Ms. Mendoza has helped obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries on behalf of defrauded investors. Some of Ms. Mendoza's more notable accomplishments include participating in a full jury trial and achieving a rare securities fraud verdict against the company's CEO in In re Clarent Corporations Securities Litigation. She also conducted extensive fact and expert discovery, full motion practice and completed substantial trial preparation in In re Electronic Data Systems, Inc. Securities Litigation, resulting in settlement just prior to trial for $137.5 million; one of the larger settlements in non-restatement cases since the passage of the PSLRA. Ms. Mendoza also advocates for employee rights, and previously sought to end racial steering through her prosecution of a race discrimination class action lawsuit filed against Bank of America. Ms. Mendoza also handles many of the firm's settlement matters, including matters involving mortgage-backed securities.
Ms. Mendoza co-authored various articles which have been cited in federal court opinions (including "Dura Pharm., Inc. v. Broudo-The Least of All Evils," 1505 PLI/Corp. 272, 274 (Sept. 2005) and "Dura-Bull: Myths of Loss Causation," 1557 PLI/Corp. 339 (Sept. 2006). She was also a panel speaker at the Securities Litigation & Enforcement Institute 2007, Practicing Legal Institute (San Francisco, October 2007). In addition to her practice, Ms. Mendoza is a member of Rotary International (South Salem, Oregon Chapter), and previously served as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association's Children At Risk committee, a committee that works with schools and children's organizations and coordinates literacy and enrichment programs that rely on attorney volunteers.
Ms. Mendoza served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Michael R. Hogan of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon for three years where she received the Distinguished Service Recognition. While serving as Managing Editor for the Oregon Law Review, Ms. Mendoza authored "Rooney v. Kulungoski, Limiting The Principle of Separation of Powers?"
Before joining BLB&G, Ms. Mendoza represented both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial and employment litigation, practicing in both Hawaii and California. Ms. Mendoza is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Oregon and the State Bar of Hawaii (inactive).