Attorney Roger Mandel is a business litigation and class-action attorney at Jeeves Mandel Law Group in Dallas. Combining advocacy skills and comprehensive legal knowledge, Roger has successfully represented injured consumers in many class-action cases nationwide. Roger received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law with Honors and is a member of the Texas State Bar. He has been named as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in the Class Action/Mass Torts category by Texas Monthly Magazine since the inception of the ratings in 2003, as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers since the inception of the honor in 2013, and as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas in the Class Action category by D Magazine since the inception of the category in 2014. Also, he has earned Martindale-Hubbleâ€™s coveted top AVÂ® Preeminent rating. Roger currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and the Public Justice Foundation and is a past board member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past president of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and a fellow of both the Texas Bar Foundation (Top 1/3 of 1% of Texas lawyers) and the Dallas Bar Foundation. Additionally, Roger was the co?chair of the AAJ Class Action Litigation Group. Philanthropic, caring and immersed in the Dallas community, Roger values the importance of improving the world. Roger previously served on the board of directors of the Dallas-based Vogel Alcove, an organization whose mission is to provide free quality childcare development and social services to young homeless children. Roger is also a strong supporter of the Jewish Federation of Dallas, Jewish Family Services, and United Way agencies. Education: University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1986 â€“ Order of the Coif â€“ Board of Advocates â€“ Benton Moot Court Team, 1986 â€“ ABA Moot Court Team, 1986 â€“ Deanâ€™s Award of Distinction (highest grade in class) in Bankruptcy, Constitutional Law, Advanced Constitutional Law and Evidence University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. with high honors, 1984 â€“ Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma and Golden Key Honor Societies Admissions: State of Texas, 1987 Board Certifiedâ€“Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998 United States District Courts Northern District of Texas Southern District of Texas Eastern District of Texas Western District of Texas Eastern District of Wisconsin United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit United States Supreme Court Memberships and Affiliations: Dallas Trial Lawyers Association â€“ Past President 2011-2012 â€“ President 2010-2011 â€“ President elect 2009-2010 â€“ Vice President 2008-2009 â€“ Board of Directors, 1997-2018 Texas Trial Lawyers Association â€“ Board of Directors, 2002-2016 American Association of Justice â€“ Class Action Litigation Group â€“ Co?chair 2010-2011 â€“ Vice-chair 2009-2010 Public Justice Foundation â€“ Board of Directors, 2001-2018 â€“ Executive Committee, 2016-2017 National Association of Consumer Attorneys State Bar of Texas Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (Top 1/3 of 1% of Texas lawyers) Dallas Bar Association Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation American Bar Association â€“ Tort and Insurance Practice Section â€“ Commercial Torts Committee, Vice-chairman, 1994-2002 Section of Litigation Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee Roger L. MandelRoger L. Mandel is a prominent Dallas business litigation and class-action lawyer. Mr. Mandel holds the distinction of successfully trying one of only two class-action cases in Texas state court history known to have been tried to a jury. Mr. Mandel is a nationally recognized authority on a variety of class-action and business litigation topics, which he regularly speaks and writes about for his peers. Mr. Mandelâ€™s distinguishing ability to research, analyze and cut to the root of issues has enabled him to successfully represent injured consumers in class-action cases nationwide. A member of the Texas State Bar, Mr. Mandel is also admitted to practice in the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Federal Districts of Texas, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Verdicts and Settlements â€” Class-Action Accomplishments
Settlement of a nationwide class-action suit against American Airlines under ERISA related to pension benefits of its former AirCal pilots.
Settlement of a nationwide class-action suit against Wells Fargo Bank for violations of RESPA.
Settlement of statewide class-action suit against State Farm Insurance Cos., Allstate Insurance Cos., Farmers Insurance Cos. and GEICO Insurance Cos. for violations of the Texas Insurance Code relating to claims procedures for automobile policyholders.
Settlement (along with multiple co-counsel) of major nationwide class-action suit litigation involving General Motors pickup trucks.
Settlement following summary judgment of a statewide class action for breach of contract and deceptive trade practices against Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems.
Settlement of a statewide class-action suit on behalf of customers of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for violations of the Texas Finance Code.
Settlement of a statewide class-action suit on behalf of persons who entered into lease agreements with UDR Western Residential, Inc., and other of its affiliates, arising out of claims under the Texas Water Code, regulations of the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, the Texas Utility Code, regulations of the Public Utility Commission and the Texas Debt Collection Practices Act.
Settlement of a nationwide class-action suit on behalf of customers of Ticketmaster Group, Inc., and certain of its affiliates, who purchased tickets with a credit card and were charged illegal surcharges.
Settlement of a nationwide class-action suit against FirstUSA Bank for violations of the Truth in Lending Act.
Obtained judgment (following summary judgment and jury trial) against the Dallas County Community College District on behalf of a class of current and former students as a result of the Districtâ€™s charging of a technology fee that the trial court found was not authorized by state law. This is one of only two class-action cases known by Mr. Mandel to have been tried in the Texas state courts.
Mr. Mandel won a settlement in a nationwide class-action suit against Sears, Roebuck & Co. on behalf of a class of almost four million customers. Those customers, who had already paid to have anti-tip brackets installed at their own expense, received reimbursement. Furthermore, Sears agreed to install anti-tip brackets on all new ranges it sold for at least the following three years. It is believed by Mr. Mandel that this is now the permanent practice of Sears when they install new appliances. In effect, by compelling a recall, this settlement actually secured better relief than likely could have been obtained through a trial and accomplished what the Consumer Product Safety Commission refused to do for more than twenty years.
Another of Mr. Mandelâ€™s cases involved prosecution of a nationwide suit on behalf of a class of 401(k) plan participants against their investment provider, Nationwide Insurance, for accepting unethical payments from mutual fund companies in order for their funds to be offered as investment options in the Nationwide plans. This settlement is thought to be one of the three largest ERISA settlements in US history.
A settlement in a class-action suit over the purchase of TXU, one of the largest purchases of a publicly traded company in United States history.
A settlement in a derivative case against officers and directors of Affiliated Computer Systems related to options backdating.
A settlement in a securities class-action suit against officers and directors of the investment manager of the Cushing MLP Total Return Fund.
A settlement of a nationwide class action against the insurers, brokers and promoters responsible for offering illegal group and blanket insurance policies.
Complex Business Litigation Accomplishments
Settlement with a medical malpractice insurer in an insurance coverage/bad faith case following a medical malpractice jury verdict and a coverage verdict.
Settlement of business tort litigation on behalf of the former owner of a major league sports franchise against a national bank relating to the sale of the franchise.
Settlement of tortious interference with business contract litigation on behalf of a large independent electrical supplier/contractor following a jury verdict.
Jury verdict and judgment against Henry S. Miller Commercial Company based upon fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
Lackey Hershman L.L.P., Dallas, Texas Partner, July 1, 2011 â€“ January 3, 2018.
Best Lawyers in America 2016 and 2017â€”Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs
Best Lawyers in Dallas, Class Action, 2014-2018 (D Magazine)
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013-2018 (The National Trial Lawyers)
Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyers, 2013-2018 (The National Trial Lawyers)
Texas Super Lawyer, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2003-2018 (Texas Monthly Magazine)
AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Publications and Speeches
Speaker: â€œThe Nexium Conundrum: Class Action Standing Under Article III, â€œNational Consumer Law Center, 23rd Annual National Consumer Rights Conference, Class Action Symposium (November 2014)
Speaker and Author: â€œPost-Concepcion Enforcement of Arbitration Clauses Containing Class Bans,â€ American Association of Justice Tele-Seminar (March 6, 2012)
Speaker and Author: â€œCertification of Multi-State Classes and Related Choice of Law Issues,â€ American Association of Justice (Vancouver, July 2010)
Speaker: â€œShady Grove and Naked Class Action Bans: The Emerging Conflicts Between Federal and State Laws on Class Certification, Multistate Classes and Choice of Law Issues,â€ NCLC Class Action Symposium (Philadelphia, 2009)
Co-moderator: â€œNew Developments in Class Actions,â€ American Association of Justice (San Francisco, July 2009)
Coauthor: â€œNavigating the Rough Terrain: Class Actions in Texas after HB4 and CAFA,â€ The Advocate (The State Bar Litigation Section Report) (Fall 2008)
Author: â€œArbitration: Should It Be Sought Rather Than Fought,â€ Consumer Law & Policy Blog (December 3, 2006)
Speaker: â€œArbitration of Consumer Class-Action Cases,â€ NCLC Consumer Class Action Symposium (Miami, 2006)