Sean McGah - Senior Counsel

Sean McGah is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Orange County office.  His practices focuses on personal injury defense and general liability litigation.

Mr. McGah has extensive experience defending premises owners, contractors, product manufacturers, and product suppliers, including Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies.  Mr. McGah is a litigator who is adept at handling cases from initial discovery through trial.  He has achieved favorable results for his clients through jurisdiction motions, summary judgment motions, appellate work, and negotiations for numerous dismissals. Mr. McGah has experience arguing before the California Courts of Appeal.  He has also second-chaired several civil trials that led to favorable results for his clients.  Recently, Mr. McGah won a motion to quash service of summons for lack of personal jurisdiction for a major corporation.  Prior to practicing in the civil realm, Mr. McGah tried several criminal cases to verdict.

Mr. McGah received his B.A. from the University of San Diego and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mr. McGah is admitted to practice before all California state courts, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California.  He is certified by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and he is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

In his free time, Mr. McGah enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters.  He also enjoys watching sports and playing golf.

Recent Posts

California Supreme Court Requires Consent of All Parties to Record Phone Calls

Privacy protections were at the forefront of a lawsuit brought by plaintiff Jeremiah Smith against LoanMe Inc. The California Supreme Court held individuals cannot intentionally record telephone calls without the consent of all parties on a cellular or cordless phone.

California Supreme Court Instructs Employers Not to Round Employees’ Time Punches for Meal Breaks

On February 25, 2021, the California Supreme Court held employers cannot engage in the practice of rounding time punches —adjusting the hours an employee has actually worked to the nearest preset time increment — in the meal period context.  The California Supreme Court held the meal period provisions of California wage order and statute are designed to prevent even minor infringements on meal period requirements, and rounding is incompatible…

Second Appellate District in the Court of Appeal of the State of California Vacates “Excessive” $30,000,000 Non-Economic Damages Award

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal for the State of California in the Second Appellate District affirmed courts prefer to adjudicate cases on merits when it vacated a non-economic damages award of $30,000,000.  In Rodolfo Plascencia et al., vs. Charles Gynn Deese, et al. (B299142; decision filed January 20, 2021), the parents of a young motorist killed in an accident brought a wrongful death suit, alleging trucking company and one of its drivers were negligent…

Insurers’ Right to Intervene When an Insured Suspended Corporation is Sued in California

California has the ability to suspend corporations’ powers, rights, and privileges, which includes the ability to pursue and defend against legal claims in the courts.  Several scenarios can suspend corporations. One scenario is the failure to file one or more tax returns.  The authority for the state to suspend a corporation lies in California Revenue and Taxation Code section 23301.  Another scenario exists when a corporation fails to pay its tax balance.

My Off-leash Dog Injured Someone in an Off-leash Park. Can I Be Liable?

While many people consider dogs “man’s best friend,” sometimes man’s best friend causes an injury to a human, for which the dog’s owner is responsible.  A very common personal injury lawsuit is for an injury from a dog bite.  Other types of cases involve injuries caused by a dog simply being active and getting a little too rambunctious with someone.  Many parks allow dogs to be “off-leash,” but a greater…

I Hired the Lawyer, Not the Law Firm, Right?

Clients will often declare they signed on with a particular law firm not because of the reputation, size, culture, etc. of a law firm, but rather because that law firm employed the lawyer the client wanted to defend his, her, or its case.  But what happens should that lawyer depart the firm?  Many clients might think their case automatically goes with the lawyer to his or her new firm.  Does the lawyer  owe a duty to the client to continue representing the client?  In New York, this premise was…

Sometimes the Winner Loses: Missteps During a Case Can Jeopardize a Prevailing Party’s Ability to Recover Costs

The California Court of Appeals, First District, Division Three recently ruled on issues related to validity of California Code of Civil Procedure section 998 statutory offers to compromise as well as providing guidance on when certain ordinarily-recoverable costs become waived during the course of litigation.  The case at issue is Chad Anthony v. Xiaobin Li (2020 A156640), and the ruling by the Court came down on April 13, 2020.  For background, plaintiff…

California Supreme Court Declares Apple Inc. Retail Employees Must Be Compensated for Exit Searches

In a monumental decision on February 13, 2020, regarding compensation due employees forced to undergo “exit searches,” the California Supreme Court declared such searches cannot be held off-the-clock.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requested the California Supreme Court decide the issue of whether an employee’s time spent on an employer’s premises waiting for and undergoing an exit search, constitutes…

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