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Lisa Janine Mendes

Lisa Janine Mendes

Practice areas:

Family, DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

From the San Francisco Giants to the San Jose Sharks and all the teams in between, I am a fan.  The fact is I am a Bay Area native through and through.  With the exception of few years spent in New York, New Jersey and Boston, I have lived here my entire life.  I grew up in Fremont, attended high school at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward.  In 2003, I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature from San Francisco State University.  After obtaining my Bachelor’s I moved to the east coast for two and a half years to work in Corporate America.  While I loved my life experiences on the east coast, I knew that California, specifically the Bay Area, was my home and I relocated my job back to San Francisco in early 2006.

It was upon my return that I started my Masters Degree in Business Administration.  I was on the fast track with a Fortune 50 company.  While I was working toward my MBA, my father was diagnosed with colon cancer, and my cousin–less than 10 years older than I–was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  It was then that I realized how short life is, so I followed my passion to do what I had always been in the back of my head and I went to law school.  I finished my MBA on a Thursday in late August of 2008 and started law school the following Monday.

In law school, I worked a variety of internships, including one with a small criminal defense firm and a few semesters at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.  Then I laid the foundation for my practice while working for two different firms before starting my own.

I now take pride in practicing those areas of the law where I can support and help advocate for those who are facing, what may possibly be, the most stressful period of their life.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2012

  1. Family: 45%
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

15 total 

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Contact Info

The Law Offices of Lisa J. Mendes

1646 North California Boulevard.
Suite 450
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Inns of CourtN/A2012 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
John F Kennedy Univ SOLN/AN/A2011
Golden Gate UniversityN/AMBA - Master of Business Administration2008
San Francisco State UniversitySpanish Language and LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2003