AVVO Review

Look No Further For An Advocate For The Little Guy.

Posted by: Shawn, an Employment client, February 2011.

Overall rating: Excellent
Trustworthy: Excellent
Responsive: Excellent
Knowledgeable: Excellent
Kept me informed: Excellent
  • I recommend Ellen Mendelson.
  • I used Ellen’s services 1-6 months ago.
  • Ellen handled my Employment / Labor matter.
  • I have previously worked with more than 10 lawyers.

Client Review:

I got my disability retirement with Ellen’s help

It’s amazing what a google search can do. Ellen represented me for my disability retirement hearing with the City and County of SF. I would’ve been lost without her. She has so much experience dealing with The City that she knew people by first name. “Oh, so-and-so? Yup, no problem.” I knew I was in good hands. Ellen is intelligent, sharp, honest, thorough, and doesn’t beat around the bush. I love that in a lawyer, especially when I’m in a vulnerable state and waited three years through the pandemic. I highly recommend Ellen, and in fact, I did.


Compassionate advocate
Compassionate advocate that helped represent our case that was dragged on for 2 years. She was able to explain the steps thoroughly and is detail-oriented. With her help, we were able to get a good deal and increase the benefits. Her fees are also reasonable.


“Attorney. Ellen Mendelson, Is definitely one of the best decision i have ever made. She’s professional, Knowledgeable, honest, dependable, and she will truly treat you with dignity & respect no matter what kind of situation/problem you’re into. Ellen, will give you 100% undivided full attention and will take her time to analyze your case and continuously communicate the progress of your situation. Ellen, will work hard to achieve the best possible outcome of your case and will give the best legal advice. Ellen, My Family couldn’t be more happier to the legal service you provided it was the best.You’re one excellent Lawyer. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. Thank you! Thank you!”

—Tony D.

“I needed representation for the disability pension hearing for the CCSF. Ellen was not only an expert attorney but had lots of experience of working with the different individuals involved in the process. She was right on point. She is personable, professional, calm, knowable and realistic. She does not make any promises but ensured you are taking the best steps to win the case. There are lots of attorneys in the Bay Area. However Ellen is definitely the most experienced and knowable dealing with county and city government. I would definitely hired her again.”

—Mario P.

“I truly appreciate being represented by Ellen Mendelson Esq. Her attention to detail and thoroughness is outstanding!”

—Doug S.

“I highly recommend Ellen Mendelson as an attorney for anyone in need at his/her complex legal issues. My situation was very complicated; I needed an attorney to assist me to resolve my issue. I was introduced to attorney Ellen Mendelson which was the best turning point in my life. Ms. Mendelson vigorously defended my case and we won!!! She is the best advocate for her clients. She is professional, realistic, optimistic, knowledgeable, experienced, and calm. She never gave up; she defended my case until we won!! She was right on point.

“The fees were reasonable and she discussed the fee upfront. I HIGHLY recommend Ellen Mendelson for complex legal issue for educational needs. I would definitely hire her again. I cannot thank her enough. Words cannot describe how miracle attorney Ellen Mendelson is.”

—S. Gina

“I highly recommend Ellen Mendelson.

“Not only is she the only attorney I have ever met that ever beat her reasonable estimate on legal cost. She also answers your call live, or calls you back in less than 4 hours. Ellen is both responsive and tenacious. She successfully defended me on a complex employment issue, winning me a successful dismissal of charges and allegations, which vindicated me.

“Ellen looks out for your personal rights and freedoms, as if you were her family. She is an expert in employment law and individual rights, and will vigorously defend your rights. If you are looking for an employment attorney representing you, look no further.”

— Shawn

“Ellen Mendelson saved my life. I was entangled with a very difficult legal issue concerning my status in a professional partnership. When I went to see her, I was distressed and was not sure how to proceed. She was not only very professional but was extremely friendly and sympathetic. She listened to my report of the case, analyzed my situation, did research to look for the outcome of other similar cases and very quickly came up with a solution. She then wrote a very strong and clear letter stating the favorable outcome of similar previous cases that had been reported. That letter helped resolve the issue right away. She was able to rapidly solve a very difficult case, smoothly, and for a very reasonable fee. I think she is fantastic and I owe her a lot.”

— Vern

“Thank you for your recent and continuing Participation in KALW’s “Your Legal Rights.” As you know, the Bar Association of San Francisco sponsors this show because of its public service focus. Without the commitment of attorneys such as yourself, this program would not be possible and many Bay Area residents would simply not have direct access to sound legal advice.

“We appreciate your valuable assistance to the Bar Association’s public service programs and look forward to providing you with more referrals in the future.”

— Carolyn

“Thank you for referring attorney Ellen Mendelson. She brought our case to a very successful conclusion and was extremely professional throughout the entire matter. She kept us informed of every detail making sure that we completely understood the legal process. She also guided us through the difficult process of making decisions about the handling and direction of our case. It was a pleasure working with Ellen and we will do so again should we need to retain counsel.”

— Nancy

“Ellen Mendelson Esq. is the first attorney that I required the services of. She was very professional, but at the same time personable. In my time of great need, I found that this first experience of mine with the legal process was both positive and hopeful.

“My company has been a client of Law Office of Ellen Mendelson, PC since early in 2002.

“Not only has Ms. Mendelson been a strong advocate for our needs as a client, she has consistently been very specific in regards to the letter, and the spirit, of the law.”

— Ayeeye (online post)

“Ms. Mendelson has been my attorney for over 22 months on a very contentious employment related matter. She has gone beyond the call the of duty on my case, working extreme hours and fighting for me beyond what I have paid her.”

— M. Browne