Allan D. Mantel - Stein Riso Mantel McDonough, LLP

Allan D. Mantel

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 212-599-1515

Allan D. Mantel represents many of New York’s most prominent and high net worth clients in their sensitive divorce and prenuptial matters.  While renowned as a premier litigator, Mr. Mantel’s reputation and his negotiation skills often result in favorable settlements for most of his clients.  Frequently, Mr. Mantel is asked to serve as a trusted advisor in his clients’ family and business enterprises.  Mr. Mantel was elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, New York Chapter (2006-2008), and through peer evaluation, has been selected by “ The Best Lawyers in America;” “Super Lawyers;”  “Ten Leaders;”  "Who's Who in America;" and "Who's Who in American Law."   Mr. Mantel has enjoyed an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 years.
Mr. Mantel serves on the Dean's Advisory Counsel of the, SUNY-Buffalo Law School, and is on the Board of charitable entities he supports.

University at Buffalo the State University of New YorkJ.D. 1976New York UniversityBA 1973
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersAmerican Academy of Matrimonial LawyersInternational Academy of Matrimonial LawyersBest Lawyers in AmericaSuper LawyersTen LeadersBuffalo Law SchoolBar of the City of New YorkNew York State Bar Association

Case History

Poliero v. Centanaro, 2009 U.S.Dist. Lexis 83665; 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 82764; 2009 NY Slip Op 51992U, 2009 Lexis 2707

After trial in a Federal Hague Convention action, the U.S.D.C. affirmed the Report and Recommendation of the U.S. Magistrate, holding that the four children at issue were "habitual residents" of Italy,  and that they be returned to their country of origin, in spite of the fact that the parties had agreed to reside in NYC with their children for two successive school years. 

In a companion case, the NYS Supreme Court dismissed the Wife's divorce action, finding that neither party was a NY "resident" under NY law.  

Hougie v. Hougie, 261 A.D. 2d 161, 689 N.Y.S. 2d 490 (1st Dept. 1999)

In a landmark decision, the Appellate Court held that a spouse''s enhanced earnings as an investment banker, acquired from skills earned during the marriage without a license or degree, constituted a marital asset to be distributed upon a divorce.

Lobatto v. Lobatto, 109 A.D. 2d 687, 487, N.Y.S. 2d 326 (1st. Dept 1985)

In one of the earliest cases decided after the passage of the Equitable Distribution Law in NY, the Appellate Court held that the proponent of separate property claims had the legal burden of proof, and was compelled to provide evidentiary proof of such separate property claims in discovery.

Client Comments

"Allan Mantel has become my most valued legal adviser, both corporately and privately. He has been especially valuable in assessing risk and its appropriate response. The professionalism in conduct and sensitivity to costs have been outstanding."

-Michael J. Strauss
Vanguard Construction & Development

"Allan Mantel is a top-notch lawyer with real integrity. He is very focused and dedicated for his client. I always get good responses when I refer clients to Allan."

-William Newman
Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Office Location

The Chrysler Building, 42nd Floor
405 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10174
United States

Practice Areas

Family Law (Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Distribution, Divorce, Domestic Relations, Equitable Division, Marital Settlement Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements, Relocation)

Other Information

Gender: Male