Joseph D. Mancano is of-counsel to Zimolong, LLC. He is the founder of Mancano Law, PLLC. He graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1979 where he was on the Dean’s Honor Roll and received the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Trial Advocacy.
Following graduation, Mr. Mancano joined the U.S. Department of Justice under its Honors Program. He served as Trial Attorney in the Philadelphia Field Office of the Antitrust Division from 1979-1982. From 1982-1985, Mr. Mancano was a Trial Attorney in the Philadelphia Strike Force Office of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. Mr. Mancano continued his government career in 1985 when he was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in the St. Louis, Missouri office of the President’s Drug Enforcement Task Force. As a Justice Department Attorney, Mr. Mancano received official commendations from the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Customs Service. Prior to founding Mancano Law, PLLC, Mr. Mancano was chairman of the White Collar Criminal Defense practice at a 70-lawyer, multi-state firm.
Mr. Mancano focuses his practice on both civil and criminal litigation in federal courts throughout the United States, and in Pennsylvania state courts. He is an accomplished trial lawyer, having tried over 100 cases to verdict. Mr. Mancano also handles federal appeals, and routinely represents clients in regulatory enforcement proceedings. Since 2014, Mr. Mancano has served as a court-appointed Discovery and Settlement Master for civil cases filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Commerce Court.
Mr. Mancano is a prolific speaker and has lectured on myriad topics at law schools, business schools, the FBI Training Academy, and to bar association groups, health care providers, and accounting societies. He has been selected by his peers for the 2013-2022 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar and has been selected Lawyer of the Year for 2022. Mr. Mancano is also listed in the 2018 Guide to the World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers, the international legal market’s guide to the top practitioners advising on white collar crime law. For the years 2005 through 2021, he has been selected by his peers as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers for White Collar Criminal Defense, and one of Philadelphia’s Top 100 Super Lawyers for 2013-2022. On November 28, 2018, Mr. Mancano received The Annual Cesare Beccaria Award presented by the Justinian Society and The Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education.
Mr. Mancano serves on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers White Collar Crime Committee. He has been a member of the American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section and the Section of Antitrust Law, the Criminal Law Committee of the Federal Bar Association in Philadelphia, the Federalist Society, the Justinian Society, and the National Italian American Foundation. He is past President of the St. Thomas More Society, an organization devoted to promoting the highest ethical standards in the legal profession.
Mr. Mancano is active in civic and charitable organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Act II Playhouse, a professional regional theater in Ambler, Pennsylvania. He served as a Trustee of St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, a Jesuit high school in Philadelphia, and was on the Board of Governors of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia.