Scott Ruksakiati - Partner

Scott Ruksakiati is the Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Chicago office.  For more than 25 years, he has defended clients in diverse and challenging litigation involving catastrophic injury and death, professional liability, errors and omissions insurance claims, construction defect claims, breach of contract disputes stemming from multi-million-dollar construction projects, transportation litigation, and other complex commercial litigation cases throughout the United States.  He has significant experience in insurance coverage matters involving third-party liability and first party property claims, as well as extensive experience representing insurance producers and brokers in breach of contract and tort claims.

Mr. Ruksakiati has first-chaired numerous jury trials and commercial arbitration matters to successful conclusions.  He is also known for successfully resolving cases prior to trial or arbitration by developing defenses for winning summary judgment and by positioning cases for favorable resolution through mediation. Most recently, in a pool design case, the court granted Mr. Ruksakiati’s motion for summary judgment after he barred the plaintiff’s liability expert, saving his clients from an $8 million demand.

Mr. Ruksakiati received his B.A. in Economics and Telecommunications from Indiana University in 1990 and his J.D. from DePaul University in 1993.  He is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois (general and trial bars), the State of Iowa, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the District of Nebraska, the State of Nebraska, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.­

In his spare time, Scott enjoys indoor cycling, puzzling over crosswords, hiking, and golfing.


Recent Posts

Tyson & Mendes Wins on Summary Judgement in an $8 Million Traumatic Brain Injury Case: Court Rules in Favor of Indiana-Based Pool Design Company

CHICAGO  (June 16, 2022) – In another defense victory for nationwide civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP, a motion for summary judgment has been granted by Indiana’s St. Joseph Superior Court in favor of firm client Spear Corporation, a design/build company sued for alleged faulty design after a purported brain injury occurred in a newly constructed swimming pool (CAUSE NO. 71D04-1804-CT-000160).

Exclusivity Provisions of Illinois Workers Compensation Act Do Not Shield Employer From Claims Under Biometric Information Privacy Ac

As technology continues to advance, the law needs to evolve to stay abreast of the developments.  Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court tackled a question involving biometric technology.

Protections Against Implied Warranty of Habitability Claims Broadened in Illinois

For many of us of a certain age, our first exposure to the Latin phrase caveat emptor came from an episode of the classic sitcom, The Brady Bunch.  “Let the buyer beware” was the lesson Mr. Brady imparted to Greg for his spontaneous purchase of a beat-up convertible.  That same lesson was one homebuyers learned for many years.  In Illinois, a seller of real property was not liable to a purchaser for defects in the design or construction of the property which existed, even in a latent state, at the time of the sale.

Illinois Practice Note: Amendment to Rule 23

The Illinois Supreme Court has implemented a change to a rule that has long frustrated Illinois practitioners. Beginning January 1, 2021, orders issued by the Appellate Court under Rule 23 may now be cited in legal briefs as persuasive authority. To understand the significance of the amendment, a bit of history is in order.

Can a Home Office Establish Venue in Illinois?

During an extended period of COVID-19-related changes to the way businesses operate, and considering the uncertainty of what the situation may be in the coming months, the potential significance of a recent Illinois Supreme Court’s opinion on the issue of whether a home office is sufficient for purposes of establishing venue cannot be overemphasized. Even though the facts of Tabirta v. Cummings, 2020 IL 124798, originated well before COVID-19 surfaced to influence many parts of everyday life, its issuance during the pandemic serves to provide guidance for business owners and defense counsel alike moving forward, especially when so many employees are working from home.

Liability Protections in a COVID-19 World

Soon after States began imposing quarantine restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it became readily apparent many businesses would be severely and negatively impacted, perhaps permanently. Certainly, for home improvement and home gardening retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar, 2020 has been a lucrative year.  However, other businesses, such as gyms, salons, restaurants, and bars, which rely primarily on patrons visiting their locations in person, have seen catastrophic consequences due to the pandemic. The federal government recognized the devastating effects pandemic-related restrictions would…

Insurance defense law firm Tyson & Mendes opens Chicago office

Chicago Business Journal – August 4, 2020

California insurance defense law firm Tyson & Mendes said it has opened a new Chicago office. The San Diego-based law firm said in a statement that the office will launch with Scott Ruksakiati as branch managing partner and Mark Shanberg as senior counsel. The Chicago office will serve clients across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.


Tyson & Mendes Launches Chicago Office; Names Managing Partner and Senior Counsel of Newest Branch: Expanding Insurance Defense Firm Adds Seasoned Litigators Scott Ruksakiati and Mark Shanberg

CHICAGO (August 4, 2020) – Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the launch of its first Chicago office and the hire of two attorneys to lead the new branch. Scott Ruksakiati will act as branch managing partner with Mark Shanberg as senior counsel.

August Attorney Spotlights: Scott Ruksakiati and Mark Shanberg

For our August Spotlight, we are introducing two attorneys launching Tyson & Mendes’ new Chicago office. Please welcome Chicago Managing Partner Scott Ruksakiati and Senior Counsel Mark Shanberg! Both are experienced litigators who bring impressive track records of success to the Tyson & Mendes Midwest team. Read on to learn more about these two powerhouses below.

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