From the gritty streets of Brooklyn, Steven J. Mandel worked through law school as a professional comedian, performing in front of literally thousands of people, in the most prestigious comedy clubs and resorts in the tri-state area. He credits this experience in making him a successful trial attorney, since both arenas require the lawyer/performer to be fully prepared, persuasive & able to relate to an “audience”. In recognition of his comedic skills, Steve was accepted as a member of the esteemed Friars Club.
Steve now regularly “performs” as a legal analyst on TV, sharing his wealth of knowledge and legal expertise in a totally engaging way. All of the major New York newspapers and many national magazines have quoted him extensively in a number of “high profile” cases.
Steve went to Adelphi University on a baseball scholarship. Although he received an invitation to try out for the Toronto Blue Jays, he decided his competitive spirit would best be served by becoming a lawyer. Steve graduated, in the top of his class, with a Doctor of Law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 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 in both legal ability and ethical standards”.
Steve Mandel is honored to have been selected by his peers to serve as a co-chair of the New York County Lawyer’s Association’s Matrimonial Law Section. A true legal scholar, Steve serves as 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.
A proud member of the Board of Directors & Chief Legal Counsel for Ed Randall’s Fans for the Cure for Prostate Cancer Awareness, Steve has also provided extensive legal counsel and assistance to the Multiple Sclerosis Society since 1987. In recognition of his efforts, the New York City Chapter of the MS Society honored him with a special award, on the field, before a New York Mets game 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 country.
With all he’s accomplished over the years, Steve still measures his success by the thoughtful “thank you cards” he receives from his grateful clients. He’s been described as "the Picasso of the legal profession” because of his proven ability to keenly assess each client's individual situation and tailor an approach best suited to achieve a successful result for them. For this reason, he has succeeded in what other lawyers might describe as "the un-winnable case". Perhaps this is why, according to Martindale-Hubbell, Steven J. Mandel has enjoyed a “profile rating” of #89 out of 100,331 lawyers in New York State, and #1,275 out of 1,692,898 nationwide, placing him in the top 99.92 percentile!