McManus begins tenure as MAJ president


On Thursday, Attorney Jennifer L. McManus began her tenure as the 71st president of the Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ), serving a one-year term from June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024. Steve Pontoni, MAJ Executive Director, made the announcement. 

“It is my distinct pleasure and honor to guide MAJ as the 71st president of the esteemed organization,” McManus stated. “We have an exciting year ahead of us, with much to be done. I’m looking forward to working with MAJ’s leadership to continue to make progress on important legislative and jurisprudential work and advocating on behalf of Michiganders.”

 McManus, partner at Fagan McManus, P.C. in Royal Oak, represents plaintiffs in employment related disputes. She works with her clients as they negotiate employment agreements and severance packages and represents them as they navigate their way through claims of discrimination, unlawful termination or illegal wage, and hour practices.

 She joined MAJ in 2012 and has served as an officer of the association for the past four years. McManus is also co-chair of the MAJ Employment Discrimination & Civil Rights committee.

 “Trial lawyers are fierce advocates, often backing the underdog to ensure fairness and justice and providing a voice for those that aren’t often heard,” McManus said. “It’s MAJ’s mission to provide the resources, network, and support to help our members succeed. I am incredibly proud to work alongside these committed individuals every day.” 

McManus earned a B.A. from Western Michigan University in 1998 and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law in 2001. She serves as a co-chair for the Federal Bar Association's Legal Ethics Committee, which she participated in developing. McManus is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, a former member of the Labor & Employment Law Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and a former Council Member of the State Bar of Michigan Labor & Employment Law Section. McManus has also served on the Board of Directors for the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, McManus speaks frequently at seminars through the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section and the Federal Bar Association. She has participated in discussions on topics including the Family Medical Leave Act, wage theft, dispositive motion best practices, and legal ethics in social media.

“Jennifer is a highly regarded and passionate attorney, and we are delighted to welcome her as our 71st president,” Pontoni said. “She is dedicated to the profession and our organization and committed to advocating for the unwavering rights of her clients. We are confident that Jennifer will accomplish amazing things on behalf of our organization and the state of Michigan during her tenure.”

Along with McManus, new MAJ officers for 2023-2024 include:

President-Elect – Eric Steinberg, Law Offices of Lee Steinberg, PC, Southfield;

Vice President – Nicholas Andrews, Liss, Seder & Andrews, PC, Bloomfield Hills;

Secretary – Barry R. Conybeare, Conybeare Law Office, P.C., St. Joseph;

Treasurer – Wayne J. Miller, Miller & Tischler, P.C., Farmington Hills;

Immediate Past President – Stuart A. Sklar, Fabian, Sklar, King & Liss, PC, Farmington Hills

Subscribe to the Legal News!
Full access to public notices, articles, columns, archives, statistics, calendar and more
Day Pass Only $4.95!
One-County $80/year
Three-County & Full Pass also available