Susan Oliver - Partner

Susan Oliver is a Partner at Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and leads a multi-attorney team. Her practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury defense, employment practices litigation defense, the defense of entity defendants where sexual torts are alleged, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse, and medical malpractice defense.

Ms. Oliver has extensive litigation experience, including representing individuals and businesses in state courts throughout California and in federal district courts. Ms. Oliver finds novel legal arguments and has been extremely successful in positioning cases for summary judgment, including two recent cases where summary judgment was granted, saving her clients over $100 million collectively. Ms. Oliver has experience arguing before the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. She is also adept at stepping into large cases late in the litigation process and providing extensive evaluations and readying the cases for a trial and a successful outcome.

Ms. Oliver obtained her J.D. from the University of Iowa in 1992, where she served on the Iowa Law Review and graduated with distinction. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1989, where she participated in the English Honors Program and graduated with distinction. Ms. Oliver is a member of the academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. In 2021, Ms. Oliver received Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Litigation, the organization’s highest accolade.

In her free time, Ms. Oliver enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and Hawkeye sports.

Recent Posts

Cayce Lynch, Kristi Blackwell, and Susan Oliver selected for Women of Influence in Law by San Diego Business Journal

San Diego Business Journal– June 21, 2022

Cayce Lynch, Kristi Blackwell, and Susan Oliver have been chosen as winners of this year’s Women of Influence in Law presented by San Diego Business Journal.

Tyson & Mendes Partner Named 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers: Susan Oliver Earns Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury Defense Litigation

SAN DIEGO (February 19, 2021) – Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today that Partner Susan L. Oliver was named the Best Lawyers in America® 2021 “Lawyer of the Year” for Personal Injury and Litigation – Defendants in the San Diego Area.

Tyson & Mendes Reaches Gender Parity In Equity Partners

Law360 – June 12, 2020

Civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced Friday that with its two most recent equity partner promotions, the firm has achieved gender parity among equity partners, a percentage significantly higher than the industry average.

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Tyson & Mendes Wins Sexual Abuse Case with Motion for Summary Judgment in Favor of School District: Los Angeles Judge Finds Elementary School District Not Negligent in Hire or Supervision of Former Employee

LOS ANGELES (February 10, 2020) – Marking another victory for nationwide civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP, a motion for summary judgment has been granted by Hon. Deidre Hill in favor of an elementary school district in Los Angeles, which was being sued for the unlawful sexual acts of a former employee.

San Diego Appellate Court Rules In Favor of Omni Resort: Tyson & Mendes Wins Appeal on $125 Million Summary Judgment Win

SAN DIEGO (Sept. 13, 2018) – Marking a two-time victory for San Diego-based defense firm Tyson & Mendes, a San Diego appellate court upheld on Sept. 11 a judgment in favor of Carlsbad’s Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, which was being blamed for the devastating 2014 Poinsettia fire.

State Supreme Court won’t review dismissal of Poinsettia fire case against resort

The San Diego Union-Tribune – December 3, 2018

The state’s highest court will not review a lawsuit that sought to blame a destructive 2014 wildfire in Carlsbad on the resort where the fire is suspected to have started.

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Hotelier not Responsible for Poinsettia Fire

Claims Magazine – November 9, 2018

A lawsuit that sought to place the blame for a costly and destructive wildfire on a San Diego County resort was adjudicated in favor of the resort — after the plaintiff could not produce any evidence to prove the resort was responsible for the fire.

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Calif. Jury Finds Hospital Negligent Over Unborn Baby’s Death

Law 360 – November 5, 2018

A California jury has awarded $590,000 in a suit accusing a doctor and hospital of causing an unborn baby’s death due to a delayed order for an emergency cesarean section, after finding the hospital was negligent but clearing the attending physician of medical malpractice.

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Jury Finds L.A. Physician Not Liable in $1.7 Million Medical Malpractice Trial

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 2, 2018) – After a 3-week trial, a California Superior Court jury in San Bernardino has found a physician in Upland, Calif. not liable in a $1.7 million medical malpractice case. Tyson & Mendes attorney Susan Oliver represented Dr. Mark L. Alwan in the high stakes case, which alleged wrongful death and professional negligence.

August Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ La Jolla offices, where she leads a multi-attorney team focused on catastrophic personal injury defense, employment practices litigation defense, the defense of entity defendants where sexual torts are alleged, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse, and medical malpractice defense. Susan is known for finding novel legal arguments and has been extremely successful in positioning cases for…

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