Michael D. Drews is the Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York offices. He has a wealth of experience and enjoys the challenge of handling cases that draw from diverse practice areas, including professional liability (medical and legal malpractice), premises liability, wrongful death, hospitality law, interstate trucking and transportation law, commercial law, construction defects, employment law, and bad-faith litigation.
Mr. Drews has successfully represented not only individuals and small business owners, but also hospitals, physicians, attorneys, directors and officers, large corporate entities, insurance companies, airlines, general contractors, construction managers, and interstate trucking and transportation companies. He takes pride in his ability to counsel his clients and explain complex legal issues in an easy to understand manner. While Mr. Drews is particularly adept in the courtroom and enjoys trial work, he is equally skilled in evaluating his cases, developing a theory for a case, and working toward favorable dispositions for his clients short of trial.
Mr. Drews is admitted to practice law in Colorado, New York, Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Drews obtained his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 2002. During law school, Mr. Drews served on the Family Court Review as a Staff Editor and Notes and Comments Editor. His Student Note was selected for publication in the July 2002 edition and was also one of six articles published in a special edition compiled for the 2004 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Family Law Education Forum in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, Mr. Drews was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s 2002 Law Student Ethics Award, a member of the Long Island Moot Court Competition Team, and a Law Student Advocate in the Criminal Justice Clinic. Mr. Drews obtained his B.S. in Business from Fairfield University in 1999. During college, Mr. Drews was a Justice on the Fairfield University Student Court, hearing honor code and other student misconduct violations, and was a player on the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team (NCAA Division I).
During his free time, Mr. Drews enjoys every moment with his two amazing boys and rooting on his beloved New York Mets, Buffalo Bills, and Buffalo Sabres. He can also be found playing lacrosse all year long in various leagues and tournaments.
December 27, 2021 brought a shift in vaccination requirements for New Yorkers. Businesses and employees should be aware of their new obligations. More employees are now required to be vaccinated. Employees in eligible positions must take specific steps, and businesses are required to demonstrate their employees have taken such steps. Businesses who do business with independent contractors should also be aware of special requirements.
With a new year comes change in employment laws. In Colorado, the Department of Labor and Employment finalized the changes to come on November 10, 2021. These changes will take effect on January 1, 2021. Employers should keep these changes in mind as they head into 2022.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed Senate Bill 2628 into law. Senate Bill 2628 provides for a higher level of protection for workers regarding electronic monitoring. This new bill “requires prior written notice upon hiring and once annually to all employees, informing them of the types of electronic monitoring which may occur.”
During the pandemic, many businesses felt the impact of government regulations. With regulations like curfews, mask mandates, and changing capacity limits, businesses have experienced upheaval throughout the pandemic. Legal ramifications for such situations are still evolving. In New Jersey, one restaurant argued that business revenue lost due to a takeout/delivery-only requirement was covered by its insurance policy.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, restauranteurs are facing a litany of issues. With changing governmental restrictions, restaurants have had to adapt more than most businesses. Some restauranteurs have taken to the courts to try and recoup losses. In a recent Colorado case, the court examined loss coverage stemming from the pandemic.
On August 27th, the New York State Bar Association’s Emergency Task Force on Mandatory Vaccination and Safeguarding the Public’s Health (“Task Force”) released a report detailing its discussions on the COVID-19 vaccine. Among its many recommendations, the Task Force urged lawyers, employers, and their employees to get vaccinated, as well as teachers, students (when approved for their age group), and university students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the Task Force recommended vaccine access be provided in correctional facilities and in immigration detention facilities.
SAN DIEGO (June 8, 2021) – Leading insurance and civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the promotion of Michael Drews, Candice Hamant, Allison Lawrence and David Ramirez to partner. Drews joins the firm’s partnership in Denver, Hamant and Lawrence in Northern California, and Ramirez in the firm’s San Diego headquarters.
Claims for bad faith breach of insurance contract can arise in first-party and third-partyi contexts. This article will address the former. First-party bad faith cases involve an insurance company refusing to make or delaying payments owed directly to its insured under a first-party policy such as life, health, disability, property, fire, or no-fault auto insurance. ii In essence, the insurer’s actions expose the insured to being personally liable for the monetary obligations underlying the insured’s claims.
Have you ever been faced with a situation where an insurance policy was issued in one state, but a motor vehicle accident involving the covered auto occurs in another? Of course, the first step is to consult the policy and locate the choice of law provision, but what do you do when there is not one contained in the policy?
The Colorado wrongful death statute specifies who may file a wrongful death claim, including time limits to each potential plaintiff’s ability to commence an action. The surviving spouse of decedent is the only person who may file a wrongful death claim in the first year after death. During the second year after death, both the surviving spouse and the surviving children of decedent are allowed to file a claim. If the decedent left no surviving spouse and no surviving children, then decedent’s parents may file a wrongful death claim.