Carolyn Tan

Partner P (626) 568-4000 F (626) 584-3980

Carolyn Tan is a partner and trial attorney at DeWitt Algorri & Algorri. She was born in Canada, but grew up in Arcadia, California.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and English from UCLA in 2003 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.  Prior to law school, she taught at-risk youth in Pasadena and worked as an Assistant Editor at

At Loyola, she interned at the Center for Conflict Resolution and at the Center for Juvenile and Policy.  She also served as a Production Editor on the International and Comparative Law Review and as a Senior Editor on the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal.  She has externed for the Honorable Audrey B. Collins, the Honorable Stephen J. Hillman, and the Honorable Jeffrey S. White.

Carolyn started at DeWitt Algorri & Algorri in 2010 and practices in the areas of catastrophic injury, bad faith insurance, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, and public entity claims.   She has successfully defeated complex pre-trial motions and has settled products liability cases against amusement parks and car manufacturers.    She has tried cases with Mark Algorri and Patrick Nolan, many which have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts. She also assists in business development and administrative management of the firm.

She has previously served as an Associate Editor on the ABA’s Young Lawyer’s Division publication, and has been a mentor for InsideOut Writers, which assists juveniles who have recently exited the delinquency system.  In her free time, she enjoys triathlon training and attending live music and comedy shows.

Representative Cases

  • Buelna v. Hill
  • Marin v. Ganuelas
  • Saavedra v. Guynes
  • Pinto v. Farmers

Honors and Awards

  • National Trial Lawyer, “Top 40 Under 40” (2016)


  • The Advocate, “Open Sesame”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • CAOC, Member
  • CAALA, Member
  • Pasadena Bar Association, Member



  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Honors: Member, Public Interest Law and Policy Program
  • UCLA
    • B.A.,Psychology & English

Bar Admissions

  • California State
  • California Federal, Eastern and Northern Districts
  • California Appellate

Year Joined Firm

  • 2010

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Public Entity

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
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