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Howard Manis

Partner at The Cochran Firm of the Mid-South

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 years of practicing law, Howard has established numerous areas of concentration, including criminal defense in State and Federal courts, auto accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, police misconduct, civil litigation, estate planning and civil rights. He also is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and provides financial planning, estate planning and advisory assistance through his relationship at Kelman-Lazarov.


On August 15, 2016, Mr. Manis joined the Memphis Office of the Cochran Firm, bringing with him over twenty 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.


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.


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.



Lawyer & Professional Organizations:

  • 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