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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


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


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The Law Offices of Lisa J. Mendes

3182 Old Tunnel Road
Suite C
Lafayette, CA, 94549


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Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of CourtN/A2012 - Present
Contra Costa County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John F. Kennedy University School of LawN/AN/A2011
Golden Gate University School of LawN/AMBA - Master of Business Administration2008
San Francisco State UniversitySpanish Language and LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2003