Former Erickson Arbuthnot President Joins Tyson & Mendes As Partner in Bay Area

Former Erickson Arbuthnot President Joins Tyson & Mendes As Partner in Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (November 29, 2022)Tyson & Mendes LLP, one of the nation’s fastest-growing insurance and civil litigation defense firms, announced today the addition of Joseph J. (“J.J.”) Minioza, who previously served as president of Erickson Arbuthnot. Minioza joins as a partner in the firm’s Northern California office.

Minioza brings to Tyson & Mendes over two decades of success, defending businesses and nonprofits in high-exposure civil suits brought by employees for wrongful termination, discrimination, and wage and hour claims, and multimillion-dollar personal injury claims. He has tried 38 trials to verdict with a 98% success rate, in cases spanning real estate, products liability, personal injury, employment, breach of contract, and construction defects.

Prior to his role as president of Erickson Arbuthnot, Minioza served as Managing Partner for the firm in Concord, California for 23 years.

“We are excited to have a litigator of J.J.’s caliber and expertise join our Northern California team,” said Tyson & Mendes Strategic Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “His impressive resume and success rate are a testament to his passion for insurance defense and delivering results for clients, and will further Tyson & Mendes’ goal of achieving justice for all.”

Minioza has been selected as one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® since 2020, an honor awarded to only 100 attorneys in California each year.  He is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters since 2013.

Minioza obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis, where he majored in history and political science. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.

Tyson & Mendes is celebrating 20 years of protecting its clients’ interests and delivering justice both inside and outside the courtroom. Serving 18 states nationwide, it is one of the fastest growing civil defense firms in the U.S. The firm is proud to offer one of the fastest and clearest paths to partnership of any mid-sized law firm in the U.S. and is honored to be the No. 1 “Ceiling Smasher” in Law360’s 2022 Glass Ceiling Report for female equity partnership.

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About Tyson & Mendes LLP
Celebrating 20 years of taking back justice for all, Tyson & Mendes LLP is a nationwide, AV-rated litigation and trial firm specializing in insurance defense and protecting its clients from Nuclear Verdicts®. Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes founded the firm in 2002 to defend corporations, insurance companies, and their clients in civil litigation matters. The firm has experienced tremendous growth in the past two decades, with offices across the U.S. serving clients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee,  Washington, and Wisconsin.

The firm is most widely recognized for winning the landmark Howell v. Hamilton Meats California Supreme Court case, which forever changed the state’s litigation landscape by significantly impacting the damages a plaintiff may recover. Robert Tyson is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller Nuclear Verdicts®: Defending Justice for All, the first playbook for the defense on how to avoid runaway jury verdicts.

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