Joseph P. Mendes

Focus | Civil Litigation

Joseph P. Mendes is Shareholder in the Boston office of Boyle Shaughnessy Law. His practice concentrates on civil litigation, with a focus on construction accidents, premises liability, professional negligence, commercial transportation accidents, motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, catastrophic injury and products liability.  Joseph’s experience includes the state and appellate courts in Massachusetts and Maine, as well as the federal courts in both jurisdictions.

Joseph is a Maine native and dual-citizen in Canada.  He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law, where he was Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board and recipient of the Advanced Trial Advocacy Award and Upper Level Writing Award.  He also was the national finalist at the National Sports Law Moot Court Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed a 2-year internship at a small criminal defense firm in Portland, Maine.

Prior to joining the firm, Joseph worked for a litigation defense firm handling complex products and premises liability disputes, as well as general negligence, G.L. c. 93A claims, and construction accidents. He has successfully obtained defense verdicts, favorable dispositive motion, and obtained satisfactory results through alternative dispute resolution.

Joseph previously served as a judicial law clerk in Seattle, Washington from 2014 to 2015.  He remains a longtime USA Hockey referee, officiating local levels through NCAA Division III in the Greater Boston area.  He also serves as a volunteer attorney-coach for high school mock trial programs with the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Joseph received his B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and was a founding member of the University’s first-ever and currently active mock trial program in 2007.

He currently resides in Marlborough, Massachusetts with his wife, Colleen, and their dog, Hooper.

Joseph can be reached by email at



  • University of Maine School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst, B.A., magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • State of Maine
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Maine


  • Maine State Bar Association

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