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Tyson & Mendes Promotes Two to Equity Partner; Becomes Over 60% Women-Owned: Kristi Blackwell in San Diego and Lynn Allen in Phoenix Added as Equity Partners

Featured: Kristi Blackwell, Lynn Allen

SAN DIEGO (February 5, 2021) – Less than a year after reaching gender parity in equity partnership – already a rarity in the legal industry – nationwide civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the promotion of two more women to equity partner: Kristi Blackwell and Lynn Allen.  With three men and five women equity partners, the firm is now nearly two-thirds women-owned.  Additional equity partners include Robert Tyson, Patrick Mendes, Mina Miserlis, James Sell, Susan Oliver, and Cayce Lynch.

Tyson & Mendes Named No. 1 “Ceiling Smasher” in Law360’s 2020 Glass Ceiling Report: Defense Firm Recognized for Highest Percentage of Female Equity Partners Among Mid-Sized Firms

SAN DIEGO (November 11, 2020) – Tyson & Mendes LLP has been named a No. 1 “Ceiling Smasher” in Law360’s 2020 Glass Ceiling Report, which annually analyzes and ranks law firms with the highest percentages of female attorneys and equity partners in the nation. Tyson & Mendes was named No. 1 in the “101-250 attorneys” category for female equity partnership, as 50% of Tyson & Mendes’ equity partners are women.

Tyson & Mendes Launches Offices in Connecticut and New Jersey: New Locations Provide Insurance and Civil Litigation Defense Services Across Tri-state Area

Featured: Mike Coffey, Robert Modica

NEW YORK (September 30, 2020) – Expanding national law firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced the launch of two offices in Norwalk, Connecticut and Jersey City, New Jersey – marking the firm’s 14th and 15th locations across the country. The firm will now have ten attorneys serving clients in the tri-state area in all aspects of insurance defense litigation.

Tyson & Mendes Opens 11th Office in Nashville, Names William Johnson Managing Partner: Expanding Insurance Defense Firm Adds Former Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Partner

Featured: William Johnson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 10, 2020) – Less than a month after opening its 10th office in Chicago, insurance defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the launch of its first office in Tennessee and the addition of litigator William Johnson, who will act as Managing Partner for the new Nashville branch.

Tyson & Mendes Promotes Three to Partner: Sitar Bhatt and Kathryn Lee Colgan Promoted to Partner, Andrew Smith Elevated to Managing Partner

Featured: Kathryn Lee Colgan, Andrew Smith, Sitar Bhatt

SAN DIEGO (May 28, 2020) – Leading civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the promotion of Sitar Bhatt, Kathryn Lee Colgan and Andrew Smith. Bhatt joins the firm’s partnership in Phoenix, and Colgan in the San Diego and Orange County offices. Smith, meanwhile, was named branch managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Tyson & Mendes Expands Complex Trial Team with Promotion of Four

SAN DIEGO (March 5, 2020) – Increasing the ranks of its Complex Trial Team, civil defense law firm Tyson & Mendes LLP has promoted four attorneys – Michelle Campbell, Codie Dukes, Reece Román and Morgan Van Buren – to Partner. Dukes, Román and Van Buren join the firm’s San Diego partnership, while Campbell is now based in the firm’s rapidly expanding Orange County and Los Angeles offices.

Tyson & Mendes Wins Sexual Abuse Case with Motion for Summary Judgment in Favor of School District: Los Angeles Judge Finds Elementary School District Not Negligent in Hire or Supervision of Former Employee

Featured: Susan Oliver

LOS ANGELES (February 10, 2020) – Marking another victory for nationwide civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP, a motion for summary judgment has been granted by Hon. Deidre Hill in favor of an elementary school district in Los Angeles, which was being sued for the unlawful sexual acts of a former employee.

Tyson & Mendes Launches Student Loan Assistance Program for Its Lawyers: Law Firm Will Also Contribute Toward College Saving Plans for Attorneys’ Loved Ones

SAN DIEGO (May 28, 2019) – Fueled by its exponential growth, Tyson & Mendes LLP will become one of the first medium-sized law firms to launch a student loan repayment program. Tyson & Mendes recognizes student debt from law school and undergraduate studies can be one of the biggest stressors for lawyers. The firm hopes to ease that burden for its attorneys through the launch of a new student loan assistance program in partnership with Gradifi.

Jury Awards Full Defense Verdict in $22 Million Airport Shuttle Case: Tyson & Mendes Law Firm Successfully Defends Airline Coach Service, Inc.

Featured: James Sell, Brian Johnson

SAN FRANCISCO (April 18, 2019) – Following a 5-week jury trial, a San Francisco County jury on April 18, 2019, found an airport shuttle service and one of its drivers not liable for injuries the plaintiff alleged he suffered while riding on an airport shuttle. Attorneys in Tyson & Mendes LLP’s Northern California office, Partner Jim Sell and Senior Counsel Brian Johnson, represented the two defendants and secured a full defense verdict in a case in which the injured plaintiff sought $22 million in damages. “We successfully framed this trial around responsibility,” Mr. Sell said. “By acknowledging and accepting our client’s responsibility for providing accessible safety features in our vehicles, we exposed plaintiff’s refusal to accept any of his own responsibility for his injuries.”

Jury Awards Full Defense Verdict in $7.4 Million Multi-car Accident Case: Tyson & Mendes Law Firm Successfully Defends Chino Hills Ford

Featured: Kristi Blackwell, Christopher Schon

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (April 17, 2019) – Following a three-week trial, a San Bernardino County jury on April 10, 2019, found Chino Hills Ford not liable for a serious car accident which allegedly caused seizures to a child. Tyson & Mendes LLP attorneys Kristi Blackwell and Christopher Schon represented Chino Hills Ford and secured a full defense verdict in which the injured plaintiff sought more than $7.4 million in damages.

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