William H. Manning

612.349.8461

Experience

Summary for Speaking Engagements

Bill Manning has moved one billion dollars from one side of the table to the other at a 10 to 1 return in patent litigation without a trial.  He also has three ten-million-dollar and three five-million-dollar settlements for plaintiffs in products liability and personal injury cases. Additionally, he has obtained numerous million-dollar-plus personal injury settlements.

One case was an 8.5-million-dollar jury verdict for a double amputee against the Case Corporation as a result of a defective tractor design. This verdict included two million dollars of punitive damages. It was appealed on choice of law and other issues and the Wisconsin Supreme Court unanimously upheld the verdict. A book was written about this case titled: “A Measure of Endurance: The Unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp,” by William Mishler.

After the case, Bill and his client, Steven Sharp, testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Tort Reform issues. A short statute of repose was rejected by the Committee. The testimony resulted in the ATLA creation of the Steven J. Sharp Award, now presented annually to a lawyer and a client who come forward with a case that makes a legislative difference.

Bill has done a great deal of commercial litigation of all types and has also defended patent and products liability cases.  In 40 years of practice with Robins Kaplan, Bill has developed and been successful serving 20 multi-million dollar clients.  His success is attributed to exceptional client service, working with talented young lawyers, and developing and leading teams who know how to win.

In addition to his legal practice, Bill has made numerous contributions to his community. In 2003, Bill founded Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s Nelson Mandela Scholarship Fund, a program that provides annual scholarship support for a student who is from South Africa or Africa, or a student who embodies the ideals of love and forgiveness exemplified by Nelson Mandela.

Verdicts and Settlements

Patent Case Settlements:

  • 283 million dollars
  • 225 million dollars
  • 141 million dollars
  • 100 million dollars
  • Many settlements ranging from 35 to 5 million dollars

Personal Injury Products Liability Results:

  • 11 million dollars: Trial to verdict, unanimously upheld by Court of Appeals and a State Supreme Court.
  • 10-million-dollar settlement
  • 10-million-dollar settlement
  • Five-million-dollar settlement
  • Numerous settlements of one million dollars or more

 

Professional Experience

  • Has a proven ability solving complex legal problems through strategic planning and meticulous preparation.
  • Has a command of the legal process. This involves understanding all written rules and procedures, and also the unwritten rules.
  • Represents clients in the intellectual property area with emphasis on patent litigation.  Also represented clients in trademark, copyright and trade-dress litigation.
  • Represents clients in class action litigation with particular emphasis on class action defense in the areas of consumer fraud, false advertising and securities litigation.
  • Has developed and spearheaded national products liability defense programs bringing manufacturers in compliance with the law and thereby reducing liability exposure.
  • Represents corporations in a wide variety of commercial litigation, intellectual property, and products liability defense matters and represents injured individuals.  In 40 years of practice has brought to resolution through ADR, settlement or motion or trial practice over 300 lawsuits in the substantive areas of products liability, intellectual property, commercial litigation, and has tried to completion lawsuits in Washington, Federal and State Court, Oregon, Federal Court; California, State Court; Texas, Federal Court; Wisconsin, Federal and State Court; Illinois, State Court and Minnesota, Federal and State Courts.  Has appeared at motions and hearings in too numerous to count State and Federal Courts throughout the country.
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PLAINTIFF’S PERSONAL INJURY/PRODUCT LIABILITY SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS

Confidentially settled a complex products liability case for a Minneapolis Police Officer who was severely burned when a vehicle he was in burst into flames on impact.

Reached a confidential settlement with numerous defendants on behalf of two families who lost three children when a conversion van spontaneously erupted into flames.  Defendants included, among others, the driver/owner, the company that installed the interior cloth lining, and the dealer.

Achieved a 9.6-million-dollar settlement on behalf of a severely brain-injured young woman who was rear-ended in an auto accident.

Confidentially settled an eight-figure case for two boys who were severely burned when a non-child resistant utility lighter started a fire.

An 8.5-million-dollar jury verdict for a double amputee against the Case Corporation as a result of a defective tractor design.  This verdict included 2 million dollars of punitive damages.  It was appealed on choice of law and other issues and the WI Supreme Court unanimously upheld the verdict.  A book was written about this case titled: "A Measure of Endurance: The Unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp," by William Mishler. The case is reported at Sharp v. Case Corp., 595 N.W.2d 380 (Wis. 1999).

A one-million-dollar-plus wrongful death verdict on behalf of two emancipated children in Cook County against the Chicago Transit Authority.  This verdict is reputed to be the largest wrongful death verdict for emancipated children in Cook County.

A 1.425-million-dollar settlement of a wrongful death case wherein decedent was a passenger in a company owned truck driven by co-worker.

A one-million-dollar settlement for an arm amputation caused by a defectively designed conveyor belt “tripper.”

Has obtained numerous other seven figure settlements for plaintiffs in wrongful death, personal injury and products liability matters.

Testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Tort Reform issues. Testimony resulted in the ATLA creation of the Steven J. Sharp Award, now presented annually to a lawyer and a client who comes forward with a case that makes a legislative difference.

Super Lawyers 2014
  • Named a "BTI Client Service All-Star" (2010, 2017)
  • Hamline University Law School Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Selected by his peers as a"Minnesota Super Lawyer" 
    Super Lawyers (2000-2006, 2012-2014)
           
  • Past Board Member – Hamline University Trustee; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Eden House
  • Past and Founding Board Member – Global Rights for Women; Minnesota Waldorf School; Camphill Village, Minnesota
Professional Associations
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Minnesota Chapter
Certifications
Certified Civil Trial Specialist, Civil Litigation Section of Minnesota State Bar Association

  • Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Lawyer Who Ever Lived
    Federal Bar Association, Nashville Chapter, Nashville, Tennessee (November 8, 2017)
  • Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Lawyer Who Ever Lived
    Federal Bar Association, Florida Chapter, Miami, Florida (October 11, 2017)
    A Description of the Presentation by a Member of the Audience
  • Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Lawyer That Has Ever Lived
    State Bar of North Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota (June 16, 2017)
  • Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Lawyer Who Ever Lived
    Southern Utah Federal Law Symposium, St. George, Utah (May 11, 2017)
  • The Evolution of IP Litigation Funding & Insurance Markets 
    IP Dealmakers Forum, New York, New York (December 7, 2015)
  • Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Lawyer That Has Ever Lived
    Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (June 22, 2015)
  • Making the Invisible Visible: Winning Strategies in Patent Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance - Why 80% of Corporations Are Not in Compliance with the Law - Beware of the True Believer
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