Lewis R. Mandel

Lewis R. Mandel has been of counsel to Kurre Levy Schneps LLP and its predecessor firm since 2004 when he retired from his post as Special Trial Attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Mandel serve for 30 years as one of a handful of Special Trial Attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service, handling multifaceted tax controversies involving businesses, estates, trusts, exempt organizations and individuals.  His experience includes cases that are often too complex even for the capabilities of significantly larger firms than Kurre Levy Schneps.

Included in Mr. Mandel’s service with the government was representation of the United States in high profile tax controversies before the United States Tax Court—with a success ratio of more than 90% of all cases handled by him.

Mr. Mandel has been an adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law since 1984.  He currently teaches Federal Tax Procedure at the law school.

Areas of practice:

  • Tax controversy and multifaceted complex tax matters, including tax planning
  • Commercial litigation
  • Estate and trust litigation


  • New York University School of Law (LL.M in Taxation), 1976
  • Albany Law School of Union University (J.D.), 1972
  • Cornell University (B.A.) 1969


  • New York Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

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