Veteran Lake County Litigators Join Forces to Form New Firm

Frank Manning and Jody Clair Establish Manning & Clair Attorneys at Law With Comprehensive Services for Clients

When attorneys possessing five generations of legal expertise between them come together it can only mean one thing – clients will benefit from a wealth of experience and top-quality representation.

Veteran attorney Frank Manning has teamed with Jody Clair to form Manning & Clair Attorneys at Law. The firm will offer clients legal services stretching across a variety of disciplines from corporate litigation to domestic relations to criminal defense.

“We work with people helping them address their biggest challenges or most promising opportunities applying well-crafted legal expertise and counsel,” says Manning, who has been an active member of Lake County legal community and partner in his own firm, Manning & Manning, for 25 years. “The experience and respected reputation Jody Clair brings builds upon the work we have been doing and affords our clients a wider array of legal services.”

The new firm features six litigators plus administrative staff and will be headquartered in a historic renovated building in downtown Willoughby, Ohio that is scheduled to open in late February. Ironically, the building at 38040 Euclid Ave. is the location where Clair started her legal career clerking for her father and uncle at the age of 14.

“Clients will have the best of both worlds working with Manning & Clair and will benefit from the experience we bring to the table, as well as the energy of a new firm,” says Clair, who was one of a handful of female attorneys in Lake County when she entered the profession in the late 1970s. “I am excited about the move and look forward to continuing to engage and assist people who need our expertise.”

Manning is a graduate of Cleveland Marshall College of Law and Cleveland State University, and has built his practice focused on business and real estate law, estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate law and civil litigation. Involved with numerous civic organizations in Willoughby and Lake County, Manning also serves as a visiting judge and magistrate for Willoughby Municipal Court.

A third-generation litigator, Clair is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and started her law career in 1977 working for her father’s firm on probate and family law. Following her father’s retirement, Clair built one of Lake County’s most respected domestic relations practices earning praise not only for her legal prowess, but for her ability to lend a personal touch to her work during what can be an emotional and stressful time for clients.