Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Honoree


Emmanuel "Manny" Savitch

Emmanuel “Manny” Savitch was born in 1927 in a small Pennsylvania town. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University at the age of 19 and immediately went to Harvard Law School where he received his law degree. Soon after, Manny became a naval officer with the Office of the Judge Advocate General. Manny moved to San Diego in 1957 with his wife, Nadine, and his two children and in 1959 joined what soon became known as Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. With Manny as one of its driving forces, the firm emerged as one of the leading full-service law firms in San Diego. He practiced with the firm for 45 years until his death in 2004 at the age of 77. During Manny’s career, he distinguished himself as one of San Diego’s preeminent real property and business lawyers establishing a well-earned reputation as a brilliant negotiator, draftsman and litigator. In addition, Manny was extremely active in the San Diego legal and Jewish communities where he held many prestigious positions and won numerous awards in connection with that work. All the while, Manny was generous to a fault with his time in mentoring the younger lawyers in the firm. Manny’s zeal for the practice of law never waned. He was a continuing inspiration and will be greatly missed.