Yaritza Urena-Mendez is an Associate in Stark & Stark’s Business Litigation Group. Ms. Urena-Mendez concentrates her practice in the area of federal and state civil litigation, including class actions, fraud, real estate, securities, employment, copyright/trademark, and other complex civil litigation.
Yaritza has recently become more involved with the Princeton-Blairstown Center, which is an organization that serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. She is also an active member of the Dominican and Hispanic Bar Associations.
While attending Rutgers Law School, Yaritza served as the Managing Editor for the International Law & Human Rights Journal. She was a Teaching Fellow for the Minority Student Program, a member of the International Human Rights Clinic, the LGBTQ Legal Outreach and Education Clinic, a member of the Association of Latin American Law Students and the LGBTQ Caucus, and a member of the Minority Student Program. She was the recipient of the Whitman Family Scholarship, and was an Hon. Charles J. Walsh Scholar.
Immediately prior to joining Stark & Stark, Ms. Urena-Mendez was a law clerk for the Hon. Hany A. Mawla, J.A.D., New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. In that position, Ms. Urena‑Mendez performed legal research and prepared comprehensive memoranda for the Court on a broad range of civil and criminal appeals before the Court. During law school, she was also a clerk for a solo practitioner specializing in personal injury cases. Ms. Urena-Mendez previously interned for the Hon. Siobhan A. Teare, J.S.C., at the New Jersey Superior Court, Criminal Division, where she observed trial proceedings and assisted with drafting judicial opinions. Additionally, she served as a Stark & Stark Summer Associate in 2020.
Ms. Urena-Mendez is fluent in Spanish.