Mercedes Z. Wheeler


(760) 344-2360

195 South Second Street
Brawley, CA 92227

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Professional Background

Mercedes Zaragoza Wheeler was raised in Holtville, California. Upon marriage to her husband, George C. Wheeler, she became a resident of Brawley, California, where she remains today.

Mrs. Wheeler joined the law firm of Horton, Knox, Carter & Foote as a Partner in 1991. A successful attorney with a longtime practice in Brawley, she has extensive experience in the areas of business, real estate, estate planning and probate law.

Prior to entering the field of law, Mrs. Wheeler worked for the Imperial Valley Farmers Association and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Mrs. Wheeler graduated from San Diego State University in 1976 with Bachelor Arts Degrees in English and Spanish. She received her juris doctorate from Western State University and was Alumna of the Year at San Diego State University.

Mrs. Wheeler is a member of the Brawley Rotary Club (the first woman Rotarian in Imperial County), Women’s Community Club of Brawley, Navy League, Imperial Valley Farm Bureau and various Chambers of Commerce. She has served as President of the Brawley Rotary Club, the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, Imperial County Bar Association, the Brawley Economic Development Commission, and the Women’s Community Club of Brawley.

Mrs. Wheeler is the widow of her beloved husband, George C. Wheeler, former Manager of the Water Department of the Imperial Irrigation District.

Very civic minded, Mrs. Wheeler is very passionate about bringing jobs and economic growth to the Imperial Valley.

Professional Experience

  • Attorney at Law, Horton, Knox, Carter & Foote, LLP, Brawley, California 1991 – Present
  • Attorney at Law, Mercedes Z. Wheeler, Attorney-at-Law, Brawley, California 1982 – 1991
  • Attorney at Law, Orville W. Sullivan, Attorney-at-Law, Brawley, California 1981 – 1982
  • Law Clerk, Orville W. Sullivan, Attorney-at-Law, Brawley, California 1979 – 1981


  • J.D., Western State University, 1980
  • B.A., San Diego State University (English Major), 1976
  • B.A., San Diego State University (Spanish Major), 1976

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Brawley Rotary Club, Past President
  • Women’s Community Club of Brawley, Inc., Past President
  • Imperial County Bar Association, Past President
  • Imperial Valley Farm Bureau
  • Navy League
  • Brawley Chamber of Commerce
  • Calexico Chamber of Commerce
  • Holtville Chamber of Commerce
  • COLAB, Coalition of Labor Agriculture & Business
  • CANHR, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
  • Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, California
  • Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California