Robert Tyson (Panelist)
Tyson & Mendes
A native of Staten Island, New York, Bob Tyson is a founding partner and strategic managing partner of the Firm.
Mr. Tyson specializes in arguing damages in catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and high exposure cases. He is especially known for his groundbreaking work on Howell v. Hamilton Meats, a case which he argued before the California Supreme Court. Howell has since been hailed as the most significant insurance decision to come down in over 40 years – altering the way California interprets the collateral source rule and impacting the way damages are argued. Mr. Tyson successfully argued an injured plaintiff may only recover the much lesser amount that is paid for medical expenses, not the full medical bills, as past medical damages. This difference between what is billed versus paid saves insurance companies and defendants over $10 billion every year. The victory earned Mr. Tyson the California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award from the California Bar Magazine, among other awards.
Prior to founding Tyson & Mendes in 2002, Mr. Tyson practices law at some of San Diego’s largest defense firms, including Edwards, White & Sooy and Booth, Mitchel & Strange. Throughout a nearly 30-year legal career, he has successfully resolved a variety o cases involving complex business, personal injury, products liability, commercial and general civil litigation, professional malpractice, environmental and employment law – representing individuals, corporations, partnerships, professionals and many other different types of businesses. Active in the community and legal profession, he frequently lectures on a variety of legal issues to business and professional organizations.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Villanova University in 1986 and earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1989.
In his off time, he enjoys beating partner Pat Mendes at golf and spending time with his three children, Faith, Mary, and Bobby, and wife, Jenny. His mantra: Justice for all. A jury always “gets it,” it is the lawyer’s job to make sure they “got it.”