Jenner & Block

Manuel Possolo is an associate in the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense practice.  Mr. Possolo has significant experience conducting cross border matters, internal investigations and compliance reviews. He also has experience litigating at trial and on appeal and maintains an active pro bono practice.

Mr. Possolo has assessed legal and regulatory risk and provided advice for enhancing compliance to a number of major corporations.  He has participated in and led investigations on a range of issues, including FCPA compliance, accounting fraud, FCC regulatory compliance, securities law violations, compliance with government contracting rules, bankruptcy fraud and breaches of US tax law and international agreements.  He has worked on a variety of engagements involving internal investigations, a cross border monitorship and responses to the DOJ, SEC and other regulatory agencies. 

Mr. Possolo has experience litigating at both the trial and appellate level.  He, along with a small trial team, achieved a $50.5 million settlement for a bankruptcy trustee in the Northern District of Illinois in an action to collect on an outstanding judgment.  He also participated in drafting successful appellate briefing before the Seventh Circuit.

In addition, Mr. Possolo has significant pro bono experience.  He was first-chair in a bench trial in the DC Superior Court and won a favorable judgment for his client based on poor housing conditions.  Mr. Possolo worked on an amicus brief for the US Supreme Court highlighting evidence that race discrimination continues to pose a problem in jury selection.  He participated in drafting an appellate brief in a voting rights case before the Eleventh Circuit.  Mr. Possolo has also counseled a nonprofit organization assisting victims of domestic violence, drafted proposed revisions to the Maryland criminal code to conform with constitutional requirements and assisted with requests for asylum.

Mr. Possolo currently serves on the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Associate Board.  He previously served as an elected member of the firm's Associates Committee.

In 2013, Mr. Possolo was a finalist in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA.  His publication—“Morals Legislation After Lawrence: Can States Criminalize the Sale of Sexual Devices?”—was awarded as the best note of Volume 65 of the Stanford Law Review.