Madison Attorney Jeffrey A. Mandell

Jeffrey A. Mandell,

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

For several years, Jeff has served as counsel for 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 separate appeals to the D.C. Circuit, in extensive, ongoing trial court proceedings, and in several rounds of mediation. In state court, Jeff successfully represented a client who had been shot four times at point-blank range by two Baltimore police officers win a $2 million compensatory jury award for malicious prosecution.

Recently, Jeff authored an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Wisconsin v. Murr, arguing on behalf of organizations representing every level of municipal government in Wisconsin that the Court should defer to the Wisconsin courts and should not use the case as an occasion to reexamine federal takings law. Jeff’s experience also includes authoring an amicus brief to the Supreme Court advocating a significant new interpretation of the Class Action Fairness Act, under which class action defendants would have more freedom to litigate in federal court.

Jeff has briefed and argued before federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels, and he has extensive experience in complex litigation, including with:

  • class actions,
  • constitutional law,
  • products liability and consumer fraud,
  • the Federal Arbitration Act,
  • the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act,
  • the False Claims Act,
  • administrative law,
  • allegations of auditor misconduct, and
  • a hedge fund’s claims against its investment bank and futures commission merchant.

Jeff also has experience helping clients resolve smaller (but no less important) disputes, representing clients in both mediation and arbitration, and working extensively on a complex, $27 billion corporate merger.

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

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 chairs the Madison Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and serves as a member of the editorial board for the American Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Journal.


  • The University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 2006 with high honors: Order of the Coif; Comment Editor, Law Review; Hinton Moot Court – Karl Llewellyn Memorial Cup; Tony Patiño Fellowship; Anne Watson Barber Outstanding Service Award; Daniel I. Leifer Social Justice Fellowship)
  • Dorot Fellowship in Israel (2003-2004)
  • The University of Texas at Austin (M.A. 1999)
  • Trinity University (B.A. 1997 cum laude)


In addition to Jeff’s frequent contributions to Stafford Rosenbaum’s Appellate Practice Blog, he has published the following materials:

  • Reflections on Protecting the Vote (Including My Own) in Wisconsin, ACS Blog (December 20, 2016)
  • Relish New Ideas (Final Thought column), Wisconsin Laywer (November 2016)
  • Refusing to take up Garland nomination unacceptable (op-ed), Wisconsin State Journal (October 9, 2016)
  • Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law, 4th ed., State Bar of Wisconsin (1st supplement, forthcoming), co-author
  • Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law—chapter on Trade Regulation, State Bar of Wisconsin (2016), co-author
  • Wisconsin Civil Procedure Before Trial—chapter 2 (Venue, Statutes of Limitation, and Other Initial Considerations), State Bar of Wisconsin (2015-2016 supplement), co-author
  • Disciplinary Process—Police and Fire Commission, The Municipality (October 2015), co-author
  • Supreme Court Jurisdiction over an Appeal from a Rule 23(f) Denial, ABA Appellate Practice Journal, Vol. 33 No. 3 (Summer 2014)
  • Supreme Court Weighs in Again on Class Arbitration in Oxford Health Plans and Italian Colors, 82 U.S. Law Week 234 (August 13, 2013)
  • Is Your Life an Open Book?: Privacy Class Actions in the Age of Social Media, ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference (April 2013)
  • Defendants Missing Opportunities to Remove Class Actions to Federal Court, ABA Class Actions & Derivative Suits Newsletter, Vol 23, No. 3, at 6 (Spring 2013)
  • Supreme Court to Address Class Arbitration Again in Oxford Health Plans (March 2013)
  • In defense of NAM’s jurisdictional argument in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, Walshlaw Blog (January 3, 2013)
  • Missing The Class Action Removal Boat To Federal Court, Law360 (November 8, 2012)
  • Medicare and the Settling Tort Defendant, Practice Perspectives: Product Liability & Tort Litigation (Spring 2011)
  • Interlocutory appeals set jurisdictional traps, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (May 17, 2011)
  • “Expert Witnesses,” in Successful Partnering Between Inside & Outside Counsel (2009), co-author
  • Construing Minimum Employee Thresholds in Federal Antidiscrimination Statutes, 72 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1047

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; Avett Brothers; Patty Griffin; Ryan Adams; Prince; Wilco; Grateful Dead; 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