Manny guides executives and in-house counsel in various industries, along with elected and appointed officials facing crises or key business decisions. He is an effective, practical, and strategic business litigator and advisor who focuses on outcomes, not inputs. He believes that the best solution to a problem is a problem avoided. For the problems that can’t be avoided, he prepares his client and the team to present a compelling story to the court or jury.

Manny routinely represents businesses of all sizes, individuals, and public clients in state and federal courts across the country in business and contract disputes of all types, including M&A disputes, franchise disputes, shareholder disputes, injunctive and emergency relief, trade secret and fraud claims, trademark disputes, construction disputes, director and officer liability issues, Magnuson-Moss, FCRA, TCPA, and various deceptive trade practices and unfair competition claims, and in class action and multi-district litigation. Manny has led or been a part of extensive litigation (including multi-district litigation) across the nation and his clients benefit from that experience. Manny represents clients in state and federal courts in Indiana, Illinois, and the District of Colorado. He has litigated cases on behalf of clients on a pro hac vice basis in state and federal courts in Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Public sector clients call Manny with critical issues, or when transformative projects need strategic legal input. He works alongside the client and, often, the client’s counsel advising on a variety of matters, including: public-private partnerships (including BOT), executive and legislative functions, eminent domain, service contract negotiations, vendor contract negotiation, property disposition and project development, election matters, and complex access to public records and open door law issues. In addition, he has experience advising public and private sector clients about state and local procurement issues, and challenging procurement determinations.

Manny has routinely been selected as an Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, and as a Best Lawyers “One to Watch” in commercial and municipal law. He is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, as well as the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series program. Manny most recently served the Indianapolis Bar Association as one of 11 members of the IndyBar Practical Skills Work Group, and has previously served as counsel to the board of directors, bar review lecturer for Administrative Law, and as chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Pro Bono Standing Committee. He has also served on the Bar’s Nominating Committee several times and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He was a finalist for Indy’s “Best and Brightest Awards” in the law category.

Among many other accolades, Manny was selected twice as a “Standout Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. The Honorees are chosen by senior in-house counsel (free from law firm influence) as part of Thomson Reuters’ Sharplegal study, and are recognized for improving client satisfaction, increasing client advocacy, and strengthening brand.

He graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington and received his law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. While in law school, Manny served as an editor of the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review and was a civil procedure fellow and individual tutor for the Dean’s Tutorial Society. Manny also served as a clerk in the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Manny is a frequent presenter on issues affecting government and businesses and writes on a variety of topics. Manny is an advisory member of the board of directors for St. Mary’s Child Center, having served out his full term, and is a volunteer and speaker for programs that focus on advancing opportunities for underserved youth.


All Service Areas


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Indiana University


  • State - Indiana
  • Federal - Northern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal - District of Colorado
  • Federal - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Indiana

Notable Matters

Recent representative matters:

  • Advised on largest annexation in Indiana history and successfully defeated challenge to that annexation in court to preserve timeline for multi-billion dollar development.
  • Led procurement and evaluation process, and advised on negotiations for long term economic development project for governmental entity worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Advised on and litigated key issues in early case set for trial in multi-billion dollar multi-district litigation on behalf of government clients.
  • Successful defense and settlement of $1.4 billion class action, defeating class certification and preserving indemnification claims against subcontractor.
  • Successful defense and settlement of significant TCPA class action claim in pre-Motion to Dismiss stage.
  • Advised on various procurement matters and pursued bid challenges before the Indiana Department of Administration.
  • Advised on complex local government procurement challenge and strategy on behalf of national utility client.
  • Pursued two-state, multi-suit, multi-million dollar construction litigation securing favorable settlement for client, achieving key business goals with a sensitive timeline.
  • Defended and crafted favorable settlement of indemnification and related claims against purchaser of various large-scale, multi-state assets.
  • Orchestrated favorable settlement of highly contested arbitration related to system integration and implementation that allowed client to move forward in pursuing growth of business while preserving key relationships.
  • Successfully litigated against public official to thwart unauthorized exercise of executive powers, preventing catastrophic effects for client.
  • Successfully settled lawsuit challenging water rates to high volume users, setting up city for long-term successful and profitable water services.
  • Thwarted shareholder challenge in closely-held corporation that prevented dire outcome to the rapidly growing business.

Speeches and Publications


  • Co-author, “Survey of Indiana Administrative Law,” 52 Ind. L. Rev. 589 (2019).
  • Co-author, “Survey of Indiana Administrative Law,” 51 Ind. L. Rev. 895 (2018).
  • Co-author, “Survey of Indiana Administrative Law,” 50 Ind. L. Rev. 1115 (2017).
  • Author, “An Ode to the Phone Call,” TYL Monthly – ABA Publication (July 20, 2017).
  • Editorial Advisory Board, “Indiana School Laws and Rules,” 2014-2015, 2015-2016 & 2016-2017, West Publishing.
  • Author, “Millennials Unite: Join Up and #SHOWUP for Yourself and Your Community,” The Indiana Lawyer.
  • Author, “Commonly Asked Questions Guide for Volunteer Attorneys,” Indianapolis Bar Association/Foundation-Editor of “School Law” section (2014-2015, 2015-2016).
  • Practice Advisories: “Changes to Indiana’s Anti-Bullying Law – An Insight Into the Exceptions” and “Expunged Record Disclosure and the Effect on Hiring and Operations.”
  • Quoted in Indianapolis Star article, “Free Legal Advice Offered at Ask a Lawyer Event,” (Sept. 30, 2015).


  • “When You Can’t Wait – TROs and Injunctions: An Interactive Discussion,” Indianapolis Bar Association, Oct. 27, 2020.
  • “Briefs, Demands, and Emails: Effective Legal Writing,” Indianapolis Bar Association, July 1, 2020.
  • “Managing the COVID-19 Budget Fallout,” OnBoard webinar with Adarsh Montvardi and Jason Dudich, May 14, 2020.
  • “Ordinances and Resolutions,” Co-presenter, AIM, Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers – 23rd Annual ILMCT Institute & Academy, March 12, 2018.
  • “Tact and Professionalism in the Public Sector Workplace,” Panelist, AIM, Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers – 23rd Annual ILMCT Institute & Academy, March 12, 2018.
  • “Access to Public Records – Emails, Tweets, and More,” Indiana Mayors Assistants Association, Feb. 23, 2018.
  • “Social Media’s Impact on the Ethics of our Changing Practice,” American Inn of Court, November 17, 2016.
  • “Social Media and Its Effect on Education”, Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education – October 2, 2014.
  • “Significant Pre-Employment Considerations Impacting Public Schools: The New Law on Criminal Record Expungement; Updating Application Forms; Criminal History Responsibilities; and Drug Testing” – December 13, 2013.
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law , Panel speaker at student orientation – numerous.
  • Naturalization Ceremony Speaker, Indianapolis – (2012 (April and October), 2013 (August), 2015 (June).

Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association

    Vice President, Board of Directors
    Member, Bar Leader Series Steering Committee
    Bar Review Lecturer, Administrative Law
    Member, Nominating Committee
    Former Chair, Pro Bono Standing Committee

  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation

    Distinguished Fellow

  • Indiana State Bar Association


  • American Bar Association

    Member, Litigation Section

  • Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association


  • McKinney-Shephard Indianapolis Inn of Court


  • Indianapolis Bar Association - Bar Leader Series XII


  • Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series

    Graduate, Class XLII

Community Involvement

  • St. Mary’s Child Center

    Senior Advisor
    Former Member, Board of Directors
    Co-Chair, Spring Soiree (2017 and 2018)
    Former Co-Chair, Spring Soiree Items Subcommittee

  • Storytelling Arts of Indiana

    Past Member, Board of Directors