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Few attorneys can say they deal in happiness, but Aron Mandl is emphatic that his firm does just that by, as he explains, “making dreams come true.”

Mandl, a practicing immigration lawyer for the last 23 years, owns the Law Office of Aron Mandl at 10101 Fondren in the Brays Oaks Management District.

He serves clients from all over the world by helping them become U.S. legal residents and U.S. citizens, thus reuniting families and helping them achieve their American dream.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations and Asian and Middle Eastern studies, he went to law school at Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City. He practiced law in Florida and moved to Houston in 2006.

After building a successful practice that employs four attorneys — without ever having to advertise — he now is the managing partner.

“One hundred percent of our clients come from referrals of satisfied clients,” Mandl explained. “We have clients from all over the country and throughout the world that we can meet via Zoom, and in fact, 30 to 40 percent of our clients do not live in Houston.”

The firm is positioned to help clients challenge deportation orders, seek work visas or green cards (permanent residency visas) and/or apply for  citizenship.

Mandl said he sees what a difference he can make in people’s lives. He said he “plays to win” and has many wins in his career.

Having spent time at an Orthodox Jewish school in Israel, Mandl speaks fluent Hebrew, has many Israeli clients and often serves foreign, religious Jewish clients who want to work in the U.S.

“We help religious institutions get staff, teachers and rabbis from Israel and from other countries,” Mandl said.

Reuniting families is a byproduct of his work, especially with undocumented residents. Such clients often speak Spanish as their first language, so the firm employs a Spanish-speaking lawyer.

Mandl told of a client who lived here for 20 years before seeking to go to Mexico to see a sick parent and a granddaughter he had never met. Mandl was able to get him green card status so he could travel back and forth.

The attorney’s wife, Leah Mandl, was trained as a physician but now works as his general manager.

“Where others see roadblocks, our approach is to see what we can do and figure out how to help them,” she said. “We go the extra mile and we have a caring practice. It is both emotional and gratifying.”

Mandl has also helped many refugees from the Ukraine, including recently a woman who was the victim of domestic abuse. She was abandoned after being abused; Mandl exercised a law that helps those type of victims win her permanent residency status.

He also helps foreign workers seeking U.S. energy industry jobs and has a staffer in Brazil to work on such cases.

Mandl is the proud father of 10 children; the family lives in the area.

— by Arlene Nisson Lassin