San Diego County Court Rules in Favor of Defense in Trip and Fall Case: Tyson & Mendes Wins Motion for Summary Judgment

San Diego County Court Rules in Favor of Defense in Trip and Fall Case: Tyson & Mendes Wins Motion for Summary Judgment

San Diego, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2023) – Marking another win for nationwide insurance and civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP, the San Diego County Court granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of the firm’s client, a commercial landowner, in a premises liability and negligence suit following a trip and fall incident in an outdoor shopping mall.

Tyson & Mendes’ Partner Richard Somes and Associate Anna K. Sasaki from the firm’s Orange County office defended the case, and Senior Counsel Jeffrey Siegel from the firm’s Law and Motion Department assisted with legal briefing. According to Somes, the plaintiff tripped over a metal bracket and suffered injuries. “Our client was the property owner. Their tenant had placed a big sign in the walkway that was blocking customers from walking back and forth. The plaintiff walked around it, stepped off a curb and got her flip flop stuck in a metal bracket. The fall, unfortunately, blew out her knee.”

The team used proven Nuclear Verdicts® Defense Methods of common sense and accepting responsibility in defending the case. “We pointed out the plaintiff’s alleged injuries were the result of their own actions and not the actions of our client. We advanced legal arguments strongly supported by both the law and the facts. The court ultimately agreed any danger was open and obvious and any defect was trivial,” said Sasaki.

Serving 20 states nationwide, Tyson & Mendes is one of the fastest growing civil defense firms in the U.S. The firm has established itself as a leader in driving down damages awards and reducing the likelihood of Nuclear Verdicts® – often defined as jury awards in excess of $10 million. Using a unique set of proven defense methods, the firm saved clients more than $1.07 billion in 2022.

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About Tyson & Mendes LLP

Tyson & Mendes LLP is a nationwide, AV-rated litigation firm specializing in insurance defense. Founded in 2002, firm principals trial attorneys Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes have grown the firm to 200 attorneys defending corporations, insurance companies and their clients in civil litigation matters throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, 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.  For more information, visit


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