Tyson & Mendes Expands West Coast Presence with First Fresno Office

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FRESNO, CA—Leading insurance and civil litigation defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the opening of its first office in California’s Central Valley, led by former Ericksen Arbuthnot Managing Partner David Frankenberger and a team of three other experienced partners and trial attorneys: Michael Lehman, Brett Runyon, and Carol Ann Seita.

The Tyson & Mendes Fresno office will serve clients across the San Joaquin Valley in all aspects of insurance defense litigation and marks the firm’s seventeenth office.

Joining as the Fresno Managing Partner, David Frankenberger brings 25 years of litigation and trial experience to Tyson & Mendes, previously serving as an associate attorney for several large insurance defense firms in Los Angeles before relocating to Fresno and joining Ericksen Arbuthnot in 2002. His practice includes complex state court and federal court litigation involving motor vehicle accident defense; trucking defense; complex personal injury; premises liability; product liability, agricultural litigation, and construction defect liability for both subcontractors and developers. He earned his Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law.

Michael Lehman has practiced civil litigation for more than 30 years and is a member of ABOTA. His trial experience includes representing private and public entities and individuals in cases involving torts, employment law, products liability, professional negligence, and civil rights, in both state and federal courts.

With more than 28 years of practical litigation experience, Brett Runyon has successfully defended his clients in a variety of cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in mass tort actions, complex industrial fire cases, environmental and industrial contamination cases, inverse condemnation claims and catastrophic loss, and construction defect. He also actively serves as a private mediator in complex civil cases throughout the state and has successfully assisted parties in resolving difficult disputes.

Carol Ann Seita is experienced in matters involving personal injury, premises liability, employment law, subrogation defense, products liability, property damage, and construction defect. Her prior experience also includes working for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Fresno in various capacities, including in the Administrative Division, the Victim Witness Unit and the Criminal Unit. Seita graduated with honors from California State University, Fresno, and was a Smittcamp Honors Scholar, as well as a Criminology Honors Scholar.


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