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Charles Mendez

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Charles R. Mendez has devoted his career to representing victims of sexual abuse and medical malpractice, and he has helped secure millions of dollars for his clients. Since 2018, he has been selected each year by Colorado Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and has additionally been awarded “Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers each year since 2021. Charles is a frequent lecturer and has published several articles, including a chapter in Colorado Civil Claims practice guide. He received the American Inns of Court, Warren E. Burger Prize for writing, which was presented by the late Justice Ginsburg at the Supreme Court of the United States. He was the winner of the 2014 Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition, administered by Notre Dame Law School. One of his recent articles was cited by the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

Charles attended the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he served as a faculty fellow following his graduation. During law school, he was an award-winning member of the National Trial Team, a student attorney for the law school’s clinic, and a clerk for the Colorado Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.

Among other associations, Charles is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, where he serves as an editor for Trial Talk, and is he is on the Young Professionals Committee of the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI).

Awards & Achievements

  • Winner, 2014 Notre Dame Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition  
  • Winner, 2014 American Inns of Court, Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing, presented by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court  
  • Selected to Best Lawyers, Ones to Watch, 2021-present 
  • Selected to National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 under 40 
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2018-present 
  • Regional Finalist, American Association for Justice National Trial Tournament, Seattle, March 2013
  • Most Professional TeamLone Star Mock Trial Tournament, San Antonio, October 2012 


  • CLE Presenter, Recent Updates in Professional Malpractice Law, Annual Tort Law Update 
  • CLE Presenter, Disqualification of Counsel, Colorado Bar Association CLE, February 2017
  • CLE Presenter, Client Autonomy for Organizational Clients, Denver City Attorney’s Office, January 2015
  • CLE Presenter, Client Autonomy and Professionalism, Trial Advocacy Department, University of Denver,  February 2015 


  • A Medical & Legal Preview of Cranial Compression Ischemic Encephalopathy (CCIE), AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group, February 2021 
  • The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Colorado Collateral Source Rule, 94 DENV. L. REV. ONLINE 1  (2017) 
  • Deflating Autonomy, 66 SOUTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 401 (2014)
  • Is it More Than a Dream?, 17 LEGAL ETHICS 132 (Summer 2014) (reviewing Robert K. Vischer,  Martin Luther King Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice: Lessons in Love and Justice
  • University of Denver, Sturn College of Law University Denver, CO 2014
  • American Association for Justice
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Colorado Judicial Institute, Young Professionals Committee


Hundred of Millions of Dollars Recovered for Our Clients
  • University of Michigan/Dr. Robert Anderson Sexual Abuse $490 Million

    $490 million settlement on behalf of more than 1000 men sexually abused by Dr. Robert Anderson. The largest known sexual abuse settlement on behalf of male victims in the history of the United States. Parker Stinar was a member of both the Executive Committee and Negotiating Committee which secured this landmark settlement.

  • USA Gymnastics/USOPC Larry Nasser Sexual Abuse $380 Million

    We represented multiple survivors in the case against USA Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the sexual abuse by Larry Nassar resulting in a $380M settlement.

  • Birth Injury Involving Misuse of Drug to Induce Labor $70 Million

    $70 million arbitration award, the largest known medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. history. David S Woodruff handled this birth injury case involving an HMO labor/delivery unit that misused Cytotec, a drug used to induce labor.

  • Settlement for Individuals Injured by a Defective Product $23 Million

    Settlement for group of individuals injured by a defective product. Dan was a member of a national team of lawyers who helped secure this settlement. The largest single settlement in the country was paid to Dan’s individual client.

  • Largest Medical Malpractice Settlement in Colorado $22.3 Million

    $22.3 million medical malpractice settlement. In 2016 David Woodruff obtained the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado.

  • Medical Malpractice Verdict for Victim of Paralysis $15 Million

    A jury handed down a $15 million verdict to a man who was paralyzed from the chest down just hours after a doctor at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs discharged him. It’s the largest sum ever awarded in a medical malpractice suit in Colorado.

  • Drunk Driving Accident Resulting in Rollover Collision $8.91 Million

    Rollover collision – Steve Wahlberg represented the driver of a vehicle struck by a drunk driver. The Court entered judgment of $4,455,000 including 1.5 million in physical impairment, $4,455,000 in punitive damages.

  • Commercial Vehicle Accident Resulting in Catastrophic Injury $8 Million

    An attorney from our firm served as lead counsel in a contested liability accident involving a commercial vehicle. Our client was catastrophically injured and he successfully negotiated a $8,000,000 settlement on her behalf.

  • Birth Injury Verdict Involving a Misplaced Device $7.2 Million

    $7 million medical malpractice jury verdict. David Woodruff handled this birth injury case, which culminated in a 2-week jury trial in Colorado Springs. The case involved a physician who misplaced a “vacuum extraction device” while delivering the infant.

  • The Largest Personal Injury Verdict in Colorado in 2016 $6 Million

    Steve Wahlberg received the largest personal injury verdict in Colorado in 2016. They represented a pedestrian who was run over by a bus. The jury awarded the fourth largest verdict in Colorado History for permanent physical impairment.

Client testimonials

Hear What Clients Have to Say About Attorney Charles Mendez
  • Parker Stinar’s astonishing ability to place his clients first changed my family’s life.

    “Parker Stinar is astonishingly patient, thorough, and has the ability to communicate in laymen’s terms, putting things in terms I could understand. He always maintained a positive attitude, even in times I felt discouraged and lost.”

    - Brian M.
  • I put my TRUST in Dan Sloane.

    “Dan Sloane is very professional and impressed me during negotiations with his clever strategies. He sincerely cares and seeks justice. Dan knows what he's doing and won our case for us.”

    - Julie D.
  • David Woodruff and his team worked long and hard for my settlement.

    “David Woodruff and his team worked long and hard for my settlement. They were able to get more than I expected. I would highly recommend them.”

    - Heather N.
  • He was supportive, caring, and obviously legally astute.

    “Michael Nimmo took my case that a dozen other lawyers rejected. He was incredibly thorough backing up everything with my doctors. He was supportive, caring, and obviously legally astute. He won the case and the award helped me to transition to retirement b”

    - Patty M.
  • Went above and beyond in their empathetic approach.

    “Throughout the entire process, Stephen Wahlberg and his staff were professional, timely, and went above and beyond in their empathetic approach to the family and diligence and confidence in pursuing the case. I highly recommend him to anyone.”

    - Catrina A.
  • Dan Sloane of Denver Trial Lawyer was always there and helped guide me step by step through the process.

    “Dan Sloane of Denver Trial Lawyer was always there and helped guide me step by step through the process. He made the case easier for me to understand. I recommend him highly! Very trustworthy!”

    - Esther G.