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John B. Manning

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John B. Manning

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Contact Information

T: (617) 737-3100
F: (617) 737-3113

21 Custom House Street
Boston, MA 02110

Professional Biography

John B. Manning is a senior partner with Cooley Manion Jones LLP in Boston, MA. He chairs the firm’s Products Liability and Complex Tort Defense Group, which has an active national presence with offices in Boston, MA, Providence, RI, Wilmington, DE, San Francisco, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. John represents dozens of corporations in litigation throughout the country and serves on several clients’ National Trial Teams. As National Coordinating Counsel for multiple products manufacturers, he directs all aspects of the defense of over 200,000 asbestos lawsuits pending in all 50 states.

John concentrates his practice in products liability, toxic torts, asbestos defense, mass torts, litigation management, food liability, professional liability, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, environmental litigation, class actions, intellectual property litigation, and commercial and insurance disputes. He has tried dozens of cases and has extensive experience in appellate practice, alternative dispute resolution, expert witness development, and national litigation management. John has served as an expert witness regarding issues in asbestos litigation; he is a frequent speaker and commentator on products liability litigation; and he has coordinated clients’ lobbying efforts in the U.S. House and Senate to create national asbestos legislation. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

He is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, 1988) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1991), where he was a member of the Law Review.

As a member of the Suffolk University Law Review, John authored three pieces: "Statute of Frauds and Omission of Compensation Terms from Written Memorandum," Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 25, R. I. Survey 1991, No. 2; "Follow-Up Care Within Physicians' General Duty Owed to Patients," Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 25, R. I. Survey 1991, No. 2; and "The Equal Protection Clause and District Reapportionment: Representational Equality Versus Voting Equality," Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 25, 1991, No. 2.

John performs charitable work for the Big Brother Association of Greater Boston, the American Heart Association and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1991
  • Rhode Island, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1992
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1993

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
    • J.D., 1991
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Review: Suffolk University Law Review, Member, 1991
  • Harvard University
    • B.A. (cum laude ), 1988

Classes/Seminars

  • Co-Chair, “Perrin Conferences National Asbestos Litigation Conference,” 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Speaker, Certified In-House CLE Presentation, “Asbestos Trial Demonstration,” 2012
  • Speaker, Certified In-House CLE Presentation, “Products Liability Trial Demonstration,” 2011
  • Speaker, Certified In-House CLE Presentation, “Asbestos Bankruptcy Update,” 2011
  • Speaker, DRI Asbestos Medicine Conference, “National Verdict Update and Analysis,” 2010
  • Speaker, DRI Asbestos Medicine Conference, “Asbestos Bankruptcy Update and Analysis,” 2009

Published Works

  • “"Statute of Frauds and Omission of Compensation Terms from Written Memorandum", Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 25, R. I. Survey 1991, No. 2, 1991 ,”
  • “"Follow-Up Care Within Physicians' General Duty Owed to Patients", Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 25, R. I. Survey 1991, No. 2, 1991,”
  • “"The Equal Protection Clause and District Reapportionment: Representational Equality Versus Voting Equality", Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 25, 1991, No. 2., 1991,”

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers In America, Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions for Defendants, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
  • AM Best Insurance Attorney
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer

Charity and Board Positions

  • Big Brother Association of Greater Boston
  • American Heart Association
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Past Employment Positions

  • Parker Coulter Daley & White, Associate, 1991 - 1995
  • Curtin, Murphy & O'Reilly, Associate,
    1995 - 1998

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