Mandel's Laws

Thoughts About Life and Legal Issues From Family
Law Attorney Steve Mandel

Our founder, Steven J. Mandel, is an experienced trial attorney who has seen a lot in his more than 30 years of practice in the tough New York legal scene. Over the course of his career as a litigator and family law attorney, he has developed a number of maxims that define, sometimes in a humorous way, his view of the legal scene. Some are more original than others, but all will make you think.

Mandel's Laws

  • The practice of law is an art, not a science.
  • If a lawyer only knows the law, the legislature can repeal everything he knows.
  • The good lawyers know the law; the great lawyers know the legal loopholes.
  • The only thing "luck" gets you is a parking spot. Everything else comes from hard work and design.
  • If you focus on the solution, the problems take care of themselves.
  • At The Mandel Law Firm, we've earned our reputation for excellence one client at a time.
  • I help clients keep their lives together when their marriages are falling apart.
  • This may be your first divorce, but it's not ours.
  • To be a success, you only have to work half a day. It doesn't matter if it's the first 12 hours or the last 12 hours.
  • Your problems are now my problems.
  • Don't worry 'till I tell you to worry.
  • Litigation is not a spectator sport. It's very Darwinian in that only the strongest survive.
  • We'll win as a team.
  • In preparing for trial, I prepare for war, but always hope for peace.
  • I'm not here to get a birthday card from the other side. All I care about is you.
  • It's easier for me to keep you out of trouble than get you out of trouble. So, when in doubt, talk to me.
  • Life is a series of bridges. You have to decide which ones to build and which ones to blow up.
  • Peace has its price; but it's important to know what the price is.
  • Don't sweat the small stuff, but don't take any grief from anyone.
  • When you're swimming in the ocean and you hear music playing, get out!
  • Integrity and credibility go hand in hand, as does hard work and results.
  • Don't let their problems become your problems.
  • If you want things to happen, you have to make them happen.
  • Litigation is a marathon, not a sprint.