Jaye Mendros

Jaye Mendros

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Oklahoma City, OK

Mendros & Stout
 | 1305 N. Shartel Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405-605-8639
Fax: 405-605-8640
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Greek
    Attorney Profile

    Jaye Mendros graduated in 1994 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in the Top 10% of her class. In addition to her caseload in private practice, which focuses solely on criminal defense, Ms. Mendros began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 2013. Her skills course, "Representing the Criminally Accused," is taught each Fall semester. Ms. Mendros began her career clerking at the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, then worked at the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office (general felony division), and the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (Innocence Project and Capital Trial Unit).  She has been in private practice since 2002, devoting her energy to criminal and constitutional law. Ms. Mendros has been successful in defending Murder cases both at jury trial and on appeal, and also consults on cold murder cases to assist victims' families secure accuracy, justice and some closure in the suspicious and/or wrongful deaths of their loved ones.  She has been an outspoken critic of the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office on behalf of several families battling with this Agency. She worked with the Oklahoma State legislature and the Governor's legal staff to draft The Chanda Turner Reform Act, which passed both the Senate and the House floors unanimously in 2011. This law gave Oklahoma families a means to appeal and correct erroneous death certificates.  Ms. Mendros was also Oklahoma's "tattoo lawyer" in 2006, when she was instrumental in overturning the ban against tattooing on 1st and 14th Amendment grounds.  Ms. Mendros has also successfully represented Oklahoma County District Judges on appeal in Writs filed against their rulings by the prosecution. For more information on Ms. Mendros, go to www.jayemendros.com.

    About Jaye Mendros

    Admitted: 1994, Oklahoma

    Professional Webpage: http://www.jayemendros.com/about.html


    • Michael Salem Civil Rights Award, William Grimes Civil Libertarian Award, Note Editor of Oklahoma Law Review (1993-94), Madison's Who's Who of Business and Professional Executives (2006-07).

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member: National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association, Oklahoma Bar Association.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Youth Girls Basketball Coach (various Okc Metro leagues)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author: Morgan v. Illinois Takes a Step Out of Eliminating Hanging Juries in Capital Cases: Oklahoma Law Review (1994).


    • October 1996: First Degree Murder ACQUITTAL (State v. Wauqua; CF-95-7096).  February 1996: ACQUITTAL in Second Degree Burglarly case (State v. Tecumseh; CF-94-8699).  September 2001: Life After Death Verdict in Retrial of Death Penalty Murder Case (State v. Childress).  May 2006: Dismissal of all criminal cases pending against Oklahoma County Tattoo Artists.  May 2007: Awarded Permanent Injunction against State enforcement of unconstitutional tattoo regulations (CJ-07-988).  May 2007 secured REVERSAL FOR NEW TRIAL in Manslaughter case (White v. State; F-05-110).  June 2008 AQUITTAL in First Degree Murder case (Oklahoma County CF-07-1542).  October 2008 secured REVERSAL FOR NEW TRIAL on appeal in Second Degree Murder case (Morphew v. State; F-2007-201).  October 2008 successfully defended the Honorable Jerry D. Bass on appeal against State's challenge to Court's ruling (State v. Bass; PR-2008-575); June 2010 successfully defended the vacation of a fraudulent adoption on constitutional grounds (In the Matter of the Adoption of T.C.P., A Minor Child, Case No. 107,360). May 2011: helped draft SB250, The Chanda Turner Reform Act, giving Oklahoma families a means to appeal incorrect death certificates issued by the Medical Examiner's Office; 2013: secured release from custody at a sentence modification hearing for client on an Assault with a Deadly Weapon case (Oklahoma County CF-2010-5104) & another client on drug charges (Oklahoma County CF-2010-3499); 2014: Murder charges DISMISSED against client (Oklahoma County CF-2013-6872); 2015: Straight probationary sentence won for soldier with PTSD after lenghty blind plea sentencing (Garvin County CF-2012-111 & CF-13-43); 2017: Murder charges DISMISSED against client (Oklahoma County CF-2017-6385), secured probation for Manslaughter client (Oklahoma County CF-16-5610), & at retrial after granting of post-conviction relief, client's original sentence reduced by several years (Bryan County CF-2001-459).

    Representative Clients:

    • Joe and Donna Turner, re: the wrongful death of their daughter, Chanda Turner
    • The Honorable Jerry D. Bass.
    • A Different Image Tattoo Studio; Oklahoma Association of Body Art.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • State v. Lunceford CF-2007-1542 (Acquittal of first degree murder); White v. State F-2005-110 (DUI Manslaughter conviction overturned on appeal); Garcia et al v. Oklahoma State Health Department CJ-2007-998 (successful in striking as unconstitutional unreasonable regulations imposed upon tattoo artists after legalization); Garcia et al v. Hon. Russell D. Hall, PR-2006-199 (2006) (instrumental in overturning Oklahoma's criminal ban against the art of tattooing); Twin Hills Golf and Country Club v. Town of Forrest Park, SD-102265 (2005) (client's constitutional challenge to ordinance upheld); U.S. v. Rice, 358 F.3d 1268 (10th Cir. 2004) (reversed in part on federal sentencing guidelines issue); Childress v. State, MA-2001-188; F-2001-1167 (after death sentence reversed, life-after-death sentence received at new trial); Romano v. State, 1995 OK CR 74, 909 P.2d 92.; State v. Wauqua CF-1995-7096 (Acquittal of first degree murder); State v. Tecumseh CF-1994-8699 (Acquittal of Burglary II).
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    Office Location for Jaye Mendros

    1305 N. Shartel Ave.
    Oklahoma City, OK 73103

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    Last Updated: 3/6/2019

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