Manuel "Manny" Sanchez is the managing partner of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP, the largest minority-owned law firm in the United States. He has specialized in civil trial defense work for more than 27 years. In 1987, he and John Daniels founded the firm of Sanchez & Daniels. He has served on the corporate board of Wheelaborator Technologies, Inc. (1992-1998). He presently serves on the corporate board of Directors of Metropolitan Bank & Trust (1994-present), United Financial Holdings, Inc. (1998-present), United Community Bank (Chairman of Board 2000-present) and The Alford Group (1996-present).
He serves or has served on the following non-for-profit Boards of Directors: Benedictine University Board of Trustees (1993-1999), St. Ignatius College Prep (1995-2001), New America Alliance (2000-present), Chicago Mayor's Fellows Board, 1992-2000), Co-Chair of Scholarship Chicago (f/k/a Chicagoland Scholarship Fund/Chicago Scholars Foundation, Junior Achievement of Chicago, Chicago United, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Executives Club of Chicago, Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Accion Chicago, Hispanocare (1992-2002), Children's Memorial Hospital, Steppenwolf Theater, Village Foundation, Marwen and Northwestern Memorial Foundation, Chairman of the Membership Commission of the Chicago Club and Loyola Council of Regents; International Association of Defense Counsel, Product Liability Advisory Council; Consejo Consultivo Empresarial de Chicago; co-chair of ABA Commission on the Jury, 7th Circuit American Jury Project Commission and Hispanic Civic Committee of Chicago; member of Leading Lawyers Network (2003-present); White House Fellowships Chicago Regional Selection Panel (2006); Chicago 2006 Olympic Committee; Economic Club of Chicago (2006); Steering Committee for the Real Men Read Initiative for Chicago Public Schools (2006).
He has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and the Hispanic National Bar Association. He was a founder of the Mexican American Lawyers Association and the Latin American Bar Association.
In 1995, Governor James Edgar, appointed Sanchez to the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees. In 2001, he was re-appointed to a six-year term by Governor George Ryan and shortly thereafter, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University. He has been elected to membership in the Commercial Club of Chicago and Economic Club of Chicago.
Mr. Sanchez has been honored by numerous organizations including: Chicago United's "2002 Changing How Chicago Works" Award; Infant Welfare Society of Chicago's "Hall of Fame" Award (2002); Operation Push Excel Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy & Partnership Award (2002); Minority Business Advocate Award (2001); Northern Illinois University VALE Award (2000); St. Augustine College El Puente Award (2000); Thomas L. Sager Award (1999); the Raoul Wallenberg International Humanitarian Award (1998); Salute to Chicago Guiding Light Award (1997); El Valor Founders Award (1996); Basil Moreau Lifetime Achievement Award (1995); Chicago NBC/Hispanic Magazine Vida Award for Entrepreneurship (1995). In 1990, his family was named the Illinois Hispanic Family of the Year. He also was named on multiple occasions by Hispanic Magazine as "One of the Nation's Most Influential Hispanics." He has been listed by Crain's Chicago Business Magazine as a member of "Who's Who in Chicago Business" for the past ten plus years. Named by Poder Magazine as one of “The 100 Most Powerful Latinos” in the U.S.A. (Dec. 2003); named as a 2006 Illinois Super Lawyer; named 100 Leading Lawyers by Chicago/Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine in 2003, 2004 and 2005; named in Latino Leaders as one of the “101Top Movers and Shakers in America” 2005/2006; March of Dimes Faces of Our Success Award 2006; 101 Latino Leaders (2007); Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Trial Counsel (2007).
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed courses in Corporate Governance at University of Southern California, University of Chicago School of Business and Harvard Business School.
He can be reached at (312) 641-1555.