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Tatiana Mendez

Child custody Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

4.9   60 reviews

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About Tatiana

Learn Tatiana’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    40%
    visitation, custody, child support

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    contested and uncontested divorce, spousal support

  3. Immigration
    30%
    Family-based immigration, Naturalization and Adjustment of Status

Tatiana “Lawtina” Mendez is a highly sought-after bilingual attorney (English and Spanish) and a published author of "Virginia Child Custody Guide," which is available as a paperback from Amazon. She helps clients in complex child custody cases, and practices in the areas of family law and family-based immigration. Tatiana has extensive experience in contested cases and has also represented the best interests of children as a Guardian ad litem assigned by the Court. Tatiana has additional training as a mediator, and is well known for being able to settle even the toughest cases. Tatiana’s clients will tell you that she is kind and empathetic, straight-forward, and always fully committed to doing what it takes to get excellent results in her cases.

Tatiana is an accomplished attorney in Hampton Roads. She has been honored as a “Gold Client Champion” by Martindale-Hubbell, voted by her peers as a “Rising Star” for Super Lawyers, recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by Coastal Virginia Magazine, selected to the list of “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers, honored as one of the “Top 40 Family Lawyers Under 40” by the American Society of Legal Advocates, and received a perfect 10 rating from , amongst many other distinctions.

Prior to the launch of her career, Tatiana earned a B.S. degree in Psychology and a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a minor in Religious Studies. Her collegiate experience includes an internship with the Central Intelligence Agency and study abroad in Spain at the University of Salamanca (she earned a top score in the International Fluency Exam for Spanish Translators). Tatiana received her law degree from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach. During law school, she volunteered as a tutor for juveniles at the Norfolk Detention Center and as a Student Bar Association mentor. She also interned for a year for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Norfolk, VA.

Outside of the workplace, Tatiana loves to remain active with her husband and two little boys. You can find Tatiana twirling in the air on aerial silks (like in cirque du solei) or kayaking. Tatiana considers herself a taco-aficionado.

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Licensed for 9 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/27/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Tatiana Mendez
505 South Independence Boulevard, Suite 103
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  60 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation
Ms. Mendez exemplified exactly what I was looking for in Attorney representation. Someone who genuinely was concerned about my situation. Ms. Mendez handled every step of the process with professionalism, meticulous detail, sound advice, encouragement and kept me informed of court proceedings. She was aggressive in making sure that I was being treated fairly. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for an attorney.
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Posted by Molly | December 1, 2021
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Unmatched Dedication
I came to Mrs. Mendez with a very complicated custody and child support case that drew out for almost 2 years. I can hands-down say that Mrs. Mendez was the best thing to happen to my case. I know that without her, I would not have gotten the results from the case, that I ended up receiving. She was amazing to be with, easy to talk to and made me very comfortable. She was dedicated to, not only my case, but to me, through the duration of my case, from beginning to end. She was very responsive, even during an emergency situation on the weekend. She was thorough in all her approaches and her knowledge with not only inside the courtroom, but at times I felt she knew my case better than I did. I completely trusted her advice and expertise throughout the entire case, and I can say she always had me and my family's best interest in mind. I would absolutely hire her again, without a second thought, and would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs a great lawyer to handle a divorce/custody/child support case.
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Posted by Homer | February 21, 2021
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Child Custody and Visitation
Ms. Mendez was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating while working on my case. Despite of the COVID-19 restrictions, she (along with Ms. Hannah Rodriguez) were able to provide unparalleled service and guidance for me and my family during our transition. She was responsive, intuitive, and was keen during negotiations. Her team was able to communicate with me, even with my erratic work schedules and competing priorities. Her work ultimately allowed me and my family to live a more balanced life and I urge those who were in my position to have Ms. Tatiana and her team represent YOU in your time of need. Thank You Ms. Hannah and Ms. Tatiana, for everything.
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Posted by Liancy | February 3, 2021
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Highly recommend
She was thorough and worked with a sense of urgency. I highly recommend her, she has the best interest of her client.
Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Change of status/ immigration
Mrs. Mendez was great! The whole process went really smoothly. Whenever we had a question and needed to get in contact with her, she made time for us. She is professional but friendly at the same time and we would definitely recommend her.
Posted by Andy | October 20, 2020
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Tatiana is awesome
Tatiana Mendez did an AMAZING job on my recent divorce. What was sure to be a long drawn out process, was made easy and quick due to all of Tatiana’s hard work. Thank you for EVERYTHING Tatiana. If anyone finds themselves in need of a lawyer, they should definitely hire Tatiana. Thanks again.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2020
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Carlesha D
Tatiana is a very understanding and knowledgeable lawyer. I was in a car accident and overwhelmed. Not knowing what to do and where to start, Tatiana guided me through the process. She alleviated all my concerns and worries. If you are looking for a personable lawyer willing to go the extra mile, I encourage you to call Tatiana.
Posted by Amy | June 17, 2020
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Exceptional!
Mrs. Mendez was excellent when I approached her for my custody agreement! Listened intently and gave educated advice , I trust her and would definitely recommend!! The turn around on the documents was fast as well!!
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2020
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She is OUTSTANDING!!!
Tatiana is a wonderful, caring, passionate lawyer! If you need help with custody or divorce - look no further. She is GREAT in court! Very happy with how my case was handled.
Posted by Sharona | February 24, 2020
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Easy to work with and no nonsense
Tatiana was great through out the custody process and was easy to work with and her expertise of the law was fantastic. Hopefully there is no need for her services in the future, but if needed I wouldn't hesitate to use her again.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
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Divorce / Custody
I am very pleased with the service I received from Ms Mendez. She was not my initial lawyer but was able to pick up and continue with the process smoothly. Due my period as a law enforcement officer I also experienced Ms Mendez dedication to her clients on traffic/criminal cases.
Posted by Richie | December 20, 2019
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Superior service & professionalism
I am very glad I came across Ms Mendez ad for family attorney. She handled my case with the upmost care and professionalism. I couldn’t have hired anyone more thorough and who understood my complicated case so well. She kept me updated every step of the way. She even returned can email while she was on vacation in another country. Hands down 5-star service and knowledge on judicial matters. Definitely recommend her.
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Posted by Raj | July 10, 2019
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Fabulous direction to dismiss a summon
Attorney has directed me to take the VB driver improvement course which will support the case for requesting to dismiss the speeding ticket. Along with clean driving record completed the driving course and finally the summon was dismissed. Delighted to hear that news! Great job. Thank you so much!
Posted by Sarah | June 29, 2019
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Amazing Lawyer
Mrs. Mendez is an amazing lawyer!! I highly recommend her and would hire her again in a heartbeat!! :) Thank you for all you did for me :)
Posted by Ramseys Sandoval | June 28, 2019
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Disturbing The Peace
Tatiana Mendez represented me in a bogus case for Disturbing the Peace. Initiated by my ex-wife. I have worked with several attorney's thought-out the past several of years. However she by far has been #1 on my list of attorney's. Her communication skills are outstanding. The ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions or assumptions from limited information is essential as a lawyer and her judgement was as precise and as accurate as it could possibly be. Her analytical skills are outstanding. She was able to absorb the information I provided her with and decide which reasonable conclusion best fit and was applicable to resolving the case. Most importantly her perseverance to complete the work necessary to drive my case to a successful finish was because of her creativity. The best solution is not always the most obvious and in order to outmanoeuvre your challenger it is necessary to think outside the box and logically run threw the finish line as the winner! Case dismissed. TOP Lawyer in Virginia Beach! She deserve 10 stars!
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Posted by David | March 31, 2019
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Smart, savvy, and empathetic.
I had the misfortune of being pulled over for a week less driving charge, due to speed, while on a business trip in Newport News. Mrs. Mendez expertly handled all my fears and concerns, allowing me to continue with my business. In the end she was able to get the case desmissed entirely! I couldn’t be happier with her work and dedication. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2019
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Thank you!
Tatiana has an ability to see a situation without injecting bias or emotion into it and then can determine the best course of action. She is highly effective and an excellent advocate. Thank you!
Posted by Matthew | February 18, 2019
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Amazing Attorney
Mrs. Mendez is an amazing attorney she accepted my custody case with a truly open mind, given my nontraditional situation. She dedicated herself to my case giving me and my daughter great attention and care over a two- and half-year period. I’m a military member and was stationed over 2,000 miles from my daughter and a few times across the world. She worked hard to consult with me over a very difficult time and was able to attain for me a more than reasonable visitation schedule while on active duty and continued to work with me to gain a 50/50 order which my daughter and I are currently enjoying. Her knowledge and guidance of family law was invaluable to my family and myself I am truly thankful for all she has done.
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Posted by Gregory | June 20, 2018
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Quality Work
I recently retained Tatiana Mendez for my criminal expungement case. The overall process took about two months and was successful. She kept me well informed and I honestly couldn’t be happier with the service I received.
Posted by Amanda | February 24, 2017
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Amazing, personalized service
Ms Mendez helped me win primary physical custody of my son along with very favorable child support and an unintrusive visitation schedule. I was extremely impressed with her prompt responses to my questions and concerns, making me feel comfortable with the entire process. She did a phenomenal job negotiating in my best interests, especially considering how challenging and unreasonable my former spouse was acting. I would definitely recommend her to anyone, especially active duty military, looking for a fantastic custody/divorce lawyer!
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Ernest Law Group PLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Commander Law
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Associate Attorney
  • Price Benowitz, LLP
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Mendez Law PLC
  • 2013 - 2014
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Education

  • Regent University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2008
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Maintain Common Nuisance & Failure to Appear
  • DISMISSED
  • Reckless Driving 110/65
  • 6mo suspended, 1 weekend jail + 15 hours community service
  • Petit Larceny
  • Deferred Disposition for 50 hours of community service
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Associations

  • Virginia Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • 2019 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2014 - Present
  • York-Poquoson Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2023
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business
  • 2022
  • Client Gold Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite - Family Law Domestic Relations
  • Virginia Business
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite
  • The American Registry
  • 2021
  • Client Gold Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyer in Family Law
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Best Law Firm - bronze award
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice - Family Law
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice - Family Law
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Client's Choice - Criminal Law
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Webinar
  • Family Law: Divorce, Child Custody, and Spousal Support
  • 2021

Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (24)
Endorse Tatiana
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tatiana Ilchyshyn is a diligent and tenacious attorney, one that you definitely want on your side. She and I worked on a criminal matter together, as well as countless hours in law school, and I know she can tackle great challenges with ease. I endorse this lawyer and routinely recommend her services to others."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ilchyshyn is a very passionate, dedicated, smart, and hard working lawyer. She impressed me immediately upon meeting her with her commitment to seeking justice and righting wrongs. Her best quality is that she is fearless, which is exactly what everyone needs in a lawyer. I would not hesitate to place important personal matters in her hands."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tatiana Mendez is a knowledgeable and passionate attorney. If you want someone who will fight for you, she is the perfect choice."
Family Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tatiana is a great attorney! She's dedicated, passionate, and truly cares for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ilchyshyn is knowledgeble, experienced, and professional attorney who understands the stress her clients go through. She is passionate, aggressive when needed and empathetic. I endorse Ms. Ilchyshyn."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Keen attention to detail with exceptional client service. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to always represent clients the best way possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tatiana is an exceptional attorney. She advocates for her clients zealously and gets great results. I endorse Tatiana without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Ilchyshyn is a highly trusted member of the legal community, her contribution is greatly appreciated and valued."
Family Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Ms. Ilchyshyn. She has proven she is extremely knowledgeable in family law by her accurate and comprehensive answers on Avvo. If you need a good family law attorney who will get you results, do not hesitate to give Ms. Ilchyshyn a call."
Family Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Ilchyshyn as she is an outstanding attorney that obtains great results for her clients charged with offenses and dealing with domestic issues. Top notch."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected, hard working advocate."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough, smart, competent. Can be counted on to get the best results for clients in the most difficult cases. Consummate professional in every regard. My highest recommendation."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is excellent, compassionate and passionate about helping people. I endorse this lawyer."
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Virginia Beach Child custody Lawyer Tatiana Mendez
Tatiana Mendez
Child custody Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 9 years