FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (August 16, 2023) – Tyson & Mendes LLP, one of the nation’s fastest-growing insurance and civil litigation defense firms, welcomes Robert M. O’Malley as Partner and Associates Amaia Sanz de Acedo and Alexandra Bendayan in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office. All three were previously with Wicker Smith. Their addition highlights the continued expansion of Tyson & Mendes in the Sunshine State, underscoring the firm’s commitment to meeting client needs in Florida due to the tidal wave of new lawsuits filed ahead of monumental tort reform laws earlier this year.
With more than two decades of legal and trial experience, O’Malley’s practice focuses on automotive negligence, trucking and transportation, civil litigation and premises liability, as well as the defense of personal injury claims involving surgical procedures, traumatic injury and catastrophic loss. He has defended and tried cases throughout the State of Florida, delivering successful results in trial, settlement, mediation, and arbitration for clients. Prior to his eight-year tenure at Wicker Smith, O’Malley served as a Partner at Adams, Adams, Baca and McMillen in Miami, where he managed the Broward office and practiced civil litigation and personal injury defense for nearly 10 years.
“Our firm continues to advance strategic efforts to grow in ways that meet our clients’ needs by bringing the best trial attorneys to our team. The addition of Rob’s team comes just a few months after the launch of our Jacksonville office and a year after launching our Tampa office,” said Strategic Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “Rob’s impressive trial experience, along with the support from two talented associates, deepens and broadens our already strong bench of trial attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the firm to serve the growing needs of our clients in the region.”
O’Malley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Florida International University in 2001. He also earned his Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law in 2005 as a member of the first class. While in law school, he participated in the Moot Court Competition with honors and was on the Board of Advocates. He was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2010. He is a member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, Broward County Bar Association, and Dade County Bar Association.
Ms. Sanz De Acedo is a rising star who has tried complex cases involving catastrophic loss and traumatic brain injury. Among her many outstanding accomplishments was a Summary Judgment in the case of Alexander Atteberry v. Progressive Express Insurance Company, which is the seminal case in Florida governing Uninsured Motorist Coverage for Rideshare Companies. Sanz de Acedo graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned her Juris Doctor from Florida International University College of Law, placing on the Dean’s list for three consecutive years and graduating cum laude. She was the executive business editor of the FIU Law Review and a member of the FIU Moot Court Team.
Ms. Bendayan graduated cum laude from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She earned her Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law, where she was on the Dean’s list three consecutive semesters. She also served on the Law Review.
Now serving 20 states nationwide, Tyson & Mendes is one of the fastest growing civil defense firms in the U.S. The firm is proud to offer one of the clearest paths to partnership of any mid-sized law firm in the U.S., and it invests more in educating and training its attorneys than any other insurance defense firm.
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About Tyson & Mendes LLP
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, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Tennessee, Texas, 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. In 2022, the firm launched the Nuclear Verdicts Defense Institute, the only trial academy that teaches defense attorneys how to stop Nuclear Verdicts®. Robert Tyson is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller Nuclear Verdicts®: Defending Justice for All, the first (and only) playbook for the defense on how to avoid runaway jury verdicts.
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Ashley Bendas, J. Walcher Communications