Stafford’s Jeff Mandell authored the recently published essay, “Relish New Ideas”. This essay appears as the “Final Thought” column in November’s “Legal Innovation” issue of Wisconsin Lawyer, the State Bar of Wisconsin’s official magazine. In this piece, Jeff discusses the importance of new ideas and surveys three legal ideas that have captured his interest recently.

Jeff practices in the areas of business litigation with extensive trial and appellate experience in federal and state courts. 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. He also writes frequently on legal developments, including through posts on Stafford Rosenbaum’s Appellate Practice Blog.

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