Modica joins Tyson & Mendes having served as managing partner at Gordon & Rees LLP, and being a partner in their New York City office for the last 10 years. His practice focuses primarily on professional liability, privacy, data and cybersecurity, commercial litigation, New York labor law, tort and product liability and construction. A seasoned trial attorney, Modica brings extensive litigation experience to the Tyson & Mendes team. He will continue to represent a broad range of clients, including businesses in various commercial disputes involving intellectual property rights, shareholder derivative claims and technology-based claims arising out of privacy, data and cybersecurity breaches.
“We have long wanted to bring our services and unique defense methods to New York, and we could not have asked for a better partner than Mr. Modica to make that happen,” said Tyson & Mendes Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “His experience in cybersecurity and technology litigation will be a great addition to the firm’s growing cyber litigation practice area.”
A frequent contributor to Continuing Legal Education programs for the New York State Bar Association, Modica has lectured on issues involving legal malpractice claims, cybersecurity, employment related matters, premises liability and the art of conducting depositions. He has also given in-house seminars to insurance and self-insured organizations on a variety of matters.
Modica earned his Juris Doctor degree from Albany Law School of Union University, and his bachelor’s from State University of New York at Albany. He is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey.
Modica will open the office with a team of attorneys to be announced in the coming weeks. The New York office will be located in midtown Manhattan, and will have capacity for eight attorneys.
The New York office serves as Tyson & Mendes’ second east coast location, following the opening of its first Florida office in 2017. The firm has an additional eight offices throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. The firm employs more than 140 attorneys and plans to add at least 90 lawyers this year.
About Tyson & Mendes LLP
Headquartered in San Diego with offices throughout the country, Tyson & Mendes LLP is an AV-rated litigation firm specializing in insurance defense. Firm principals Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes, seasoned trial attorneys who collectively have a nearly 50-year background, have grown the firm to more than 140 attorneys defending corporations, insurance companies, and their clients in civil litigation matters throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, Florida, and New York. The firm is most widely recognized for winning the landmark Howell v. Hamilton Meats California Supreme Court case on the “billed vs. paid” medical damages issue, which forever changed the state’s litigation landscape by significantly impacting the damages a plaintiff may recover.