A native of Southern California, Tiffany LeMelle is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. Ms. LeMelle has experience representing insurance defendants in a variety of matters including medical malpractice, personal injury, product defect, and business litigation.
Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Ms. LeMelle was an associate at an insurance defense firm in downtown San Diego. She has successfully resolved numerous cases involving claims of medical malpractice, product defect, and business and contractual disputes. Ms. LeMelle has experience in both the litigation and arbitration forums, and has handled several administrative matters on behalf of licensed medical professionals. Ms. LeMelle also successfully drafted and argued an Appeal in the Fourth Appellate District, Division One, on behalf of Starbucks Corporation.
Ms. LeMelle attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature, with an emphasis in Classical and Renaissance Drama, in 2007. Each year of college, she traveled to Sacramento with fellow students to lobby the Legislature for affordable education. She later earned her J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2011. There, Ms. LeMelle participated in the Mediation program, gaining valuable firsthand experience mediating matters in the San Diego Small Claims Court and Girls Rehabilitation Facility. Ms. LeMelle is a member of the California State Bar; Defense Research Institute; San Diego Bar Association; San Diego Defense Lawyers; and San Diego Lawyer’s Club. She is admitted to practice before all the Courts of the State of California.
In her free time, Ms. LeMelle enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She is an avid reader, a fan of science fiction, and a connoisseur of craft beer. Ms. LeMelle also loves traveling and hopes to one day visit Japan.
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Q: Did you rely on the x-ray in rendering a differential diagnosis in this case?
A: Yes, I did.
Q: What did the radiologist find with regard to the x-ray?
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