Ms. Méndez is the City Attorney for the City of Miami since 2013 and is the first Miami born female City Attorney. She is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government 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 land use, zoning, platting, building, code enforcement, eminent domain, utilities and election law and the litigation thereof. 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 a Trustee for the University of Miami School of Law Alumni Association and a Member of the Executive Committee of the City, County, and Local Government Section of the Florida Bar. She is an American Bar Foundation and Florida Bar Foundation Fellow, and also a founding committee member of the Florida Bar Leadership Academy. She is a Trustee for the Miami-Dade County Law Library and on the Steering Committee for the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. Ms. Méndez is the Government Relations Co-Chair for the Dade County Bar Association and a committee member of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities Attorney’s Council. She is a Past President of the Cuban American Bar Foundation and of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), the largest minority voluntary bar association in Florida. She is also a former Board Member of the League of Prosecutors and the CABA Pro-Bono Project. Ms. Méndez is a past CABA Delegate to The Florida Bar and to the American Bar Association. She has been named a Top Government Attorney in Florida Trend's Legal Elite every year since 2008 and in South Florida Legal Guide. 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 the Miami Today, and named to Leadership Florida Class XXXV. She regularly speaks on local government topics and mentors young women through her role as City Attorney and as a School Trustee and Past President of the Alumna Board at her all female high-school, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy.
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 is happily married and has two wonderful boys.
Juris Doctorate (1999), University of Miami School of Law;
Master of Public Administration (1999), University of Miami;
Bachelor of Arts (1995), University of Miami.