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Margaret Forbes Mendoza

About Margaret Mendoza

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Ms. Mendoza has represented clients in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties, charged with such offenses as: Attempted murder, Assault and Battery, Criminal Threats, Possession of  Weapons,  Sexual Battery, Lewd Conduct and Indecent Exposure,  Child Molestation and Pornography, Counterfeiting, Robbery, Conspiracy, Burglary, Drug Trafficking and Manufacturing, Marijuana Cultivation, Domestic Violence, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Drug Sales and Possession and Gang Crimes.


 Ms. Mendoza obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education at Hood College and her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1988.  She practiced civil law for several years, where she was successful in preserving the rights of a toxic shock victim before the California Supreme Court. In 1990, Ms. Mendoza accepted a position with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, where she remained for eleven years. During that time, she successfully defended indigent clients, from arraignment through trial, charged with a variety of criminal offenses, conducted research, drafted and argued substantive and procedural motions, placed qualified clients in rehabilitation programs, monitored program attendance and completion, and assisted with the training of newly hired attorneys.  In 2001, Ms. Mendoza resigned from the Public defender’s Office.  In addition to her solo practice, she obtained her Broker’s License and was on the annual planning committee for The Sunshine Kids, an organization that raises funds for children with cancer.  She also coached students involved in the LA County Mock Trial competition, and saw her team win the 2004 Los Angeles County competition. She was President of the PTO for three years and a member of the School Board for six years, as well as serving on various committees at her church.  In 2008, she joined a small criminal defense in the South Bay as a Senior Associate and met her future law partner the following year. Although she enjoyed her years of solo practice, the prospect of working with an attorney as knowledgeable and experienced as Ms. Mattern, and who shared her passion for criminal defense, was too exciting and challenging to pass up.


 Ms. Mendoza is a member in good standing of:


 ·         The State Bar of California


·         California Public Defenders Association


·         California DUI Lawyers Association


·         Los Angeles Country Bar Association


·         California NORML Legal Committee


·         Long Beach Bar Association


·         South Bay Bar Association


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