Felipe M. Mendez

Associate, Seattle

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Phone: (206) 287-1775
Fax: (206) 287-9113
Email: fmendez AT pregodonnell.com
Vcard: vcard file

901 5th Ave., Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98164

Areas of Practice

Professional Experience

Felipe Mendez’s practice has focused on representing and defending school districts since he started his practice in 2008.  For the last five years, Felipe was Deputy General Counsel at Tacoma School District, and handled all types of issues that arise on a day to day basis, including labor and employment, federal and State regulatory compliance, student discipline, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, special education, discrimination claims, harassment, collective bargaining, investigations, hiring, and contract disputes.

Felipe has a broad base of experience and is able to provide service regarding the following legal issues:

Academic & Student Issues

  • Graduation and Credit compliance
  • McKinney-Vento compliance, nonresident appeal hearings, third-party residency matters, and inter and intra district transfer matters.
  • Special Education (citizen complaints, due process hearings, and day-to-day advice)
  • Section 504 matters
  • Student Discipline (implemented disciplinary appeals council program, represent district as part of appeal hearings including 28A.645 appeals, and day-to-day advice)
  • FERPA
  • Student Heath
  • Title IX matters
  • ASB/Athletics and HIB advice
  • Parental custody (parenting plans, TRO's, POA's)

Contracting

  • Review and analyze travel authorizations for both students and staff including risk management review and analysis
  • Review Bid requirements and participate on bid review committees.
  • Provide legal review of various District contract requests.

Labor & Employment

  • Provide support for internal investigations and discrimination complaints
  • Respond to all external State and Federal WSHRC, EEOC, and OCR discrimination complaints
  • Represent the District as part of L& I claims and investigations
  • Represent the District before PERC and OSPI
  • Represent the District before the Employment Security Department regarding unemployment claims
  • Provide day-to-day employment advice, and classified and certificated employment collective bargaining advice including grievance, mediation, and arbitration representation
  • Manage outside certificated statutory disciplinary appeal matters.

Litigation

  • Managed civil litigation matters through all phases of litigation including initial case analysis, budgeting, strategy, discovery, motion practice, and final resolution
  • Administrative: OPMA, represent Board at regularly scheduled school board meetings and other quasi-judicial board hearings, PRA litigation, Risk Management services, and representation of the District before PERC, OSPI, Employment Security, L & I, Growth Management Hearings Board, City Hearing Officers, and in Superior Court.

Education

Felipe graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2008. He was a member of the Latino/a Law Student Association, the Labor & Employment Law Association, and participated in Moot Court.

He graduated Cum Laude from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs in 2005, after he graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2003 with his bachelor’s degree from Heritage University in 2003.

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington

Professional & Community Activities

  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Member
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Diversity Committee, Member
  • Washington Leadership Institute, Fellow 2013
  • Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, Scholarship Foundation
  • Washington State Bar Association, pre-Law Student Leadership Conference
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Former Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington, Member
  • Earnest I.J. Aguilar Scholarship Committee, Former Co-Chair
  • Seattle University School of Law, Mentor Program, Mentor
  • City of Seattle, Human Rights Commission, Appeals Board, Former Member

Honors

Felipe completed an eight month leadership development program through the University of Washing and the Washing State bar Association.   He received the Dean’s Diversity Scholarship and Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship while attending Seattle University.