Emmanuel, or Manny, was born in Sioux City, Iowa where he graduated from Central High School. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Morningside College in Sioux City and graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1963. He was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1963 and has been engaged in the private practice of law in Sioux City continuously since that time. He is licensed to practice in all Iowa courts, including the Iowa Supreme Court, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Woodbury County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations. He also is a member of the Iowa Defense Counsel Association (Board of Directors 1985-1999), Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Lawyers, Defense Research Institute and The American Academy of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Attorneys.