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Steven Jay Mandel

Divorce and separation Attorney at New York, NY

4.8   19 reviews

also known as Steve Mandel


Licensed for 42 years

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%
    When we meet, you I will see why I was selected by my peers to be a Co-Chair of the New York County Lawyer's Association’s Matrimonial Section and was chosen as “One of the Bad-Ass Divorce Lawyer’s You Wouldn't Want to See Representing Your Spouse”.

    42 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Child custody
    25%
    Child Custody matters are the most difficult and nuanced cases that exist. Every lawyer may know the law; but you need a lawyer who knows how to make the law work, for YOU. People come to me when losing for them is not an option. You should too.

    42 years, 500 cases

  3. Family
    25%
    My role as a Family Law Attorney is to help clients keep their lives together while their marriages are falling apart. While this may be your first Family Law case, I assure you, it is not mine as my track record proves.

    42 years, 1,000 cases

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Steven J. Mandel, a co-chair of the New York County Lawyer's Association’s Matrimonial Section, was chosen as “One of the Bad-Ass Divorce Lawyer’s You Wouldn’t Want to See Representing Your Spouse” for good reason. He successfully created the firm that bears his name in 1980, based upon the motto of J.P. Morgan who said, “I don’t want a lawyer to tell me what I can’t do. I hire him to tell me how to do what I want to do.”

From the gritty streets of Brooklyn, Steve worked his way through law school as a professional comedian. Steve credits this experience 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 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 trailblazer, Steve was a member of the first class at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, from where he graduated in the top of his class, with a Doctor of Law degree (J.D.) in 1979.

Recognized as a “Top 100 Lawyer in the United States” by the American Society of Legal Advocates; a “Top Attorney of the Year” by the New York Times Magazine Section; a “Family Law Practitioner of the Year” by New York Magazine; a “Legal Leader” and one of “New York’s Top Rated Lawyers” by ALM; a consummate “Super Lawyer", Steven J. Mandel also received a perfect “10” rating from AVVO for “peer recognition & client satisfaction" and Martindale-Hubbell awarded him their prestigious “AV Preeminent” rating, which is the “highest possible award in both legal ability and ethical standards”.

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 divorce matters prior to going to trial and serves as a member of the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association, which assists in the selection of Judges to the bench.

A true legal scholar, Steve is a faculty member of the New York College of Matrimonial Trial Attorneys and, as such, teaches continuing legal education programs at bar associations and law schools throughout New York State. He has also co-authored “Strategies for Family Law in New York”, which was published by Thompson Reuters and is available on Amazon.

Steve proudly serves on the Advisory Board of the esteemed American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators. In this capacity, he provides information, and conducts seminars for members of the bar, and Judges, to help them better understand the nuances of complex financial matters that may arise in ultra-high net worth divorces.

Steve believes that balancing solid and thorough case preparation, with an innovative and flexible approach, brings the greatest opportunity for success. In fact, he has 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 in what other lawyers might describe as "the un-winnable case".

This all explains why his Martindale-Hubbell “profile rating” 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!

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.

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, and 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.

This lifetime of achievements explains why people have come to see Steven J. Mandel and The Mandel Law Firm for almost 40 years, when losing for them is not an option.         You should too.

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Licensed for 42 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1980
Updated 11/17/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Steven

The Mandel Law Firm
370 Lexington Avenue.
Suite. 505
New York, NY, 10017

Reviews

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Posted by Catherine | February 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My divorce
The lawyers at Mandel Law firm were very helpful and knowledgeable on everything I asked. I felt confident that everything was going to be ok. It was a difficult divorce and I really appreciate everything they did.
Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Awesome
Great man most importantly, wonderful attorney. Listens analyzes and invited me back with out charging for additional consultation.
Posted by Kris | August 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best!
I reached out to the Mandel Law Firm in desperation and they were amazing. As hard as it is to get divorced, Steve infused humor and true caring. I felt well taken care of throughout the whole process and had no doubt that I was getting very competent legal counsel. Steve Mandel is a wonderful human being . Thank you!
Posted by Susan | April 2, 2013
ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING ATTORNEY AND LEGAL FIRM !
I hired Steve Mandel and his firm to handle a very complicated interstate and international situation for me. From the very start they were kind and compassionate BEYOND MEASURE. The entire team. From his wife to his partners I was treated like family. I ended up working mostly with Karen and this woman saved my sanity while she went to work FIGHTING for me and the safety of my children. I feel like this firm saved both my children and also myself. They return calls IMMEDIATELY, they answer every question you have, they bill honestly, they talk to you like you are a human and not just a client. I truly can not say enough good things about this firm and their manner in doing business. YOU ARE IN THE BEST HANDS with this firm ! There is NO better.
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Posted by Arthur | December 12, 2012
Very Confident, Dependable and Ethical Lawyer with Huge Knowledge and Expierence
I found Mr. Mandel very ethical attorney who was not only representing my case but actively helping during most difficult time of my life. He was exploring all the possible options without aggravating the opposing party, reaching there several times trying to calm the case down. I was even adviced by him how to avoid unnecessary expenses. He was able to deliever much better results than I was expecting. He is very professional and able to aggressively fight for his client if needed. I was very lucky to have him on my case from very beginning. Thank You, Again.
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Posted by Jeanette | September 13, 2012
Terrific attorney that delivers!!
Steve is as honorable as he is a great attorney. When fighting for you, he is confident, thorough and delivers results.  Out of the courtroom, he is genuinely a compassionate and thoughtful person, who is whole-heartedly on your side.  I wish we had hired him sooner!
Posted by Dawne | September 11, 2012
Review of Steven Jay Mandel
Steven Mandel and his law firm have helped me and my family with several different matters. His firm was there at the beginning of my relationship with a pre-nup and then with immigration for my husband, and has supported me emotionally and practically with the thoughts of my divorce. They are professional and knowledgable in all areas.
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Posted by Jenevieve | September 10, 2012
"all ways and always"
It is with great enthusiasm that I can say without a doubt that Steve Mandel is one of the finest people anyone can ever be lucky enough to have as their attorney. It’s not just his calm reassuring professionalism—it’s his contagious winning attitude. When I first met Steve, I was in the depths of despair feeling scared and vulnerable, but from my very first contact, Steve Mandel made me feel that he was there for me. With all of the thousands of lawyers in New York you will find no one as special, indeed as inspirational as Steve Mandel. I quickly developed a confident winning attitude and it hasn’t left me since. There’s just something about knowing that someone this special is in your corner that keeps you inspired long after your case has been won. His reputation for truth, reliability, and knowledge can not be overstated or surpassed and I am proud to recommend Steve Mandel and his team of professionals, he sincerely means it when he says he is “there for you all ways and always.”
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Posted by Vincent | September 10, 2012
Sensible and Sincere
I have been using The Mandel Law Firm for 3+ years. I have come to know several of the lawyers and staff and interacted with many directly with more than satisfactory results. Steve's broad experience in the legal sense and moreover his sense of what I need to think about and not think about is delivered in a frank and caring manner. Their expertise may be centered on Family Law but beyond that, I've found them more than compitent.
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Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
You know I'll get you through this!
Posted by Patricia | September 8, 2012
KNOWLEDGEABLE, TRUSTWORTHY, ETHICAL, FAIR. WILL HANDLE YOUR CASE EXPEDITIOUSLY
When I needed someone to help me with my Will, I was referred to Steven Mandel. He helped me with that, charged me a reasonable fee and gained my confidence because I felt he was intelligent and knowledgeable. More than that however, he seemed to be a good Human Being - which is hard to say about many attorneys. Since that first meeting, Mr. Mandel helped me with several other important matters, including successfully representing me in a very difficult and upsetting Age Discrimination lawsuit which I was forced to file against my employer of many years. Through every matter that Mr. Mandel has handled for me, he has acted only with my best interest in mind. As I say in the title of this review, I found him to be completely trustworthy, ethical, fair, extremely intelligent and very knowledgeable of the law. Additionally Mr. Mandel has handled all of my cases in a very expeditious manner, unlike many attorneys who will drag things out for whatever reason they may have to do so. I would recommend The Mandel Law Firm to anyone who is seeking an excellent and honest attorney.
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Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
Send my love to your wonderful family!
Posted by Warren | September 8, 2012
Warren Weideman, televiison Producer
I have worked with Steven and his law firm for many years..he is the best lawyer I have ever worked with over the years...and a top notch person as well. Would recommend him to anyone looking for a good lawyer and law ferm and person. Warren Weideman
Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
It's so nice when a client becomes a friend!
Posted by Lee | September 7, 2012
Excellent Family Law Attorney
Steve Mandel is a well respected family law attorney. His excellent and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of family law has not only helped me, but I have referred many people to him - all of whom were very pleased with his services. He is professional and listens to his clients needs (problems) and discusses all alternatives and possible outcomes available. In court he quickly assesses the issues at hand and aggressively fights for his clients. I highly recommend Steve Mandel not only for family law (divorce, custody, etc), but for any legal matter you have.
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Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
Hope all is well with you and yours!
Posted by Ronald | September 7, 2012
One of the most outstanding attorney's
It is rare to find a friend let alone an attorney with such warmth compassion, honesty and knowledge as Mr. Mandel. As to knowledge, few attorneys can attest to winning in the Supreme Court. I met Mr. Mandel many years ago on a professional level ,and have considered him a friend I can always call ever since. He is truly a gift in men. As well as a superior attorney.
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Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
I miss you!
Posted by Ricardo | September 7, 2012
Mandel for the win
Steven Mandel doesn't tell you what to do, he makes what you want to do possible. The Mandel team guided me through a difficult family litigation and the outcome was in my favor while retaining dignity and integrity. I highly recommend his firm.
Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
I'd love to hear how everything is going in all aspects of your life.
Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2012
You get what you pay for.
I had what I thought was a simple divorce. I met with Steve Mandel and was immediately impressed. He seemed to know exactly what to do and I loved his office. But I thought that since my husband and I agreed on most things I could use a cheaper lawyer. I was soooo wrong. It became a disaster and the lawyer I had clearly was not up to the task and was billing me for work that didn’t need to be done. After 6 months of this, I swallowed my pride and went back to Steve. He made me feel comfortable and set out a plan after asking him to give me a WISH list, WANT list and NEED list. Since Steve knew exactly what he was doing and was so efficient with his time, it probably cost me less than I would have spent had I stayed with the other lawyer. And Steve uncovered “hidden assets” so I got more than I ever imagined I would have. The bottom line is that he even though Steve may charge more per hour than some bargain lawyers out there, he’ll get you great results for no more money in the end.
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Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
You deserve EVERYTHING I was able to get for you.
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2012
What the legal profession should be all about!
The best decision I ever made when deciding to divorce was hiring Steve Mandel as my attorney. I felt that Steve was there for me 24/7. His expert guidance, reassuring nature, thorough knowledge of the law (and even bad jokes) was exactly what I needed to win custody of my children and keep me sane in the process I will always be in your debt. THANK YOU, Steve for EVERYTHING!
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Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
What do you mean "bad jokes"?!? ;)
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2012
Great Divorce Lawyer
I worked with Steven on a dual jurisdictional marital issue. He's very patient and knowledgeable. His work is diligent and time. He's very fair. I recommend him highly.
Response from Steven Mandel September 12, 2012
Your case certainly was a challenge. I'm just happy that "justice" and we prevailed ;)
Posted by Heym | April 29, 2010
Great, professional, honest attorney
Had a painful lawsuit against my former employer. Mr. Mandel handled my case efficiently and professionally, while also giving me the feeling that he cares about his clients as human beings not just a paycheck. Settled my case for me entirely to my satisfaction. I would recommend this firm to anyone looking for a lawyer who is both knowledgeable and a kind person.
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Response from Steven Mandel January 16, 2019
We did GREAT, because we worked together as a TEAM. So, you get half the credit! ;) Steve Mandel
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2014
Worst Attorney!
I came to this firm thinking my problems would be taken seriously, instead I was given an incompetent lawyer who dodge 80% of every call that I made to the firm. I eventually had enough and fired Steven and his firm. I would not recommend Steven to any of my friends and family. That would be an injustice to them.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Faculty
  • New York College of Matrimonial Trial Lawyers
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Mandel Law Firm
  • 1980 - Present

Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • Adelphi University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Divorce with Child Custody
  • Father obtains legal and primary residential custody of 7 year old daughter.

Associations

  • New York College of Matrimonial Trial Lawyers
  • Faculty
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York Women’s Bar Association and its Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Associate Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1982 - Present
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • United States Disrict Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Brooklyn Bar Association and its Family Law Committee
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Spirit Award
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Legal Services Volunteer of the Year
  • N/A
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Volunteer Hall of Fame
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2013
  • Same Sex Estate Planning in and out of "Marriage"
  • Same Sex Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Matrimonial Law updates
  • MS Society
  • 2012
  • Same Sex Marriage in New York State
  • When is a "Marriage" not a "Marriage"? When the Federal government says it isn't!
  • 2011
  • Legal day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2011
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2010
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2009
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2008
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2007
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2006
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2005
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2004
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2003
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2002
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2001
  • Legal Day
  • Legal Issues in Matrimonial Law Update
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (22)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Smart, focused and caring attorney. Dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve is a great attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney with a great level of professionalism and experience."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Steve has as much knowledge and experience in matrimonial law then any other attorney I have met. I have learned a tremendous amount working with him, watching him as he takes the most difficult case and break it down to the relevant issues, winning for his clients in any and every way possible under the law. Heartbroken stressed out clients will take relief in understanding what they are in for and that they are in good hands."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"After calling other New York attorneys, this was the first law office to have an immediate answer to my question. The answer was thorough, professional and thoughtful."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steven Mandel is passiionate, intelligent and caring attorney. He is a pleasure to work with even if he is opping counsel. His style is a breath of fresh air. He is knowlegeable and dedicated and can achieve great results with class and dignity."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure as serving as a mediator on several cases with Steven Mandel. He is a consumate professional and advocate for his clients. His legal accumen, combined with his common sense approach as a strong negotiator with exceptional interpersonal skills make him a pleasure to work with."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I strongly endorse Steve Mandel. He has a combination of skills rare in our community: knowledge of the law, effective advocacy, and civility. Any client would be in excellent hands. If I ever get in trouble, I'd call Steve in a second."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked on the opposite side of a couple of different divorces with Steve. At all times, he was a formidable opponent fighting fiercely for his client but also willing and able to strike a harmonious resolution to the case when appropriate. I have always been thoroughly impressed with Steve and if I needed to hire a divorce lawyer, I would hire Steve. He is in the upper echelon of attorneys in the area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Recently, Steven and I were opposing counsel in a contested divorce action that settled after many months of litigation. Throughout the entire case, Steven proved himself to be a consummate professional. While fighting hard on behalf of his client, Steven nevertheless behaved toward me, as his adversary, with respect. Not only were Steven's papers well-drafted, it was obvious that he knows his way around a courtroom."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Steve as a friend and attorney for 17 years. If you are looking for someone who is a scholar on the law, and yet has the kind of compassion and understanding few other possess in the legal profession, then Steve is who you are looking for."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I consulted with Steven on an matrimonial matter and was very impressed with his knowledge, skill, dedication and judgment. He is a fine lawyer, very responsive to all inquiries and I highly recommend his services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steven Mandel was my adversary on an emotionally charged high net worth divorce action. Although he was, without a doubt, a tenacious advocate for his client's interests: both in the Courtroom, in written submissions and at the negotiating table - I found him to be very professional, knowledgeable of the law and hard working. His office staff was responsive and although there were times we went "head to head" very hard against each other during the case he was always a courteous adversary. I would recommend him to anyone seeking an ethical, skilled and diligent advocate in a divorce or other family law matter."
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