Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. says attorney Jessica M. Mendez has been chosen as a member of the 2019 class of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, a leadership training and professional development program designed to foster diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Taking place June 23 to 25 in Denver, the CBLA is a joint initiative of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Commission on Disability Rights, Hispanic National Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, National Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association, and National Native American Bar Association. CBLA participants network with leaders from national bar associations, receive leadership training from leading experts in the field, and develop the skills necessary to successfully lead local and national organizations.
“We congratulate Jessica for being selected to participate in the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy,” said Greensfelder Chief Executive Officer Timothy R. Thornton. “We are thrilled about this opportunity for Jessica to continue her progression as a leader for diversity and inclusion at our firm and in the larger legal profession.”
Mendez is a leader in the local and national Hispanic legal communities, currently serving as the deputy vice president of programs for the Hispanic National Bar Association and formerly serving as president of the Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis. She also serves as general counsel for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Of counsel and a member of Greensfelder’s Intellectual Property practice group, Mendez helps businesses maintain, enforce and defend their trademarks and other intellectual property including copyrights, domain names, and other associated rights. She assists clients of all sizes in numerous industries including manufacturing, health care, technology, and food and beverage. In addition, she has extensive litigation experience handling intellectual property disputes in courts across the country, as well as in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Part of Mendez’ practice involves helping start-up and small businesses protect their intellectual property through agreements, appropriate registrations, and practical policies and procedures. She is a member of Greensfelder’s team that operates an office in the Cortex Innovation Community, a thriving innovation hub and technology district in St. Louis.
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., founded in 1895, is a full-service law firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Belleville.