An attorney, lobbyist, and former Maryland Senator, Roger Manno is a legislative and regulatory architect who has spent decades in government service, working in the White House, on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, as Legislative Director and Senior Counsel to members of Congress, and as an elected member of the Maryland House and a senior member of the Maryland Senate.
Roger's practice focuses on legislative and regulatory issues before the Maryland General Assembly, state agencies, counties and municipalities, and the U.S. Congress. His state practice is particularly focused on issues before the Senate Budget & Taxation Committee (on which he served for 8 years), the Senate Finance Committee, the House Economic Matters Committee (on which he served for 4 years), and the House Appropriations Committee.
Formerly, as Senate Chair of both the Spending Affordability Committee and the “AELR” regulatory committee (Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review), Roger advanced reforms that streamlined and strengthened Maryland’s regulatory processes, and authored landmark structural reforms that fundamentally transformed Maryland’s budget forecasting, revenues, and overall baseline spending.
As Senate Majority Whip, Roger worked to build strong voting majorities in order to advance a disciplined legislative agenda across the State of Maryland. An attorney admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Armed Forces, and other federal courts, Roger served as Senior Counsel and Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as Of Counsel to the general practice / civil litigation law firm of Karp, Frosh, Lapidus, Wigodsky & Norwind, P.A., during the period when (now) Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh served as a named Partner. Roger is Partner at The Manno Law Firm, contributes ongoing pro bono legal work, and serves indigent defendants in both the District and Circuit courts as a Maryland Judiciary Court Appointed Attorney. He was also appointed to serve on the State Prosecutor Selection and Disabilities Commission by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. in 2019.
Roger has received numerous honors, awards and recognitions, including from the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, United States Department of Defense, Fraternal Order of Police (Maryland State Lodge), International Association of Fire Fighters (Local 1664), Plumbers and Gasfitters United Association (Local 5), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 26), Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Columbia Union Conference, Engage Mountain Maryland, Northwood-Four Corners Civic Association, Kemp Mill Civic Association, among many others. Twice awarded Legislator of the Year by Maryland Building and Construction Trades Council (AFL-CIO), Roger also has the unique distinction of being named an honorary member of 2 AFL-CIO building and construction trade unions – UA Steamfitters United Association (Local 602), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 26).