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  • Called to the bar: 1993
  • Bachelor of Commerce, McGill University, Faculty of Management, 1984-1987,
  • B.C.L./L.L.B. , McGill University, Faculty of Law, 1987-1991

  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Franchise Law (Litigation)
  • Litigation
  • Mtg. Enforcement
  • Executive member of the Insolvency Section of the Ontario Bar Association, member of the Canadian Bar Association, member of the Canadian Insolvency Foundation and INSOL International
  • Active volunteer coach for boys hockey and girls soccer of various ages
  • Presented the Personal Technical Update at the CAIRP Insolvency and Restructuring Forum, May, 2012;
  • Presented Remedies for Secured Creditors to members of the Sports Industry Credit Association, September, 2011;
  • Presented Bankruptcy 101 to members of the Sports Industry Credit Association, May, 2011;


Howard F. Manis has been practicing bankruptcy and insolvency law (creditors’ and debtors’ rights) and commercial litigation since his call to the Bar in 1993.
He provides legal advice to trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, banks and other financial institutions, landlords, trade suppliers and debtors (both corporate and individuals) in all aspects of insolvency law, including bankruptcy, proposals, reorganizations and restructurings, enforcement of security, and in protecting rights outside of insolvency proceedings.  His practice also comprises secured and unsecured debt enforcement for private and institutional lenders and manufacturers and distributors in the sporting goods industry.
In addition, Howard has a strong commercial litigation expertise where he regularly acts for both plaintiffs and defendants on behalf of corporations and private individuals in a wide range of sophisticated commercial disputes, including but not limited to, securities issues, shareholder disputes and interpretations of business agreements.
Howard also advises clients on many aspects of franchise litigation, landlord and tenant disputes, employment law and general commercial matters.
Howard has given seminars on a wide range of topics in his areas of practice.
Howard is married with three young daughters and enjoys spending quality leisure time with the four most important women in his life.
In his spare time Howard is actively involved in many sports including hockey, baseball and golf.