Attorney Bios

Attorney: Jeffery Mandell
Health Care Consultant: Josh Sears, Attorney, The Murray Group
Legal Assistant: Ruby Perren
Office Manager: Mary Mandell

Jeffery Mandell - jeff@erisalawgroup.com

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 and his partner, John Hughes, are the editors and architects 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

Undergraduate:

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

Associations:

  • 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

Josh Sears

Josh Sears - murraygr.com

Josh Sears of The Murray Group is the firm’s health care consultant. He and The ERISA Law Group have had an ongoing working relationship since about 2011. Josh’s vast experiences and relationships in the health care arena (including in his capacity when working for health benefit providers) adds a valued dimension to our practice.

Josh has practiced law for over 12 years. The last seven have been exclusively in the employee benefits and health care industries. He specializes in ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He also has provided consultation on employment law, having represented a wide spectrum of clients in many areas of business and government. Josh has become a highly respected ERISA and employee benefits attorney in and outside of Idaho, including in private practice, as in-house counsel for a medical claims payer and now as a consultant.

With his unique blend of insight, expertise, and wit, Josh has been a highly sought-after speaker for the health insurance industry for several years. He has provided education and guidance in dozens of presentations and speaking engagements nationwide to brokers, TPAs, carriers, HR professionals, and governmental entities on regulatory compliance, audits, plan designs, operations, funding mechanisms, and general health benefit issues.

Josh engages in day-to-day compliance and regulatory operations, helping to keep employers and others in the health care industry on the forefront of the legal and regulatory landscape. Josh’s capacity as an attorney and also in the weeds of the health care industry provides him with unique experiences and approaches to assist our clients.

Josh earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho in 2004. In 2010, the Idaho Department of Insurance Director William Deal appointed Josh to the Board of Directors of the Idaho Immunization Fund, where he served for 2 years. In 2011, Josh received the Community Service/Pro Bono Award from the Mountain West Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and in 2015 Josh received the Alumni Service Award from his alma mater, The College of Idaho, for his dedication to public service. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Eagle/Garden City, where he has twice served as Club President.

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