Jacob A. Manian


Professional Bio

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Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C., shareholder Jacob (Jake) Manian fights aggressively for individual and business in a wide range of criminal and civil matters, from state and federal government investigations, including civil penalty and criminal charges, to basic and complex commercial litigation, including trials and restraining order hearings.

Jake is in the upper echelon of private practice litigators, having served as lead counsel in over 50 jury trials. His professional peers have recognized Jake’s expertise by, among other things, honoring him as one of the list of Super Lawyers Rising Stars and a Wisconsin Law Journal Up and Coming Lawyer. To view the Wisconsin Law Journal’s video and print profiles of Jake, click on the Up and Coming Lawyer badges at the top of this page.

A former Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, Jake understands the complex nature of government investigations, prosecutions, and negotiations. His extensive trial and prosecutorial experience enables him to achieve the best results for clients caught in the criminal and civil justice systems. Jake’s practice’s unique combination of criminal and civil practice and civil matters allows him to see the big picture impact for his clients, which attorneys who practice in only the criminal or civil arena may miss. Jake’s Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C. criminal practice includes all matters in municipal, state and federal courts, from drunk driving matters, to weapon and drug cases, to homicide charges.

As the head of the firm’s white collar practice, Jake, with the assistance of the firm’s experienced business, tax, accounting, and election law attorneys, ably and aggressively defends his clients against the disproportionate financial and other resources of all levels of government. As part of this practice, Jake has represented clients in matters involving, among other governmental agencies, the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Department of Energy (DOE), United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Milwaukee County Audit Services Division (ASD).

Representative Criminal Cases

In addition to his criminal practice, Jake robustly represents individuals and businesses in basic and complex commercial disputes. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Jake’s valuable litigation experience and expertise yielded favorable client outcomes in a wide range of civil matters, including breach of contract negligence and other tort, construction defect, products liability, defamation, and personal injury claims.

Jake believes it is generally best to resolve disputes without litigation. If litigation is unavoidable, however, he has the skill and experience to vigorously represent clients from a complaint’s filing, to pre-trial proceedings, to trial and, if appropriate, to an appeal.