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Jeffrey E. Mandel

Regional Managing Partner, Orlando
t: 407.541.0850
f: 407.541.0887


Jeff Mandel is the managing partner of the firm’s Orlando office. With over 30 years of experience, he has developed a reputation for being a reliable and efficient counselor and advocate for private and public-sector employers in all aspects of employment and traditional labor law.

Jeff partners with businesses to solve their employment-related issues including: employment discrimination and retaliation, civil rights, disabilities, family and medical leave, military leave, employment policies, employment agreements, and statutory compliance. He also represents employers in employment-related litigation and arbitration before the state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

Having served as a contributing editor of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) publication, The Fair Labor Standards Act, Jeff has extensive experience providing organizations with practical advice and counseling on wage and hour matters, and regularly defends employers in both single-plaintiff and collective overtime and minimum wage actions.

Additionally, Jeff has decades of experience representing employers in traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC).

Jeff is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law. In 2013, he was inducted as a Fellow into The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, which is the highest recognition by an attorney’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession. In 2016 and 2018, Jeff was named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation - Labor and Employment in Orlando, and in 2017 he was named Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor Law – Management in Orlando.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2011 - 2021)
  • Inducted as a Fellow into The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named, Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Labor Law – Management in Orlando (2017)
  • Named, Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation – Labor and Employment in Orlando (2016 and 2018)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since (2006)
  • Who's Who Legal USA– Management Labor & Employment
  • Orlando Business Journal's "Best of the Bar"
  • Florida Trend's "Legal Elite
  • Florida Super Lawyers since 2006

Professional Activities

  • Member, Executive Council, Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section (2001-2007)
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Labor & Employment Section
  • American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section

Community Activities

  • Board Member, Kids House of Seminole
  • Board Member, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • From the Casting Couch to the Boardroom: A Fresh Look at Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace – Orlando, FL
  • The Fine Art of Employment Law: From Compliance to the Courtroom – Orlando, FL
  • TRUMP-OCRACY!: Ten Labor and Employment Tweets to Expect from President Trump – Orlando, FL
  • Deciphering the New FLSA Regulations – Orlando, FL
  • New Trends in Discrimination and Harassment: Sex, Transgender, and More – Winter Park, FL
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act: Wage and Hour Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them – Winter Park, FL
  • How to Prepare for and Conduct Labor Arbitrations – Naples, FL
  • Recognizing and Avoiding Unfair Labor Practices – Naples, FL
  • Collective Bargaining from the Legal to the Practical – Naples, FL
  • The Ins and Outs of Impasse Resolution – Naples, FL
  • Curing the FMLA Intermittent Leave Headache – Orlando, FL
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act: Wage and Hour Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them – Orlando, FL
  • Your Employee’s Headache Became Your Headache: Managing Employee FMLA Intermittent Leave – Memphis, TN
  • Introduction to Collective Bargaining – Orlando, FL
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act: Wage and Hour Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them – Orlando, FL
  • Employment Arbitration: A Blessing or a Curse? – Orlando, FL
  • Keeping the Feds Off Your Doorstep (ADA, ADEA, EEO, FLSA, etc.) -- Webinar
  • Why the NLRB is Still Snooping Around Your Employee Handbook – Orlando, FL
  • The Changing Landscape of Pregnant Workers’ Rights – Orlando, FL
  • Labor v. Management Debate: Body Cameras for Law Enforcement Officers and Other Matters – Orlando, FL
  • Pregnancy and Other Non-Work Incapacities: Predicting the Future of Accommodations and Discrimination – Orlando, FL
  • Mock Labor Arbitration – Orlando, FL
  • Social Media: The Newest Employment Battleground – Melbourne, FL
  • Hot Button Issues In Employment Law: Hiring and Termination Strategies – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Telecommuting and Electronic Signatures – Marco Island, FL
  • If A Stripper Is Not An Independent Contractor, Who Is? – Orlando, FL
  • Taking the Bully by the Horns: Understanding and Preventing Workplace Bullying – Orlando, FL
  • ADA Revamped & Ready Under the ADAAA: Best Practices From An Employer’s Perspective – Orlando, FL
  • Managing Within Your Policies and the Law – Ocala, FL
  • Updates to the Rule Book – Melbourne, FL
  • Protected Concerted Activity: Social Media and Beyond – Orlando, FL
  • Employment Law Lunch and Learn – Orlando, FL
  • Wine and Weapons:  What Every Corporate Counsel Needs to Know About Guns and Alcohol in the Workplace and at Corporate Events – Orlando, FL


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