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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


As a former supervising judge as well as a county settlement judge in family law, Judge Mandel is an expert with a 19 year track record for disposing of cases through formal and informal settlement techniques and trials of major asset dissolutions.

Representative Matters

  • Judicial areas of expertise include family law trials and settlements
  • Over 35 years of experience both as a family law practitioner and family law judge
  • 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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