Daniel McManus, Criminal DefenseBorn in Newton, Massachusetts, Dan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1998. Dan went on to Vermont Law School where he was a staff member of the Vermont Law Review and a member of the rugby team. Dan received the American Jurisprudence Award in constitutional law and graduated cum laude in 2001.

Throughout Dan’s career he has focused on representing clients in litigation.  Dan began his career as an associate with Donovan & O’Connor, a litigation firm with Offices in Bennington, Vermont and North Adams, Massachusetts.  Dan went on to work as a prosecutor, serving as a deputy state’s attorney in both Windham County  and Bennington County.  As a prosecutor, Dan tried numerous jury trials to verdict, engaged in significant motion practice and argued matters before the Vermont Supreme Court. Dan ended his career as a prosecutor in 2006, when he joined the law firm of Barr, Sternberg Moss Lawrence & Silver. From 2009-2011, Dan was designated a “Rising Star” by the peer-review organization, New England Super Lawyers.

Dan’s practice continues to focus on litigation in both civil and criminal courts.  Dan’s criminal law practice includes defending clients in courts throughout the State of Vermont in all types of matters including DUI/DWI, drug possession/trafficking, sexual assaults, domestic assault, stalking, embezzlement, theft and other serious crimes, both felony and misdemeanor. Dan’s experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney allows him to analyze cases from all perspectives in order to best advise his clients. Dan evaluates each client’s case and counsels clients regarding their options. Dan’s goal is to provide his client with the information necessary to make informed decision regarding their matter.  Dan advises clients regarding all of their options, including whether they should engage in negotiation or pursue litigation. Dan strives to provide his clients with the vigorous advocacy that is necessary to bring about a favorable resolution for each individual client.

In addition to his criminal law practice, Dan represents clients in civil matters.  Dan assists clients who have been fired for illegal reasons, such as the client’s race, age or gender, or clients who have been terminated in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim or for reporting the unsafe or illegal activities of their employers to the proper state or federal agencies.  Dan also represents clients who have been hurt or injured through the fault of another.  Dan understands that when a person is hurt through the negligent actions of another, the process of getting bills paid and getting fair compensation for one’s injuries can be confusing, frustrating and rather daunting.  Dan assists clients by helping them to navigate the process and achieve fair compensation for their injuries.  Dan also helps clients with landlord-tenant matters, contract litigation and general civil matters.

Dan lives in Manchester with his wife and children. He currently serves on the board of the Bennington County Center for Restorative Justice and is an at-large director for the Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. In this free time, Dan enjoys reading, hiking, cooking and time with his family.

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • Vermont Bar Association, member
  • Bennington County Bar Association, member and past president
  • Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Vermont Association for Justice



5188 Main Street, Suite 1

Manchester Center, VT 05255