When seeking a legal professional, the difficult part is not finding an attorney, but finding an attorney you can trust. For nearly 40 years Bielat Santore & Company, has relied on the expertise of senior partner Frank Mandia, Esquire and more recently on his son Jason Mandia, Attorney at Law and partner at Stone Mandia, LLC. With over 75 years of combined partner experience and background in the food and beverage industry, the Neptune, New Jersey-based law firm has helped hundreds of clients through legal matters, providing a leg up to their competitors in the restaurant industry.
Before he decided to pursue a career in law, Mandia got a taste of the hardships of the food service business by working various jobs in the field, including dishwasher, cook, waiter and bookkeeper. He later went on to manage several restaurants in the area including the former Ichabod’s Bar & Grill and Woody’s Roadside Tavern in Farmingdale, New Jersey. “My family has been in the restaurant industry for years,” said Mandia. “ I understand where a lot of our clients are coming from, since I’ve been exposed to every aspect of the business.” Ultimately, the grueling hours in the kitchen along with battling opposing schedules with his newlywed wife, became a lot for the now father of two. “She would go to work at 4:00 am and I would be getting home at 3:00 am. We never had time to see each other,” said Mandia. “It wasn’t the number of hours, but the hours of separation. I didn’t think working like that was going to last.” Intrigued by the legal side of the business, Mandia soon hung up his apron and went straight to the books. After attending the University of Colorado Boulder, receiving a degree in Psychology, he continued his education at Seton Hall where he earned his law degree graduating cum laude. He began his practice in 2000 at his father’s firm, Stone Mandia, LLC., and since that time has become one of the leading real estate transaction attorneys with concentrated knowledge in New Jersey liquor license law.
Stone Mandia LLC. is known for their hands-on approach with their clients around the Garden State, primarily in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The firm’s areas of practice are personal injury, family law, real estate law and alcoholic beverage licensing. “Licensing work is one aspect. We do a lot of residential and commercial work on top of that,” said Mandia who focuses on the transactional part of the business including handling real estate, sales and purchases of various businesses as well as violations and questions people may have once they receive their license. “We do a really good job representing a client,” said Mandia. “I try to be as available as I can. They get my personal attention; I’m not handing them off to an associate, I’m doing all the work.” The office also deals with matrimony work as well as personal injury and a broad spectrum of litigation matters. “Even though we’re a small firm, we can offer a variety of service,” said Mandia. “The trick is knowing what we can’t do and directing the clients to the best professional for the matter even if it’s not our firm.”
Since moving their office to Neptune, New Jersey in 1998, Mandia’s father and his partner, Richard Stone have used their connections in the industry to their advantage. “I have experience in the industry and my father has 40 plus years of experience,” said Mandia. “We are able to incorporate our knowledge and service of the industry into our practice.” The firm often relies on their loyal clients to further their success over the years, while only recently establishing a website and straying away from promotional advertising. “Word of mouth speaks volumes for us,” said Mandia. “Stone Mandia has strong ties to the community. Our family has been in the area a very long time and we do our best to stay connected to the community.”
For more information about the services at Stone Mandia, LLC., or for a free consultation, visit their website at www.stonemandia.com or call 732.774.0800.