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David D. Mendes

Partner

Mr. Mendes is an experienced trial attorney and litigator practicing in the areas of personal injury, civil rights and tort claims, drunk driving defense, probate and estates, and family law. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Mendes served as a criminal prosecutor and handled hundreds of drunk driving, criminal traffic and domestic violence cases. He managed the personal injury practice of a leading civil litigation law firm and represented victims against insurance companies and state and local governments.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Mendes was a successful business development and consulting professional and has extensive experience advising business owners and senior managers.

Mr. Mendes received his juris doctorate at the University of New Mexico School of Law. In law school, Mr. Mendes was honored with the Lynda Latta Family Law Advocacy Award for his work representing indigent clients through the UNM Law Clinic. As a law student, Mr. Mendes was a State Bar of New Mexico Arturo J. Jaramillo Summer Fellow and clerked for the State of New Mexico Risk Management Division Legal Bureau and Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C., a respected civil litigation firm serving New Mexico.

 Mr. Mendes also served as the President of the Mexican American Law Student Association (MALSA). For his term, MALSA was awarded the 2013 American Bar Association National Achievement Award for Diversity for substantially advancing access to legal education for underrepresented minorities throughout both urban and rural communities in New Mexico.

 Mr. Mendes is a member of the first graduating class of Soka University of America, where he received his B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in International Studies.

EDUCATION

University of New Mexico School of Law – Juris Doctorate

Dean’s List & Honor Roll

Lynda Latta Family Law Advocacy Award

Soka University of America – Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

BAR ADMISSIONS

District of Columbia

New Mexico

EXPERIENCE

Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C. (Associate Attorney)

Office the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (Attorney)

United States House of Representatives (Congressional Fellow)

Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office (Assistant District Attorney)

University of New Mexico Paralegal Studies Program (Adjunct Instructor)

State of New Mexico Risk Management Division Legal Bureau (Law Clerk)

INVOLVEMENT

DC Superior Court Probate Division Fiduciary Panel Member

Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

District of Columbia Hispanic Bar Association, Member

UNM School of Law DC Semester Program, Mentor Program Coordinator

New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, Law Camp Trial Practice Instructor