Attorney Licensee Profile
Paula Carol Mendell #134981
License Status: Inactive
Address: 14828 De La Valle Pl, Del Mar, CA 92014-4256
County: San Diego County
Phone Number: Not Available
Fax Number: Not Available
Law School: California Western SOL; San Diego CA
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June 22, 2003
PAULA CAROL MENDELL [#134981], 50, of Del Mar was suspended for 90 days, stayed, placed on one year of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect June 22, 2003.Mendell practiced law while she was inactive and by misrepresenting her status, she committed acts of moral turpitude.Voluntarily inactive since 1998, Mendell corresponded with a prison inmate in Missouri using stationary that indicated she was an active attorney. She also represented that she was an attorney in phone conversations or voicemails with three Missouri prosecutors who she told she was handling the inmate's appeal and needed the police report.A check written for the police report was drawn on an account listing Mendell as a lawyer, and she represented herself as a "lawyer friend" when she visited the inmate.In mitigation, Mendell is a widow who took over her late husband's business and ended her law practice in 1998. She became romantically involved with the individual in Missouri, who was in an acrimonious divorce and wound up in jail for allegedly assaulting his wife while he was on probation for a DUI.Mendell acknowledged she used poor judgment in her efforts to help her friend. A single mother of two children, she is a volunteer in their school activities.
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