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Tyson & Mendes has successfully represented design professionals, developers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. We handle all aspects of construction-related litigation, including design or construction defects; delay, disruption, and acceleration; earth movement; job-site injury; and more.

In recognition of the fact construction litigation can be protracted and expensive, Tyson & Mendes is dedicated to providing cost-effective service to our clients. We are strong proponents of alternative dispute resolution where appropriate and are actively involved in construction dispute avoidance counseling on behalf of clients. This involves the review and negotiation of contracts in order to minimize risk, as well as negotiation and resolution of disputes to prevent litigation.

Our attorneys have extensive trial and arbitration experience in both state and federal courts, and before the American Arbitration Association and other arbitration forums. Consistent with our emphasis on cost-efficiency, Tyson & Mendes partners with the client at the outset of litigation to discuss specific litigation goals and strategies that consider the most efficient and cost-effective manner of proceeding successfully.

Answer First, Ask Questions Later

Author: Kayla Bramble Toal | August 7, 2023 10:21am
It is no secret Washington courts have been steadily placing insurance companies under an ever-intensifying spotlight. In this era of tougher judicial waters, one simple cornerstone remains truer than ever: a timely response to a lawsuit is just as important as any...

Joint Employment – What Does It Mean?

Author: Steven O'Brien | January 13, 2022 8:37am
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts recently clarified the “joint employment” test for employers, providing specific guidance on the issue.  In Jinks v. Credico (USA) LLC, the court reviewed standards for independent contractors and whether those should apply to joint employers.

Protections Against Implied Warranty of Habitability Claims Broadened in Illinois

Author: Scott Ruksakiati | October 29, 2021 9:00am
For many of us of a certain age, our first exposure to the Latin phrase caveat emptor came from an episode of the classic sitcom, The Brady Bunch.  “Let the buyer beware” was the lesson Mr. Brady imparted to Greg for his spontaneous purchase of a beat-up convertible.  That same lesson was one homebuyers learned for many years.  In Illinois, a seller of real property was not liable to a purchaser for defects in the design or construction of the property which existed, even in a latent state, at the time of the sale.

Wrongful Death, Construction Defect, & Jury Pools: Recent Changes in Washington State Law & Resulting Challenges – Webinar Series

December 9, 2022 10:39am
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, attitudes amongst Washington juries have changed, and a revived focus on risk management in some industries has cast doubt over the future of insurance litigation in the state.  Tyson & Mendes is at the forefront of nuclear verdict defense, and our methods for defending against Nuclear Verdicts™ are more important than ever.  Experts from Tyson & Mendes’ Washington office will give a series of webinars focused on defending against Nuclear Verdicts™.
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