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Promote Yourself in 2018 – Advance Your Career Through Personal Advocacy

Author: Tina Mihelich

March 5, 2018 2:56pm

When Tyson & Mendes first launched its Women’s Initiative, topics of discussion largely revolved around the importance of establishing a work-life balance, dedicating time to focus on self-care, and healthily managing often conflicting career and personal obligations.  While feedback was positive, participants were left with one main question after these lessons: how do I navigate the conversations I need to have in order to achieve this balance?

Meet Tyson & Mendes’ First Female Equity Partner

Featured: Mina Miserlis

January 15, 2018 4:15pm

In 2018, Tyson & Mendes will shine a spotlight on our female attorneys to celebrate their hard work, achievements and contributions to the firm.  This month, Mina Miserlis joined Bob Tyson and Pat Mendes as the firm’s third Equity Partner since its inception in 2002.  We could not think of a better candidate to kick off our series!

Howell Update: Another Victory for Defendants

Author: Cayce E. Lynch, Katie Greenbaum

May 31, 2017 10:12am

Last week the California Court of Appeal issued another huge victory to defendants by extending the reach of the landmark California Supreme Court Howell v. Hamilton Meats case to include future medical benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (“ACA”).  In 2011, Howell sent shock waves through the insurance industry when the Court examined the “billed vs. paid” rule and concluded an injured plaintiff is limited to recovering the discounted amount private health insurance pays on their behalf for as past medical damages, not the inflated amount medical providers bill health insurance companies for their services.  (Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541.)  In 2013, the California Court of Appeal extended Howell‘s “paid” rule to apply to future medical expenses and noneconomic damages.  (Cornenbaum v. Lampkin (2013) 215 Cal.App.4th 1308, 1331-1333.)

Another Tyson & Mendes Victory: Washington Jury Verdicts $7,850 in Admitted Liability Case

May 25, 2017 11:20am

Seattle Partner Levi Bendele and Associate Colin Hutchinson-Flaming defeated a pair of Super Lawyer plaintiff attorneys in King County Superior Court in a six-day, admitted liability, rear-end accident jury trial. The defense trial team employed the Tyson & Mendes defense methods to obtain a verdict of $7,850 when plaintiff’s attorneys asked the jury for $275,000. Months before trial, plaintiff walked out of mediation after reducing her final demand to defendant’s policy limits of $100,000.

Tyson & Mendes Defeats Well-Known Plaintiff’s Firm in Multi-Million Dollar Trial

Author: Robert Tyson

June 16, 2016 6:07pm

Northern California Partner Jim Sell and Managing Partner Bob Tyson teamed up to defeat one of the most well-known plaintiff’s attorneys in California, Roger Dreyer of Dreyer Babich. Dreyer sought $6,000,000 in this admitted liability, three week jury trial in Napa, California. This included almost $2,000,000 in past and future medical expenses for back and neck surgeries the plaintiff underwent and will need in the future. The lowest settlement demand just before trial was $4,000,000. On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the jury returned a verdict of only $389,000, and plaintiff was found 40% at fault. After post-judgment reductions, the plaintiff may end up owing the construction company client money!

Jacob Felderman Named Partner

June 6, 2016 3:35pm

Tyson & Mendes Names 9th Partner Experienced Trial Attorney Jacob Felderman promoted to Partner LA JOLLA, CA – Regional defense firm Tyson & Mendes promoted Jacob Felderman to Partner on June 3.

Mediation: Give a Little to Get a Lot

Author: Daniel Fallon

June 1, 2016 10:25pm

I know, I know – as a claims professional you do not want to give a dime at mediation! But in order to get what you want, you need to give a little bit. I am not even referring to money. We all know money is the primary motivator of claimants and plaintiffs, so if you are not willing to throw money at them, you need a strategy to bring them into the realm of reality to reach a reasonable resolution at mediation. Let’s take a look at what you can give your opponent in order to get the settlement you want.

Adding Another Curve in the Road to Settlement

Author: Leslie Price

May 10, 2016 7:40pm

It is time to once again update your standard settlement agreement for personal injury claims. Where does the time go? Carriers, self-insureds and their counsel will no doubt be adding another clause to what is typically an overly long standard agreement. Why, pray tell, would you want to do that?

The Reptile Strikes Again: Lessons Learned from the $55M Emotional Distress Jury Verdict Awarded to Erin Andrews

Author: Cayce E. Lynch, Leslie Price

April 18, 2016 10:23pm

While hindsight is always 20/20, important lessons stem from this jury trial which apply to cases across the country. This article assesses the Andrews trial and provides four “lessons” for businesses, insurance professionals, and defense counsel to avoid runaway jury verdicts: (1) Spot and Slay the Reptile; (2) Accept Responsibility for Something; (3) Always Give a Number, Even When Seeking a Defense Verdict; and (4) Proceed Delicately.

Major League Baseball Recommends Extending Safety Nets in Stadiums

Author: Morgan Van Buren

March 1, 2016 1:42am

It happens during every Major League Baseball game – a ball is batted out of the field-of-play and into the grandstand. Sometimes even a bat or sections of a broken bat will be launched into the stands. This of course poses an injury risk to the spectators, especially those seated along the first and third base foul lines.

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