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Maurice Mandel II

Maurice Mandel II

Aggressive Employment Trial Attorney, Highly Skilled Mediator
  • Employment Law, Arbitration & Mediation, Consumer Law ...
  • California
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Greetings and Welcome!
My practice has focused on EMPLOYMENT LAW cases in Federal and California Courts for 40+ years. I am a trial attorney, and have handled employment and housing cases involving race, age, gender, and physical disability harassment and discrimination and cases involving sexual harassment and discrimination.
I also handle WAGE AND HOUR matters involving the wrongful theft of wages, including class actions. I have represented both the employee and employer although I predominately represent the employee. Sometimes, I accept cases on a negotiated contingent fee.
I associate with specialists in Worker's Compensation matters, as well.
But I do more than just try cases, I am a professional ARBITRATOR and MEDIATOR and I have also served our Courts as a Court appointed mediator for many different types of cases. Housing discrimination, contract, personal injury and more. COUNSEL, I AM AVAILABLE TO SERVE AS A MEDIATOR FOR YOUR CASE, you really want me as your mediator. Not only will you get a highly trained and dedicated Mediator to help you resolve your case, you will get ADR services at a great rate.
One of my interests is speaking other languages, because you learn about other cultures that way. I have received training in many of the subtle differences in cultures that we deal with in day to day contacts. If you need someone to be sensitive to the needs of another culture, I either have experience or understanding.
I have consistently received the highest peer rating from Martindale-Hubble, an “AV” rating meaning that I had reached the highest of professional excellence and am recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
I look forward to hearing from YOU about YOUR situation and whether you need an advocate, an arbitrator or a mediator to help you resolve your difficulties. (It is an old photo, I have grey hair now!)

Western State University College of Law
J.D. (1979) | Law
Activities: Surviving law school
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University of Southern California
M.S. (1972) | Education
Honors: numerous honors at graduation
Activities: Student Council member during turbulent era of student strikes in protest of Vietnam War, other duties. Recognized by Dean of Students and College President with awards.
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University of Southern California
B.S. (1971) | Business Administration
Honors: Honored Senior at Graduation, numerous certificates and awards
Activities: Tommy Trojan- rode the school Mascot at games and in Rose Parade, 1969
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Professional Experience
USDC/ Los Angeles- since inception of committee
Court Appointed Mediator
- Current
Handling numerous Federal cases, particularly ADA Accessibility cases, as a Court Appointed Mediator in Conjunction with Court's ADR program.
Trial Attorney- lead counsel
Solo Practitioner- 1980- present
- Current
Presiding Arbitrator
OCBA- Mandatory Fee Arbitrator
Served both as sole and presiding arbitrator in 3 arbitrator panels; handled numerous cases involving attorney fee disputes. Attended numerous MCLE presentations re: adjudicating fee disputes and ethical concerns for attorneys. Authored opinions.
Professor of Legal Studies- Paralegal Certificate Program
Coastline Community College- Orange Coast Comm. College District
dates approximate. Coastline is located throughout Orange County with classes held at various locations. The Paralegal Certificate Program was developed by Margaret Lovig in the 1980's and I was a Professor of Law for that program for a number of years. Originally I developed and taught a course on Federal Civil Procedure in California, then I took on teaching Civil Litigation, Legal Research and Business Law. I really enjoyed working with all the students at Coastline, but I had a reputation of being the "Kingsfield" (from Paper chase) of the program. I also taught remotely through a program we had with the USMC to students that accessed the class via computer- JUST LIKE WE ARE DOING TODAY WITH COVID!!! But this was more than 20 years ago.
Professor of Law- lower and upper division courses
Irvine University College of Law
dates approximate. Irvine University College of Law was a private Law School located in Irvine, CA at which I was a professor of law for several years. I taught Contracts, Civil Procedure and other Courses. I enjoyed the practice of teaching law very much.
Speaking Engagements
Presenter, California MCLE program, Sexual Harassment in Employment, Costa Mesa, CA
Orange County Bar Association
Chairman and creator of a multi attorney panel to discuss impact of new sexual harassment cases as a Continuing Education of the Bar series for OCBA.
Professional Associations
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
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Federal Bar Association
Founding President/Orange County Chapter
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California State Bar  # 98593
- Current
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Orange County Bar Association- Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee
Member of Committee and Fee Arbitration- Handling attorney fee disputes
Activities: Served as sole arbitrator and as Presiding Arbitrator on 3 member panels.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
ID Number: 98593
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9th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Practice Areas
    Employment Law
    Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration
    Consumer Law
    Class Action
    Traffic Tickets
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Tenants' Rights
Additional Practice Areas
  • Wage and Hour law- employee or employer
  • Sexual Harassment or Discrimination including Gender inequity
  • Employment Harassment/Discrimination- Race, Handicap, Age, Medical Condition, Pr
Legal Answers
Q. Can i get in legal trouble for rehoming these animals before my baby is born?
A: I understand your concerns and agree that your baby must come first, the problem is that your mother wants to put the animals first, probably because when you move out, that is all the family she will have. In legal terms, this is a property question, because no matter how much we love them. pets are property, the same as a table or couch. So look at it that way, if it were your furniture, there is no question that you have the absolute right to do whatever you want with it. Likewise, you have the right to dispose of your own pets through re-homing. The issue will be how will mom be proving that the pets were hers, because if she protests about your disposal of your own pets, when it comes to baby vs. pets, baby wins. Most police departments have an animal control officer and most counties have animal control divisions. You might want to call them and discuss your situation to request a recommendation from them.
Q. Hello I need help with a civil law suit but I need a lawyer that does pro Bono work I can't afford a lawyer
A: Sorry to hear that you are in this situation. Without a personal injury of some kind, few personal injury/property damage attorneys will assist you on a contingent fee because the claim has too little money involved. But that is not the end of the story. You can file for yourself in Small Claims court with a damage maximum of $10,000.00. It is designed to be done without attorneys. BUT that does not mean that you don't prepare to present your case to the judge by providing AN ORGANIZED FOLDER of all the paper showing the amount of your damages, and the amount that you are actually out of pocket. Remember, you are also entitled to the loss of use of the vehicle, in addition to any other out of pocket cost, this means a replacement rental vehicle. It is not clear what you mean that the money will go to your "car company." Is this a rental? If so, you need to just replace it with a new rental. If you have to put up money to do that, it would be damages. Unlikely you will find someone to take this for free when you have the small claims option.
Q. Can my apt manager tell us not to run, use scooter etc (kids) in our apartment building because it disrupts others?
A: Your rights and obligations are defined by the rental agreement/lease. If there is a requirement that you abide by the rules of the complex, you have to abide by the rules of the complex- unless those rules violate some other law. You may be dealing with harassment/discrimination that would violate the Fair Employment and Housing Act of California, because the alleged violation would only apply to tenants with children. You should contact a local Tenant's Rights attorney where you live for better advice on your situation.
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Contact & Map
PO Box 411
Newport Beach, CA 92662
Telephone: (949) 874-2002
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: If you cannot discuss your matter during regular business hours, arrangements can be made in advance for special assistance. You can email me 24 hours a day.