Have you been injured? Was a loved one badly hurt or killed in an accident or through anothers negligence, carelessness or reckless acts? We can help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and other hardships. Our job is to fight for you and your family. Contact us today online, or by telephone toll-free at (888) 2 WIN NOW (888-294-6669) or locally at (212) 697-7383 to speak with a knowledgeable New York City personal injury lawyer. We offer free initial consultations, home and hospital visits, and evening and weekend hours by appointment. Experienced and Effective New York City Personal Injury Lawyers The experienced team at The Mandel Law Firm has successfully obtained millions of dollars in compensation for victims of personal injury and clients who have suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. When your life has been changed by a motor vehicle accident or medical malpractice, you need an attorney who will stand up against the insurance companies, the trucking industry or the big hospitals in the fight for real justice and real recovery. That is precisely what we do. When Losing Is Not an Option â¦ "There's both an art and a science to handling a personal injury case successfully. The secret to winning your case is hiring an attorney who understands the science, and practices the art, of winning personal injury lawsuits." â Attorney Steve Mandel Our goal in every case is that our clients should never have to worry about money again. You shouldn't have to compromise your medical care or your plans for your family's future because of another's negligence or incompetence. We will fight for your maximum recovery. We Never Forget the "Personal" in Personal Injury No matter how serious your injuries are, we know that getting the care and compensation you need may be the most important thing in your life right now. The best approach is one that addresses your unique needs and concerns. We will give you honest answers and caring guidance in fully exploring all your legal options. We will listen closely to your needs and goals to tailor a legal approach that is just right for you. Call for a Free Initial Consultation When you're injured, your main concern is handling all your financial and medical needs so that you can get on with your life. The most important decision you'll make in the whole process is who you hire as your attorney. You want an attorney with a proven record of success in getting clients full, fair and just compensation. Contact us today. We will answer your questions and offer you the benefit of our experience in a free initial consultation. If you decide we are the team you want on your side, you will pay no up-front legal fees. We only get paid when we recover compensation for our clients.
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Like many of the best and most talented litigators, Steve Mandel has a colorful, varied and exciting background. Born and raised on the tough, gritty streets of Brooklyn, Steve worked his way through college and law school as a professional musician and comedian. On stage performance was training that would later serve him well in representing clients. "Nothing fazes me in court," Steve says with a smile. "After doing standup comedy before 3000 people at a hotel, working in front of a judge, or six people in a jury box, is nothing."
Steve feels its vital to bring the "counseling" aspect back to the practice of law. In guiding people through some of the most difficult and emotional times of their lives, Steve sees each one as a unique individual. To him, clients are always people, not cases. It is for this reason Steve proudly refers to himself as a "Counselor at Law." In fact, the very first two people Steve represented over 26 years ago are still his clients today.
Winning or negotiating the best outcome for his clients is Steve Mandel's number one goal. He believes that balancing solid, thorough case preparation with an innovative, flexible approach brings the greatest opportunity for success. In fact, he is described as "the Picasso of the legal profession," because his special creativity is a proven factor in overcoming obstacles to courtroom victory, and major monetary settlements. "If a lawyer only knows the law, the legislature can repeal everything he knows," says Mandel. Steve has a proven ability to keenly assess each client's situation, and tailor an approach best suited to a successful outcome. For this reason, he has succeeded with what other lawyers might describe as "the un-winnable case."
Steve enjoys frequent guest appearances as an expert legal analyst on Court TV and NBC's Celebrity Justice. He's also appeared in national feature stories on Dateline NBC, CBS' 48 Hours, Geraldo, and MSNBC's On The Money. All major New York newspapers have quoted him extensively as an authoritative source on various legal matters.
Steve is actively involved in community support, volunteering his legal skills to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2005, the New York City Chapter of the MS Society presented a special award to him, in recognition of more than 20 years of dedicated service.
Hard work has always been the cornerstone of Steve Mandel's law practice. He says, "To be a success, you only have to work half a day. It doesn't matter if it's the first twelve hours or the last twelve hours."
Steve is a graduate of Adelphi University with honors, and received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
THE TRUTH IS POWERFUL
THE TRUTH IS POWERFUL
Being able to settle a personal injury case for excellent compensation is always a superior option for a client, than the risk of going to trial. Attorney Jim Nemia is a master strategist in setting the stage for successful settlements, and negotiating great deals for clients.
Jim has a bottom line, down-to-earth approach to the law. "The truth is powerful. The practicalities of things are sometimes much more important than the legalities of things. I look at people's interests. A lot of times you can satisfy a client's interests best with a settlement, where you couldn't with a court verdict or judgment," says Nemia.
Jim's exceptional skills played a crucial role in securing a $900,000.00 settlement in one of the firm's recent medical malpractice cases. In that case, a surgeon severed major veins during what should have been a routine procedure, jeopardizing the client's life and resulting in permanent, serious damage. Jim's careful preparation laid the foundation for this impressive victory.
In fact, Jim has a long history of helping clients win even when the law or fact pattern favors the other side. In another significant $550,000.00 case success involving the wrongful death of a swimmer, he explains, "That was a complex case as far as liability. You may not always have the strongest case, but presentation and preparation are keys to success. Even if the law is not on your side, many times there are ways to win, or to negotiate a settlement that constitutes a win, for your client."
Where do these amazing lawyer skills originate from? Well, you could say the law is in Jim Nemia's blood. He comes from a long line of lawyers, including a father who has been practicing for more than 50 years. His sister, along with a number of uncles and cousins, are also eminent attorneys. Now a successful practitioner himself for almost 20 years, Jim is passionate about getting great results and winning cases for his clients.
Outside of law practice, Jim devotes a significant amount of his free time to charitable activities. Nursing home residents and soup kitchen guests are ever grateful for his family's continual attention and care.
Jim is a Dean's and President's List graduate of the University of South Florida, and received his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law in New York. An avid athlete and guitarist, Jim enjoys playing guitar with friends, hiking, skiing, tennis, and swimming. He and his wife Yvette have six young children. The values of passion, service and a winning approach to life, which have made Jim's practice thrive, are gifts he's passing along to his kids.
TO WIN A FIGHT, YOU NEED A FIGHTER
Fighter. If only one word could describe attorney Rafael Gonzalez, fighter would be it. Particularly with personal injury cases, it takes a warrior's willpower to win in court.
Born into poverty in a small mountain village in rural Puerto Rico, Rafael came to America when he was just seven years old. Raised on the Lower East Side, he grew up as a street kid in what was then a tough neighborhood, where he learned to survive and live by his wits. He vividly remembers many instances of the police removing dead heroin addicts from the rooftop of the tenement building where he lived.
Whereas these difficult life experiences crush many people, Rafael learned to think in terms of possibilities instead of limitations, and turned challenge into success. He takes the same approach to representing clients. "The first thing I do is take the time to hear what it is they want, and then help them see what's possible," says Gonzalez.
After graduating Hunter College in New York City, Rafael was awarded a full tuition free scholarship to Boston University Law School, one of this country's top ten law schools. He excelled there in trial advocacy.
Multi-cultural clients are very comfortable with Rafael, as he too is bi-cultural and bi-lingual. For those who feel intimidated by the legal system, his reassuring manner eases their anxieties and concerns. He calls it "confianza." In Spanish, it means "confidence" and describes a unique kind of rapport, where clients feel comfortable entrusting him with their most important matters. And they do.
If you ask him what accounts for his success, he replies "Preparation. Preparation. Preparation." As fate would have it, many of Rafael's law professors at Boston University were also judges. They drilled the importance of case research, planning and organization into him. It certainly has paid off. Rafael Gonzalez has a 20-year history as a successful trial lawyer.
Rafael's trial skills made a major contribution to a $550,000.00 case triumph for the daughter of a man who died in a tragic swimming accident. "I looked at the evidence and reports, and was able to put together a second-by-second sequence of the events that caused his death. It was the kind of very close reasoning and knitting of facts I like to do, that doesn't leave the other side any room for dispute."
Rafael is a long-time martial arts practitioner of the ancient Fu Jow Pai "Tiger Claw" system of Kung Fu, and is a winner of the Eastern Regional Lightweight Championship. He enjoys competing in chess tournaments worldwide on the Internet, and reading novels by famous authors in Spanish. He is now living the "American Dream" with his wife Farida and teenage daughter.
THREE MAJOR KEYS TO WINNING YOUR CASE: METICULOUS PREPARATION, ORGANIZATION, AND RESEARCH
Regardless of whether it's settled or litigated, every personal injury case at The Law Firm of Steven J. Mandel is prepared as if it's going to trial. Thoroughness is the foundation of success in settlement negotiations and in court.
Don Ridley is an astute architect of winning trial strategy, and provides core preparatory support for the firm's cases. A legal scholar, author and accomplished speaker, Don has practiced law for more than 25 years.
Don has an extensive background in litigating cases in the demanding, high-stakes appellate arena. Having argued numerous appeals, Don's experience and outstanding skills give the Mandel Law Firm a winning advantage in court.
Completely dedicated to his clients, Don takes a personal interest in each case. "If you can help people in trouble, alleviate their problems and let them get on with their lives, that's a nice payback. They feel good about it, and so do I."
Immediately after graduating law school, Don was personally chosen for a two-year law clerkship by the famous federal trial judge and legal author, the Honorable Judge Edward J. Devitt. Only the best and brightest law school graduates are selected as law clerks in the Federal Court system. Researching complex questions of law, and drafting memorandums and legal opinions for the Court, honed Don's skills to the razor-sharp edge that has served clients well throughout his remarkable career.
Noteworthy in his varied trial experience, is success with cases involving patient's rights. His contributions in this area have had significant impact on protecting and furthering the right of patients to refuse unwanted treatment, and to control what is done to their own bodies.
Having worked his way through law school, Don graduated with honors from the William Mitchell College of Law in St., Paul, Minnesota, the alma mater of former United States Chief Justice Warren Burger. While there, he served with distinction as Editor-in-Chief of the school's law review.
As with all the other members of the Mandel firm, family is important to Don. He and his wife Dawn spend much of their free time together, and are actively involved in charitable work in their community. Those in need of help appreciate the compassion, intelligence and devotion they bring to improving the lives of others.