Marlene Otero is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office, where her practice focuses on defending Washington businesses and individuals in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including construction defect, breach of contract, premises liability, personal injury, and professional malpractice.
Ms. Otero has extensive litigation experience, including representing individuals in both civil and criminal matters. Ms. Otero has successfully drafted and argued various pre-trial motions, which led to voluntary and involuntary dismissals and/or favorable settlement offers, saving her clients thousands on litigation costs. She has also worked as a corporate associate, where she reviewed and drafted contracts in a variety of complex matters related to employment, commercial real estate, and business acquisitions.
Ms. Otero graduated cum laude from Mercer University School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Otero served as Secretary for the Mercer Law Trial Lawyers Association and as a Features Editor of the Mercer Law Free Press. Ms. Otero interned at both the San Diego and Atlanta Federal Defender offices and spent her last year on Mercer Law’s Habeas Clinic, defending clients on habeas petitions in Superior Court. Ms. Otero is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
Outside of the office, Ms. Otero enjoys hiking, discovering Seattle’s restaurants, and spending time with her friends and family.
Imagine owning a trucking company for many years and after much hard work and effort, the trucking company grows to be successful with several hundred fleets across the nation on the road daily. Now imagine after one accident, the company is dragged into a lawsuit and after months of litigation, the jury decides on an unreasonable and extremely high award of damages the company is unable to pay, forcing the company to file for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, this hypothetical example is a reality for many trucking companies across the nation.
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