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Tyson & Mendes Promotes Three to Partner: Sitar Bhatt and Kathryn Lee Colgan Promoted to Partner, Andrew Smith Elevated to Managing Partner

SAN DIEGO (May 28, 2020) – Leading civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the promotion of Sitar Bhatt, Kathryn Lee Colgan and Andrew Smith. Bhatt joins the firm’s partnership in Phoenix, and Colgan in the San Diego and Orange County offices. Smith, meanwhile, was named branch managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Bhatt, formerly an associate who focuses on general liability, personal injury, premises liability and bad faith litigation, has successfully resolved a variety of cases representing individuals and businesses in state and federal district courts as well as arbitrations throughout Arizona. These cases often involve personal injury, property damage and insurance coverage, allowing him to save clients an average of more than $100,000. He earned his Juris Doctor from Arizona Summit Law School and is a member of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.

Previously senior counsel and a team leader in San Diego, Colgan has more than 10 years of litigation experience and leads two multi-attorney litigation teams in the areas of general liability and labor and employment practices. She specializes in insurance defense, including catastrophic accidents, personal injury, premise liability and business litigation. She also handles medical malpractice cases and labor and employment defense, including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, retaliation, wage/hour claims, class actions and PAGA representative actions. Colgan graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles cum laude before earning her Juris Doctor from Cal Western School of Law.

Smith leads a multi-attorney litigation practice focused on labor and employment and has extensive experience in the defense of public and private entities in general liability, personal injury, trade secrets litigation, premises liability and contractual disputes. He brings successful motions for summary judgment, has either taken or defended over 400 depositions, and has been the primary case handler on numerous matters which have resulted in defense verdicts at time of trial. Smith obtained a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America.

“All three attorneys have impressive track records – a testament to the resilience, intellect and ability to take initiative that they have demonstrated throughout their time with our firm,” said Tyson & Mendes Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “With their help, and the help of many others, Tyson & Mendes has been able to prosper and expand, even in the most trying of times.”

With 10 offices serving California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, New Jersey, Connecticut, Utah, Oregon and Florida, Tyson & Mendes is one of the country’s fastest growing civil defense firms. The firm, which experienced a 60% increase in attorneys last year, now has more than 150 lawyers and almost 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, New York, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Washington, New Jersey, Connecticut, Utah, Oregon and Florida. 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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