Jon Mandel

Managing Associate

New York

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Jon draws upon his substantial legislative, regulatory and communications experience to counsel clients at the intersection of law and politics. He is an associate with Orrick’s Public Policy Group and sits in our New York office.

Jon has testified before a state senate committee, provided representation through an attorney general investigation, drafted legislation, lobbied lawmakers in seven states across the country, and spearheaded multiple legislative campaigns from start to finish. Current and past clients include professional sports leagues, daily fantasy sports and sports betting operators, satellite internet and television providers, energy generators and innovative companies in the sharing economy space. 

Jon brings his background in politics to his role as an advocate and advisor for Orrick clients. Early in his career, he worked for one of the largest public relations agencies in the world. Growing passionate about serving his hometown, Jon managed the campaign of D.C. Council’s current Chair Pro Tempore (Vice Chair) and served in his office as a staffer for three years, including as a legislative aide, constituent services coordinator, and communications director. In addition, Jon has over five years of experience in both local and national political campaigns, including in 2012, when he took a leave of absence from the D.C. Council to serve as a field organizer for President Obama's re-election campaign in Ohio.

Jon previously worked in Orrick’s Real Estate Practice Group, where he assisted investors, real estate advisors and developers on all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, joint venture formation and leasing. He was a summer associate in the firm's New York office in 2017.

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COVID-19 Premium Pay Legislation

I. Premium Pay and COVID-19

Although many Americans have suffered furloughs or job losses while those more fortunate are able to work, albeit remotely, workers deemed “essential” under state executive orders and federal guidelines continue to perform their job functions in public-facing circumstances outside of the home. State lawmakers across the country have introduced measures to provide premium or hazard pay to compensate essential workers for the heightened risk of exposure to COVID-19. In addition, the House of Representatives included a premium pay component in its latest COVID-19 response measure. These measures impose the benefits and obligations of additional pay upon different groups of workers and employers, respectively, despite the same overlapping legislative intent. Moreover, the measures raise several important legal questions regarding employment classification and state pre-emption laws. As many states begin to reopen their economies while both the public and private sectors face significant budget constraints, a question remains: will these premium pay measures be dismissed by lawmakers in light of the economic downturn or set the stage for further discussions on either the state or federal level in providing additional pay to those who continue to work during a declared public emergency. READ MORE