Tyson & Mendes fosters the professional development of our attorneys at all experience levels. In 2016, Tyson & Mendes formalized a Young Professionals Group to provide support, mentorship, and networking opportunities for attorneys and clients early in their careers.
In 2019, the Tyson & Mendes Young Professionals Group will highlight both rising stars and seasoned litigators to share their insights and experiences building their legal careers. To kick off the New Year, we congratulate six T&M law clerks who recently passed the California bar and are now Associate Attorneys. Welcome Chandra Roam, Kris Darrough, Jillian Stanley, Amir Shoar, Danielle Vukovich and Patrick Wooding! Learn more about each of our newest Associates here.
Tyson & Mendes’ Seattle office obtained a dismissal with prejudice of an insured from the Federal Court by following a legal strategy set in motion when a lawsuit was first filed in state court. Plaintiff was injured while riding a bus when a car turned left in front of the bus causing the vehicles to collide. Plaintiff incurred substantial medical treatment following the accident. He filed suit in Washington State Court against the car’s driver, who was a foreign national. Plaintiff sought service of the foreign national via Washington’s statute allowing for service of a non-state-resident via the Secretary of State. However, unbeknownst to the plaintiff’s attorney, service via the Secretary of State was not effective as the Washington Appellate Court, in Larson v. Yoon, found that service of a foreign national had to be effected via the Hague Service Convention procedure. 351 P.3d 167, 172 (Wash. Div. 1, 2015). Given this ruling, and that the suit was filed a year before the statute of limitation expired, an Answer was timely filed asserting the affirmative defenses of lack of service and statute of limitations.
T&M Giving Program’s first year is in the books! We had a great year with two successful employee volunteer days and a Giving Tuesday Campaign with contributions from the whole firm. We had 30 employees participate on our volunteer committee, over 100 employees participate in our volunteer days, and employees throughout our eight offices volunteered over 60 hours of their time.
On October 3, 2018, the Tyson & Mendes Women’s Initiative partnered with the San Diego Lawyer’s Club (SDLC) to host a wonderful and thought-provoking event, inviting discussion and action to promote women in the legal industry. The event was designed to build on “The Ask, Part I,” hosted earlier in the year by the SDLC. The Ask, Part II was held at the La Jolla Country Club with over 100 professionals in attendance. The evening began with a check-in and a half-hour of networking. Members of the Lawyer’s Club and Tyson & Mendes employees mingled over wine and appetizers on the club’s patio, overlooking the beautiful La Jolla Cove.
A young professional is not simply young and inexperienced; the term connotes a deeper, more specific meaning and a description – albeit an overgeneralized one – of my generation of millennials as a whole. Urban dictionary (yes, I am quoting urban dictionary in a legal newsletter) defines a young professional as: “a recent college graduate whose main objectives in life include: career advancement, becoming financially secure, spending too much of their yearly income on expensive clothing and maintaining a busy social life.” I would add to the stereotype a heavy reliance on technology as a mode of communication, and a resulting difficulty forming and maintaining professional relationships.
Anderson Keuscher v. United States Liability Insurance Company, 3:17-cv-00455-LRH-WGC (Dist. Nev. Aug. 7, 2018).
Last month the federal district court of Nevada granted United States Liability Insurance Company (USLI) summary judgment in an action filed against USLI for bad faith denial of a claim. Tyson & Mendes represented USLI in this case. The lawsuit centered around USLI’s denial of coverage for damage to the claimant’s property based on exclusionary language found in the insurance policy.
Tyson & Mendes held its second internal “Women Supporting Women” event for the firm’s San Diego attorneys and staff on August 29, 2018. The firm gave attendees the opportunity to submit questions anonymously prior to the event in order to collect the points of discussion the women wanted to address during the event.
On Wednesday August 23, 2018, Tyson & Mendes hosted a CLE Luncheon on how to combat plaintiff’s trendiest trial tactics, the Tyson & Mendes Way. Senior counsel Reece Roman, Kelly Denham and Kathryn Lee led the interactive discussion and disclosed Tyson & Mendes’ most effective strategies to combat plaintiffs’ trendiest trial tactics from the pre-litigation phase all the way through trial.
The most overt display of sexism I have encountered as a professional occurred during my first trial. As a young associate, I was reassigned from second chair to lead counsel on the eve of trial. The insecurity and anxiety I felt cannot be emphasized enough, and the palpable glee of opposing counsel when they learned a “baby attorney” was trying the case at the last minute certainly did not help.
With each passing year, more and more millennials enter the workplace. Pew Research Center defines millennials as individuals born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 22 to 37 in 2018). The American Bar Association predicts, by the year 2020, about one half of the U.S. workplace will be made up of millennials.
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Tyson & Mendes hosted a seminar on how to argue and win traumatic brain injury cases, the Tyson & Mendes Way. Tyson & Mendes’ partner, Mina Miserlis, led the discussion and disclosed Tyson & Mendes’ secrets to effectively litigating and winning traumatic brain injury cases. Ms. Miserlis leads the firm’s multi-attorney complex trial team, focusing on complex personal injury matters.
March was Women’s History Month, a time in which we celebrate women’s contributions to society and promote female empowerment. Empowering women in the legal profession is more important now than it has ever been. Notwithstanding the strides women have made in society and in the legal profession, women are abandoning the profession at an alarming rate. According to the American Bar Association, women enter the legal profession in equal numbers to men. After, however, a process of reduction occurs so that women make up just 23% of partners and 19% of equity partners.