Robert Taitz - Partner

Robert Taitz is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office.  His practice focuses primarily on general liability and commercial litigation.  Mr. Taitz has extensive litigation experience, including representing individuals and businesses in California state and federal district courts.

Mr. Taitz has experience in litigating various insurance defense matters including personal injury, premises liability, product liability, construction defect, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud, and transportation related matters.  Mr. Taitz also has expertise in the transportation industry and has represented some of the largest cargo carriers in the country in commercial litigation matters.  He has successfully argued before both the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on transportation related issues.

Mr. Taitz earned his B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law.

In his free time, Mr. Taitz enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.  He enjoys hiking, bike riding, movies, and casual dining.

Recent Posts

Hot Air Balloon Passengers Are Not Owed A Heightened Duty Of Care

As a matter of first impression, the Court of Appeal recently ruled a hot air balloon operator is not a common carrier and therefore does not have a heightened duty to protect the safety of passengers.

Employee Provides Car For Travel Between Job Sites: Does The Going And Coming Rule Apply?

In this case, the Court of Appeal overturned a decision of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in relation to the question of whether an in-home caretaker is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in relation to an injury sustained while riding her bicycle between the homes of two clients.

Skateboarder’s Claim Against Water District and Owner of Road Barred By Doctrine of Primary Assumption of Risk

In this case, Plaintiffs Richard Bertsch and Mitchell Bertsch (“Plaintiffs”) appealed from the trial court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of defendants Mammoth Community Water District and Sierra Star Community Association as to plaintiffs’ causes of action for wrongful death, negligence, premises liability and negligent infliction of emotional distress. In this matter, Brett Bertsch suffered fatal injuries when he fell off his skateboard when its wheels came into contact with a small gap between the road and a cement collar surrounding a manhole cover. Defendant Mammoth Community Water District was the entity responsible for inspecting and maintaining the manhole cover, and Sierra Star Community Association was the owner of the road where the accident occurred. The trial court concluded the doctrine of primary assumption of risk barred plaintiffs’ lawsuit as a matter of law.

Web Retailer’s Browsewrap Agreement Found Insufficient to Compel Arbitration

In this case, Defendant Provide Commerce, Inc. (“Provide”) appealed from an order denying its petition to compel arbitration of certain consumer fraud claims brought by Plaintiff Brett Long on behalf of himself and a putative class of California consumers who purchased flower arrangements through ProFlowers.com.

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