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I am a member of Harris Beach and its Energy Industry Team and Environmental Law Practice Group.



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  1. Energy: 50%
    10 years
  2. Environmental: 20%
    16 years
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 10%
    16 years
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
    19 years
  5. Other: 10%
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  • Matthew S. Lerner

    I worked with John at the New York Court of Appeals. He is an extremely intelligent attorney and is easy to work with. I am looking forward to working with John on future projects.


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  • Thomas Martin Kernan

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. McManus is an exemplary attorney of tremendous skill and the highest integrity.


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Harris Beach PLLC

677 Broadway
Suite 1101
Albany, NY, 12207-2989


NYCurrently registered 199803/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2014
Hon Richard Wesley Award-Outstanding Public Service InternshipState University of New York at Geneseo1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberHarris Beach PLLC2008 - Present
MemberZoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Kinderhook2008 - Present
CounselThe West Firm, PLLC2007 - 2008
AssociateCrane, Parente, Cherubin & Murray2002 - 2007
Confidential law clerkNew York State Court of Appeals2000 - 2002
AssociateClifford Chance US LLP1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Communications Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Political Science Advisory Cabinet at SUNY GeneseoMember2009 - Present
NYSBA Environmental Law Section, Committee on Land UseMember2008 - Present
Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY)Member2008 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Albany County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Buffalo S. R.R., Inc. v Village of Croton-on-Hudson, 434 F Supp 2d 241 (SDNY 2006)Plf's motion for a preliminary injunction granted
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma v Town of Aurelius, 2004 US Dist Lexis 17481 (NDNY 2004)N/A
City of New Rochelle v Crown Communication New York, Inc., 546 US 815 (2005)Petition for writ of certiorari denied.
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Publication nameTitleDate
New York Law JournalInside the World of Residential Electricity Submetering2010
11th Annual Institute on Public Utility Law Course BookSubmetering Electricity & Tenants' Rights2009
International Financial Law ReviewThe Impact of the Reform Act on U.S. Securities Litigation1999
SIA Compliance & Legal Division SeminarRecent Developments Concerning Judicial Interpretation of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 19951999
SIA Compliance & Legal Division SeminarRecent Developments Concerning Judicial Interpretation of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 19951998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
State University of New York, College at GeneseoPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2012 Annual Spring Environment ConferenceWhat Does Dryden Mean for Home Rule?2012
Power-Gen Competitive Power CollegeLegal Issues in Energy Project Siting2009
Alumni Leaders in a Global SocietyAlumni Leaders in a Global Society2009
11th Annual Institute on Public Utility LawSubmetering Electricity & Tenants' Rights2009