Tara-Jane Flynn is Senior Counsel in Tyson Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on general liability with a specialization in automobile liability litigation.
With experience defending corporations and managing teams of lawyers in mass tort litigation, Ms. Flynn is a trial lawyer who understands and excels at addressing all aspects of litigation from beginning to end in a fast-paced environment. She represents executives, transportation companies, and serves as insurance panel for the Southern California region. As a Partner at Herzfeld & Rubin, Ms. Flynn supervised the regional asbestos defense of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Audi AG, VWAG, and Bentley Motors, Inc. while litigating cases for her own roster of clients. Prior to that, Ms. Flynn supervised four defense teams in asbestos litigation and managed a roster of 150+ cases for a wide range of automotive and construction products’ manufacturers and distributors. Ms. Flynn also served as a City Attorney in Downtown Los Angeles.
Ms. Flynn earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 2001. During that time, she worked in Geneva, Switzerland at the Human Rights Commission at the United Nations. She also interned for the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office in the felony division. Ms. Flynn obtained her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley where she interned at the San Francisco District Attorney’s office and was a member of the Prytnean Honor Society.
If her free time, Ms. Flynn likes to spend most of her time being active outside, strength training, and practicing yoga.
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