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Jack Mandel

Hon. Jack K. Mandel (Ret.)

Case Manager
Lisa Winch
T: 714-937-8219
F: 714-939-8710
5 Park Plaza, Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92614


Judge Mandel is an employment law expert with skills honed from 19 years service on the Orange County Superior Court bench.

Representative Matters

  • Age discrimination claims against national amusement park for decision to lay off more than 50 workers with long employment history prior to qualifying age for pension, while maintaining new hires with similar responsibilities but lower pay rate
  • Complex wrongful termination involving third-party claims of false allegation, sexual harassment, ratification, and indemnification
  • Glass ceiling claims based on limited advancement potential of national retailer's female employees
  • Harassment of whistleblower resulting in allegation of constructive termination
  • Labor contract dispute between national purchaser of regional facility for discharging all regional employees after acquisition
  • Numerous cases involving company downsizing inspired layoffs
  • Numerous cases involving third-party civil suits for on-the-job injuries for failure to maintain a safe employment environment
  • Racial discrimination and hostile work environment claims against local restaurant
  • Regional airline's termination of commission based freight manager nearing retirement age based on allegation that commission provided manager with greater income than airline president
  • Sexual discrimination against homosexual employee by fellow employees, involving issues of failure of employer to respond on appropriate notice and hostile work environment
  • Sexual harassment against government entity for agent's suggestive posturing and body language
  • Sexual harassment claim against employer with actual notice of summer employees' misconduct against fellow summer employees' conduct off premises
  • Sexual harassment of male employee by female supervisor
  • Termination of national manufacturer's flagship retail store manager allegedly for failure to generate adequate profit
  • Wrongful discharge of employee/owner with minor capital interest for failure of employer/owner to meet a cash call
  • Wrongful discharge of physician involving claim for return of patient files
  • Wrongful termination claim by church employee and congregation member and a major creator of intra-congregation friction
  • Wrongful termination of mid-level manager after inducing significant detrimental reliance based on corporation's promise of long-term position in California
  • Orange County Human Relations Award, 2015
  • FACES Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
  • Key to the City of Santa Ana, 2012
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Morningside College, 2012
  • "Humanitarian of the Year Award," California Judges Association, 2010
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees, Nicholas Education Foundations, 2008-Present
  • Co-founder of the Nicholas Academic Centers: NAC I, 2008; NAC II, 2009; NAC III, 2016
  • "Judge of the Year," Orange County Woman Lawyers, 2000
  • "George Washington Award," Freedom Foundation, 1999
  • "Volunteer of the Year," Los Angeles Times, 1998
  • "Harmon Scoville Award," Orange County Bar Association, 1994
  • "Outstanding Contribution to Education Award," Orange County Dept. of Education, 1990
  • "Trial Lawyer of the Year," Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 1973-1974
  • Executive Director, Nicholas Education Foundation, 2008-2010
  • Member, California Judges Association, 1981-2000
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Allegheny College, 1977-present
  • Faculty Member, California Judicial College (CJER), 1983-1992
  • Mentor and tutor (daily), Santa Ana High School Library, 1992-2002
  • Founder, Dollars for Scholars, Santa Ana High School, 1990
  • Founder, Stay in School Program, Santa Ana Unified School District, 1989

  • Judge, Orange County Superior Court, 1981-2000; (Supervising Judge, Civil Law; County Settlement Judge, Family Law; Supervising Judge, Bodily Injury Panel, 1995-1996)
  • Partner, Mandel & Zener, Anaheim, CA, 1970-1981
  • Captain, U.S. Air Force, 1962-1966
  • M.A., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1967
  • LL.B., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1961
  • B.A., Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, 1958



Practice Areas

  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Employment
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
Available nationwide


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