Can CRE Landlords Be Held Liable for COVID-19 Exposures?

Featured: Rob Olson

Millionacres – January 19, 2021

Rob Olson is senior counsel in San Diego with Tyson & Mendes, a litigation firm that specializes in insurance defense. He said:

“The first question in evaluating a lawsuit over COVID exposure: Where did the plaintiff allege they were exposed? If it was at work, in a tenant’s office space, then it is outside the property owners’ control. But if the plaintiff alleges that they were exposed in a common area, then the property owner may not easily get out of the lawsuit.


These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

Law360.com – October 19, 2020

At most U.S. law firms, equity partners are still overwhelmingly male, but women at some firms are starting to shake up that reality and smash the glass ceiling that has prevented them from advancing to the uppermost ranks. Tyson & Mendes is the number one ceiling smasher among law firms with 101-250 attorneys with the highest representation of women in their equity partnerships.


How do you make your workplace culture into one that will be embraced?

Featured: Cayce E. Lynch

ABA Journal – October 1, 2020

Cayce Lynch, the San Diego-based administrative partner for civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes, says the company culture there was defined organically the moment the two founders decided to start their own firm. But the firm now includes more than 300 employees, and they’ve had to add various structural elements to support its growth and inclusiveness.


Containing Nuclear Verdicts: Preparing for Success in New York Labor Law Claims

Author: Mike Coffey

Claims Magazine – September, 2020

New York has experienced an explosion of nuclear verdicts in Labor Law jury trials in the last few years. In 2015, the average payout of a neck/back injury came in just under $3.8 million, while a traumatic brain injury received around $5 million, according to VerdictSearch. Skip ahead just a few short years, and by 2019, the average neck/back injury was awarded $6.8 million at trial, while brain injuries skyrocketed to over $27 million. What is happening out there?


Prepping for a Surge of COVID-19 Bad-Faith Issues

Author: Lynn Allen

Claims Magazine – August 2020

In March 2020, the United States came to a screeching halt. Schools closed, businesses shut down and the national economy saw its largest decline in more than a decade. The wave of insurance coverage litigation over COVID-19 losses was inevitable. And as policyholders seek to recoup business-related losses, business interruption claims are becoming the new normal. With insurance companies denying such claims for lack of physical damage or loss to property, bad faith lawsuits are soaring and businesses are suing their insurance companies in increasing numbers.


Insurance defense law firm Tyson & Mendes opens Chicago office

Featured: Scott Ruksakiati, Mark Shanberg

Chicago Business Journal – August 4, 2020

California insurance defense law firm Tyson & Mendes said it has opened a new Chicago office. The San Diego-based law firm said in a statement that the office will launch with Scott Ruksakiati as branch managing partner and Mark Shanberg as senior counsel. The Chicago office will serve clients across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.


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