Attorney Bios

Attorney: Jeffery Mandell
Legal Assistant: Ruby Perren
Office Manager: Mary Mandell

Jeffery Mandell -

Jeffery Mandell is founder and President of The ERISA Law Group, P.A.

“I think that my undivided commitment to my clients, my creativity, resolute tenacity and resourcefulness to achieve their objectives (and provide peace of mind) probably best describes what I do. I find solutions. I find results. I want success for my clients.”

Jeff is one of a rigorously selected group of lawyers who are Fellows of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is the highest and most prestigious honor an ERISA attorney can receive in the United States. The Fellowship recognizes a career of legal excellence and consistent, positive contributions to advance and improve ERISA on a national scale.

With clients coast-to-coast, Jeff is a recognized practitioner, speaker, and prolific author on ERISA topics. He has been voted each year by his peers to be listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1995.

He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law and the University of Wisconsin Law School. His textbook regarding ERISA plan administrative and legal matters was published in 1998 by Panel Publishers.

Jeff has been the long-time appointed representative of Idaho to serve before the Internal Revenue Service Pacific Coast TE/GE Council and the U.S. Department of Labor.

He also serves on the Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs’ Legal Advisory Board.

Jeff is the founder of Employee Benefit Publications and Seminars.

Jeff is the editor and architect of the 401(k) Advisor, The Insider's Guide to Plan Design, Administration, Funding & Compliance, a widely-used monthly journal published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

Jeff complements his technical expertise with a practical approach based on decades of a practice devoted exclusively to ERISA. Since 1982, he has concentrated his practice solely in retirement plans, welfare plans, and all other ERISA, deferred compensation and employee benefit matters. Jeff's practice extends to 401(k), profit sharing, nonqualified deferred compensation, health plans and trusts, 457, pension, severance plans, 403(b), cross-tested, defined benefit and cash balance, VEBA, key aspects of employment agreements, cafeteria/flex, ESOP, governmental, health, welfare, and all types and forms of employee benefit plans (subject and not subject to ERISA).

Jeff also provides training, seminars, and written materials for the employee benefit and plan sponsor communities.

He represents for-profit employers, tax-exempts, governmental entities, associations, and individuals (mostly the owners and key players of companies). He also represents pension professionals and organizations that offer plan services, such as financial institutions, third-party administrators, accountants, attorneys, and plan consultants.

Jeff was a partner and head of the Employee Benefits practice group at several law firms (including Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley in Boise, Idaho and Boardman, Suhr, Curry & Field in Madison, Wisconsin).

Born and raised in Chicago; very lucky Idahoan since 1997; married with three daughters; loves family, friends, the outdoors, sports, music, Idaho, reading, writing, and helping teenage refugees.

Education & Associations

Law School:

  • University of Texas, J.D., 1982


  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1977, with high distinction
  • La Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá
  • University of Pennsylvania


  • Idaho Representative to the IRS on Employee Benefit Matters (TE/GE Pacific Coast)
  • Fellow of The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs’ ERISA/Employee Benefits Advisory Board
  • Member and on Board of Directors of The Group, Inc. (a selective nationwide group of industry experts)
  • Western Pension & Benefits Conference, Boise Chapter, Founding Board Member
  • American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries
  • Employee Benefits Publications and Seminars, Founder
  • Madison (WI) Pension Council, Former President and Board member

Admitted to Bars:

  • Texas
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • Idaho

See Mr. Mandell's full bio

208.342.5522 or 866.ERISA.LAW