Howard Manis


Practicing law since 1993, Howard Manis has a breadth of experience in both civil and criminal litigation in both state and federal courts.  In his over twenty five years of practicing law, Howard has established numerous areas of concentration, including criminal defense in State and Federal courts, auto accidents, tractor trailer accidents medical malpracticewrongful death, personal injury, police misconduct, civil litigation, insurance related litigation and civil rights. He also is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®.

On August 15, 2016, Mr. Manis joined the Memphis Office of the Cochran Firm, bringing with him over twenty five years of litigation experience in courtrooms throughout the south.  Mr. Manis has served as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee for the past two decades.  Mr. Manis is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, Arkansas & Mississippi.  Mr. Manis has a significant federal court practice handling both civil and criminal matters.

During his over two decades of practice, Mr. Manis has handled his fair share of high profile matters, including a high school student who was discriminated against due to his sexual orientation, a local cotton gin employee who faced racial discrimination, the family of a man gunned down by a business owner for shoplifting, hundreds of families in the Galilee Cemetery tragedy, children on the Chattanooga bus accident, numerous citizens and families whose civil rights were violated by police misconduct a hundreds of others in need of a dedicated justice fighter.  Mr. Manis does not back away from a fight and always puts his clients first.

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Mr. Manis graduated from Germantown High School in 1984.  After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Risk Management and Estate Planning, he then went on to earn his Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the University of Memphis.

Mr. Manis grew up learning stories about the long standing partnership between his Jewish community and African American community during the civil rights movement and carries those stories with him in his daily fight for justice for all.  Everyone deserves the same justice irrespective of race, creed, color or orientation.  An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  Mr. Manis is a crusader against injustice.

Howard is happily married to his wife Kim and has a son, Louie, and a daughter, Avery.  When he is not working or spending time with his family, Howard enjoys golfing or cheering on the Grizzlies.

Howard Manis

Contact Information

T: 901-523-1222
E: hmanis@cochranfirmmidsouth.com


  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • Memphis Bar Foundation
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers


  • Juris Doctor, University of Memphis
  • Bachelor of Arts—Risk Management & Estate Planning, University of Georgia 1989
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