Roger 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. Mandel’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 — 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 District’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. Mandel’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 – January 3, 2018.
· Beckham & Mandel, Dallas, Texas
Founding Shareholder, January 1, 2010-June 30,2011
· Stanley, Mandel & Iola, L.L.P., Dallas, Texas
Founding Partner, 1997-2009
· Stanley, Mandel & Kleinman, P.C., Dallas, Texas
Founding Shareholder, August 1992-1997
· Hale, Spencer, Stanley, Pronske & Trust, P.C., Dallas, Texas Associate, 1987-1992
· Best Lawyers in America 2016 and 2017—Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs
· Best Lawyers in Dallas, Class Action, 2014-2019 (D Magazine)
· Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013-2019 (The National Trial Lawyers)
· Top 25 Class Action Trial Lawyers, 2013-2019 (The National Trial Lawyers)
· Texas Super Lawyer, Class Action/Mass Torts, 2003-2019 (Texas Monthly Magazine)
· AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell