Biography Details

Steven D. Manning

Steven D. Manning
Firm Managing Partner

Steven D. Manning, our firm managing partner, has deep roots in the Los Angeles community. Son of former Los Angeles City Fire Department Chief, Donald O. Manning, he was born and raised in the city. Mr. Manning is a graduate of the California State University, Los Angeles (BS 1976) and Whittier Law School (JD, cum laude, 1979), where he was chief research editor of the Whittier Law Review and author of an article on securities regulations. He is an experienced trial lawyer in both state and federal court and has taught seminars in trial preparation, trial advocacy, and the defense of federal constitutional law. In addition to managing the firm's case assignments among the individual attorneys, he concentrates on the defense of complicated tort litigation cases. In particular, he specializes in the defense of law enforcement officials and public entities. At the firm, Mr. Manning leads a team of attorneys who concentrate in defending police officers, sheriffs' deputies, and other public officials in lawsuits arising out of the performance of their official duties. He has actively organized a group of law enforcement defense attorneys in both the Greater Los Angeles Area, and in San Diego County, who regularly meet to share information and to develop common strategies for defending police civil liability suits.

Mr. Manning has also been called to testify before Congress on issues regarding federal law and police civil liability. Most recently, he received the Alumnus of the Year Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement from Whittier Law School and has been accepted as a life member to the National Registry of Who's Who.

Mr. Manning coauthored an op-ed article in the Los Angeles Times, which analyzed the Kolts Commission Report. In December 1991, Mr. Manning orally argued an emergency appeal before the Ninth Circuit on a widely publicized county-wide injunction against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. In November 1992, he was profiled in a cover article in California Lawyer about attorneys who handle high profile police civil liability cases. Mr. Manning has been named a 2004–2011 Super Lawyer, a distinction awarded to no more than five percent of attorneys in a state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an organization of lawyers responsible for elevating the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility and courtesy in the legal profession.