The Honorable Elaine W. Mandel

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department P

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Biography

Hon. Elaine W. Mandel is a judge for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California. She was appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 2, 2009, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Aurelio Munoz.

Mandel attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a B.A. in 1989 and a J.D. in 1992.

Mandel began her legal career in 1992. She worked as an associate with Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander, and Ferdon before joining Stolpman, Krissman, Elber, Mandel and Katzman as an associate in 1993. Seven years later, she moved to Kiesel, Boucher, and Larson, where she worked as an associate and a partner until her appointment to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in 2009.

Mandel was a resident of Santa Monica, California at the time of her appointment to the bench.

She is registered to vote as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Elaine W. Mandel

  • NATALIE WEST VS JAY W CALVERT ET AL

    Jul 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Rulings

    Natalie West v. Jay W. Calvert, M.D. et al., Case No. BC708415

    Hearing Date: July 13, 2020

    Motion #1: Defendant USC’s Motion for Summary Judgment

    Plaintiff alleges she received negligent surgical care and treatment from defendants Jay W. Calvert, M.D. and Z...

  • NANCY KRIMENDAHL VS BENJAMIN JAVAHERI, ET AL

    Jul 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Krimendahl v. Javaheri et al. Case No. SC128884

    Hearing Date 7/10/2020

    Defendant Benjamin Javaheri’s Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement

    Plaintiffs allege defendant Javaheri, their upslope neighbor, began a construction project. Plaintiffs clai...

  • KEENAN WILLIAMS VS COLIN MACLEAN, ET AL.

    Jul 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Keenan Williams v. Colin Maclean et al. Case No. 19SMCV01529

    Hearing Date July 10, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Request for Default Judgment

    Plaintiff seeks default judgment for common counts and breach of contract based on an unpaid “bridge loan.” The court has reviewed plaintiff’s default pac...

  • DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS LLC VS MARTIN SILVERMAN

    Jul 09, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Discovery Communications, LLC v. Martin Silverman, Case No. 19SMCV01295

    Hearing Date July 9, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Request for Default Judgment

    Analysis/Background

    Plaintiff seeks default judgment for breach of contract. The court has reviewed plaintiff’s default package and iden...

  • ANTHONY GREENBERG VS DIANE HAYEK

    Jul 09, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Anthony Greenberg v. Diane Hayek, Case No. 19SMCV01899

    Hearing Date JULY 9, 2020

    Defendants’ Special Motion to Strike (Anti-SLAPP)

    Plaintiff alleges defendant engaged in wrongful conduct to pressure him into leaving his rent-controlled apartment, including p...

  • ABBEY RESTAURANTS AND BARS USA-LA, LLC, ET AL. VS MICHAEL GOSS

    Jul 08, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Abbey Restaurants and Bars USA et al. v. Michael Goss, Case No. 20SMCV00846

    Hearing Date 7/8/2020

    Plaintiff’s Ex Parte Application to Seal the Action and Case File and Set Aside Dismissal

    Plaintiffs filed this action on June 26, 2020, alleging defamation and...

  • JEFFREY HARSTEDT VS SULLIVAN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 08, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Jeffrey Harstedt v. Sullivan Automotive Group, LLC et al., Case No. 19SMCV00584

    Hearing Date July 8, 2020

    Defendant Neftin Westlake Mazda’s Motion for Leave to Amend Answer

    Plaintiff sued for defects in a vehicle purchased from defendant Neftin, which answer...

  • JANIS F HORN SEPARATE PROPERTY TRUST VS SHAOUL LEVY

    Jul 08, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Janis F. Horn Separate Property Trust v. Shaoul Levy, Case No. BC552231

    Hearing Date July 8, 2020

    Cross-Defendant Horn Trust’s Motion for Summary Adjudication

    Cross-defendant is trustee of the Horn Trust, which provided capital to acquire and manage commerci...

  • KC INVESTMENT COMPANY VS KUNG FU OF GOLDEN DRAGON, LLC

    Jul 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    KC Investment Company v. Kung Fu of Golden Dragon, LLC, Case No. SC124337

    Hearing Date July 7, 2020

    1. Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication

    2. Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication

    Defendant leased...

  • CHRISTINE M. WEBER VS JAMES BRUCE TAYLOR

    Jul 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Christine M. Weber v. James Bruce Taylor, Case No. SC129036

    Hearing Date July 7, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend Complaint (UNOPPOSED)

    Background/Analysis

    There is a strong public policy in California in favor of amending pleadings if the non-amendi...

  • DOUGLAS EMMETT 2008, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY VS MOSTAFAVI LAW GROUP, APC, A CALIFORNIA PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION

    Jul 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Douglas Emmett 2014 LLC v. Mostafavi Law Group APC, Case No. 19SMCV01573

    Hearing Date July 7, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Motion to File Second Amend Complaint (UNOPPOSED)

    Background/Analysis

    There is a strong public policy in California in favor of amending pl...

  • CYBERCODERS INC. VS BUNKER CAPITAL LLC

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Cybercoders, Inc. v. Bunker Capital, LLC, Case No. 20SMCV00041

    Hearing Date July 6, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Request for Default Judgment

    Analysis/Background

    Plaintiff filed a request for default judgment on February 18, 2020. The court has reviewed plaintiff’s papers and identified...

  • USAMA KAMEL VS EVELEN GUIRGUIS

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Usama Kamel v. Evelen Guirguis, et al. Case No. 19SMCV00425

    Hearing Date: 6/26/2020

    Defendant Guirguis’s Demurrer to and Motion to Strike First Amended Complaint

    Plaintiff, tenant at a LARSO unit owned by defendant, alleges defendant demanded rent in excess ...

  • JUSTIN BENNETT VS UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., A CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Justin Bennett v. Uber Technologies, Inc. et al., Case No. 18STCV07273

    Hearing Date: June 26, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Clarification Regarding Stay

    Plaintiff Justin Bennett alleges defendant Uber driver Olayivola assaulted him. Bennett sued Uber for negligent hiring/supervision/r...

  • THE PRIVATE BANK OF CALIFORNIA VS ELLA AVERY SMOTHERS, ET AL

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The Private Bank of California v. Ella Avery Smothers, et al. Case No. SC118165

    Hearing Date: 6/26/2020

    Motions by attorney David R. Krause-Leemon to be Relieved as Counsel

    Granted.

    IN LIGHT OF THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, PARTIES ARE STRONGLY ENCO...

  • THOMAS LASK VS VICTOR ZASLOW

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Thomas Lask v. Victor Zaslav, Case No. SC128008

    Hearing Date June 26, 2020

    Defendant Victor Zaslav’s Motion for Summary Judgment/Adjudication of Second Amended Complaint

    Plaintiff Lask and defendant Zaslav own neighboring properties. In 2009 Zaslav built a j...

  • STEVEN J. REVITZ ET. AL. VS. DR. BENNY NEWMAN ET. AL.

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Steven J. Revitz et al. v. Dr. Benny Newman, Case No. SC119086

    Hearing Date 6/24/2020

    Defendants’ Motion to Reclassify Action

    Defendant Newman sued former counsel, Steven J. Revitz and Steven J. Revitz, a Professional Corporation (“Revitz”) for malpractice. ...

  • AMIR REJAEI, ET AL., VS BRYAN SIEGEL, ET AL.,

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Amir Rejaei et al. v. Bryan Siegel et al., Case No. SC126782

    Hearing Date June 24, 2020

    Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment

    Plaintiffs state they lent defendants money pursuant to two loan agreements. Plaintiffs allege the loans have not been repaid. Def...

  • ARCADIA, INC VS 9040 SUNSET, LLC, A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Arcadia, Inc. v. 9040 Sunset, LLC, Case No. 19SMCV01438

    Hearing Date: June 23, 2020

    Defendant Federal Insurance Company’s Motion to Compel Arbitration

    Plaintiff Arcadia Inc. provided materials to defendant Charles Pankow Builders for use in construction at d...

  • B. W. HOTEL LLC VS MOHAMED SALIH

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    B.W. Hotel LLC v. Mohamed Salih, Case No. 19SMCV01793

    Hearing Date 6/23/2020

    Plaintiff’s request for entry of default judgment

    Plaintiff seeks default judgment against defendant Mohamed Salih. The court reviewed the complaint and default package and identified the following issues:<...

  • COEUR SPORTS, INC. VS GDMC USA, LLC

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Couer v Vomax motion for leave to file cross-complaint

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The parties formed a contract for Vomax to manufacture Couer’s apparel. Vomax alleg. edly failed to return raw materials provided by Coeur. Default was entered in favor of plaintiff, but Vomax successfully moved to set ...

  • DIANA MCCALLISTE ARIAS VS MAY LING YU

    Mar 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Diana McCallister Arias v. May Ling Yu, Case No. SC128805

    Motion for Evidentiary, Terminating, and Monetary Sanctions

    Hearing Date March 13, 2020

    Plaintiff’s deposition was initially scheduled for February 7, 2019. Plaintiff initially noticed defendant Thoma...

  • SARA T KETABI VS BARRINGTON PACIFIC, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Mar 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Sara T. Ketabi v. Barrington Pacific, LLC et al. Case No. 19STCV26141

    Hearing Date: March 13, 2020

    Defendants’ Demurrer to and Motion to Strike Portions of Complaint

    Plaintiff alleges she notified defendant landlord of a bedbug infestation at her apartment, ...

  • MICHAEL BOYD VS CLARE FOUNDATION, INC.. ET AL.,

    Mar 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Michael Boyd v. Clare Foundation, Inc. et al. Case No. SC125813

    Hearing Date: March 13, 2020

    Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment/Summary Adjudication

    Plaintiff Boyd alleges wrongful termination, discrimination and various wage and hour violations against...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Elaine W. Mandel

  • NATALIE WEST VS JAY W CALVERT ET AL

    Jul 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Rulings

    Natalie West v. Jay W. Calvert, M.D. et al., Case No. BC708415

    Hearing Date: July 13, 2020

    Motion #1: Defendant USC’s Motion for Summary Judgment

    Plaintiff alleges she received negligent surgical care and treatment from defendants Jay W. Calvert, M.D. and Z...

  • NANCY KRIMENDAHL VS BENJAMIN JAVAHERI, ET AL

    Jul 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Krimendahl v. Javaheri et al. Case No. SC128884

    Hearing Date 7/10/2020

    Defendant Benjamin Javaheri’s Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement

    Plaintiffs allege defendant Javaheri, their upslope neighbor, began a construction project. Plaintiffs clai...

  • KEENAN WILLIAMS VS COLIN MACLEAN, ET AL.

    Jul 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Keenan Williams v. Colin Maclean et al. Case No. 19SMCV01529

    Hearing Date July 10, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Request for Default Judgment

    Plaintiff seeks default judgment for common counts and breach of contract based on an unpaid “bridge loan.” The court has reviewed plaintiff’s default pac...

  • DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS LLC VS MARTIN SILVERMAN

    Jul 09, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Discovery Communications, LLC v. Martin Silverman, Case No. 19SMCV01295

    Hearing Date July 9, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Request for Default Judgment

    Analysis/Background

    Plaintiff seeks default judgment for breach of contract. The court has reviewed plaintiff’s default package and iden...

  • ANTHONY GREENBERG VS DIANE HAYEK

    Jul 09, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Anthony Greenberg v. Diane Hayek, Case No. 19SMCV01899

    Hearing Date JULY 9, 2020

    Defendants’ Special Motion to Strike (Anti-SLAPP)

    Plaintiff alleges defendant engaged in wrongful conduct to pressure him into leaving his rent-controlled apartment, including p...

  • ABBEY RESTAURANTS AND BARS USA-LA, LLC, ET AL. VS MICHAEL GOSS

    Jul 08, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Abbey Restaurants and Bars USA et al. v. Michael Goss, Case No. 20SMCV00846

    Hearing Date 7/8/2020

    Plaintiff’s Ex Parte Application to Seal the Action and Case File and Set Aside Dismissal

    Plaintiffs filed this action on June 26, 2020, alleging defamation and...

  • JEFFREY HARSTEDT VS SULLIVAN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 08, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Jeffrey Harstedt v. Sullivan Automotive Group, LLC et al., Case No. 19SMCV00584

    Hearing Date July 8, 2020

    Defendant Neftin Westlake Mazda’s Motion for Leave to Amend Answer

    Plaintiff sued for defects in a vehicle purchased from defendant Neftin, which answer...

  • JANIS F HORN SEPARATE PROPERTY TRUST VS SHAOUL LEVY

    Jul 08, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Janis F. Horn Separate Property Trust v. Shaoul Levy, Case No. BC552231

    Hearing Date July 8, 2020

    Cross-Defendant Horn Trust’s Motion for Summary Adjudication

    Cross-defendant is trustee of the Horn Trust, which provided capital to acquire and manage commerci...

  • KC INVESTMENT COMPANY VS KUNG FU OF GOLDEN DRAGON, LLC

    Jul 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    KC Investment Company v. Kung Fu of Golden Dragon, LLC, Case No. SC124337

    Hearing Date July 7, 2020

    1. Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication

    2. Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment or Summary Adjudication

    Defendant leased...

  • CHRISTINE M. WEBER VS JAMES BRUCE TAYLOR

    Jul 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Christine M. Weber v. James Bruce Taylor, Case No. SC129036

    Hearing Date July 7, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend Complaint (UNOPPOSED)

    Background/Analysis

    There is a strong public policy in California in favor of amending pleadings if the non-amendi...

  • DOUGLAS EMMETT 2008, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY VS MOSTAFAVI LAW GROUP, APC, A CALIFORNIA PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION

    Jul 07, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Douglas Emmett 2014 LLC v. Mostafavi Law Group APC, Case No. 19SMCV01573

    Hearing Date July 7, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Motion to File Second Amend Complaint (UNOPPOSED)

    Background/Analysis

    There is a strong public policy in California in favor of amending pl...

  • CYBERCODERS INC. VS BUNKER CAPITAL LLC

    Jul 06, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Cybercoders, Inc. v. Bunker Capital, LLC, Case No. 20SMCV00041

    Hearing Date July 6, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Request for Default Judgment

    Analysis/Background

    Plaintiff filed a request for default judgment on February 18, 2020. The court has reviewed plaintiff’s papers and identified...

  • USAMA KAMEL VS EVELEN GUIRGUIS

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Usama Kamel v. Evelen Guirguis, et al. Case No. 19SMCV00425

    Hearing Date: 6/26/2020

    Defendant Guirguis’s Demurrer to and Motion to Strike First Amended Complaint

    Plaintiff, tenant at a LARSO unit owned by defendant, alleges defendant demanded rent in excess ...

  • JUSTIN BENNETT VS UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., A CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Justin Bennett v. Uber Technologies, Inc. et al., Case No. 18STCV07273

    Hearing Date: June 26, 2020

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Clarification Regarding Stay

    Plaintiff Justin Bennett alleges defendant Uber driver Olayivola assaulted him. Bennett sued Uber for negligent hiring/supervision/r...

  • THE PRIVATE BANK OF CALIFORNIA VS ELLA AVERY SMOTHERS, ET AL

    Jun 26, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The Private Bank of California v. Ella Avery Smothers, et al. Case No. SC118165

    Hearing Date: 6/26/2020

    Motions by attorney David R. Krause-Leemon to be Relieved as Counsel

    Granted.

    IN LIGHT OF THE ONGOING COVID-19 PANDEMIC, PARTIES ARE STRONGLY ENCO...

  • THOMAS LASK VS VICTOR ZASLOW

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Thomas Lask v. Victor Zaslav, Case No. SC128008

    Hearing Date June 26, 2020

    Defendant Victor Zaslav’s Motion for Summary Judgment/Adjudication of Second Amended Complaint

    Plaintiff Lask and defendant Zaslav own neighboring properties. In 2009 Zaslav built a j...

  • STEVEN J. REVITZ ET. AL. VS. DR. BENNY NEWMAN ET. AL.

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Steven J. Revitz et al. v. Dr. Benny Newman, Case No. SC119086

    Hearing Date 6/24/2020

    Defendants’ Motion to Reclassify Action

    Defendant Newman sued former counsel, Steven J. Revitz and Steven J. Revitz, a Professional Corporation (“Revitz”) for malpractice. ...

  • AMIR REJAEI, ET AL., VS BRYAN SIEGEL, ET AL.,

    Jun 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Amir Rejaei et al. v. Bryan Siegel et al., Case No. SC126782

    Hearing Date June 24, 2020

    Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment

    Plaintiffs state they lent defendants money pursuant to two loan agreements. Plaintiffs allege the loans have not been repaid. Def...

  • ARCADIA, INC VS 9040 SUNSET, LLC, A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Arcadia, Inc. v. 9040 Sunset, LLC, Case No. 19SMCV01438

    Hearing Date: June 23, 2020

    Defendant Federal Insurance Company’s Motion to Compel Arbitration

    Plaintiff Arcadia Inc. provided materials to defendant Charles Pankow Builders for use in construction at d...

  • B. W. HOTEL LLC VS MOHAMED SALIH

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    B.W. Hotel LLC v. Mohamed Salih, Case No. 19SMCV01793

    Hearing Date 6/23/2020

    Plaintiff’s request for entry of default judgment

    Plaintiff seeks default judgment against defendant Mohamed Salih. The court reviewed the complaint and default package and identified the following issues:<...

  • COEUR SPORTS, INC. VS GDMC USA, LLC

    Jun 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Couer v Vomax motion for leave to file cross-complaint

    TENTATIVE RULING

    The parties formed a contract for Vomax to manufacture Couer’s apparel. Vomax alleg. edly failed to return raw materials provided by Coeur. Default was entered in favor of plaintiff, but Vomax successfully moved to set ...

  • DIANA MCCALLISTE ARIAS VS MAY LING YU

    Mar 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Diana McCallister Arias v. May Ling Yu, Case No. SC128805

    Motion for Evidentiary, Terminating, and Monetary Sanctions

    Hearing Date March 13, 2020

    Plaintiff’s deposition was initially scheduled for February 7, 2019. Plaintiff initially noticed defendant Thoma...

  • SARA T KETABI VS BARRINGTON PACIFIC, LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Mar 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Sara T. Ketabi v. Barrington Pacific, LLC et al. Case No. 19STCV26141

    Hearing Date: March 13, 2020

    Defendants’ Demurrer to and Motion to Strike Portions of Complaint

    Plaintiff alleges she notified defendant landlord of a bedbug infestation at her apartment, ...

  • MICHAEL BOYD VS CLARE FOUNDATION, INC.. ET AL.,

    Mar 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Tentative Ruling

    Michael Boyd v. Clare Foundation, Inc. et al. Case No. SC125813

    Hearing Date: March 13, 2020

    Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment/Summary Adjudication

    Plaintiff Boyd alleges wrongful termination, discrimination and various wage and hour violations against...

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