage disputes, insurance bad faith, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability and wrongful death lawsuits, and employment law.
What happens when a homeowner discovers a defect in their home, like a leaky roof, and then waits more than two years before suing the roofer who installed the roof? The lawsuit would, of course, be barred by the statute of limitations because the homeowner stood on his rights for too long.
Law Week Colorado – January 10, 2018
Insurance defense law firm Tyson & Mendes announced Wednesday that it is expanding its reach into Colorado with attorney Jacob Felderman setting up the firm’s outpost. The firm specializes in insurance defense with attorneys practicing in areas including construction defect, personal injury, insurance coverage disputes, insurance bad faith, professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability and wrongful death lawsuits, and employment law. The move to Colorado is driven in part by personal reasons for Felderman as well as professional reasons that put the firm closer to some of its primary clients.
In California, drivers can purchase “uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage” (“UCM”). If the driver is later injured in an automobile accident, and the at-fault party has no insurance (or insufficient insurance), then UCM coverage allows the injured driver to recover against his own insurance company.