Bob Tyson is a trial lawyer with the Bird Rock law firm Tyson & Mendes. The firm has 17 attorneys, with offices in Los Angeles and Riverside. Tyson recently won a landmark case before the California Supreme Court in Howell v. Hamilton Meats. He founded Lawyers for Tots and is active in The Century Club of San Diego, San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Barristers Club, the Villanova University Alumni Association, The Risk Management Society (RIMS), and the San Diego Defense Lawyers.
Tyson is a former member of the parish council and finance council of All Hallows Catholic Church, and has served on several committees at La Jolla Country Club.
What brought you to La Jolla?
The TV show, “L.A. Law.” I visited Los Angeles while in law school at Villanova in the late 1980s. During this trip, I also drove down to San Diego. When I arrived in La Jolla and the weather was 70º in January, I knew I wanted this to be my home and I was never going back to New York City.
What makes this area special to you?
La Jolla is an oasis in the eighth largest city in America. Running a small business and owning our building in Bird Rock, combined with living in the same community where I work, is truly a blessing. It is great to live in a place where most people have chosen to live and have worked very hard to afford to live here, as opposed to a place you "have to live." There is no better place to live in America.
What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
Being from the world's largest landfill, Staten Island, New York, it is difficult to imagine changing anything here. Having lived and worked here for more than 20 years, there have been some outstanding improvements to La Jolla during that time.
I would instead snap my fingers and have people become more involved in this community and support the work being done by our local leaders like Joe LaCava, Joe Parker, Glenn Rasmussen, Andy Nelson (La Jolla Community Foundation) and others. If we want a better community in the next 20 years that our children and grandchildren can also be proud of, we have to start today and plan for the future.
Who or what inspires you?
People who dream big and work hard to achieve their goals inspire me!
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
My first choice would be my deceased grandfather. He was a longshoreman in New York who grew up in Hell's Kitchen. Once he got over the shock of his grandson living in La Jolla, he would be the life of the party!
The next two I would invite would be my mom and dad, who are still with me. My dad would compete to be the life of the party and my mom would just brag to all of her friends about what a great dinner party her son threw!