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Jacob A. Manian


Jacob (Jake) Manian, who heads the firm’s white collar criminal and civil practices, represents individuals and businesses targeted by government investigators and aggressively defends against charges at all governmental levels.

Having served as lead counsel in well over 50 jury trials and as a former Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, Jake is in the upper echelon of private practice litigators. His criminal practice includes all matters in municipal, state, and federal courts, from subpoenas and investigations, to drunk driving matters, to weapons and drug cases, to homicide charges. In addition to his criminal practice, Jake represents individuals and businesses in complex civil matters, including construction and product defects, employment discrimination charges, and various kinds of business and contract disputes. Jake’s rare hybrid practice in both criminal and civil law gives him the vision to protect an individual client’s personal and business interests.



Civil Litigation


As lead counsel and after a six-day trial, successfully obtained a Not Guilty verdict and the dismissal of a six-year felony for a client charged with embezzling several hundred thousand dollars from his former company.

Successfully obtained a Not Guilty verdict and the dismissal of a 10-year felony charge for a client charged with possessing a firearm as a felon.

Negotiated the favorable resolution of numerous criminal felony drug, weapons, and financial charges, avoiding years in prison for his clients.

Through rigorous investigations and negotiations, successfully persuaded prosecutors to decline issuing criminal charges against multiple clients.

Successfully represented clients charged in large-scale criminal federal drug conspiracies and Hobbs Act charges involving Title III wiretaps, criminal informants, government surveillance technology, and cell tower maps.

Successfully obtained favorable terms and protections for individuals and entities responding to grand jury subpoenas as part of large federal investigations.


Successfully negotiated and obtained a seven-figure settlement from landlord and its insurer, for the estate of a woman who suffered and died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to defects in her apartment.

Following complex litigation obtained favorable settlement for restaurant against general and subcontractors who installed defective HVAC system.

Successfully defended and obtained favorable products liability settlement, representing small fraction of initially demanded damages, for national appliance manufacturer defendant.

Successfully defended and obtained favorable settlement for community-based dental clinic against personal injury claim.

After investigating and deposing claimant, successfully obtained dismissal of former employee’s discrimination claim against employer.


Wisconsin District Attorneys’ offices in multiple counties (DA)

Wisconsin Department of Justice – Attorney General (AG)

Wisconsin Department of Justice – Criminal Investigation Division (CID)

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

Securities and Exchange Commission

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)

Lead counsel in over 50 jury trials

Named “Up and Coming Lawyer,” Wisconsin Law Journal

Certified, State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society

Named to the list of Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Selected, The Best Lawyers in America©

J.D., Marquette University Law School

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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