Wendy Skillman - Senior Counsel

Wendy Skillman is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. Her practice focuses primarily on general liability litigation, with experience in both criminal and civil prosecution work.

Ms. Skillman’s experience includes insurance defense of personal injury litigation, including auto liability, premises liability, and products liability. She also has experience handling subrogation claims on behalf of insurers, as well as assisting insureds in their defense in small claims court. Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, she worked at both the Mendocino and Sonoma County District Attorney’s offices in their misdemeanor, juvenile, asset forfeiture, and consumer and environmental law divisions.

Ms. Skillman received her B.A. at the University of California at Santa Cruz and studied for a year abroad at the University of Bordeaux in France. She received her J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston, originally Portia Law School, one of the first schools in the country to help women pass the bar exam. Ms. Skillman has been on the Cotati City Council for the past seven years, previously serving as mayor in 2015, and will be serving again as mayor for 2020.

Outside of work, Ms. Skillman spends time with her family and dog exploring Northern California.

Recent Posts

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