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“It’s not important to win each small battle. It’s winning the war that counts.”
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?”
Madelyn Jaye is a seasoned warrior when it comes to the world of litigation. She has played, and prevailed, in the game of high stakes, high profile, complex litigation, since graduating from the prestigious Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She has brought the skills she has learned in those fiercely competitive arenas, practicing in the trenches with some of the nation’s foremost litigators, to The Mandel Law Firm with somewhat astonishing success – turning around cases previously thought to be lost causes and winning cases others thought unwindable.
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.
Madelyn Jaye believes that litigators are first and foremost story tellers. They must convince their audience, whether that audience be a judge, jury, or adversary, that the story they are telling is the only true story and the ending they are proposing the only right ending. Madelyn Jaye brings her experience from the worlds of theater and film (former Art Director Children’s Theater Wing of Croton Shakespeare Festival, Director of Video for Cablevision airing of Purchase College’s production of Feydeau’s a Flea in Her Ear and acting in numerous local productions) as well as her background in psychology (Master’s Degree in Art Therapy) to the practice of law. She holds dear the proposition so eloquently put by the renowned author and poet Maya Angelou who said:
“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.
New York, 1998
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1998
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2013
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York
J.D. – 1997
College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York
M.A., Master of Arts – 1980
Major: Art Therapy
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