OBITUARY

Michelle Annette Mendez

November 15, 1961April 25, 2014

Michelle Annette Mendez

Born November 15, 1961 in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Michelle passed away April 25, 2014, in Dallas, Texas from complications of a sudden illness. Michelle lived life to the fullest and will be dearly missed by her family, close friends, colleagues in the legal community, and the many people whose lives she touched.

Michelle is survived by the true joys of her life, her loving husband of 26 years, Luis R. Atiles, M.D., and their two daughters, Amelia Nicole and Elena Marie. She is also survived by her brothers Robert A. Mendez Jr. and wife Donna Jean (Clarksburg, WV), Richard D. Mendez and wife Janet (Mount Clare, WV), sisters Diane Schlegel and husband Don (Orlando, FL), and Marie Mendez and husband David Herman (Vine Grove, KY).

She is preceded in death by her mother, Eulaene K. Mendez, her father, Robert A. Mendez, Sr., and a brother, David A. Mendez.

Michelle had a true passion for life. She was a devoted wife and mother and was dedicated to her many charities, including, among others, St. Monica Catholic School, North Dallas Shared Ministries, Sammons Center for the Arts, and Ursuline Academy. Of the numerous activities at St. Monica to which Michelle devoted her energies, she is perhaps best known for her love, and leadership, of the PTO Autumnfest.

For more than 25 years, Michelle practiced law as a commercial bankruptcy and litigation attorney, most recently as a partner with Conley, Rosenberg, Mendez & Brenneise, LLP. Michelle was the 2013-2014 chair of the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section. She also has chaired the Research Fellows of the Center for American and International Law and is a long-standing member of the President’s Research Council of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She was a Dallas Bar Foundation Fellow and recipient of the Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award from the State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Law Section and an American Inns of Court, John C. Ford Inn, Master.

During her distinguished legal career Michelle was an active participant in numerous professional associations, including:

American Bankruptcy Association; State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Law Section, Chair and Treasurer; Dallas Bar Association, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Chair; Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts; Turnaround Management Association; International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation; Women’s Finance Exchange; and, The Center for American and International Research Fellow and Chair.

Prior to becoming a partner at Conley, Rosenberg, Mendez & Brenneise, LLP., Michelle practiced law in the Dallas offices of Hunton & Williams LLP, Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., Greenberg Traurig, and as a partner with Bell Nunnally &Martin LLP. She joined Hutcheson & Grundy LLP as an associate upon graduation from The George Washington University Law School.

Michelle attended Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and graduated magna cum laude as a Mary Katharine Babb Randolph Memorial Scholar from The University of Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Michelle A. Mendez St. Monica School Scholarship Fund, 9933 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas, 75220.

Please join the family for a Toast & Tribute to Michelle, 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Monday, May 12, 2014, Pavilion West at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave. Dallas, Texas 75201.

Services

  • Memorial Rosary Sunday, April 27, 2014
  • Memorial Mass Monday, April 28, 2014
  • Toast & Tribute to Michelle Monday, May 12, 2014
REMEMBERING

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May 29, 2014

I was shocked to hear about Michele death. I'm a former colleague of Luis and I know how close knit the family was. I know Luis is strong and he will do all he can to support and comfort his daughters.
Sincerely,
Annita Bens

Maurisa Arena

May 6, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Donald Schlegel

May 1, 2014

I will surely miss my sister- in- law, may she rest in peace.

Peter Kaufman

April 30, 2014

This is an unspeakable tragedy. This one won't easily be gotten over. warm and sincere condolences to Michell's family, and the many friends and colleagues who, like me, adored her. Rest in well-deserved peace.

Regina Sabatelli-Morris

April 30, 2014

Michelle was a childhood friend from Clarksburg and we spent many Saturday's delivering eggs together. It saddens me that her life was cut so short. She was truly one of the "good eggs" in my life. Everything she touched was golden and with true compassion. She is an inspiration to all of us. Prayers to her family and daughters.

Pat Durrwachter

April 30, 2014

Michelle and I worked together at various law firms for over 21 years. She may have started out as my boss but she became my friend and I will miss her terribly.

Sabrina Streusand

April 30, 2014

Michelle was a dear friend, mentor and inspiration. She will be missed by so many and she has done so much in her community and for the state and national bar. Our prayers and hearts go out to her husband and daughters. Sabrina and Bill

Betty Bourgeois-Gordon

April 30, 2014

My love and prayers are with your dear family these days. I grieve Michelle's sudden death as do many in our Dallas community.

Byron Clark

April 29, 2014

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Roni Rierson

April 29, 2014

My thoughts and prayers go out to Michelle's family and friends during this difficult time. Michelle was such a joy to work with and always lifted my spirits. She will be missed by so many.