Francis P. (Frank) Manning, Esq.

Francis P. (Frank) Manning, Esq.

Managing Partner 1992-present


With a background in accounting, personal experience in owning and managing an array of businesses, and 30+ years of legal practice, Attorney Francis (Frank) Manning brings a multi-faceted perspective to every case or transaction he represents.

Frank provides a variety of legal services, spanning from business and real estate contracting to all topics of civil litigation. He is as proficient a negotiator as he is a litigator.

Frank is passionate about helping businesses of all sizes and at all stages of development. He adds value for his business clients by establishing a legal framework that supports sustainable growth and avoids future pitfalls. He allows business owners to focus on the work they love with the peace of mind that they are protected. When new opportunities arise, Frank swiftly assists in the negotiations and drafting to make dreams a reality.

These same skills translate perfectly into the realm of contracts, private sales and purchases of all varieties. No contract or purchase agreement should be entered into without the experienced advice of a trustworthy professional.

In every area of life however, disputes do arise. Although stressful, litigation is sometimes the best or only means of resolving an essential, life-changing matter. For contested disputes like this, it is imperative to have an attorney who is knowledgeable of the laws, and who feels at home in a courtroom. Frank has built his firm on a foundation of integrity, advocacy, and efficiency, and works tirelessly to take the burden of pending lawsuits off the shoulders of his clients, from the very first meeting to the final resolution.

Licensed in:
Ohio State Courts
Federal District Court Northern District of Ohio
United States Supreme Court

Focus Areas:
Business consultation, contracts and litigation
Real Estate contracts and litigation
Estate Planning
Estate and Trust Administration
Probate Law
Civil Litigation

Bachelors: Cleveland State University
Business Administration
Concentration in Public Accounting
JD: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Sr. Editor Cleveland State Law Review

Memberships (Law):
Lake County Bar Grievance Committee
Lake County Public Defender Commission
Lake County Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Association of Magistrates

Memberships (Community):
Willoughby Rotary Foundation
Lake Cty. Economic Development Council Micro Loan Committee
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Willoughby Area Chamber of Commerce
Western Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Western Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Beacon Health – Board of Directors
Leadership Lake County Class of 2006
St. John’s Vianney Endowment Committee
St. Noel Finance Committee

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