Pay Equality: Are we “crazy” for striving to bridge the pay gap?

Author: Pamela Palpallatoc

Guest Editor: Brittany Torrence

March 11, 2019 1:31pm

Or are we “steely” for remaining composed while waiting for the gap to close on its own?

What is the current status of the pay gap?
The 2018 data compiled to calculate pay inequality showed that women earn 80 cents for every $1.00 paid to Caucasian males.  Latina/Hispanic women earn 54 cents per $1.00, Native American women earn 57 cents per $1.00, African American women earn 63 cents per $1.00, Caucasian women earn 79 cents per $1.00, and Asian American women earn 85 cents per $1.00. Click to read more.

December Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Jennifer Lowis

December 10, 2018 2:59pm

Jennifer Lowis is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. She was recently promoted to lead the firm’s growing medical malpractice group.  Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, Lowis was a partner at Lowis & Gellen, a firm she founded in Chicago in 1995. A seasoned trial lawyer, Lowis has tried many high-exposure jury trials and successfully settled hundreds of other cases short of trial. She specializes in defending high-stakes medical malpractice lawsuits – including catastrophic injury and death cases – on behalf of teaching hospitals, community hospitals, long-term care facilities and physicians in virtually every field of medicine. Learn more about this accomplished Chicagoan turned San Diegan below.

November Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Kat Lee

November 5, 2018 3:11pm

Kat Lee is Senior Counsel and a Team Leader in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office. With nine years’ experience as an attorney, Kat specializes in insurance defense, medical malpractice, catastrophic accidents, subrogation matters, personal injury, premise liability, business litigation and contract law. Learn more about this Ally McBeal fan and beach lover below.

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

Author: Emily Berman

Guest Editor: Tiffany LeMelle

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 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.

October Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Cayce Greiner

October 8, 2018 11:34am

Cayce Greiner was recently promoted to Administrative Partner in the San Diego office. Cayce oversees all of Tyson & Mendes’ administrative functions, including staffing and human resources, marketing, finance and accounting, facilities management, and IT.  Starting out as a litigator, Cayce quickly advanced her role within the firm.  Prior to her promotion to Administrative Partner, she helped the firm more than double in size while overseeing all marketing and business development efforts, coordinated numerous full trial preparations, and founded the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Young Professionals groups. Read on to meet Cayce.

September Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Catie Johnson

September 5, 2018 5:13pm

Catie Johnson is Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, where she defends individuals and private entities in state and federal general liability matters, including but not limited to premises liability, motor vehicle negligence, products liability, habitability, excessive force, and civil rights claims. Catie, who was recently promoted to Team Leader, is a creative and proactive negotiator with an outstanding track record of obtaining favorable settlements for her clients. In 2017 and 2018, she was named Super Lawyers Rising Star! When not in the office, you can catch her in the kitchen whipping out new recipes or at the park with her family. Read on for more.

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.

August Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Susan Oliver

August 6, 2018 9:00am

Susan Oliver is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ La Jolla offices, where she leads a multi-attorney team focused on catastrophic personal injury defense, employment practices litigation defense, the defense of entity defendants where sexual torts are alleged, including sexual assault and child sexual abuse, and medical malpractice defense. Susan is known for finding novel legal arguments and has been extremely successful in positioning cases for summary judgment, including two recent cases where summary judgment was granted and saved her clients over $100 million collectively. A long-time friend of the firm’s Founding Partners Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes, Susan is also an avid traveler and big college football fan (“Go Hawkeyes!”). Read on for more.

July Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Justina Tate

July 9, 2018 11:39am

Justina “Tina” Tate is Senior Counsel and Team Leader in Tyson & Mendes’ new UTC office in San Diego. Her practice focuses primarily on defending personal injury, products liability, general liability and professional malpractice claims. In addition to leading a multi-attorney litigation team, Ms. Tate has achieved significant success throughout her career, including resolving a $612,500 demand for $42,500; resolving a $500,000 premises liability claim for $40,000; resolving a $100,000 demand for $4,000; and obtaining a case dismissal through a successful anti-SLAPP motion. Outside the firm, Tina is brushing up on her Italian and enjoys days at the beach with her puggles. Read on to learn more.

May Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Jessica Heppenstall

April 30, 2018 11:44am

Jessica Heppenstall is a team leader in the firm’s Automobile Liability practice group. As an emerging leader, Ms. Heppenstall has more than 10 years of experience in the legal industry. Her representation of individuals and businesses includes high-exposure matters involving alleged catastrophic injury and wrongful death. Read on to learn about her biggest accomplishments, and what she enjoys most about being part of the T&M team.

April Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Kristi Blackwell

April 30, 2018 11:42am

Kristi Blackwell is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office and leads the firm’s Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality practice group. Kristi was the third partner for the firm (after Bob and Pat), and played a key role in preparing the petition and opening brief for Howell v. Hamilton Meats, one of the firm’s most significant wins. Kristi’s practice focuses primarily on general liability, personal injury, premises liability, and complex litigation. Read on to learn more about Kristi, including her love of sports and latest music downloads.

March Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Heather Bean

March 12, 2018 11:36am

The new Managing Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Los Angeles office, Heather Bean, is also a leader in the firm’s Retail, Restaurant, and Hospitality practice group. Heather has more than 15 years of experience in the legal industry and has become an expert trial attorney in general liability, personal injury, premises liability and products liability claims. She is also a classically trained pianist. Read on to learn about her biggest accomplishments, and what she enjoys most about being part of the T&M team.

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?

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