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Margaret Forbes Mendoza

310-342-8254
Margaret Forbes Mendoza
Mattern & Mendoza, LLP
6601 Center Drive West Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
matternmendozalaw.com
Phone: 310-342-8254
California DUI Lawyers Association

California DUI Lawyers Association

Margaret Forbes Mendoza

Regular Member

About Margaret Forbes Mendoza

While aggressively defending her clients interest, Margaret has also been successful in gaining and maintaining significant trust and respect in all judicial interactions, and had thus achieved favorable resolutions from often difficult to win cases.Ms. Mendoza has represented clients in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties, charged with such offenses as: attempted murder, A... read more »

Biography

While aggressively defending her clients interest, Margaret has also been successful in gaining and maintaining significant trust and respect in all judicial interactions, and had thus achieved favorable resolutions from often difficult to win cases.Ms. Mendoza has represented clients in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties, charged with such offenses as: attempted murder, Assault and Battery, Terrorist 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 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 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 to raise her two children. During that time, 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 various committees at her church. In 2007, Ms. Mendoza returned to her passion, criminal defense work. She joined a small criminal defense in the South bay as a Senior Associate. In 2009, she accepted a position as Senior Associate with a large Los Angeles firm, where she worked alongside Ms. Mattern. In 2011, Ms. Mendoza and Ms. Mattern formed their partnership.

While aggressively defending her clients interest, Margaret has also been successful in gaining and maintaining significant trust and respect in all judicial interactions, and had thus achieved favorable resolutions from often difficult to win cases.

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Margaret Forbes Mendoza -
Mattern & Mendoza, LLP
6601 Center Drive West Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
matternmendozalaw.com
Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 310-342-8254
  • Fax: 310-342-8255

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
Criminal Defense80.00%
DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving20.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
California Member in Good Standing 1988

Work Experience

Position Duration
Partner at Mattern & Mendoza, LLP 2011 – present
Associate Attorney at Bird and Bird, APLC 20082009
Law Offices of Margaret F. Mendoza 20012011
Deputy Public Defender Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office 19902001

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
Southwestern University School of Law J.D. 1987
Hood College History B.A. 1979

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Attorney Member California Attorneys for Criminal Justice 2013 – present
Attorney Member San Fernando Valley Bar Association 2013 – present
Attorney Member Western San Bernardino Valley Bar Association 2013 – present
Attorney Member California Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 2012 – present
Attorney Member Long Beach Bar Association 2011 – present
Attorney Member South Bay Bar Association 2008 – present
Attorney Member California Public Defenders Association 1990 – present
Attorney Member State Bar of California 1988 – present
Attorney Member Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) 1988 – present
Regular Member California DUI Lawyers Association present

Awards and Recognitions

Recognition Granting Organization Year
Top 100 Trial Lawyers National Trial Lawyers 2014
Admitted to Practice United States Central Court, Central District of California 2013

Speaking Engagements

Presentation Title Conference Year
Veterans and Veterans' Families Step Together for Success 2013

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