McManis Faulkner Founder James McManis Named “Top 100 Lawyer” in California

McManis lands on “Top 100” list three years in a row

For the third straight year, McManis Faulkner founder and partner, James McManis, has been named a “Top 100 Lawyer in California” by the Daily Journal, the state’s largest legal news provider.

The Daily Journal’s “Top 100 Lawyers” recognizes the 100 attorneys whose work has had the widest impact and has changed an industry, the law, or society as a whole in the past year. McManis was selected from hundreds of nominations by law firms, nonprofits, universities and in-house counsel.

In making the selection, the Daily Journal highlighted McManis’ focus on government transparency-related matters, including his recent California Supreme Court victory in Smith v. City of San Jose, which confirmed that cities cannot withhold public records sent from personal devices. The publication also lauded McManis’ successful defense of Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim, who was erroneously placed on the U.S. government’s no-fly list. After eight years of procedural wrangling, in 2013, McManis and his team took on the federal government in a week-long bench trial, after which the judge ordered Dr. Ibrahim’s name cleared.

A seasoned trial lawyer and member of the bar for over 50 years, McManis handles cases in the commercial, trade secrets and intellectual property arenas. He also represents individuals in a wide variety of other matters, including civil rights actions, employment disputes, family law, and criminal defense. McManis is an Honorary Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, the oldest institution of legal education in Ireland. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America, the American Bar Foundation and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. McManis received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1967) and his B.A. in History, with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University (1964).