About Mendes Weed, LLPDriven 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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 – 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.
Walnut Creek Main Office
1990 N. California BLVd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
San Francisco Office
95 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
66 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607
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3031 Tisch Way
110 Plaza West
San Jose, CA 94607