Menke & Menke, LLP

Menke & Menke, LLP

Experienced Trial Lawyers in Irvine Protecting Clients Throughout Southern California

Firm Overview

Finding creative business resolutions to disputes without going to trial
Menke & Menke, LLP is a civil litigation law firm in Irvine, California founded with the paramount objective of providing individuals and businesses with the highest possible level of quality legal services at reasonable and cost-effective rates. We protect your interests in all state, federal and appellate courts.

The father-and-son legal team of Dennis V. Menke and James Dennis Menke have more than 75 combined years of legal experience and skill. Dennis V. Menke has tried hundreds of cases in courts and jury trials, achieving more than a 90 percent success rate. James Dennis Menke also has tried cases in courts and jury trials, including a multi-million-dollar jury verdict. Both partners have earned the respect of clients and peers in Southern California: Dennis V. Menke is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available, for legal abilities and adherence to ethical standards.

Delivering legal solutions that matter to you and your business
Menke & Menke, LLP is always ready to protect your interests at all stages of the litigation process, including civil discovery, law and motion practice, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, jury trials, bench trials and civil appeals. Even with our more than 75 combined years of trial experience, we strive to find creative business resolutions to disputes without going to trial.

We tailor our services to each client's specific situation, no matter how complex. Then we formulate fruitful, productive legal strategies to meet your needs. Clients benefit from our emphasis on open communication, quick response times, utilization of the most-advanced computer technologies and constant attention to detail.

Menke & Menke, LLP brings our legal proficiency, cost-effective billing structures, pragmatic judgment and ethical approach to assisting clients in the following matters:
Civil litigation When legal disputes disrupt your business, we zealously advocate on your behalf in litigation and mediation. We are experienced at handling real property, business and insurance disputes.
Land use and zoning We represent your interests in administrative hearings; zoning board appeals; and cases before municipal, state and federal courts.
Insurance defense We handle first-party claims and litigation for major insurance companies and a variety of tort litigation for their insureds. We also defend insurance companies against workers compensation claims.

Successfully serving clients in California
Menke & Menke, LLP represents individuals and businesses statewide and throughout Irvine, Orange County and Southern California.

Trial lawyers in Irvine resolving disputes in and out of California courtrooms
For assistance in resolving any civil dispute in or out of the courtroom, call Menke & Menke, LLP at 949-223-7280 or contact us online today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Main Office

Main Office
625 The City Drive South, Suite 190
Orange CA 92868


(949) 386-2460


(949) 386-2474


Civil Litigation Attorneys Get Results for Clients Throughout California

Resolves disputes for businesses and individuals
When legal disputes disrupt your business or personal life, having a committed, knowledgeable attorney to zealously advocate on your behalf brings comfort and peace of mind. Menke & Menke, LLP represents Irvine businesses, families, and individuals in litigation, arbitration, and mediation. We can help you with all types of general civil litigation in state and federal courts, including:
Business litigation
Breach of contracts
Real Property
Insurance claims
Construction litigation
Consumer litigation

Put a strong, determined litigator to work for you
Menke & Menke, LLP knows that your time is valuable. That is why we stress efficiency throughout the process of resolving your disputes. We offer our clients:
Individual attention When you retain Menke & Menke, LLP, you receive the care, time and attention you deserve.
A more cost-efficient model Menke & Menke, LLP constantly seeks ways to cut your costs while maintaining the high level of legal services you expect and deserve.
Integrity Our trial attorneys provide you with straightforward, honest answers to all of your questions. We ensure that you fully understand the litigation process and what to expect as your case moves forward. Our clients rely on us to help them set realistic expectations.
A focus on success Menke & Menke, LLP always has your best interests in mind. If protracted litigation is the only solution to achieve the proper outcome, Menke & Menke, LLP is ready. If settling your case early on will achieve the best result, we will take the time to explain why we believe it is in your best interest to settle instead of engaging in lengthy litigation.

Ready for trial
Menke & Menke, LLP has the determination, tenacity and skill that are required to successfully litigate your case when litigation provides the best means of resolving your legal issues. Our professional courtroom demeanor and very careful preparation give us an edge as an assertive, strategic advocate.

Contact assertive litigation lawyers you can trust in Irvine, California
For assistance with any civil litigation matter, call Menke & Menke, LLP at 949-223-7280 or contact us online today to schedule a free initial consultation.

James Menke

Menke & Menke, LLP

Practice Areas
Civil Litigation
Real Estate
Zoning, Planning and Land Use
Real Estate Development

Admitted: 1997, California

Law School: University of San Diego, J.D.

Member: Orange County Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Business Litigation, Real Estate, Small Firm), State Bar of California

Biography: James Menke's practice focuses on all areas of civil litigation with an emphasis on the representation of business and real property clients. Mr. Menke began practicing in 1997 as an associate attorney in a reputable Costa Mesa law firm. As an associate, Mr. Menke honed his litigation skills while representing a variety of clients, including business owners, real estate brokers, shopping center owners, general and limited partners, officers of corporations, doctors and even other attorneys. Mr. Menke has participated in court trials and jury trials and appeals.

Before the formation of Menke & Menke, LLP, Mr. Menke worked for a local homebuilder. His duties included dispute resolution, litigation, managing outside counsel, obtaining city general-plan and zone changes, processing tentative and final maps, preparing option and purchase agreements, acquiring easements and other property rights, coordinating with the Department of Real Estate regarding the issuance of public reports, forming entities, drafting loan documents, reviewing and securing insurance policies, negotiating with lenders and sureties, and communicating with investors.

Representative Experience
Multi-million-dollar jury verdict for distributor client on cross-complaint for fraud, conversion, interference with prospective economic advantage, breach of contract and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing against a multinational corporation and its president
Jury verdict in favor of real estate developer client sued by an investor. Pursuant to a contractual provision, attorney's fees were recovered.
Reversal on appeal of municipal court's order denying motion to set aside default judgment and to transfer the action to superior court
Favorable settlement for apartment-owner client in personal injury case by successfully cross-complaining for indemnity by a third party even after that party had been dismissed as a defendant on a statute-of-limitations defense
Tested the limits of the broker-arranged loan exemption (i.e., California Constitution Article XV 1(2) and California Civil Code 1916.1) to California's usury laws in Park Terrace Limited v. Teasdale (2002) 100 Cal.App.4th 802. This case has been cited in Miller & Starr, The Rutter Group, and Cal Jur 3d.
Recovered six-figure settlement for commercial real estate broker for commission earned even though the broker did not have a written compensation agreement with the defendants
Closed more than $100 million in acquisition and construction loans from institutional lenders, private equity "hard money" lenders and private investor syndicates.