LAS VEGAS (May 12, 2022) – Nationwide civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP has announced Griffith Hayes as the newest partner in its growing Las Vegas office. Hayes specializes in general liability, products liability, construction liability, employment and labor law, and financial institutions litigation. He brings his trial experience to join the experienced trial attorneys in Tyson & Mendes’ Las Vegas office. Hayes is the second partner to join the firm in Las Vegas this year, following the addition of Priscilla O’Briant from Lewis Brisbois in March.
Hayes joins the Tyson & Mendes team from Litchfield Cavo LLP, bringing more than 32 years’ experience representing clients, with a particular emphasis handling commercial litigation and construction matters. His depth of knowledge of construction claims, developers, business owners and general contractors also resulted in Hayes’ retainment on several large residential and commercial multi-phase and multi-use projects, where he reviewed and prepared construction agreements with design professionals and subcontractors.
“Griffith is an outstanding trial lawyer with decades of experience representing insurance companies and insureds across Nevada and California,” said Strategic Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “He is an excellent addition to our formidable Las Vegas-based team, where we have grown rapidly to meet our clients’ growing needs for skilled trial litigators in the region. We are thrilled to welcome Griffith to the firm.”
Hayes began his legal career in an insurance defense law firm located in Southern California, representing a variety of owners, developers and general contractors in construction defect, workplace accident and personal injury claims, as well as public entities in matters relating to dangerous property conditions and complaints of excessive force and civil rights abuse by police officers. He also served as managing partner of the Nevada office of an Orange County, California-based insurance defense firm for more than 14 years.
Hayes obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego in political science, and his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. He is admitted to both the Nevada and California State Bars, as well as the United States District Court of Nevada, Central District of California and Southern District of California.
Hayes is recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ attorney for the highest level of professional excellence. He was also included among the 2021 Best Lawyers in America in Construction Litigation and as a “Top Attorney” from Pasadena Magazine in the 2019.
Tyson & Mendes is celebrating 20 years of protecting its clients’ interests and delivering justice both inside and outside the courtroom. With 16 nationwide offices serving 18 states, it is one of the fastest growing civil defense firms in the U.S. The firm is proud to offer one of the fastest and clearest paths to partnership of any mid-sized law firm in the U.S.
The Tyson & Mendes Nevada team serves counties across the state, representing clients in complicated cases, including professional liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions matters, homeowners association litigation, insurance coverage disputes, insurance bad faith, personal injury, products liability, commercial litigation, construction litigation, wrongful death lawsuits, employment law, and appeals. The firm’s Nevada-based attorneys have extensive appellate experience in both the Nevada state and federal courts.
For more information and to view career opportunities, visit www.tysonmendes.com.
About Tyson & Mendes LLP
Celebrating 20 years of taking back justice for all, Tyson & Mendes LLP is a nationwide, AV-rated litigation and trial firm specializing in insurance defense and protecting its clients from Nuclear Verdicts®. Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes founded the firm in 2002 to defend corporations, insurance companies, and their clients in civil litigation matters. The firm has experienced tremendous growth in the past two decades, with offices across the U.S. serving clients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The firm is most widely recognized for winning the landmark Howell v. Hamilton Meats California Supreme Court case, which forever changed the state’s litigation landscape by significantly impacting the damages a plaintiff may recover. Robert Tyson is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller Nuclear Verdicts®: Defending Justice for All, the first playbook for the defense on how to avoid runaway jury verdicts. For more information, visit www.tysonmendes.com.
Ashley Bendas, J. Walcher Communications