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Jeffrey Ronald Manishen

Contact Info

Ross & McBride LLP
Criminal defence
905 572 5813
905 526 0732
1 King Street West, 10th Floor
L8N 3P6
Jeffrey R. Manishen
Ross & McBride LLP
One King Street West, Tenth Floor
Hamilton, ON L8N 3P6
P: 905 526 9800; F: 905 526 0732
Direct: (905) 572-5813; e:;


Jeffrey Manishen is currently a senior partner in the law firm of Ross & McBride LLP. He obtained his B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1972. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1975 and articled with Edward Greenspan in 1976. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1977. He was an Assistant Crown Attorney in Hamilton from 1977 to 1985. He has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law since 1989.

Areas of Practice:

He practices criminal and quasi-criminal law on a full-time basis in Hamilton, Ontario.

Professional Activities:

He is a past-President of the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers' Association and past-Chair of the Law Society of Upper Canada Criminal Law Specialization Sub-Committee.

He has taught trial advocacy at various Ontario law schools, Emory University in Atlanta and the Ontario Crown Attorney’s Association summer school. He has been a special lecturer to investigators at the Ontario Fire College and Ontario Police College and various police services across Ontario on issues facing police and expert witnesses as a result of current case law.

He presented on issues involving expert evidence and wrongful convictions at the Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences in Vancouver (1987), Hong Kong (2005) and in Madeira, Portugal (2011). He spoke on the subject of “Wrongful Convictions and Pediatric Forensic Pathology” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Denver (2009) and the Annual Convention of the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers in Toronto (2010).

He developed and co-chaired the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms Update Program bi-annually between 1993 and 2010.

He has been recognized for his practice in criminal law by The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006 and is listed in Canada’s Who’s Who. He has been recognized by his peers, being named the recipient of the 2010 Ed Orzel Award from the Hamilton Law Association. In November 2013, he delivered the Advocacy Lecture in memory of The Honourable Mr. Justice John Sopinka at the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Fall Conference.

He is a frequent legal commentator on CHML AM 900 Radio’s Bill Kelly Show, nationally on Roy Green’s radio show, on CHCH TV in Hamilton and on “Behind the Story” on CTS TV in Burlington.

In 1983, he developed the concept of lawyers performing “Twelve Angry Men” on stage, an idea which has led to numerous ongoing productions across North America. In June, 2011, he appeared as “The Common Man” in the Hamilton Lawyers’ Club production of “A Man for All Seasons” at Theatre Aquarius.