Tyson & Mendes Promotes Seven to Partner: Attorneys Elevated Across Northern California, Orange County, San Diego, Scottsdale and Denver

Tyson & Mendes Promotes Seven to Partner: Attorneys Elevated Across Northern California, Orange County, San Diego, Scottsdale and Denver

SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2024) – Committed to employees’ professional development and providing a clear path to partnership, nationwide civil litigation and insurance defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced seven promotions from senior counsel to partner today for attorneys Stephanie Drenski, Ashley Paige Fetyko, Molly Gilardi, Maria Kupillas, Mitchell Malachowski, Robert Olson and Brian Woolfall.

“Each of these exceptionally talented partners has demonstrated a sustained commitment to delivering excellence for our clients, dedication to colleagues, and a drive to challenge themselves and improve our industry,” said Tyson & Mendes strategic managing partner Robert Tyson. “At Tyson & Mendes, we are committed to attracting, retaining and training the best trial attorneys in the country. Our newest partners exemplify our ideals in addition to embodying our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”


Stephanie Drenski (Northern California) focuses her practice on general liability, personal injury defense, premises liability, product liability, and professional liability. She has prepared and prevailed on multiple dispositive motions in claims involving negligence and premise liability. Her experience also includes workers’ compensation defense and representing plaintiffs in complex tort litigation. Drenski earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco.

Ashley Paige Fetyko (Denver) also serves as the firm’s Head of Communications, serving all offices across the firm. Her work focuses on external and internal communications, client relations, and education, for which she leads the creation and delivery of educational content for national audiences. She also heads the development and oversight of marketing content for the firm. As an attorney, she has taken more than 90 cases to trial, including as a Deputy District Attorney for the State of Colorado. She also serves as faculty for the Nuclear Verdicts® Defense Institute. Fetyko earned her Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School.

Molly Gilardi (Northern California) is an experienced litigator with the firm’s Law & Motion practice. She has successfully defended individuals and businesses throughout the state of California, favorably resolving cases in matters involving complex personal injury, insurance coverage and construction defect. Gilardi earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Maria Kupillas (Scottsdale) has extensive litigation experience, covering a broad range of insurance defense cases. Her practice includes construction defect, personal injury, defending homeowners’ associations, representing parties before the EEOC and Attorney General in discrimination matters, and representing insurance companies in subrogation cases. Kupillas received her Juris Doctor from the George Washington University National Law Center.

Mitchell Malachowski (San Diego) has comprehensive litigation experience in federal and state courts and engages in full-spectrum civil litigation defense. His trial and appellate practice specializes in complex litigation, including federal multidistrict litigation, class actions, mass torts and products liability. Malachowski received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Robert Olson (Orange County) has specialized experience handling all types of personal injury lawsuits – from traumatic brain injuries to trip and falls. He has litigation experience in complex multi-party matters, landlord/tenant cases, toxic torts, professional liability, aviation and maritime matters and courtroom experience in both state and federal courts. Olson earned his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.


Brian Woolfall (San Diego) is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on litigating complex construction defect and property damage claims on behalf of developers, general contractors, and subcontractors along with the firm’s construction defect litigation team. He has also litigated cases involving personal injury, products liability, unfair business practices and antitrust violations. Woolfall received his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.


Serving 21 states nationwide, Tyson & Mendes is one of the fastest growing civil defense firms in the U.S. and is proud to offer one of the fastest and clearest paths to partnership for its attorneys of any mid-sized law firm in the U.S. The firm is honored to be recognized as a 2024 Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers’, named a 2024 Best Company to Work for: Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report, awarded the 2023 Liberty Mutual Insurance External Law Firm Partner of the Year Award, awarded the No. 1 “Ceiling Smasher” in Law360’s 2022 Glass Ceiling Report for female equity partnership, and shortlisted for Financial Times’ 2022 Innovative Lawyers North America Award.

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 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, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.


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