Attorney Bios

Attorneys: Jeffery Mandell & John C. Hughes
Legal Assistants: Ruby Perren & Aspen Compton
Office Manager: Mary Mandell

Jeffery Mandell -

Jeffery Mandell is founder and President of The ERISA Law Group, P.A. 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 other ERISA and deferred compensation matters.

Jeff's practice extends to 401(k), profit sharing, nonqualified deferred compensation, 457, pension, 403(b), cross-tested, cafeteria, ESOP, governmental, health, welfare, and prototype plans.

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, occasionally, individuals. He also represents pension professionals and organizations that offer plan services, such as financial institutions, third-party administrators, accountants, attorneys, and plan consultants.

Jeff is a nationally recognized practitioner, speaker, and author on ERISA topics, and 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 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 monthly journal published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

Jeff is an appointed representive of Idaho on the IRS Pacific Coast TE/GE Council.

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; married, three daughters; loves the outdoors, sports, music and Idaho.

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)
  • The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • 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
  • Member and on Board of Directors of The Group, Inc. (a selective nationwide group of industry experts)

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John C. Hughes -

John C. Hughes is a shareholder with The ERISA Law Group, P.A. John’s practice is focused in the area of ERISA/employee benefits. John represents clients nationwide relative to issues involving all kinds of employee benefit plans including 401(k), profit sharing, pension/defined benefit, 457, 403(b), nonqualified deferred compensation/409A, employee stock ownership (“ESOP”), governmental, 125/cafeteria, and health and welfare plans.

John represents and provides advice to private employers, plan committees, individuals, corporations, tax-exempt entities, governmental entities, and associations. He also represents retirement plan industry professionals and organizations such as financial institutions, third-party administrators, accountants, and plan consultants. John counsels clients on a broad spectrum of plan related issues including compliance, fiduciary responsibilities, plan operations and administrative issues, plan corrections, plan design, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and plan qualification.

John is the Coeditor-In-Chief of a well established nationally circulated monthly newsletter entitled the 401(k) Advisor. He is a former Board Member and President of the Boise Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council. John frequently writes and speaks on ERISA topics. John was Managing Editor of the California Western Law Review. He acted as a Pro Tem Judge for the San Diego Superior Court from 2001 through 2005, and is a former member of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court.

John’s primary focus is to solve employee benefit problems and assist clients in achieving their employee benefit objectives. He helps clients maintain their plans in compliance with the numerous, ever-changing, and complex legal requirements. John compliments his technical expertise with a practical, dedicated, and efficient approach.

John is originally from Port Washington, New York. He and his wife have three sons. He enjoys family, friends, skiing, hiking, music, and reading.

Education & Associations

Law School:

  • California Western School of Law, J.D., 1995


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., 1991


  • Western Pension & Benefits Council - Boise Chapter, Former Board Member and President
  • City Club of Boise, Member
  • Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley, Member
  • Idaho State Bar
  • California State Bar

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