Tina Ma is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ New York and New Jersey offices. Her practice focuses primarily on professional liability defense, employment practices litigation defense, direct representation of insurers in insurance coverage litigation, monitoring and coverage determination, statutory class action litigation (FDCPA, TCPA) and New York labor law. Ms. Ma has appeared on behalf on insurers, entities, and individuals in federal and state courts throughout New York and New Jersey.
Ms. Ma has experience representing clients in a variety of soft intellectual property matters. She has litigated and resolved copyright and trademark disputes and defended allegations of infringement. She has also handled unfair competition cases, false advertising claims, and handled trademark dilution cases concerning products, brands, and business names.
Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Tina was an associate in the professional liability group of a major national law firm. Through her various experiences, she has achieved great results for her clients. She has on multiple occasions successfully negotiated settlements on behalf of clients in high exposure claims. Ms. Ma has also obtained dismissal of employment claims filed against in employers in the New York State Division of Human Rights, avoiding any subsequent litigation claims asserted against the client. Ms. Ma also successfully obtained a pre-answer dismissal of third-party professional liability claims asserted against her client, resulting in significant savings in defense costs.
Ms. Ma obtained her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and earned her B.A. in government and economics from Smith College. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.
In her free time, Ms. Ma enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys cooking and traveling.
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