Jim Manley

Senior Attorney

Jim Manley is a senior attorney at the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. Jim litigates Goldwater Institute cases nationwide, in the areas of free speech, economic liberty, and taxpayer protections. For more than a decade, he has been fighting to protect and expand freedom.

Before joining the Goldwater Institute, Jim served six years as a staff attorney at Mountain States Legal Foundation. In his first case after graduating from law school, he secured a victory at the Colorado Supreme Court protecting the right to self-defense on college campuses. His cases defending free speech, the right to keep and bear arms, taxpayer rights, and property rights have set important precedents in state and federal courts.

A native of Michigan, he graduated from Arizona State University, with a double major in Political Science and Journalism. He earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Law Review and President of the Federalist Society. Before attending law school, Jim was a professional ski instructor in Telluride, Colorado, and a Reagan Fellow at the Goldwater Institute.

Documents & Reports

Published July 13, 2015

Author Jim Manley

Executive Summary On June 11, 2015, Rich Smith of Longmont, Colorado, was sentenced to one year of probation, a $385 fine, and a 20-day suspended jail sentence. His crime? Operating a windshield chip repair business at the hotel he manages. The City of Longmont shut down his business and, under ...

Executive Summary At a time of soaring medical costs, health care consumers need options more than ever. The market is responding with lower-cost, higher-quality, customized options. But many states thwart competition and choices through “Certificate of Need” (“CON”) laws designed not to protect the public but rather powerful medical interests ...

Published March 7, 2017

Author Jim Manley

When Phoenix tops Manhattan, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, and Silicon Valley in net office space leasing, you have to wonder: Does Phoenix really need to subsidize real estate developers?  The City seems to think so. In spite of over $4 billion invested in downtown Phoenix since 2007, the City continues ...

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