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Steven L. Manchel



Steven Manchel has extensive national experience in recruiting matters, broker-dealer litigation, securities litigation, and complex civil litigation. In the employee departure arena, Steven has handled and continues to handle matters ranging from single employee transitions to the types of retention and attraction issues arising from mergers and acquisitions involving Fortune 500 corporations. He also has a long history of representing broker-dealers, insurance companies and financial advisors and agents in customer complaint cases.

Steven is the author of  I Hereby Resign, a book that provides a practical and useful “how to guide” for properly leaving a job and moving to a competing company.

Before Bowditch

Before joining Bowditch, Steven was a founding partner at a law firm specializing in litigation and counseling relating to employee recruitment and departures, general employment matters, and securities and commercial litigation. At the outset of his career, Steven clerked at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Besides work

For almost 20 years, Steven has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard Business School. He admits to being a reasonably terrible but avid golfer and, as the son of a film critic, an obsessive movie watcher.



  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, AV Preeminent, 5.0, the highest ranking
  • Member, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2005-2023

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  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit


  • J.D., Washington University School of Law
  • B.A., with honors, University of Vermont
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