Ridley, Donald T.
Address: 370 Lexington Avenue Suite 505, New York, NY 10017
Lawyer Firm: The Mandel Law Firm
|Areas of Practice||Child Custody|
When the foundation is solid, so is the case.
When the chips are down and the wolves are closing in, there’s no one better to have in your corner than Don Ridley. A brilliant strategist and celebrated appellate lawyer, Don has had extensive experience in successfully arguing many intricate cases at both the state and federal levels.
At The Mandel Firm, thorough preparation fuels every case initiative. Methodical and meticulous, Don is the master of the mountain when it comes to building the foundation of each triumphant plan-of-action. He helps develop the potent arguments, integrated with carefully researched legal precedent, that create a fortress of protection around every client. Don’s case-winning foresight has shined the light of success on many challenging court battles the firm’s attorneys have fought.
Here’s a good example. As child custody lawyer in an unusual case, Don won sole custody for a father of his young daughter. The client’s estranged wife was a police officer. Upon learning that the father was involved in a new relationship, the wife went to his apartment and threatened him with her service revolver.
A fight ensued with the wife in which he wrestled the weapon away from her, yet when the police arrived, they were reluctant to incriminate a colleague.
Even in confronting the "blue line" of silence, and although in most cases in New York, child custody is awarded to mothers, Don’s careful presentation succeeded in convincing the court that the father was the more appropriate custodial parent. In addition, he also attained an award of child support from the wife.
"You’ve got to be closely attuned to the needs of the client and the children in matters involving child custody. Attorneys have to be more thorough in these cases than almost any other area of the law, because the well-being of a child is at stake," he says.
Don is deeply devoted to helping all his clients, taking a personal interest in each case. "People in serious legal trouble need the assistance of an attorney who cares about what happens to them," he says. "I like to see clients move past their difficulties, and get on with their lives. It makes me feel good when I can lift the burden off their shoulders." And he does.
Where did Don acquire his skills? In addition to graduating law school with honors, Don was chosen for a prestigious two-year law clerkship with the famous federal trial judge and legal author, the Honorable Judge Edward J. Devitt. Only the top law school graduates are selected for these positions in the Federal Court system. It was in this capacity that he honed the exceptional research and writing skills that empower his clients today.
Donald Ridley has been a leading advocate in cases involving patient’s rights, having successfully argued at the state appellate level many times. He has won decisions that have significantly advanced protection of the right to refuse unwanted medical treatment.
Graduating from the University of Minnesota, Don worked his way through law school. He obtained his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, alma mater of former United States Chief Justice Warren Burger.
Don and his wife give graciously of themselves for charitable causes in their community. All those Don has helped are deeply grateful for his support. In guiding them through the most overwhelming times of their lives, he has given them a basis for hope.
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