Charles R. Mendez is an experienced trial attorney who specializes in the area of medical malpractice. He represents individuals who have been injured while receiving medical care, and he has assisted in securing several multi-million-dollar outcomes for his clients. Prior to joining Burg Simpson, Mr. Mendez practiced in the human services division of the Denver City Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Mendez is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Mendez was a member of the National Trial Team, a student attorney in the civil litigation clinic, and clerked for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. Mr. Mendez is a frequent lecturer and writer. He was the recipient of the Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing, presented by Justice Ginsburg at the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also the winner of the 2014 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition, administered by Notre Dame Law School.
Charles Mendez has been selected by Colorado Super Lawyers as a Rising Star every year since 2018 and was named as one of Colorado’s Outstanding Young Lawyers in 5280 Magazine’s Top Attorneys issue. For 2021, Best Lawyers of America recognized Charles as a “One to Watch”, a prestigious award that is given to up and coming young attorneys. Charles is a member of the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI) Young Professionals Committee and wrote and published a chapter in the Colorado Civil Claims, Battery. He is also on the Legislative Committee for CTLA.
Selected to Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch", 2021
Winner, Notre Dame Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition 2014
Winner, American Inns of Court, Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing 2014
Regional Finalist, American Association for Justice National Trial Tournament 2013
Faculty Fellow, Sturm College of Law (SCOL) 2014
Colorado Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2018-2020
Top Attorneys: Colorado's Outstanding Young Lawyers 2019
J.D., 2014, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
B.A., 2010, Westmont College, Santa Barbara CA
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA)
Colorado Judicial Institute
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Battery, in Colorado Civil Claims: Elements, Defenses, and Sample Readings (Steven C. Choquette ed., 2019)
Deflating Autonomy - 66 S. Carolina Law Review 401. 2014
Is it More Than a Dream? - 17 Legal Ethics 132. Summer 2014
CLE Presenter, “Recent Updates in Professional Malpractice Law,” Annual Tort Law Update
CLE Presenter, “Disqualification of Counsel,” February, 2017
CLE Presenter, “Client Autonomy for the Organizational Client,” Denver City Attorney’s Office, January 2015
CLE Presenter, “Client Autonomy and Professionalism,” DU Law’s Trial Advocacy Department , August 2015