ORANGE COUNTY, CA (June 8, 2021) – Tyson & Mendes LLP – one of the nation’s fastest growing insurance and civil litigation defense firms, announced today the addition of Edward Leonard as a partner in the firm’s Orange County office.
With 42 years of trial experience, Leonard’s practice focuses on all types of high-profile tort matters, with an acclaimed specialty in transportation cases involving the trucking industry and logistics. Ed is a trial lawyer. He has tried more than 95 civil cases to verdict throughout the State of California. He is also well-known for his involvement in a trial of a repressed memory medical malpractice case that later became the subject of numerous publications and is frequently referenced today in medical, psychological, and neurological texts.
“We welcome a trial attorney of Ed’s caliber and expertise to our growing Orange County office, where we have added three new lateral partners so far this year,” said Tyson & Mendes Strategic Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “With an avalanche of jury trials coming to Southern California and beyond as trial courts begin to restart operations, veteran trial lawyers of Ed’s caliber are in high demand. Ed’s phenomenal track record successfully defending transportation cases is an invaluable asset to our trucking and logistics clients and further strengthens our bench strength defending trucking and other transportation companies against wrongful death claims, catastrophic loss, and injury claims.”
Leonard spent most of his career at Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter where he served as a trial attorney and managing partner for the firm. More recently, Leonard practiced law for Poliquin & DeGrave, LLP.
Active in his professional community, Leonard has been a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) from its inception in 1993 and served on the board as secretary from 2002-2011. Leonard is an American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) attorney where he remains on the board and serves on various committees of the Orange County Chapter, after serving as its president in 2011. He remains a frequent lecturer for TIDA and for the Orange County Bar Association. He is also on the Board of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and has served as a civilian responder for the Orange County Sheriff Department’s Reserve Bureau.
Leonard received his Bachelor of Arts in history from San Diego State University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.
With 14 nationwide offices serving 17 states, Tyson & Mendes is one of the country’s fastest growing civil defense firms. For more information and to view career opportunities, visit www.tysonmendes.com.
About Tyson & Mendes LLP
Tyson & Mendes LLP is a nationwide, AV-rated litigation firm specializing in insurance defense. Founded in 2002, firm principals and seasoned trial attorneys Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes have grown the firm to more than 195 attorneys defending corporations, insurance companies, and their clients in civil litigation matters throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, 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