Greta Schultz is Senior Counsel and a litigation team leader in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Greta has extensive litigation experience successfully representing various corporations, high net worth individuals, and technology professionals. Greta handles a wide range of cases involving general liability, business disputes, personal injury, wrongful death, and catastrophic injuries arising out of alleged negligence and intentional torts. Her experience also extends to intellectual property and trademark law, having litigated and resolved many trademark disputes, including proceedings before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeals Board. Learn more about this passionate attorney and avid online shopper below!
T&M: How did you get into the insurance defense industry?
GS: I got into defense litigation because I believe my clients’ success can sometimes put them in in a vulnerable position. They have worked hard to build and maintain their businesses, properties, and intellectual property. I take pride in protecting their interests, ensuring the law works as it should, and delivering just results.
T&M: Compared to other firms you have worked for, what makes Tyson & Mendes so unique?
GS: Tyson & Mendes is by far the best firm I have ever worked. That may sound like hyperbole, but I have been here for several years and the firm has always shown integrity, compassion, loyalty, and kindness to its employees. Management are genuinely supportive of all employees’ professional and personal growth. Moreover, while T&M is a large firm, it has managed to maintain a small firm feel – an environment where you feel like you are part of a family. This surely sets them apart from anywhere I have ever worked.
T&M: What has been the biggest challenge of your career thus far?
GS: Work-life balance and managing people. Being a litigation team leader and responsible for my own caseload can be cumbersome at times. However, while challenging, it has helped me discover talents and skills I never knew I possessed.
T&M: Similarly, tell us about your biggest accomplishment so far at Tyson & Mendes?
GS: Being a team leader – investing in and helping grow smart capable attorneys.
T&M: You are part of Tyson & Mendes’ emerging Autonomous Vehicles Liability practice group. What originally interested you about this growing field?
GS: I have a strong background in intellectual property and technology litigation. I have represented many innovative companies and have always been intrigued by new and emerging technology and related law.
T&M: What did you want to be when you grew up?
GS: I wanted to play professional women’s basketball.
T&M: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
GS: When I received my license to practice law someone told me: “From this day on, no lawyer in the state outranks you. When it is your turn to speak, you have as much authority as any other attorney.” He meant in court, but the same holds true for a negotiation. So even if the attorney on the other side of the conference table is the managing partner of [insert fancy law firm], there is still no one at that table who outranks you.
T&M: If you could be any fictional lawyer (TV/movies/books) for a day, who would it be and why?
GS: Harvey Specter from Suits – smart, savvy, always has a solution, and strong loyalty for those around him. Oh, and he dresses well.
T&M: You completed your undergrad in New Orleans. What did you enjoy most about living in Louisiana?
GS: Well, funny story… I received my degree from University of New Orleans, but during my course studies I was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. All schools and most businesses in New Orleans were shut down in the aftermath. I lost my home and all my belongings. But you know what they say: When life gives you lemons… move to Hawaii! I was able to enroll in a national student exchange program and completed my studies at the University of Hawaii, where I studied under some of the best professors, learned to surf, relaxed on the most beautiful beaches in the world, and went on adventures that still blow my mind. I guess New Orleans was cool, too.
T&M: If you could travel anywhere in the world – all expenses paid – where would you go?
GS: I would love to explore Africa – Tanzania, South Africa, Egypt, etc.
T&M: Describe your perfect day in Los Angeles?
GS: A day at the beach with my friends and dog.
T&M: Any hidden talents to share?
GS: I am REALLY good at ordering things online.