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John Thomas McManus

Energy and utilities Attorney at Albany, NY

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Practice areas
  1. Energy and utilities
    As part of Harris Beach's Energy Industry Team, John advises clients on various legal and regulatory issues concerning electricity and natural gas generation, delivery, and consumption. For example, John represents a major public utility holding company before the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) in connection with the proposed acquisition of an international power generation company.

    16 years

  2. Environmental and natural resources
    John often represents clients before specialized administrative agencies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Adirondack Park Agency.

    22 years

  3. Land use and zoning
    John's permitting experience spans facilities involved with power generation, manufacturing, solid waste disposal, construction and demolition debris processing, wireless telecommunications, and housing. As a result, John has extensive experience the various State and federal environmental statutes and regulatory programs that apply to project permitting and siting. His practice regularly requires him to appear before a variety of federal, State, and municipal agencies.

    22 years

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    Drawing on his extensive litigation experience and having clerked for a Judge at New York State's highest court, the Court of Appeals, John represents corporate and individual clients in all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitration, and mediation.

    25 years

  5. Oil and gas
    John represents oil and gas companies on a variety of commercial and regulatory issues, including lease and right of way disputes, well spacing, compulsory integration, and pipeline siting.

    16 years

  6. Telecommunications

    22 years

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


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Licensed for 24 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/01/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1998
Updated 07/09/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Harris Beach PLLC
677 Broadway
Suite 1101
Albany, NY, 12207-2989


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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Harris Beach PLLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Member
  • Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Kinderhook
  • 2008 - Present
  • Counsel
  • The West Firm, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Crane, Parente, Cherubin & Murray
  • 2002 - 2007
  • Confidential law clerk
  • New York State Court of Appeals
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Clifford Chance US LLP
  • 1997 - 2000
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  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • State University of New York, College at Geneseo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Jayne v Talisman Energy USA Inc.
  • Affirmed lower court's dismissal of Plaintiff's complaint.
  • Northeast Wine Dev., LLC v Service-Universal Distributors, Inc., 7 NY3d 871 (2006)
  • City of New Rochelle v Crown Communication New York, Inc., 546 US 815 (2005)
  • Petition for writ of certiorari denied.
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  • Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Political Science Advisory Cabinet at SUNY Geneseo
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • NYSBA Environmental Law Section, Committee on Land Use
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY)
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Hon Richard Wesley Award-Outstanding Public Service Internship
  • State University of New York at Geneseo
  • 1994


  • 11th Annual Institute on Public Utility Law Course Book
  • Submetering Electricity & Tenants' Rights
  • 2009
  • International Financial Law Review
  • The Impact of the Reform Act on U.S. Securities Litigation
  • 1999
  • SIA Compliance & Legal Division Seminar
  • Recent Developments Concerning Judicial Interpretation of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
  • 1999
  • SIA Compliance & Legal Division Seminar
  • Recent Developments Concerning Judicial Interpretation of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Alumni Leaders in a Global Society
  • Alumni Leaders in a Global Society
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Land use and zoning Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John since our time in college. He is an excellent lawyer and an outstanding person. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. McManus is an exemplary attorney of tremendous skill and the highest integrity."
Lawsuits and disputes
Lawsuits and disputes
Albany Energy and utilities Lawyer John Thomas McManus
John Thomas McManus
Energy and utilities Attorney
Albany, NY
Licensed for 24 years
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