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Tyson & Mendes Launches Chicago Office; Names Managing Partner and Senior Counsel of Newest Branch: Expanding Insurance Defense Firm Adds Seasoned Litigators Scott Ruksakiati and Mark Shanberg

CHICAGO (August 4, 2020) – Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the launch of its first Chicago office and the hire of two attorneys to lead the new branch. Scott Ruksakiati will act as branch managing partner with Mark Shanberg as senior counsel.

The Tyson & Mendes Chicago office will serve clients across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska in all aspects of insurance defense litigation.

“What better way to bring our services to the Midwest than with two powerhouse litigators like Scott and Mark,” said Tyson & Mendes Managing Partner Robert Tyson. “Each brings an impressive track record of exceptional results to the firm and we cannot wait to be part of their continued success – both inside and outside the courtroom.”

With more than 25 years’ experience defending clients in diverse and challenging litigation, Ruksakiati joins Tyson & Mendes after serving as co-founder of Masini, Vickers, Ruksakiati & Hadsell, P.C. His practice focuses on professional liability, catastrophic injury and death, construction defects, breach of contract disputes (stemming from multimillion-dollar construction projects), transportation litigation and other complex commercial litigation cases throughout the U.S. Over the course of his career, Ruksakiati has gained a reputation for successfully resolving cases prior to trial or arbitration by developing defenses for winning summary judgment and by positioning cases for favorable resolution through mediation.

Ruksakiati is a member of the bars of the State of Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois (general and trial bars), the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the District of Nebraska, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned his J.D. from DePaul University and is rated as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.

Shanberg previously served as an attorney with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP and brings more than 27 years of practical litigation experience to the Tyson & Mendes team. He has successfully defended his clients in a variety of cases involving medical liability, construction liability, product liability, trucking and transportation liability and premises liability, and has deposed over 100 liability and damages witnesses. Shanberg is rated as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell and has also been recognized by Illinois Leading Lawyers for Personal Injury Defense Law.

Shanberg is a member of the bars of the State of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois, as well as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He earned his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.

With 10 other 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 insurance and civil defense firms. For more information or 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 and seasoned trial attorneys Robert Tyson and Patrick Mendes 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, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska. 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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