Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters, Experts and TPAs



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


Tollefson Bradley Mitchell & Melendi, LLP

2811 McKinney Avenue, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75204

Established: 2006

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Litigation
  • Bad Faith
  • Appeals
  • Mediation


About Us

The firm's practice focuses on insurance coverage, insurance litigation, mediation and appeals. The lawyers provide counsel regarding property and liability claims and representation in contractual and extra-contractual litigation under personal, commercial and professional policies.


Client Information

Insurance Clients


Personnel Information

Partners


John C. Tollefson

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 37

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1979
  • Texas, 1981
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas (Past Chair, Insurance Law Section)
Education:
  • Emory University, 1976
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1979

Beth D. Bradley

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 30

Admitted
  • Texas, 1986
Memberships:
  • American and Dallas Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas (Past Chair, Insurance Law Section)
Certifications:
  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Education:
  • University of Dallas, B.A. (cum laude), 1983
  • The University of Texas, J.D. (with honors), 1986

Aaron L. Mitchell

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 27

Admitted
  • Texas, 1989
  • Arkansas, 1990
Memberships:
  • American, Arkansas and Dallas Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Arkansas, B.A., 1986
  • University of Arkansas, J.D. (with high honors), 1989

Stephen A. Melendi

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 13

Admitted
  • Texas, 2003
Memberships:
  • American and Dallas Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
Education:
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., 2000
  • Southern Methodist University, J.D. (cum laude), 2003

Lisa A. Songy

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 25

Admitted
  • California, 1991
  • Texas, 1995
Memberships:
  • American and Dallas Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas (Council, Insurance Law Section)
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
Education:
  • Southern Methodist University, B.S., 1988
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1991
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi

Non-Equity Partners


Omar Galicia

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 17

Admitted
  • Texas, 1999
Education:
  • The University of Texas, B.A., 1994
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1999

Frank Kennedy

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 26

Admitted
  • Colorado, 1990
  • Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Dallas Bar Association (Tort & Insurance Practice Section)
Education:
  • Duke University, B.A., 1987
  • University of Denver, J.D., 1990
  • University of Denver, M.A., 1991

Lori J. Murphy

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 25

Admitted
  • Texas, 1991
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
Education:
  • Texas Christian University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1988
  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1991

Of Counsel


Leo J. Jordan

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 35

Admitted
  • Texas, 1981
Memberships:
  • American and Dallas Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
Education:
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1977
  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1981

Estee C. Whitaker

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 21

Admitted
  • Texas, 1995
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Texas, B.B.A., 1983
  • Our Lady of the Lake University, M.B.A., 1989
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1995

Associates


Matt Rigney

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 8

Admitted
  • Texas, 2010
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association (Insurance Law Section)
Education:
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., 2005
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D., 2010

Kirsten Soto

Dallas, TX

Admitted
  • New Jersey, 2012
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia, 2014
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
Memberships:
  • American (Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section) and Dallas Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas (Insurance Section)
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, B.A., 2003
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2012
Language:
  • Spanish

Michael Hewitt

Dallas, TX

Years of Experience: 4

Admitted
  • Texas, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Young Professionals
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Education:
  • Liberty University, B.S. (summa cum laude), 2008
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2014

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