Mike has lead a number of ground-breaking cases, locally and nationally. He was recognized by the National Law Journal in its triennial selection of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” For over 25 years, Mike has been considered one of our country’s leading lawyers. In the mid-1980’s, the FDIC selected Manning to head its litigation against New York, mob-related money broker, Mario Renda. In 1989, Manning was lead counsel in MDL-834 – the Lincoln Savings/Charles Keating case. At the time, MDL-834 was the largest commercial litigation in U.S. history. In 2000, Manning obtained an $8.25 million settlement against Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, one of the largest wrongful death and civil rights settlements in Arizona history. In early 2006, Manning obtained a $9 million verdict against the MCSO and Maricopa County in another historic wrongful death case. The May 2007 edition of Arizona Attorney magazine listed one of Manning’s jury verdicts as the third largest jury award in Arizona for 2006. Previously, the May 2005 edition featured the Top 10 Verdicts of 2004, Manning was lead trial counsel in two of those 10 cases, most notably the largest and the sixth largest jury awards in Arizona that year.
The Arizona Republic’s Arizona statehood centennial edition identified the top 10 scandals of Arizona’s first 100 years. Manning was intricately involved in discovering and resolving three of those 10, including the #1 scandal. Manning is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation). He was also selected by Southwest Super Lawyers in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 for Business Litigation. In 2005, he was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the Valley’s legal community by the Business Journal’s editorial board in its “Best of the Bar” edition – one of only four Arizona attorneys to receive that honor. He was listed as a “Local Litigation Star” in the 2011 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Manning is also listed in Arizona Business Magazine’s 2012 Top Lawyers list. In the May 2012 edition of AZ Magazine, Manning was listed as one of the "Top 50 Attorneys of Arizona."