Kelley Harman is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on general tort claims, including large catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death claims, premises liability, and product liability actions.
Ms. Harman has extensive litigation experience, including investigation, discovery, motion practice, mediation, and trial. She has co-chaired several personal injury jury trials as a defense attorney, receiving several defense verdicts. Her experience also includes representing government entities. Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Ms. Harman was in-house counsel to a large public agency in Los Angeles, where she handled all the agency’s litigation as both plaintiff and defendant, involving construction, contracts, and injury matters. She has also successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal Second District, Division Five – where the Appellate Panel affirmed the lower court’s summary judgment in favor of her manufacturing client in a product liability action. Ms. Harman was selected to serve as a member of the 2022 RIMS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council.
Ms. Harman was admitted to the California Bar in 2009 after graduating summa cum laude from Whittier Law School in Orange County, California. She graduated with honors from the University of Arizona in 2006, having earned a B.A. in Communications
She resides in Santa Monica with her husband, three young children, and family dog–their beloved Boston Terrier, “Mumble.” She also enjoys reading, fashion, and spending time with friends and family.
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