JOSEPH M. MANISCO, ESQ.
Joseph M. Manisco is a veteran attorney with more than twenty nine years of specialized experience in real estate and business law and litigation.
Over a period of twenty three years, Mr. Manisco served as in-house legal counsel to three of the country's largest homebuilding companies.
Immediately prior to joining Ross Wersching and Manisco LLP, Mr. Manisco served as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of K. Hovnanian Companies of California, Inc., a subsidiary of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., a national homebuilder listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
In this capacity, Mr. Manisco
was responsible for all legal affairs of the California company, including land acquisition, development and disposition, home sales, Department of Real Estate processing, homeowner and subcontractor issues, dispute resolution and litigation, office leasing and subleasing, restructuring of challenged projects, and public infrastructure financing.
At KB Home, also a publicly traded homebuilding company, Mr. Manisco served as Vice President of Legal Affairs, first for the company's Nevada division, and subsequently for its Southern California divisions.
tenure as Vice President of the Nevada division, it built and sold approximately 3,000 homes per year, making it one of the highest volume and most prosperous homebuilding divisions in the country.
was an integral part of the Nevada division's management team, with responsibility for all of its legal affairs.
Prior to the acquisition of its homebuilding operations by KB Home, Mr. Manisco served as Senior Counsel to Lewis Homes Management Corp., which, at the time, was one of the country's largest and most successful private homebuilding companies.
In addition to his
responsibilities for the acquisition, development and sale of numerous residential communities in Southern and Northern California, Mr. Manisco
represented the company in its acquisition, renovation and sale to the public of 1,270 units of former officers' housing at the closed Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California.
was also responsible for the legal matters pertaining to the development of the 1,300 acre Terra Vista Master Planned Mixed Use Community in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
During the early years of his
career, as a litigator with the Ventura law firm of Lowthorp Richards McMillan Miller Conway
and Templeman, Mr. Manisco
successfully litigated a variety of civil cases.
Mr. Manisco received his Juris Doctor in 1981 from Loyola University Law School, Los Angeles, where he was a member of the Loyola Law Review, the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society and, throughout law school, the Dean's Honor List.
Mr. Manisco is also a 1978 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.
Mr. Manisco was admitted to practice law in 1981 and has since been a member of the State Bar of California.
He is a member of the State Bar's Real Property Law Section and is a Director of the California Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation.
He is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
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