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Margarite Sullivan - Associate

Margarite Sullivan is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego Office.  Her practice is primary focused on personal injury, general commercial liability, professional liability, and business litigation.  Ms. Sullivan is an accomplished litigator with experience representing individuals, public entities, and insurance institutions across California.

Ms. Sullivan has successfully resolved a variety of cases involving personal injury, inverse condemnation, and class action disputes.  She frequently resolves matters promptly with well-drafted dispositive motions or protects her clients with oppositions thereto.  When a trucking company attempted to avoid litigation by claiming its employees were independent contractors, Ms. Sullivan established vicarious liability and forced a favorable settlement for a client.  Ms. Sullivan successfully defused a  daunting class-action matter by decertifying a class of plaintiffs claiming exposure to volatile organic compounds.

While earning her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Ms. Sullivan spent her summers interning at the San Diego Office of the City Attorney.  She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Ms. Sullivan is licensed to practice law in California.

In her free time, Ms. Sullivan can be found tending to her succulent garden, conquering the many hiking trails in San Diego, and relaxing with her cats.

Recent Posts

The Supreme Court of Colorado Attempts to Leave Good Deeds Unpunished

The “rescue doctrine” seeks to account for human instincts by allowing rescuer-plaintiffs to recover damages sustained during the rescuer-plaintiff’s attempt to assist another in imminent peril. Examples of rescuer-plaintiffs include witnesses of car accidents who sustain injuries while taking action to assist the car accident victims; and intervening in a physical altercation and sustaining injuries as a result. The Supreme Court of Colorado recently provided clarification on the “physicality requirement” to invoke the rescue doctrine in Garcia v. Colorado Cab Co. LLC, 2020 CO 55, ¶ 1, 467 P.3d 302, reh’g denied (July 27, 2020).

Qualified Immunity and Making Sense of Public Policy in Policing

With heavy bi-partisan support, Colorado just became the first state to end qualified immunity for police officers through the passage of SB-217. Qualified immunity is a defense used by public officials, including police officers, to shield themselves from personal liability in civil lawsuits.  Additionally, SB-217 addresses other related and pressing issues including ending practices such as choke holds, bodycam requirements, and limiting officers’ ability to…

COVID-19 Puts Inequality Under a Microscope

COVID-19 has been labeled the “novel Coronavirus” because it had not been previously identified.  Unlike COVID-19, inequality in the United States is far from novel.

On Being a Young Professional During a Global Pandemic

I do not know what the future holds. COVID-19 has ousted us from our workplaces and may have caused a permanent disruption in “the office” as we know it. If you are set to graduate from law school in May, the path to your first law job may look radically different from the graduating class of 2019.  The bar exam will be put on hold, leaving you in limbo. All of this uncertainty for the class of 2020 and even new attorneys still trying to settle into…

The Mindful Lawyer: How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Practice

Lawyers are constantly balancing enormous responsibilities while also intentionally placing themselves in adversarial situations.  The constant demand on time and mind is exhausting and often leads lawyers to develop depression and substance abuse issues.

The Mental Load: Women Bear Too Much of the Burden

Remembering where the scissors are, what time the kids go to soccer practice, and whether you are running out of milk: these represent a small sample of the information women are responsible for storing in their brains and keeping safe for their immediate family’s use.  Growing up, my Grandma was responsible for remembering our entire family history.  I found this to be true for my friends’ Grandmas as well.  It was framed as a highly…

Diversity Demands Intersectionality

In 1851, Sojourner Truth brought to life the rallying cry of American feminists with the now-prolific phrase, “Ain’t I a Woman”.  While feminism has embraced the sentiment that being a woman does not exclude a person from achieving and accomplishing feats generally reserved to men; it has failed to acknowledge the underlying message of Truth’s declaration.  When Truth started toward the stage at a Women’s Rights Conference in…

Damage Awards in California Civil Trials: To Infinity and Beyond?

The recently decided Cobb v. Cty. of Los Angeles (Cal. Ct. App. May 1, 2019) No. B287090, 2019 WL 1929976, is a reminder to defense practitioners in California that chance are slim to none for an appellate reversal of a jury’s damages determination.  This article will provide practice pointers to defense practitioners to avoid runaway juries by exploring the reasons the Appellate Court in Cobb upheld the seemingly outrageous damages award.

Electronic Filing, the “Courts”, and a Claimant Walk into a Bar …

… And Everyone Panics!

As I am sure all California Lawyers are aware, Los Angeles just made the big switch to mandatory electronic filing for Limited Civil on December 3, 2018, and Unlimited Civil on January 2, 2019.  This means all civil filings in Los Angeles County Superior Court must be submitted electronically from now on.  At the end of this article, I will provide hyperlinks to the resources cited as it is very important all practicing attorneys in the state of California know and understand the new rules of the road.

On the Road Again: Overcome Co-Defendant Transportation Companies’ Most Common Motion for Summary Judgment in Personal Injury Actions with This Handy Code of Federal Regulation

Under the Non-delegable Duty Doctrine, a hirer is presumed to have delegated their duties to the independent contractor performing the work unless a relevant statute or regulation prohibits delegation.  (Vargas v. FMI, Inc. (2015) 233 Cal. App. 4th 638, 639.)

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