Madelyn Jaye, known as MJ around the Mandel Law Firm, believes that a winning effort begins with careful preparation – that the results you achieve are in direct proportion to the effort you apply. Some cases are easy to win. That is not where the challenges of great lawyering lie. There are other cases where success does not come from holding a good hand, but rather in playing a poor hand well. Those cases, and those challenges, bring out the warrior in Madelyn Jaye. She is a fierce competitor practicing by the oft quoted doctrine of Vince Lombardi – “If winning isn’t everything, then why do they keep score?”
Two high points for Madelyn Jaye in recent years were:
1. Prevailing in a Federal Court Hague Convention Child Abduction case for a father, against near insurmountable odds by developing a novel theory, upheld at the Second Circuit on appeal, making new law in the Circuit.
2. Prevailing in State Supreme Court in a Divorce action, winning full custody of a three year old little girl for a father in a close call case after a lengthy trial.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
How you make them “feel”, the judge, the jury your adversary and your client, is what litigation, good litigation, is all about.
Madelyn Jaye will make you feel like together you can accomplish exactly what you hope to accomplish, because more often than not, with Madelyn Jaye at the helm, you will.
J.D. – 1997
M.A., Master of Arts – 1980
Major: Art Therapy
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