Name: David D. Mendes
Mr. Mendes is an experienced trial attorney and civil litigator. His practice focuses on family law, mental health law, elder law, and estate litigation. His cases range from contested divorces and child custody matters to representing family members seeking to gain guardianship over an aging parent who can no longer care for themselves to litigating complex estate disputes.
Law School: University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., Dean’s List & Honor Roll, Lynda Latta Family Law Advocacy Award
College: George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, M.A., International Security, Center for Security Policy Studies Graduate Fellow; Soka University of America, B.A., International Studies
Affiliations: D.C. 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
Mr. Mendes is an experienced trial attorney and civil litigator. His practice focuses on family law, mental health law, elder law, and estate litigation. His cases range from contested divorces and child custody matters to representing family members seeking to gain guardianship over an aging parent who can no longer care for themselves to litigating complex estate disputes. He prides himself on standing alongside his clients to solve their most challenging personal problems and navigate unforeseen circumstances. He views his role as multifaceted—he is a fierce advocate for his client’s legal goals, a trusted counselor and confidant, and an experienced strategist steering them on the best path forward for themselves, their children, and their family as a whole. Mr. Mendes, a former member of the District of Columbia’s Probate Fiduciary Panel, routinely represents family members, professional fiduciaries, and other lawyers in litigation arising from estate administrations, guardianships and conservatorships, and estate–related real estate matters.
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 a leading civil litigation law firm’s personal injury practice 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 on strategic growth planning and human capital matters.
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 Student Law Clinic. Mr. Mendes also served as the President of the Mexican American Law Student Association (MALSA). For his term, MALSA was awarded the American Bar Association National Achievement Award for Diversity, the ABA’s highest honor for a student organization, for substantially advancing access to legal education for underrepresented minorities throughout both urban and rural communities in New Mexico.
Mr. Mendes earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California, and an M.A. in International Security from George Mason University’s Schar School of Government and Policy in Arlington, Virginia.
In his free time, Mr. Mendes enjoys fast cars, cooking for family and friends, and spending time with his wonderful wife and young son.