Roberta Nalbandian is Senior Counsel at Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. With over 30 years of litigation experience, Ms. Nalbandian’s practice focuses on diverse complex litigation including construction defect, general liability, personal injury and other related areas of practice.
Ms. Nalbandian’s complex litigation case plans are implemented with strategic development of written discovery, targeted depositions and essential document management, including eDiscovery. This has resulted in successfully obtaining or thwarting vigorously disputed key discovery matters, and defeating plaintiff’s case or key elements by way of Motions for Summary Judgment/Adjudication. Ms. Nalbandian has successfully argued before the First District Court of Appeal.
Ms. Nalbandian earned her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and earned her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific. Ms. Nalbandian is licensed to practice before the Courts of the State of California, and United District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Central District of California.
In her free time, Ms. Nalbandian enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and has avid interest art, gourmet cooking, movies and animation.
On January 27, 2021, the Second District Court of Appeal rendered an opinion regarding the application of punitive damages against a corporation in Morgan v. J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc. Norris Morgan, a construction worker, sued multiple defendants for suffering mesothelioma arising out of his exposure to various products. All defendants except J-M Manufacturing (JMM) settled by the time of trial or shortly thereafter. JMM was the only defendant who proceeded to verdict. Plaintiff established Mr. Morgan was a construction worker who worked in 1970s- 1980s when he was exposed to J-M Transit Pipes manufactured or supplied by JMM during the relevant time period. The jury found JMM to be 45% liable for Mr. Morgan’s injuries, awarding Mr. Morgan and his wife (loss of consortium claim) compensatory damages in the amount of $15,270.501, and an additional $15,000,000 in punitive damages. JMM appealed the judgment regarding punitive damages among other issues.
A person or entity has an obligation before litigation is filed to preserve all relevant evidence if they know or reasonably should know that they will be sued. Although most large corporate entities are aware of such obligations a small business owner or individual may not. If the client and attorney have conducted a reasonable and diligent search of all relevant evidence in the hands…
Contractors who have filed workers compensation exemption status with the Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) have significant exposure should circumstances arise during a project where such exemption no longer applies. It can result in automatic suspension of the contractors’ license during a construction project. (Business & Professions § 7125.2.) Further, the contractor may have exposure for personal…