Joseph A. McManus, Jr.

Managing Partner

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Joe is a partner of McManus & Felsen, practicing in the areas of

  • Government Contracts,
  • Construction,
  • Commercial Litigation,
  • Arbitration,
  • International Arbitration, and
  • Disputes Resolution.

Joe has over 43 years of experience as a practicing attorney, advising clients on construction and commercial issues and disputes resolution. He has been a General Counsel to a major construction contractor and has had his own firm for 30 years.

He is as an active arbitrator and litigator on local, national, and international cases. He is on the construction and commercial panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), an arbitrator with International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, headquartered in London (CIArb). He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) honoring his trial work.  

Joe also has extensive contract-drafting experience, especially for hospitals, hotels & resorts, semi-public projects, condominiums and office buildings.

He has served as an expert witness on construction contracts and administration, where a U.S. District Court Judge recalls he is, “a solid, truthful, candid, careful witness who is an expert in construction contracts.”


What sets Joe McManus apart from other great construction lawyers?

  • His Presidency of the American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL), a organization of 175 Fellows in the United States, England, France, Canada and Australia.
  • Few construction lawyers possess his depth in Government Contracts.
  • While he is known for his ability to successfully promote ADR and bring cases to an amicable resolution, he has always maintained that to be a great construction lawyer, you had to try cases, seeing the reaction of the Judge, Jury or Arbitrator, in order to best serve your client.

Honors & Recognitions

Quoting from Chambers and Partners: Joseph McManus focuses evenly on dispute resolution and contract work. Clients praise his “ability to grasp his client’s needs right away and lay out alternative paths. He gives us the pros and cons on each decision but does not force it. ‘He is a spot-on litigator and gave us personal attention above and beyond the call of duty,’ one happy client summed up.





  • Duke University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1972
  • College of the Holy Cross, Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, 1969

Military Service

  • Captain, United States Air Force, Judge Advocate General Corps (1972-1976), assigned to Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Washington DC.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • New York Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia