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Tyson & Mendes Expands Complex Trial Team with Promotion of Four

Michelle Campbell, Codie Dukes, Reece Román and Morgan Van Buren All Promoted to Partner

Michelle Campbell

Codie Dukes

Reece Román

Morgan Van Buren

SAN DIEGO (March 5, 2020) – Increasing the ranks of its Complex Trial Team, civil defense law firm Tyson & Mendes LLP has promoted four attorneys – Michelle Campbell, Codie Dukes, Reece Román and Morgan Van Buren – to Partner. Dukes, Román and Van Buren join the firm’s San Diego partnership, while Campbell is now based in the firm’s rapidly expanding Orange County and Los Angeles offices.

“Our firm is regularly ‘parachuted in’ only shortly before trial to successfully triage often tense, high stakes litigation,” said Tyson & Mendes Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “We handle some of the most complicated, hotly contested trials throughout the country, and our clients will greatly benefit from the promotion of these stellar attorneys within our Complex Trial Team.”

Campbell was previously Senior Counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office, focusing her practice on general liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, and errors and omission, and has served as first or second chair for multiple trials. Adapting a creative and aggressive approach, she has successfully settled numerous cases, including those involving high-profile celebrity opposing parties. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego and earned a Juris Doctor from Chapman University School of Law, graduating at the top of her class.

Dukes works out of Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office, serving as Senior Counsel before being named Partner. She brings extensive litigation experience to the Complex Trial Team – having successfully represented individuals and businesses in cases involving personal injury, fraud, property damage and complex trust disputes. Dukes most recently second chaired an admitted liability trial resulting in a highly favorable verdict. A Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors Society member, Dukes received her bachelor’s degree from California State University San Bernardino and earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Román, who also previously served as Senior Counsel in Tyson & Mendes’ San Diego office, focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injury matters, with an emphasis on cases involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cords injuries and major orthopedic injuries. He has been instrumental in the preparation and trial of dozens of matters, including many tried through verdict. Román earned his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, and his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

Previously an Associate in San Diego, Van Buren’s practice focuses primarily on general liability and high exposure litigation. He has significant litigation experience, including handling matters involving diverse damages claims and potential excess exposure – securing the defense and complete indemnification of clients on multiple occasions. He has also negotiated several favorable settlements in multi-party litigation and nuisance value settlements in premises liability actions. Van Buren earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in and his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School.

With the addition of these promotions, Tyson & Mendes now employs 24 Partners. With offices throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New York, Washington and Florida, Tyson & Mendes is one of the country’s fastest growing insurance defense firms, now with more than 150 lawyers and more than 300 total employees. For more information, or to view career opportunities, visit www.tysonmendes.com.

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 150 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. Visit www.tysonmendes.com.

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