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From the gritty streets of Brooklyn,  Steve worked his way through law school as a professional comedian, performing in front of literally thousands of people in the most prestigious comedy clubs and resorts throughout the New York tri-state area. In recognition of his talents, he was acknowledged and accepted as a member of the esteemed Friars Club. 


Steve credits his experience as a professional comedian with helping to make him a successful trial attorney. As he explains "In both fields, the lawyer/performer must be fully prepared, confident, persuasive, engaging, quick-witted and able to relate to his audience. Both arenas are truly Darwinian, where only the strongest survive." 

Steve now regularly appears as an expert legal analyst on shows such as Court TV and NBC's Celebrity Justice, and in national feature stories on Dateline NBC, CBS' 48 Hours, Geraldo, and CNN's On The Money. All the major New York newspapers have quoted him extensively as an authoritative source on various legal matters.   In addition, his legal papers have been sought out by Matthew Bender for inclusion in their form books, which serve as examples of writing excellence for other attorneys. 

Steve devotes a great deal of his time and efforts in giving back to the community. Since 1987, he has volunteered his legal skills and services to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2005, the New York City Chapter of the MS Society honored him for his efforts, with a special recognition award on the field before a New York Mets’ game at Shea Stadium. In 2006, the National MS Society inducted him into their Volunteer’s Hall of Fame, an honor reserved only for the most respected volunteers in the entire country.

Steve is also a proud member of the Board of Directors, and volunteers his services as Chief Legal Counsel for Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure; a not-for-profit organization designed to increase awareness and help fight prostate cancer. 

Steve went to Adelphi University on a baseball scholarship.  Although he received an invitation to try out for the Toronto Blue Jays, Steve decided his competitive spirit and winning attitude would best be served by becoming a tough, yet compassionate, attorney.   Always a trail blazer, Steve was a member of the first class at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, from where he graduated and received a Doctor of Law degree (J.D.) in 1979. 

In recognition of his knowledge, experience and integrity, upon the recommendation of a sitting  Judge of the New York State Supreme Court, Steve was trained and certified as an Early Neutral Evaluator to assist litigants in resolving complex legal matters prior to going to trial. 

A well-respected "Super Lawyer"; acknowledged as a “Top Attorney of the Year” by the New York Times Magazine Section; and a Family Law Practitioner of the Year for 2014 as seen in New York Magazine, Steve Mandel was invited to serve as a faculty member of the prestigious New York College of Matrimonial Trial Attorneys, where he prepares and teaches continuing legal education programs on trial practice and family law for other lawyers throughout New York State.  He is also the proud recipient of a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating of “AV Preeminent”, the “highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards” as recognized by his peers and members of the judiciary, as well as a perfect “10.0” rating from AVVO, representing “the highest possible recognition for legal experience, peer recognition and client satisfaction";  and his “profile rating” in October 2014, was #110 out of 89,473 lawyers in New York State and #937 out of 1,537,898 in the entire country, placing him in the top 99.94 percentile of attorneys nationwide!

Steve believes that balancing solid, thorough case preparation with an innovative, flexible approach brings the greatest opportunity for success. In fact, he’s been described as "the Picasso of the legal profession,” because his special creativity is a proven factor in obtaining major settlements and in overcoming obstacles to courtroom victory. As he says with a smile, "If a lawyer only knows the law, the legislature can repeal everything he knows."  Steve has a proven ability to keenly assess each client's individual situation, and tailor an approach best suited to a successful outcome. For this reason, he has succeeded with what other lawyers might describe as "the un-winnable case".


Even with all this deserved recognition, Steve Mandel still measures his success as an attorney by the number of thoughtful “thank you cards” and “hugs” he receives from his satisfied clients at the conclusion of their case.







Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Family: 25%


Payment types:

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    I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney with a great level of professionalism and experience.


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  • Maria Coffinas

    I endorse this lawyer. Steve was my adversary in a high net worth case that involved complicated financial issues and emotionally charged litigants. Steve and I were able to resolve the matter amicably and expeditiously due to his expertise and professionalism.


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Contact info

The Mandel Law Firm

370 Lexington Avenue.
Suite. 505
New York, NY, 10017


NYCurrently registered 198003/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Spirit AwardNational Multiple Sclerosis Society2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyVolunteer Hall of FameN/A
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyLegal Services Volunteer of the YearN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FacultyNew York College of Matrimonial Trial Lawyers2013 - Present
OwnerThe Mandel Law Firm1980 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York Women’s Bar Association and its Family Law CommitteeMember2013 - Present
New York College of Matrimonial Trial LawyersFaculty2013 - Present
American Society of Legal AdvocatesMember2013 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationAssociate Member2012 - Present
Westchester County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember1985 - Present
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1983 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1982 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of PennsylvaniaMember1981 - Present
United States Disrict Court for the Eastern District of New YorkMember1981 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkMember1981 - Present
New York County Lawyers' AssociationMember1981 - Present
Brooklyn Bar Association and its Family Law CommitteeMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Divorce with Child CustodyFather obtains legal and primary residential custody of 7 year old daughter.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Adelphi UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law UpdateLegal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update2013
Same Sex Estate Planning in and out of "Marriage"Same Sex Estate Planning2012
Matrimonial Law updatesMS Society2012
Same Sex Marriage in New York StateWhen is a "Marriage" not a "Marriage"? When the Federal government says it isn't!2011
Legal dayLegal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update2011
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