Heather McManus ’86 J.D. named general counsel at American Kennel Club

Author: Notre Dame Law School


The American Kennel Club appointed Heather McManus ’86 J.D. this past fall to serve as the organization’s general counsel.

McManus joined the AKC in 1993 and was appointed vice president in 2017. She was previously deputy general counsel.

In addition to serving as the AKC’s chief lawyer, McManus manages the law department functions and is responsible for the insurance programs for the AKC and its affiliates. She has handled litigation matters filed for the AKC and its affiliates and represents the AKC at trial board hearings.

Prior to joining the AKC, McManus was an assistant state’s attorney with the Will County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, serving as a felony prosecutor and chief of the misdemeanor division. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Her hiring was reported by Reuters — read the article here. She also talked about her work in a Q&A with Attorney at Law Magazine.