Amanda B. Mendenhall

Associate

Amanda Mendenhall is a real estate professional and a member of the firm’s Criminal Defense Practice Group. Her practice focuses on complex white collar criminal matters and the defense of real estate licensees facing investigative or enforcement actions at the Utah Division of Real Estate. She provides consultation services to real estate brokers and agents to ensure their compliance with state statutes, administrative rules, ethical obligations, and industry standards. She is a particularly strong advocate for real estate agents or brokers who face civil lawsuits or Professional Standards hearings at their real estate boards that arise from alleged unprofessional conduct.

Amanda has been a Realtor® for over 15 years and a licensed broker since 2005. She became a recognized leader during the foreclosure crisis and continues to be an active member of the Utah Association of Realtors and the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. Her extensive real estate industry knowledge is invaluable when working with real estate agents and brokers, appraisers, and mortgage professionals – whether defending an agency action, criminal charges, or allegations of unethical conduct for her clients.

Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in real estate contracts, language, and financial transactions to her litigation practice. This gives her a matchless ability to examine evidence and understand individual cases. In addition, Amanda counsels private attorneys as a trial expert/case consultant. She brings a unique perspective to trial work and has a proven ability to select a pro-client jury.

Education

  • J.D., University of Utah S.J. Quinney, College of Law, 2015
  • B.A., University of Utah, Political Science, 2009

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Utah State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • Speaker, Policing Our Industry, Utah Association of Realtors Convention, 2018.
  • Short Sale Panelist, Utah Association of Realtors Convention, 2011.
    • Spoke to Realtors on how to successfully and legally negotiate a short sale with third party lien holders.
  • Legal Panelist, Utah Association of Realtors Convention, 2017
    • Presented a Utah State communications fraud case that was brought against a Realtor that was, by real estate industry standards, unfairly prosecuted and resulted in a criminal conviction.
  • Legal Panelist, Utah Association of Realtors Convention, 2018
    • Invited to present on any current and relevant conduct prevalent in the real estate industry that could potentially result in criminal prosecution or licensing action.
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Utah Association of Realtors
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Salt Lake Board of Realtors
  • Utah Association of Realtors Forms Committee (Chair) – The committee is tasked with drafting and approving the contract forms and addenda used in real estate transactions, including the forms approved by the Division of Real Estate.
  • Utah Association of Realtors Legislative Committee – This committee is tasked with reviewing proposed legislation that may affect real estate professionals or private property rights. Amanda has testified during the legislative session on many bills on behalf of the Utah Association of Realtors. She also meets with individual legislators to discuss proposed legislation.
  • Utah Association of Realtors and Salt Lake Board of Realtors Professional Standards Committees – The Professional Standards Committees conduct informal hearings when a Realtor has been accused of violating the National Association of Realtor’s Code of Ethics. The hearing panel is tasked rendering a decision after weighing the evidence and testimony presented by the parties. Amanda has sat on countless hearing panels over the course of the last six years, and has occasionally conducted a hearing as the chair.
  • Utah Division of Real Estate Licensed Continuing Education Instructor
  • State of Utah v. Marc Sessions Jensen, acquitted
  • USA v. Jeremy Johnson, et. al., represented Scott Leavitt, acquitted
  • USA v. Ammon Bundy, et. al., represented Ammon Bundy, acquitted
  • USA v. Claud Koerber, mistrial (hung jury)

Amanda loves traveling, board games and University of Utah football. She has a son attending college in Hawaii, andrnanother who will be a senior in high school. Amanda’s favorite place in the whole world is mat side.