Rebecca L. Mendel

Rebecca L. Mendel is one of the firm’s three partners. Rebecca began her legal career at Rosin Steinhagen Mendel in 1998, and became a partner in 2004.

Rebecca graduated from Emory University in 1993, with a B.A. in political science. In 1998, Rebecca received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Rebecca is admitted to the Bar in both New York and New Jersey.

Rebecca’s focus is adoption law, and she handles domestic independent/private adoptions, step-parent adoptions, second-parent adoptions, birth parent representation, re-adoptions, registration of foreign adoption decrees, private agency adoptions, adult adoptions, and foster care adoption matters. Rebecca also assists in custody/visitation matters, and estate planning. She also manages the appellate practice of the firm.

Rebecca also handles matters involving third party reproduction and assisted reproductive technology. Specifically, Rebecca drafts Sperm Donation Agreements, Ovum Donation Agreements, Embryo Donation Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding in unpaid Gestational Carrier Agreements.

Rebecca participates in the representation of the firm’s foster care agency clients in termination of parental rights proceedings and other aspects of foster care litigation in pursuit of permanency for children in foster care.

Rebecca has lectured about adoption at numerous organizations. Most recently, she lectured about adoption law as part of the training for the New York City Family Court Judges. Rebecca is a fellow of The Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA). Rebecca is also a founding member of the New York Attorneys for Adoption and Family Formation (NYAAFF). She was the Chair of the Family Court & Family Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2009-2012, and is now a member of the Council on Children Committee for the City Bar. Rebecca serves on the Adoption/TPR advisory committee to the Supervising Judge of the New York City Family Courts.

Rebecca currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

In November 2013, Rebecca was one of four recipients of the Hope Award for Advocacy. This recognition of Rebecca’s work on the New York State Child-Parent Security Act was awarded by Resolve, the National Fertility Association.

Rebecca can be reached by email at or by phone at (212) 972-5430 ext. 28.