Mario D. Mendoza

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Mario D. Mendoza


Mario Mendoza's law practice focuses on assisting applicants for professional licenses as well as practitioners facing professional licensing complaints. He has helped numerous professionals navigate licensing disciplinary and regulatory processes, including: nurses, physicians, counselors, real estate professionals, lawyers, and insurance sales professionals.

In addition, Mario is highly skilled in handling estate and probate litigation, such as will contests and claims of wrongdoing by a beneficiary or a fiduciary. As such, Mario has been recognized by his peers in Best Lawyers in America in Litigation - Trusts and Estates.

Mario assists clients with an array of business legal matters as well, including business planning and entity formation, business contracts and negotiations, real estate transactions (commercial and residential), government relations, and legal disputes requiring litigation. 

A fluent Spanish speaker and writer, Mario is a Shareholder, a member of the firm's Board of Directors, and leader of the firm's Bilingual Legal Services Group. Prior to joining Murphy Desmond, Mario served as an Assistant to the Mayor of the City of Madison for eight years, where he helped manage agencies totalling over 800 people. His responsibilties included planning, zoning,Tax Incremental Financing (TIFs) and public safety. He also represented the City of Madison in its intergovernmental relations efforts with the State of Wisconsin and other local governments throughout Wisconsin. Prior to his work with the City of Madison, Mario argued a medical malpractice case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Since 2005, Mendoza has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Law School in the Lawyering Skills Program, and he oversees the firm's law Clerk Diversity Program. He works with clients in the firm's Madison, Janesville, and Dodgeville law offices.

  • Wisconsin, 1996
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1996, J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1993, B.A. Major: Psychology
  • English
  • Spanish
Awards & Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Trusts and Estates (2024)
  • Sí Se Puede 2017: The 29 Most Powerful Latinos in Wisconsin, Madison365, 2017
  • In Business Magazine 40 Under 40 (list of emerging leaders in the Madison area), 2007
  • In Business Magazine Executive Register (list of top executives in Madison area), 2006 - 2010
  • Featured in University of Wisconsin Law School LEO Alumni Success Stories; 1999 & 2006
  • Iron Cross Honorary Society, 1991
Associations and Memberships
  • United Way of Dane County Foundation, Trustee/Board Member (2017)
  • Rotary Club of Madison, Board Member, 2016-2018
  • Rotary Club of Madison, Chair of Manfred E. Swarsenky Humanitarian Service Award, 2016
  • American Inns of Court, 1997 - 1999, Member
  • City of Madison, Wisconsin Police & Fire Commission, 1997 - 2001, Commissioner
  • United Way of Dane County Rosenberry Society, 2002 - 2006, Council Member
  • YWCA Madison, 2005 - 2007, Board of Directors
  • Centro Hispano of Dane County, 2003 - 2007, Board of Directors
  • African American/Black Business Association, 2004 - 2007, Steering Committee Member
  • In Business Magazine Advisory Board, 2006, Member
  • Room Tax Oversight Committee, 2008, Chair
  • Downtown Hotel Feasibility Study Committee, 2008, Chair
  • Downtown Business Improvement District Board of Directors, 2006 - 2007, Ex-officio Member
  • Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Advisory Council Member (Past)
  • Latino Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (Past)
Published Works
  • "Navigating the Hazards of Collecting Amounts Due," Business First, November 3, 1998
  • "Five Ways to Stay Out of Trouble When Collecting From Consumers," Business Matters Magazine, December 1998
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • "Licensing Problems: Handling Probation, Suspensions, Revocations and More", National Business Institute, webcast for seminar entitled "Representing Physicians: A Guide For Attorneys" (July 2018)
  • "Licensing Boards and Professional Discipline - A Primer on Selected Professional and Licensing Boards", State Bar of Wisconsin Administrative & Local Government Law Section, Seminars and Webcasts (October & November 2016)
  • Gimme My Money! Debt Collection Tips. Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, April 1999; and statewide series, June 1999.
  • Acoso en el Empleo. Spanish language presentation on workplace harassment, given at The Bruce Co., Middleton, Wis., April 2001.
  • Disciplinary Hearings Before Police and Fire Commissions. Presentation given at "The Role of Police and Fire Commission" seminar by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Professional and Applied Studies, July 2001.