Rick Seely is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego Office. Mr. Seely has 26 years of experience representing clients mainly in business litigation, construction defect litigation, and general insurance defense matters. He has handled numerous matters from initial case introduction through trial.
Mr. Seely successfully defends clients in construction and general litigation, including a defense award for his client after a 70 day multi-party arbitration; a defense award which also produced a judgment for attorney fees and costs for his client; and a successful trial in which a general contractor was only assessed $35,000, against a claim for $700,000 in construction damages.
Mr. Seely earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside in 1990 and obtained his J.D. from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School in 1993. Mr. Seely also regularly presents and moderates continuing education panels for organizations such as The CLM, West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar, and the OCBA. His topics range from the basics of subrogation claims; the analysis of indemnification clauses; construction litigation trends; and his favorite: civility among lawyers.
In his time away from the office, Mr. Seely runs, surfs, camps, and hikes: all of which are a distant second behind spending time with his wife and children.
In his groundbreaking book Nuclear Verdicts: Defending Justice for All, seasoned trial attorney and Managing Partner at Tyson & Mendes Bob Tyson examines how to personalize corporate defendants and why personalizing the corporate defendant is essential to avoiding nuclear verdicts. Although many attorneys assume the best time to tell the full corporate story to the jury is during opening statements, attorneys must also develop the corporate story during the pre-trial discovery process. To solidify the corporate story at trial and prevent plaintiffs’ counsels from undermining trial testimony regarding the corporate defendant, defense attorneys must protect the corporate defendant’s reputation for safety before the jury ever sees the client.
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