About Mendes Weed, LLP

Driven by a shared passion to help individuals, families, and businesses, Mendes Weed, LLP assists clients as business, tax, trust, and family law attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Partners

Christina Weed, Walnut Creek Attorney

Christina Weed – Partner

Christina’s determination and knowledge make her a strong advocate for her clients and she aggressively defends their rights. She helps her clients better understand the law and ensure that it is being best applied to their situation.

Christina is a licensed attorney with an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy. She serves as Chair of the Tax Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and is also a member of the Estate Planning Council Diablo Valley and the Tri-Valley Estate Planning Council. Christina has also written, or been featured in, several publications.

In 2018, Christina became one of the first lawyers to argue a case in front of California’s Office of Tax Appeals. Mendes Weed, LLP is one of only a handful of law firms to have gone before the OTA because the OTA has only been hearing cases since January of 2018.

Christina has been designated a Certified Specialist in Taxation by the State Bar of California.

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Lisa J. Mendes – Partner

Lisa is also known for her aggressive defense of her clients as well as her knowledge of the law and how it pertains to their situation. She advocates for the rights and well-being of her clients and that of their children and the elderly. She has a reputation for being a very fair negotiator and communicator with other lawyers and judges, which streamlines and expedites the process.

Lisa acts with compassion and understanding while detailing in great depth the reality of the legal process and true expectations of the court process. She hopes that by being open and honest and communicative, her clients can move past this often difficult and emotional process efficiently to live the life they were meant to lead.

Lisa is a licensed attorney, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She has litigated multiple bench and jury trials in civil and criminal court for the Mendes Weed law firm. Lisa is an active member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA), specifically in the Family Law, Women’s, Tax, and Estate Planning Sections. Lisa has written multiple articles for the Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine. She is a member of the Robert G. McGrath Inn of Court. Lisa advocates for proposed legislation and new laws as a member of the Contra Costa County Delegation of the California Conference of Bar Associations.

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Associates

Monica Nemec

Monica Nemec – Associate

Monica has over three years of experience working in family law. Monica has gained experience in this field by working with several family law practitioners in the Bay Area, practicing in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties. Prior to starting at Mendes Weed, Monica worked as the Director of National Policy in Washington, D.C. for one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit behavioral health providers. Monica is interested in mental health and how those issues intertwine with family law and other areas of law.

Born to two Czech parents, Monica speaks Czech fluently. Monica received an International Baccalaureate for her studies in French in 2000. Her multilingual and multicultural background enables her to identify with people and families from various backgrounds. Monica earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and received her Juris doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2013. Monica also holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Vanderbilt University.

Isabel Klopchic – Associate

Marie Isabel Klopchic-Walters, or simply  “Isabel” was born in Madrid, Spain, where she learned Spanish and emigrated to Canada when she was young.  She attended English/French bilingual schools and completed two years of study at the University of Toronto.  Always a romantic, she fell for an American, married him, and immigrated to the USA, settling in Contra Costa County.
Isabel immediately set out to work and her first job she landed was with a Contra Costa County personal injury law firm which ignited her interest in law.  She continued in the private sector working for firms specializing in Bankruptcy, Civil and Probate and completed Paralegal Studies at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in English from California State University – Hayward, and still while working, graduated from John F. Kennedy University, School of Law.  During her last two years of law school, she interned for the Solano County District Attorney’s Office; and, as a certified intern, worked for and argued cases for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.  She passed the February 1999 bar and was licensed to practice law in California in June 1999.
As a licensed attorney, Isabel practiced law in the private sector in Contra Costa, specializing in Bankruptcy, Civil, Criminal, Probate, and Family Law where she learned the ropes in all those areas.  During this time, Isabel was honored to sit as Pro Tem in Dept 61 of Contra Costa County Superior Court, and was Court-appointed Counsel for Conservatees and Certified Minors Counsel for many years.
In 2004 she moved to South Lake Tahoe hoping to balance a love for skiing and practicing law.  She opened her own practice primarily in the areas of law Bankruptcy, Civil, Probate and Family Law.
In 2006 Isabel was selected as Solano Counties’ first Assistant Facilitator, which launched her 13-year tenure with the Superior Courts.  While with the Courts Isabel completed certificate studies at Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and also graduated from Child Support Attorney College.  She ultimately retired from government service as Facilitator and Managing Attorney for combined Butte, Lake, Glenn, and Tehama Counties.  Thereafter she returned to private practice where she has argued cases in almost all of Northern California tribunals.  She is also certified to practice in both Eastern and Northern Districts.
Isabel has a strong belief in fairness and will strongly pursue fair results for her clients, but also believes in the mediation resolution approach.  She hopes to use her many years of experience representing clients of Mendes Weed LLP.
On a personal basis, Isabel and her husband raised five successful sons who live across the United States.  They like to travel both to see their sons, especially their first grandbaby, and worldwide destinations.  Besides travel, Isabel loves to cook, garden, and is an avid knitter.

Samantha Pruett – Associate

After graduating from Utah Valley University in Marketing and Business, Samantha worked in bankruptcy law as a paralegal before going to law school.

In 2016, Samantha began her journey at Western State College of Law. In her time there, she was involved in Law Review and served as its Editor in Chief. She also participated in a study abroad program, where she studied international and European law in Madrid, Spain. During her last year, Samantha externed at the Court of Appeals in Santa Ana and assisted in many cases.

In 2019, Samantha graduated from Western State with honors and worked in bankruptcy until prior to joining Mendes Weed.

Samantha is licensed in both California and Utah and is an active member of the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA). Samantha is very passionate about the law and very dedicated to her clients. She enjoys new challenges and learning new things. In her spare time, she loves to read and travel.

Office Management and Legal Administration

Jessica Rodriguez

Jessica Rodriguez – Office Manager / Paralegal

Jessica Rodriguez is an experienced paralegal in the areas of family law,
tax law, and trusts/estates.  Jessica developed a passion for the legal field after serving as a Fellowship Team Leader with AmeriCorp where she assisted the Family Law Facilitator’s Office in San Mateo County. Jessica has assisted self-represented litigants with completing their judicial forms, declaration, and translations. Jessica also lead English and Spanish divorce workshops for over 2 years.

Prior to joining the firm in 2018, Jessica worked in the aviation industry for over 12 years in various roles gaining customer service, management, and leadership skills.

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree from the San Jose State University in San Jose, California and earned her Paralegal Certificate from California State University, East Bay. Jessica has been a Notary Public for the State of California.

Michelle Hernandez

Michelle Hernandez – Legal Assistant

Michelle Hernandez is an experienced legal assistant in civil litigation. Prior to joining Mendes Weed, LLP, Michelle worked at a law firm in San Francisco, where she assisted 3 attorneys. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, East Bay in Criminal Justice.  Michelle is passionate about assisting and developing positive relationships with clients.

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Walnut Creek Main Office

1990 N. California BLVd.
Suite 1020
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 390-3222

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95 Third Street
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San Francisco, CA 94103

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Oakland, CA 94607

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