Susan Gruskin is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Her practice focuses primarily on general liability litigation and complex civil litigation. Ms. Gruskin represents individuals and businesses throughout California state and federal district courts.
Ms. Gruskin is a seasoned civil litigator. Ms. Gruskin’s trial experience includes, but is not limited to, the trial of a failure to maintain action where over ninety plaintiffs sued the defendants/managers of a mobile home park. After a seven-week jury trial, Ms. Gruskin obtained a non-suit in favor of the defendants.
Ms. Gruskin applies a focused litigation strategy aimed at eliminating claims, settling matters, and preparing cases for trial. She has extensive law and motion experience and has prepared and argued countless motions throughout the state. Ms. Gruskin has prevailed on motions for summary judgment, including obtaining a defense judgment in a $12 million wrongful foreclosure action. She has prevailed on numerous motions in limine, prior to and during trial. For example, Ms. Gruskin favorably settled a $50 million unfair competition action upon the disposition of motions in limine vastly reducing the plaintiff’s damages.
Ms. Gruskin obtained her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She obtained her J.D. from the University of San Diego. She also attended the University of London, Kings College, where she studied Comparative International Business Law. While at the University of San Diego, she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She was also a member of the Chicago National Moot Court Team and the Roger J. Traynor State Moot Court Team. Ms. Gruskin was the recipient of an Appellate Advocacy Scholarship. Ms. Gruskin was an extern to the Honorable Robert J. Staniforth, Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District. She has prepared appellate and respondent briefs and has presented oral argument in the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Ms. Gruskin is a former member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Barristers, where she served as an officer of the Board of Governors.
In her spare time, Ms. Gruskin enjoys her family, friends, the San Diego seaside, and a good latte.
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