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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.


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

In terms of community service, Mr. Mendel coached youth basketball in West Houston. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, snow skiing, half-marathons, a little bit of fishing, among other activities.


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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 25%
    21 years
  2. Contracts: 25%
    29 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    21 years
  4. Litigation: 20%
    29 years
  5. Real Estate: 5%
    24 years



Hourly ($195-395/hour), contingent (33-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (1%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Mendel Law Firm, L.P.

Attorneys & Counselors
1155 Dairy Ashford, Suite 104
Houston, TX, 77079


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198707/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Magazine2010
Top Lawyers for the PeopleH Magazine2009
FellowAmerican Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys2008
Who's Who in the South & SouthwestWho's Who Legal1987
Who's Who Among American Law StudentsWho's Who Legal1987
American Jurisprudence Award, Negotiation & SettlementAmerican Jurisprudence1986
Teacher of Year in Construction TechnologyUniversity of Houston1985
American Jurisprudence Award, Professional ResponsibilityAmerican Jurisprudence1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Mendel Law Firm, L.P.1995 - Present
Associate AttorneyRichard, Campbell & Oathout, L.L.P.1991 - 1995
Associate AttorneyFulbright & Jaworski, LLP Attorneys At Law1989 - 1991
Briefing AttorneyU.S. District Court1987 - 1989
Faculty MemberUniversity of Houston, College of Technology1981 - 1987
AssociateAlex Brailas Associates1978 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysFellow1997 - Present
Texas Board of Architectural ExaminersRegistered Interior Designer1994 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1987 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1987 - Present
Houston Association of RealtorsMember1985 - Present
Texas Board of Architectural ExaminersRegistered Architect1982 - Present
National Council Architectural Registration BoardsMember1980 - Present
Texas Real Estate CommissionLicensed Real Estate Broker1979 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
$4.5 Million Dollar VerdictJury found for the plaintiff/physician and awarded $4.5 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownGuiding Those Left Behind2006
UnknownTotal Wealth Management2004
UnknownLove, Money & Control2002
UnknownStrictly Business2002
UnknownRecent Decisions in Admiralty Law1993
UnknownRecent Court Decisions in Admiralty Law1991
UnknownNegligent Infliction of Mental Distress Upon A Bystander In Texas1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of Texas System, AustinArchitectureB. Arch1977
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysN/A36 Hrs./Year Estate Planning & Taxation CourseworkN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wheatstone Investing, Retirement, & Estate PlanningEstate Planning2011
Legal Issues for Texas Architects & Landscape ArchitectsTexas Rules of Professional Conduct2009
Practicing Architecture in TexasTexas Rules of Professional Conduct2008