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Location: Glendale
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Barbara J. Mandell

Of Counsel

A civil litigator with over 40 years of experience, Barbara Mandell joined Colman Perkins in 2023.

Her reputation has been built on defending individuals, businesses and insurance companies in a wide range of practice areas, including insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, personal injury, business litigation and appellate matters.

Special expertise
Barbara specializes in providing counsel and representation to both insurance companies and their insureds on matters that include:

  • automobile and homeowner’s policies
  • commercial general liability policies
    • construction defect
    • habitability
    • business litigation
    • mold
    • environmental claims
  • professional liability
    • insurance and real estate broker errors/omissions
    • employment practices

She brings leadership and a broad perspective to her work—having run her own law firm, held partnerships at several firms and been staff counsel at Fireman’s Fund Insurance.

When she’s not working
Barbara loves to travel and spend time with friends and family, including her three wonderful children and fabulous granddaughter. She is also enthusiastic about her loyal and wonderful boxer dog, Riley. Barbara enjoys cooking, gardening and wine tasting.

Personal Injury
Business Litigation
Insurance Coverage
Insurance Bad Faith
Appellate Matters

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., 1982
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, B.S.W., 1977

California State Bar Association
Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Volunteer Settlement Officer, Los Angeles County Superior Ct.

Coleman v. Republic Indemnity Insurance Co. of California (2005) 132 Cal. App. 4th 403GGIS Insurance Services, Inc. v. Superior Court (2008) 168 Cal. App. 4th 1493


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