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John O McManus

John O McManus

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts

About Me

John O. McManus received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy from Fordham University where he was awarded membership in phi sigma alpha for excellence in his major field of study and received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. He practiced law for five years with the Wall Street law firm of Dewey Ballantine and with the national law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, with a concentration on estate planning and real estate transactions. In 1991, he formed his own firm representing individuals and families who are in the top percentile of financial success in the country. Mr. McManus participated in several estate planning and bar associations including a board membership on the Northern New Jersey Estate Planning Council where he recently completed his term as President of the Council. John also served on the Committee on Estates, Trusts and Surrogate’s Courts of the Bar Association of the City of New York and the Committee on Real Property, Probate and Trusts of the American Bar Association. Furthermore, Mr. McManus is a member of the prestigious Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the European American Chamber of Commerce in New York. After 10 years of receiving Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (AV) as a practicing attorney, he was named to the National Bar of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. McManus was also named by Avenue Magazine as one of the top trusts and estates attorneys in the New York City area. He is regularly invited by financial institutions and accountants to speak on current estate planning topics and continuing education requirements within the estate planning industry and has been quoted in such well-known publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Forbes. Mr. McManus is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. John is also actively involved in his community as the Chairman of the St. James Church Financial Advisory Committee overseeing 3,000 families within the parish, as a Board Member and Chairman of the Endowment Committee of the Somerset Hills YMCA whose facility is recognized as one of the largest and most successful in the nation, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Sisters of Christian Charity, and through his support of The Pingry School Parents Association, supporting the school his children currently attend. Some of John’s personal interests include mountain biking and RV travel through the National Parks.


Languages Spoken: Japanese, English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Trusts: 50%
  2. Estate Planning: 50%

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Contact Info

McManus & Associates

571 Central Avenue, Suite 120
New Providence, NJ, 07974

McManus & Associates

1325 Avenue of the Americas
28th FL
New York, NY, 10019




NYCurrently registered 198803/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top AV-rated, The National Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-HubbellN/A
“Legal Elite”AVENUE MagazineN/A
One of 10 Great Entrepreneurial Places to WorkNew York Enterprise ReportN/A
"Best of New Jersey" (one of NJ's top-rated lawyers)Inside Jersey: The Star-Ledger MagazineN/A
“2012 Top Rated Lawyers® Annual Guide to Trusts & Estates”National Journal and The American LawyerN/A
“Asset Protection Law, Firm of the Year in New Jersey”2012 Corporate Intl MagazineN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Northern New Jersey Estate Planning CouncilBoard MemberN/A
Northern New Jersey Estate Planning CouncilPresidentN/A
Association of the Bar of New York City, Estates, Trusts and Surrogate's Courts CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMemberN/A
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)MemberN/A
European American Chamber of Commerce in New YorkMemberN/A
Finance Counsel, St. James ChurchChairpersonN/A
Sisters of Christian CharityAdvisory BoardN/A
Harlem Dowling – West Side Center for Children and Family ServicesBoard MemberN/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham UniversityPhilosophy/Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A