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Scott L. Mandel

Senior Attorney
313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8185
F 517.371.8200


Scott Mandel is a shareholder and a trial attorney who has tried approximately 100 cases in state and federal courts and before agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Financial and Insurance Services, and Bureau of Health Services. Scott's practice concentrates on Business Litigation, Employment Discrimination Defense, Personal Injury Litigation, Insurance Company Insolvency Proceedings and Licensing and Regulation of Health Care Professionals. Much of Scott’s practice concerns complex litigation, including representation of governmental entities and large corporations.  Scott has also tried many arbitration cases and has served as an arbitrator.

Scott is recognized for his skill in Best Lawyers® in America for Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law; in American Lawyer for top Commercial Litigation Lawyers; and Michigan SuperLawyers for Business Litigation. In March of 2017 he received the Excellence in Defense Award from the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. In 2018, he was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He is admitted to practice before all Michigan State and Federal Courts, the Sixth Circuit, United States Supreme Court and the Federal Trade Commission. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association of Western Michigan; the American Bar Association, where he served on the Public Regulation Insurance Committee of the Tort Insurance Practice Group; and the State Bar of Michigan, where he has served on the Insurance Law Committee; the State Trial Courts Committee; and serves on the Membership Services Committee.

Additionally, Scott served as president of the Ingham County Bar Association and was on the board of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. He also served on the Steering Committee for the Hillman Advocacy Program and as a member of the Tri-County Pro Bono Project Board of Directors.

He is also the immediate past president of Congregation Shaarey Zedek and is on the board of the Riverwalk Theatre.

He regularly speaks to legal and professional organizations including the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, the Michigan Insurance Federation, and the Ingham County Bar Association.

An alumnus of Michigan State University and an active member of MSU’s Mid-Michigan Alumni Association, Scott graduated with high honors and was inducted into the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma before completing his legal education and juris doctorate, cum laude, from Wayne State University in 1981.

Honors & Recognitions

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Excellence in Defense Award, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, 2017

Theodore Swift Civility Award, Ingham County Bar Association, 2009

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America® 2006-2024 (Commercial Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation - Antitrust)

Best Lawyers® 2017, 2019, 2022, 2024 Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing

Best Lawyers® 2016, 2017, 2021 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing

Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2013-2023


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Ingham County Bar Association, President 2011-2012, Board of Directors 2009-present
Industry & Professional Associations:
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association

News & Events

Speaking Engagements



Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1981, cum laude

Michigan State University, B.A., 1978, with high honors

Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court