Ms. Méndez is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law by The Florida Bar. She joined the Office of the City Attorney in 2004 as the municipal prosecutor. She rose up the ranks as a Supervisor and then Deputy City Attorney. She primarily focused her practice in the areas of land use, zoning, platting, building, code enforcement, eminent domain, utilities, elections, and related litigation. Ms. Méndez was also the Recruitment & Internship Coordinator for the Office for several years. Prior to joining the Office, Ms. Méndez was a Prosecutor with the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office for over three years. She prosecuted misdemeanors to life felonies.
Ms. Méndez is an American Bar Foundation and Florida Bar Foundation Fellow. She is a Trustee for the Miami-Dade County Law Library, the University of Miami School of Law, and Our Lady of Lourdes Academy High School. Ms. Méndez is a member of The Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Section's Executive Council and serves on the Miami-Dade County League of Cities Attorneys' Council. She is the Government Relations Co-Chair for the Dade County Bar Association and a founding committee member of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy. Ms. Méndez is a Past President of the Cuban American Bar Foundation and a Past President of the Cuban American Bar Association, the largest minority voluntary bar association in Florida. She is also a former Board Member of the League of Prosecutors and the CABA ProBono Project. Ms. Méndez is also a past CABA Delegate to The Florida Bar in 2011 and to the American Bar Association in 2013. She has been named a Top Government Attorney in Florida Trend's Legal Elite every year since 2008 and in South Florida Legal Guide 2010 through 2012. She has been named one of the Daily Business Review's Top 20 South Florida Women for Legal Achievement, recognized by the University of Miami as a Distinguished Alumni, named an Achiever and listed in the Book of Leader's by Miami Today, and named to Leadership Florida Class XXXV.
Ms. Méndez graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Miami. She also graduated from the University of Miami as an English and Political Science Double Major with General Honors. Ms. Méndez enjoys municipal law and being a public servant. She has published in the areas of utilities and procurement law and speaks regularly on municipal law.
Education: Juris Doctorate (1999), University of Miami School of Law;
Master of Public Administration (1999), University of Miami;
Bachelor of Arts (1995), University of Miami.