Nicholas Manis has been a lobbyist and legislative analyst at Manis Canning & Associates for more than 25 years. The law firm was founded in 1991 by his late father, George Manis, and partner Michael Canning.
A University of Maryland, College Park graduate and an Annapolis native, Manis has represented the Baltimore Ravens and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, as well as companies such as Pfizer and the Motion Picture Association of America.
He has advocated for clients in many areas, including sports entertainment, professional licensing, transportation, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, pharmaceuticals and health care.
What is the most valuable habit you have developed?
I was fortunate to be able to learn from one of the best and most well-respected lobbyists in Annapolis – my father, George N. Manis. He taught me that your name is your bond and to always conduct yourself with honesty, integrity and professionalism.
What is the most difficult lesson you have learned?
You cannot stay the same, and if you do, it will end up making your business and life more difficult. You can’t wait for change; you need to go find it. If you feel like you are beginning to plateau, change your routine. It keeps you fresh and allows you to keep growing.
What is the biggest challenge facing government leaders in Maryland?
It is an historic time for the state and one in which all elected officials should embrace with enthusiasm. They need to work together for all Marylanders, regardless of political party or where they live. With a recession on the horizon, the state needs to manage the budget surplus to plan accordingly for the difficult times ahead.