Tyson & Mendes Named No. 1 “Ceiling Smasher” in Law360’s 2020 Glass Ceiling Report: Defense Firm Recognized for Highest Percentage of Female Equity Partners Among Mid-Sized Firms

SAN DIEGO (November 11, 2020) – Tyson & Mendes LLP has been named a No. 1 “Ceiling Smasher” in Law360’s 2020 Glass Ceiling Report, which annually analyzes and ranks law firms with the highest percentages of female attorneys and equity partners in the nation. Tyson & Mendes was named No. 1 in the “101-250 attorneys” category for female equity partnership, as 50% of Tyson & Mendes’ equity partners are women.

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.

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.

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.

November Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Kat Lee

Featured: Kathryn Lee Colgan

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

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…

October Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Cayce Greiner

Featured: Cayce E. Lynch

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…

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…

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

Featured: 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…

May Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Jessica Heppenstall

Featured: 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

Featured: 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.

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?

February Women’s Initiative Spotlight: Lynn Allen

Featured: Lynn Allen

February 12, 2018 4:52pm

Lynn Allen is the managing partner of Tyson & Mendes’ Phoenix office. After running her own practice for more than 10 years, she saw an opportunity to grow even further with the help of T&M’s unique defense methods, training program and marketing strategies. Read on to learn about some of her biggest accomplishments and how she maintains work-life 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!

The 2020 Women on Boards 6th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity

Author: Emily Berman

December 1, 2017 5:10pm

The Tyson & Mendes Women’s Initiative promotes growth and facilitates business development opportunities for both our attorneys and clients through networking and social information sharing opportunities. On November 15, several attorneys and staff from Tyson & Mendes attended a fascinating and thought-provoking event hosted by the 2020 Women on Boards non-profit organization. 2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign to increase…

Overcoming Implicit Bias in the Workplace

July 30, 2017 11:34am

Have you ever wondered why the demographics of CEOs and those in leadership positions remain largely homogenous regardless of a diverse workforce?  Or why certain physical attributes, such as being tall, are associated with leaders?  Unconscious associations, or implicit bias, may be part of the reason.

New York Women’s Initiative Luncheon

Author: Cayce E. Lynch

June 3, 2017 11:11am

On May 11, 2017, the Tyson & Mendes’ Women’s Initiative held an engaging and thought-provoking luncheon entitled, “The Confident Woman: Living a Better Balanced and Healthier Life.”  At this panel discussion, author Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz discussed ideas from her book The Confident Woman and the impact of societal pressures on women’s confidence and health.  Co-panelists Jennifer Adams of James River Insurance Lisa Unger…

The Confident Woman: Living a Better Balanced and Healthier Life

Author: Cayce E. Lynch

May 25, 2017 11:14am

On March 2, 2017, the Tyson & Mendes’ Women’s Initiative held an engaging and thought-provoking event entitled, “The Confident Woman: Living a Better Balanced and Healthier Life.” At this event, co-sponsored with the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego and San Diego Association of Corporate Counsel, Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz discussed ideas from her book The Confident Woman and the impact of societal pressures on women’s confidence and…

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