Robert Tyson - Partner

A native of Staten Island, New York, Bob Tyson is the strategic managing partner of the firm.

Mr. Tyson is a trial lawyer and author of the #1 best-selling, first book written for the defense to limit exposure at trial, Nuclear Verdicts: Defending Justice for All.  In this groundbreaking book, Mr. Tyson sets forth the specific methods to beat plaintiff lawyers and achieve justice.  It is the culmination of an over 30-year legal career, during which he has successfully resolved a variety of cases involving complex products liability, commercial and general civil litigation, professional malpractice, environmental, and employment law – representing individuals, corporations, public entities, professionals, and many other different types of businesses.

Mr. Tyson is especially known for his groundbreaking work on Howell v. Hamilton Meats, a case he argued and won before the California Supreme Court.  Howell has since been hailed as the most significant insurance decision to come down in over 40 years – altering the way California interprets the collateral source rule and impacting the damages a plaintiff may recover.  Mr. Tyson successfully argued an injured plaintiff may only recover the much lower amount that is paid for medical expenses, not the full medical bills, as past medical damages.  This difference between what is billed versus paid saves insurance companies and defendants over $10 billion dollars every year.  The victory earned Mr. Tyson the California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award from the California Bar Magazine, among other awards.

Mr. Tyson earned his B.S. in finance from Villanova University in 1986 and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1989.  Prior to founding Tyson & Mendes in 2002, he practiced law at some of Southern California’s largest defense firms, including Edwards, White & Sooy and Booth, Mitchel & Strange.  Active in the community and legal profession, he frequently lectures on a variety of legal issues to business and professional organizations.

In his off time, he enjoys beating partner Pat Mendes at golf and spending time with his three children, Faith, Mary, and Bobby, and wife Jenny.  His mantra: Justice for All.  As a modern-day poet once said: “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow.  This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo!”


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Recent Posts

Stop Nuclear Verdicts: Compensate Like Plaintiff Lawyers

Advisen – March 22, 2021

Here is a question for insurers: You are in the business of managing risk, but what have you and your defense counsel done differently in the last decade to manage or stop nuclear verdicts?

The risk is real. Jury verdicts of $10 million or more have exploded over the last 10 to 15 years. The number of $100 million jury verdicts, and even billion-dollar verdicts, are also on the rise. But for the most part, insurers and their defense counsels have yet to do anything meaningful to lower the risk of such verdicts.

This has to stop. And insurance companies can stop nuclear verdicts, today.


Stop Nuclear Verdicts: Abolish the Billable Hour

PLUS Journal – December, 9 2020

Nuclear Verdicts are a problem, and they are only going to get worse.


Personalizing Corporate Defendants

CLM Magazine – December 2020

How to Tell a Human Story About Your Client’s Company


It Pays To Give A Number

CLM Magazine – October 2020

Want a defense verdict? Go figure.


Why doesn’t the defense bar share like the plaintiffs’ bar? Money.

Daily Journal – August 28, 2020

Compared to plaintiffs’ counsel, those on the defense side rarely share anything with each other.


Stop Nuclear Verdicts: Hire Plaintiff Lawyers

Carrier Management – August 28, 2020

Why have nuclear verdicts skyrocketed in the last 10 years? Did the law change? Did Congress pass a sweeping bill in favor of plaintiffs that mandates they must recover tens of millions of dollars in pain and suffering damages? Nope.


The Reptile Theory: Use it!

Daily Journal – July 31, 2020

There has been an explosion of nuclear verdicts in recent years, with plaintiffs awarded billions of dollars in damages for all types of losses purportedly sustained at the hands of small businesses and large corporations. This trend is a major problem for corporate America, as well as the attorneys who defend these claims.


Should You Accept Responsibility at Trial?

CLM – June 15, 2020

Why the Answer Could Very Well Prevent a Nuclear Verdict


Nuclear Verdicts: What Property/Casualty Carriers Need to Know

Carrier Management – April 6, 2020

To mitigate the explosion of nuclear jury verdicts—which topped billions of dollars last year—insurance companies need to take a stand to meaningfully impact the U.S. tort system


An Update from Bob Tyson

We Are Here For You, What Can We Do? – Bob Tyson, Strategic Managing Partner

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