Jacob A. Manian

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Professional Bio

Since joining the firm of Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C., Jacob (Jake) Manian has demonstrated the ability to fight aggressively for individuals and businesses, in either civil or criminal matters. Jake draws on his experience having handled approximately three dozen jury trials in his first 5 years as a lawyer. Nearly all of those trials involved prosecuting violent crimes and crimes against children when Jake served as an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee. Jake also tried several civil cases as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in Milwaukee. Now in private practice, this broad trial experience enables Jake to get great results for clients, whether through tough negotiations, or litigation, if necessary. 

Jake has a vast knowledge of our justice system, maintains a close relationship with the judges and attorneys who practice in the courthouse and has a wealth of experience regarding law enforcement investigations. Jake can advise every step of the way as to how you or your company can best avoid ending up in a courtroom, as well as how to achieve the best possible outcome once (either civil or criminal) litigation becomes unavoidable. 

During his time in the DA’s Office, Jake conducted direct and cross-examination of expert witnesses in a variety of areas, including medical, crime scene forensics, computer forensics, fingerprint and trace evidence, gang activity and DNA evidence. This experience enables Jake to scrutinize scientific evidence carefully to ensure that unreliable scientific evidence is excluded. It also enables Jake to use scientific evidence to the benefit of his clients.

On the civil side, Jake can prosecute or defend against civil lawsuits or disputes between individuals or businesses. On the criminal side, Jake can advise (either individuals or business) clients through any criminal investigation and vigorously defend against any criminal charges. 

At Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C., Jake also works on general corporate, business and real estate matters. He takes advantage of being surrounded by skilled and experienced attorneys in these areas in order to better serve his clients. Jake represents both individuals and businesses and handles a variety of disputes on both the plaintiff and defense side.

Awards & Recognitions

Up and Coming Lawyers by Wisconsin Law Journal (2014)

Personal Bio

Jake grew up in Milwaukee and attended Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. While at UWM, Jake participated in Panthervision, the university’s student newscast. Jake took part in writing, development and management of the show, which aired weekly on cable television.

Jake attended Marquette University Law School, graduating in 2007. During law school, Jake participated in the Volunteer Legal Clinic, where he gained insight into the practical, every-day legal challenges facing members of the community. Jake continues to volunteer at the same legal clinic, now as an attorney. After graduating from Marquette University Law School in 2007, it was his interest in public service that steered Jake to joining the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

Jake’s grandfather, the Honorable Victor Manian, is a former Milwaukee Police Sergeant, Deputy District Attorney and Milwaukee County Chief Judge. Judge Manian also serves as wedding officiant for everyone in the Manian family, including Jake and his wife Kate, a local family lawyer. Jake and Kate live in downtown Milwaukee with their adorable daughter Finley.

In his free time Jake enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching and playing sports, exercising and attending the numerous events and attractions that Milwaukee offers.