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On Being a Young Professional During a Global Pandemic

Author: Margarite Sullivan

Guest Editor: Christopher Schon

May 11, 2020 9:00am

I do not know what the future holds. COVID-19 has ousted us from our workplaces and may have caused a permanent disruption in “the office” as we know it. If you are set to graduate from law school in May, the path to your first law job may look radically different from the graduating class of 2019.  The bar exam will be put on hold, leaving you in limbo. All of this uncertainty for the class of 2020 and even new attorneys still trying to settle into…

Evaluating Novel Lawsuits in the Wake of the Novel Coronavirus

Author: Rob Olson

Guest Editor: Heather R. Whitehead

May 6, 2020 9:30pm

Due to the novel Coronavirus, there are more questions than answers surrounding how the civil landscape will play out once the courts reopen. Many of us who defend civil lawsuits are trying to figure out what types of lawsuits the plaintiffs’ bar will dream up in order to line their pockets. After reviewing the kinds of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) offered, hundreds of plaintiffs blog posts, and how industries are marketing to plaintiff’s lawyers, the consensus is the plaintiffs’ bar does not yet know what novel lawsuit will come from the novel Coronavirus…

New Partner Spotlight: David M. Frishman

Featured: David M. Frishman

May 6, 2020 9:22pm

Please help us welcome David Frishman, Tyson & Mendes’ new Los Angeles-based partner and a member of the Los Angeles Complex Trial Team! David brings with him a wealth of experience in all facets of personal injury and property damage litigation and is best known for his finesse and creative approaches to resolving complex and high exposure matters. Read on to learn more about this Chicago native and his long-time admiration of our firm.

The Unconscious Bias Against Women

Author: Po Waghalter

Guest Editor: Ashley Kaye

April 8, 2020 10:13am

We all know society generally favors men in government, politics, the legal field, trying to get a fair deal on car repairs, and generally anything else other than skipping the line at a nightclub on a Saturday night or becoming an Instagram celebrity. If you cannot accept this premise, please stop reading now.

COVID-19: What California Employers Ought to Know

Author: Kyle R. Maland

Guest Editor: Kathryn Lee Colgan

March 20, 2020 2:53pm

The federal government just passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”) to help employees and businesses facing challenges related to the coronavirus. The law becomes effective 15 days after President Trump signs the bill, which will make the bill effective no later than April 2, 2020. In sum, the Act guarantees free coronavirus testing, secures paid emergency leave, expands FMLA leave, and enhances Unemployment…

Grit and Growth: The Sole Factors Contributing to Women’s Professional Advancement?

Author: Ashley Kaye

Guest Editor: Robert Bernstein

February 11, 2020 3:28pm

You may have heard of the “grit and growth” concept.  In a very brief and simplified nutshell, “grit and growth” refers to common traits of successful people: “grit,” or resilience, and “growth,” or the mindset that people are not simply born successful but rather have the capability to learn and master any given skill through practice and commitment.

A New Year’s Reflection and the Endless Pressure of Success

Author: Ashley Kaye

Guest Editor: Aydin Emami

January 9, 2020 9:40am

As we begin a new year, many of us have already done the hard work of reflecting on the past twelve months and identifying resolutions to carry us through the next.  Many professionals, particularly in the grueling field of law, have a work hard / work harder approach to life.  We want to succeed, and we will do everything we can to achieve that success.  Perhaps many of our resolutions even center around achieving those career goals.

New Partner Spotlight: Kara Pape

Featured: Kara Pape

November 13, 2019 11:18am

Kara Pape is the newest partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office. Formerly a partner in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP’s general liability practice, Kara specializes in catastrophic personal injury defense; general liability defense; commercial vehicle litigation; and the defense of public entities where sexual torts are alleged, including child sexual assault and harassment. She has developed a reputation for being able to critically…

The Mental Load: Women Bear Too Much of the Burden

Author: Margarite Sullivan

Guest Editor: Robert Bernstein

November 5, 2019 7:59am

Remembering where the scissors are, what time the kids go to soccer practice, and whether you are running out of milk: these represent a small sample of the information women are responsible for storing in their brains and keeping safe for their immediate family’s use.  Growing up, my Grandma was responsible for remembering our entire family history.  I found this to be true for my friends’ Grandmas as well.  It was framed as a highly…

New Partner Spotlight: Robert Modica

Featured: Robert Modica

September 30, 2019 4:32pm

For our October Professional Spotlight, we are pleased to introduce Robert Modica, Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ newest office in New York City. Robert has extensive experience representing businesses in various commercial disputes involving intellectual property rights, shareholder derivative claims.  Robert plans to expand the firm’s growing Cyber, Technology, and Media practice area, with experience in technology-based claims…

New Partner Spotlight: Rick Somes

Featured: Richard Somes

August 7, 2019 3:09pm

For our August Professional Spotlight, we are pleased to introduce Richard Somes, Managing Partner of Tyson & Mendes’ new Orange County office. Rick has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in state and federal courts throughout California, where his practice focuses on general liability, premises liability, personal injury, surety law, construction, medical malpractice, toxic and mass torts, and employment law. He…

Professional Mentorship Spotlight: Jessica Rogin

August 7, 2019 3:06pm

Jessica Rogin is the Vice President of Specialty Claims, US Casualty for Liberty Mutual Group and the winner of Tyson & Mendes’ first Professional Mentorship Award in honor of her efforts to close the gender gap and promote the growth of female claims professionals. Jessica is responsible for the leadership and management of the claims operations that support Liberty’s National Insurance Specialty’s verticals, including Construction, Energy, Public Entity, Healthcare, Programs and Unsupported Excess.

Accepting Responsibility: A Valuable but Little Used Means to Defuse Juror Anger & Reduce Verdicts

Author: Ashley Kaye

Guest Editor: Robert Bernstein

July 1, 2019 1:03pm

Full disclosure: this material is lifted entirely from Tyson & Mendes founder and strategic managing partner, Robert Tyson.  But tried and true trial strategies bear repeating, and repeating often.  So, let’s dive in on one of the most counterintuitive, underutilized, and effective trial strategies for defense lawyers: ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY.

New Partner Spotlight: Patricia Kantor Conway

Featured: Patricia K. Conway

May 7, 2019 8:39am

Tyson & Mendes is growing in the Bay Area. For our May spotlight, we introduce Patricia Kantor Conway – the newest partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Northern California office. Patricia recently made a lateral move to the firm from her position as partner at Vasquez Estrada & Conway LLP, where she worked for the last 18 years. An experienced litigator practicing civil litigation in the Bay Area since 1996, Patricia’s practice focuses…

Tyson & Mendes Outmaneuvers Plaintiff Who Attempted to Extend the Statute of Limitations by Re-filing Suit Against a Foreign National in Federal Court

Author: Bryan D. Scholnick

January 7, 2019 12:12pm

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…

T&M Giving Year End Recap

Author: Delia Parra

January 7, 2019 12:03pm

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.

EVENT RECAP: The Ask Event, Part II: Promoting Yourself in a Tough Legal Industry

Author: Emily Berman

November 5, 2018 9:00am

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…

Help Me Help You: A Firm’s Guide to Advancement Through Serving Millennials

Author: Ashley Kaye

October 1, 2018 11:00am

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…

Tyson & Mendes Wins in Nevada: Insurer Granted Summary Judgement in Potentially High-Exposure Bad Faith Lawsuit

Author: Christopher Lund, Tom McGrath

Guest Editor: Leslie Price

September 5, 2018 9:00am

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.

Women Supporting Women

Author: Carmen Lam

September 5, 2018 9:00am

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.

Creative Ways to Tackle Sexism in the Workplace

Author: Ashley Kaye

Guest Editor: Jessica Heppenstall

August 6, 2018 9:00am

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.

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