Tyson & Mendes Expands Healthcare Practice, Appoints Margaret Holm as Chair: Two Additional Attorneys Brought on to Expand Practice Group Capabilities

SAN DIEGO (July 20, 2021) – Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the expansion of its Healthcare Practice Group with the appointment of industry-leading trial and appellate litigator Margaret “Peggy” Holm as chair and the addition of two new attorneys joining the firm’s rapidly-growing specialty practice group.

“This is a dynamic and fast-growing field of law because healthcare is one of the largest and most heavily regulated industries in the U.S.,” said Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “Our robust bench of healthcare attorneys provides our clients with the legal counsel required to defend against fraud claims and civil lawsuits, and we are thrilled to add this immensely talented group of healthcare-focused lawyers to our practice.”

Holm is a veteran litigator with decades of experience defending national and regional insurers, as well as individuals, businesses, and organizations. An ABOTA Diplomate and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial and appellate litigators for large healthcare entities in complex civil disputes, defending national and regional insurers as well as healthcare organizations and providers, including hospitals, medical professionals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

“We are honored to have such a well-renowned leader and widely respected legal professional as Peggy join our firm and serve as chair of our Healthcare Practice Group,” said Tyson. “Her extensive experience in both the courtroom and the boardroom presents opportunities for Tyson & Mendes, particularly in connection with representation of large health care entities.”

The firm has also added two new attorneys – well-established industry experts – to join the Healthcare Practice Group:

  • Bertha Baranko Fitzer: A new partner in Seattle, Fitzer previously served as Managing Partner of Fitzer Fitzer Veal McAmis, P.S. Focused on medical malpractice defense involving catastrophic injuries and complex appeals, Fitzer has briefed and argued over 100 appellate matters and tried 50 cases to jury verdict.
  • Jennifer Merringer Veal: Veal also joins as a Partner in Seattle from Fitzer Fitzer Veal McAmis, P.S. Her litigation experience includes numerous successful summary judgments, as well as full defense verdicts in cases involving orthopedic injuries, alleged medication errors, and surgical infection.

These new team members join Tyson & Mendes’ top-tier Healthcare Practice attorneys from the firm’s nationwide offices in key states, including Partners Damian Fletcher (Florida), Bill Johnson (Tennessee), Bryan Scholnick (Washington), and Mark Shanberg (Illinois).

This practice group defends healthcare organizations and providers, including hospitals, nursing facilities, long-term care providers, behavioral health providers, clinical laboratories, pharmacies, individual practitioners, and regional and national insurers in all types of case matters, such as catastrophic injury and wrongful death, healthcare fraud and abuse, medical malpractice, mental and behavioral health, neurological injuries, paralysis and amputation, regulatory compliance, and severe emotional damages.

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 trial attorneys Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes have grown the firm to 200 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.

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