Madison Attorney Jeffrey A. Mandell

Jeffrey A. Mandell,

Jeff is a litigator with broad trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts. He also serves as a counselor to businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and individuals on how best to handle litigation risk and navigate administrative regulations.

For several years, Jeff has represented a defendant in a complex federal RICO case that presents novel legal, remedial, and practical issues; in that case, Jeff has been involved in five appeals to the D.C. Circuit, voluminous trial court proceedings, and several rounds of mediation. Jeff has also been heavily involved in the largest segregated-account insurance rehabilitation proceeding in Wisconsin history, which ended with a successful exit from rehabilitation. And Jeff has substantial expertise advising companies on issues involving the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law and related litigation.

More generally, Jeff represents businesses and individuals in contract disputes, property litigation, tort claims, challenges to government actions, and bankruptcy litigation.  Jeff has appeared before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and he has authored several amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to the examples above, Jeff’s extensive litigation experience includes:

  • constitutional law
  • administrative law
  • class actions
  • products liability and consumer fraud
  • trade secret misappropriation
  • patent litigation
  • the Federal Arbitration Act
  • the False Claims Act
  • auditor misconduct
  • hedge fund litigation

Prior to joining Stafford Rosenbaum, Jeff practiced in both D.C. and Chicago and served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Jeff is admitted to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Second, Sixth, and Seventh Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Northern District of Illinois, and Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, and the bankruptcy courts in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.

Jeff serves as the founding President of the Madison Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, on the editorial board for the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Journal, as a board member for the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, and on the board of directors for Madison’s Beth Israel Center.

Jeff frequently writes and speaks about the law. He posts often on Stafford Rosenbaum’s Appellate Law Blog and has been published in Wisconsin Lawyer, U.S. Law Week, and elsewhere. He contributes to several books published by the Wisconsin Bar, including as a co-author of The Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law treatise and as a contributor to both the Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial treatise and the Wisconsin Civil Litigation Forms Manual.

In March 2019, Jeff was selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D. with high honors: Order of the Coif; Law Review Comment Editor)
  • Dorot Fellowship in Israel (2003-2004)
  • University of Texas-Austin (M.A.)
  • Trinity University (B.A.)

Recent Blogs

Right to Appeal an Order on a Motion to Compel Arbitration: Wisconsin Supreme Court Makes It Final

Jeff stays busy with his wife (Sara), two young children (Micah and Owen), and dog (Olive), all of whom enjoy exploring Wisconsin.

  • Favorite foods: ice cream; raspberries; cider
  • Favorite musicians: Lyle Lovett; Jason Isbell; Brandi Carlisle; Patty Griffin; Prince; Cry, Cry, Cry; Wilco; Regina Spektor 
  • Favorite season: Fall
  • Favorite reading: the current issue of The New Yorker; anything by Etgar Keret; Leaves of Grass
  • Favorite TV shows: Sports Night; The Americans; Friday Night Lights; Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Favorite movies: A River Runs Through It; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Six Degrees of Separation
  • Favorite cities to visit: Capetown; Jerusalem; Austin