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Stephen A. Mendel

Estate planning Attorney at Houston, TX

4.6   11 reviews

also known as Steve Mendel


Licensed for 35 years

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About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    25%
    Contract review, drafting, negotiation, and commercial business advice.

    35 years

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Last Wills & Testaments; revocable living trusts; irrevocable life insurance trusts; grandchildren trusts; education trusts; chartible trusts; family limited partnerships.

    27 years

  3. Litigation
    25%
    Probate & trust disputes; commercial, contract, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty disputes; construction; consumer, employment; energy; insurance; mediation, arbitration, personal injury.

    35 years

  4. Probate
    25%
    Probate Last Wills & Testaments; probate intestate (no Will) estates; judicial determinations of heirships; affidavits of heirships.

    27 years

About Stephen A. Mendel

Stephen A. Mendel founded The Mendel Law Firm, L.P. ("MLF") on March 1, 1995. MLF is based in Houston, Texas, and has devoted itself over the past twenty-four (24) years to providing clients with the best in estate and trust planning; asset protection; business counseling; contract review, preparation, and negotiation; commercial real estate; probate, trust, and commercial litigation; and arbitration and mediation advice, counseling, and representation.

MLF emphasizes a strong, close relationship with its clients. Some of the client relationships are short term, in that MLF concentrates on and helps the client achieve a specific goal related to a single transaction. Most of the client relationships, however, are on-going because the clients have a continuing need for quality legal services. Furthermore, many of MLF’s current clients date back to the firm’s inception. Regardless of whether a client’s needs are short-term or on-going, MLF does everything possible in its role as attorneys to transform a client’s goals into positive results.

 

Professional Experience

Before he formed his own law firm, Mr. Mendel worked two years as a briefing attorney for a U.S. District Court judge in the Southern District of Texas, and worked in the Houston office of a nationally recognized law firm that employed more than 600 attorneys. Thereafter, he worked in a small boutique litigation firm that primarily handled civil and commercial litigation, and he co-authored two continuing legal education articles.

Before he became an attorney, Mr. Mendel practiced commercial and residential architecture. He also served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Houston’s central campus, where he taught construction related courses, and was voted teacher of the year by his students.

Mr. Mendel is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987.

Education

Mr. Mendel graduated with high honors from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, and received recognition as a College Scholar. He received his Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude. During law school, Mr. Mendel served as the Executive Editor of the Law Journal, published an article entitled Negligent Infliction of Mental Distress Upon a Bystander in Texas, and received numerous awards and recognition for his academic and writing achievements.

Personal Interests

Steve and his family live in Houston, Texas. In his spare time, Steve enjoys swimming, cycling, running, and snow skiing. He is a five-time iron man.

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Licensed for 35 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1987
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact Stephen

The Mendel Law Firm, L.P.
Attorneys & Counselors
1155 Dairy Ashford, Suite 104
Houston, TX, 77079

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2013
what a consult!!!
I contacted the Mendel firm, along with several other firms, for an initial consult. I received an email back from Mr. Mendel within 2 hours of my inquiry (and still have heard nothing from the other 4 firms)! We exchanged a half a dozen emails over the next 5 days regarding concerns, questions, and guidance about my issue. He was responsive, thoughtful, helpful, and thorough...and this was just the free consult! I am highly impressed with Mr. Mendel.
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Posted by Stephen | September 8, 2011
Commitment & Passion
I have worked with two other attorneys, and neither has shown the commitment or passion of Mr. Mendel in terms of resolving my problems. I greatly appreciate everything Mr. Mendel has done for me.
Posted by kd019 | July 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service!
Mr. Mendel and his staff are very friendly, patient and very thorough.
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2019
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Preparing Will documents
Mr Mendell and his staff were very courteous and provided explanation and advice on each and every step
Posted by Howard Price | February 7, 2019
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Formation of PLLC
Steve & all the staff at the Mendel Law Firm have been great. They helped with the formation of my P.L.L.C. without the need of any effort on my part. They are very knowledgeable & efficient.
Posted by Charles V | December 11, 2018
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Very Well Done!
Very pleased with the professionalism & character of all folks at the Law Firm. They really know what they’re doing & made it easy on us as possible. Left us with a high degree of confidence & assurance.
Posted by Robin G | November 28, 2018
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Excellent Experience
Excellent experience with Mendel Law Firm. Everyone took time to explain things and answer my questions. They were very responsive and helpful. Will definitely recommend and use in the future.
Posted by EMC | November 15, 2018
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Full Service Law Firm - Exceptional in all fields
The Mendel Law Firm has represented us for 25 years & it is the best firm we’ve ever had.
Posted by Candace B | March 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Customer Service
The attorneys & staff at Mendel Law made our estate planning seamless and easy! I highly recommend them.
Posted by D S | January 4, 2018
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Satisfied and Beyond
I have had the occasion of working with several of the attorneys and employees at Mendel Law Firm. Everyone is extremely professional yet personable and caring. I am very happy that we discovered this firm and will continue to use and / or recommend at every opportunity.
Posted by Ryan | September 24, 2019
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FALSE ADVERTISER!!!
There is NO FREE CONSULTATION! I was charged $158 for the phone call and $592.50 when I met Stephen for the "free consultation". On this same day I paid a $2,000 retainer, which I was told that I'd be informed and sent invoices by email when It would be deducted from. I NEVER received a single email about it. When I tried getting my money back I was told the accounting assistant would confer with me and again I NEVER got a single email, call, or letter. Instead they sent the remainder of my money to the wrong address. It's been months now and I still have not received my refund of any amount. My family and I came to Stephen for help after losing a loved one and instead ended up giving him money for nothing.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 195-395 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-50%
  • Pro bono 1 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Mendel Law Firm, L.P.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Richard, Campbell & Oathout, L.L.P.
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP Attorneys At Law
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Briefing Attorney
  • U.S. District Court
  • 1987 - 1989
  • Faculty Member
  • University of Houston, College of Technology
  • 1981 - 1987
  • Associate
  • Alex Brailas Associates
  • 1978 - 1981
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Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Texas System, Austin
  • B. Arch
  • 1977
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 36 Hrs./Year Estate Planning & Taxation Coursework
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • $4.5 Million Dollar Verdict
  • Jury found for the plaintiff/physician and awarded $4.5 million

Associations

  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 1997 - Present
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
  • Registered Interior Designer
  • 1994 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Houston Association of Realtors
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
  • Registered Architect
  • 1982 - Present
  • National Council Architectural Registration Boards
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Texas Real Estate Commission
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • 1979 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyers for the People
  • H Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top Lawyers for the People
  • H Magazine
  • 2009
  • Fellow
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2008
  • Who's Who in the South & Southwest
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 1987
  • Who's Who Among American Law Students
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 1987
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Negotiation & Settlement
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1986
  • Teacher of Year in Construction Technology
  • University of Houston
  • 1985
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Professional Responsibility
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1985
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Publications

  • Eagle Publishing Company of BOCA
  • Guiding Those Left Behind
  • 2006
  • Unknown
  • Total Wealth Management
  • 2004
  • Quantum Press LLC
  • Love, Money & Control
  • 2002
  • Quantum Press LLC
  • Strictly Business
  • 2002
  • Unknown
  • Recent Decisions in Admiralty Law
  • 1993
  • Unknown
  • Recent Court Decisions in Admiralty Law
  • 1991
  • Unknown
  • Negligent Infliction of Mental Distress Upon A Bystander In Texas
  • 1985
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Speaking Engagements

  • Wheatstone Investing, Retirement, & Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Legal Issues for Texas Architects & Landscape Architects
  • Texas Rules of Professional Conduct
  • 2009
  • Practicing Architecture in Texas
  • Texas Rules of Professional Conduct
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Steve is an excellent lawyer with an expansive understanding of multiple areas of the law, especially in estate planning, probate, and elder law. Steve always strives to provide the best legal assistance to his clients to ensure preservation of their legacies. For these reasons, I endorse Steve Mendel."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer. I have known Stephen Mendel for over 20 years. He is a colleague of mine in the estate planning arena. We are both members of an Estate Planning Attorney association. Steve is smart, an excellent attorney, customer-service focused, and works hard for his clients. Steve has the upmost respect of his colleagues in our association. I would strongly recommend Steve to any person requiring estate planning services."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Steve through our affiliation with a national organization of estate planning attorneys that fosters professional excellence. Steve is a compassionate and knowledgeable estate planning attorney. He cares about his clients and makes complicated estate planning concepts easy to understand. I endorse him as an exceptional estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Other
"Stephen is one of the most accomplished attorneys with whom I am acquainted in the country. His abilities extend to all aspects of the law, but I am most acquainted with his estate planning, tax and estate administration practice. I would recommend Steve without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Without hesitation, I endorse Steve Mendel. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and is knowledgeable on a wide range of topics ranging from estate planning to litigation to real estate. Even more impressive is the reputation he has rightfully earned as a respected leader and teacher. He takes the time to educate not only his clients but his staff and fellow colleagues. I personally value not only his legal experience and expertise, but also the time he has devoted to instilling in others the skills to be not just better attorneys, but better people."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because he is the best estate planning lawyer I know. When it came time for me to have a revocable living trust created for my aging father, I asked Steve Mendel to do it because I knew he would get it right the first time. Of equal importance is that he has great integrity and I know I can always trust his word. I recommend him without any reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Stephen A. Mendel is a hard working, prepared, and intelligent lawyer. It has been my great honor to learn from Steve and his broad scope of legal, technical, practical, and personal wisdom."
Probate Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've know Steve Mendel for 14 years. We are members of an exclusive estate planning group; The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Steve's acumen in estate planning, probate, litigation and elder law is top notch. His plans are thorough and thought out. He's a no nonsense, practical lawyer and family man. His clients get the benefit of his years of experience and attention to detail. When I have a client with probate or estate issues in Texas, I always call Steve."
Probate Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Steve Mendel and the Mendel Law Firm for approximately eight years. In short, Mr. Mendel is the hardest working and most knowledgeable attorney I know. His firm has a staff of extremely capable attorneys and legal assistants under his direct supervision . During these past eight years I have worked closely with Mr. Mendel and his staff on numerous matters and find them universally dedicated to furnishing the highest level of legal services to his clients. Mr. Mendel and his firm have a wide range of expertise in the law including corporate matters, estate and trust planning, probate and trust litigation, real estate, and commercial litigation."
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