Donald T Ridley

New York, New York
(646) 779-1441
(888) 294-6669 (Toll Free)
(212) 681-6157


Regardless of whether it's settled or litigated, every personal injury case at The Law Firm of Steven J. Mandel is prepared as if it's going to trial. Thoroughness is the foundation of success in settlement negotiations and in court.

Don Ridley is an astute architect of winning trial strategy, and provides core preparatory support for the firm's cases. A legal scholar, author and accomplished speaker, Don has practiced law for more than 25 years.

Don has an extensive background in litigating cases in the demanding, high-stakes appellate arena. Having argued numerous appeals, Don's experience and outstanding skills give the Mandel Law Firm a winning advantage in court.

Completely dedicated to his clients, Don takes a personal interest in each case. "If you can help people in trouble, alleviate their problems and let them get on with their lives, that's a nice payback. They feel good about it, and so do I."

Immediately after graduating law school, Don was personally chosen for a two-year law clerkship by the famous federal trial judge and legal author, the Honorable Judge Edward J. Devitt. Only the best and brightest law school graduates are selected as law clerks in the Federal Court system. Researching complex questions of law, and drafting memorandums and legal opinions for the Court, honed Don's skills to the razor-sharp edge that has served clients well throughout his remarkable career.

Noteworthy in his varied trial experience, is success with cases involving patient's rights. His contributions in this area have had significant impact on protecting and furthering the right of patients to refuse unwanted treatment, and to control what is done to their own bodies.

Having worked his way through law school, Don graduated with honors from the William Mitchell College of Law in St., Paul, Minnesota, the alma mater of former United States Chief Justice Warren Burger. While there, he served with distinction as Editor-in-Chief of the school's law review.

As with all the other members of the Mandel firm, family is important to Don. He and his wife Dawn spend much of their free time together, and are actively involved in charitable work in their community. Those in need of help appreciate the compassion, intelligence and devotion they bring to improving the lives of others.

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1985
  • Minnesota, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1982
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Law Review: William Mitchell College Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Bachelor of Arts – Mathematics