Hamilton criminal lawyer Jeffrey Manishen has spent more than three decades working as a strong advocate for clients facing a wide range of criminal charges.
Prior to joining Ross & McBride LLP in 1985, where he is now senior partner, Mr. Manishen was an assistant Crown attorney in Hamilton (1977 – 1985).
Mr. Manishen earned a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) in 1972 from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975. He was called to the bar in 1977.
He has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in criminal litigation since 1989.
Mr. Manishen has taught advocacy courses for many years at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, at Osgoode Hall Law School and Crown Attorney's Association Continuing Education Programs. He has lectured on advocacy for the Canadian and International Association of Forensic Sciences and developed and co-chaired the Law Society's Charter of Rights and Freedoms Update Program bi-annually since 1993.
He has appeared at National Parole Board Hearings, Ontario Review Board Hearings and Law Society of Ontario Disciplinary Hearings.
On occasion, Mr. Manishen is retained by the Ministry of the Attorney-General of Ontario to serve as a special prosecutor.
He is a frequent legal commentator on CHML AM 900 Radio and CHCH television in Hamilton and may be accessed on YouTube.
In 1983, Mr. Manishen developed the concept of lawyers performing the play Twelve Angry Men on stage, an idea which sparked numerous similar productions across North America. He was a cast member in the play put on by the Hamilton Lawyers' Club at Theatre Aquarius.
Since 1977, he has been a member of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association —where he was president in 1992, Law Society of Ontario — where he served on the Paralegal Licensing Committee in 2000, Hamilton Law Association — where he received the Edward J. Orzel Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy in 2010, and Ontario Forensic Services Advisory Committee.
He is past chair of the Law Society of Ontario’s Specialist Certification Committee (Criminal Law). He was a past member of the board of directors of the Advocates’ Society, and on the board of directors and campaign co-chair in 2000 for the United Way of Greater Burlington and Hamilton.
Mr. Manishen was on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Charge Screening, Disclosure and Resolution Discussions in 1993. He is past president of Beth Jacob Synagogue, 1992-1993, and was on the board of directors for Theatre Aquarius 2004-2010.