Washburn Law School Names New Courtroom for Partner Mike Manning
The recognition honors Manning's legal career and commitment to the university.
Stinson LLP Partner Mike Manning has been recognized by Washburn University School of Law with the Michael C. Manning Advocacy Suite and Trial Courtroom in their newest law school building. Manning, class of 1977, has long been a supporter of the school and their fundraising efforts.
“This new facility recognizes Mike, who I regard as one of the most accomplished and prominent trial lawyers in America," said Carla Pratt, dean of Washburn Law. "The vast and consistent achievements of his career will set the standard for generations of future Washburn Law students, and we are proud to call him one of our own.”
This recognition comes with Manning's assistance on fundraising for the new school of law building, which is expected to break ground in May 2021. The university plans to pay tribute to the history of the school and recognize alumni who have served the legal community.
“When the school approached me about naming the trial advocacy space in the new law school building, I was both surprised and humbled,” said Manning.
While in law school, Manning served as editor-in-chief of the Washburn Law Journal. Now for more than 35 years, Manning has led a number of groundbreaking cases in Arizona and nationally, including historic wrongful death and civil rights settlements, and some of the largest commercial litigation cases in the country. He is well known for his work on a 1989 case, where he 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.
"Thank you, Mike, for your dedication to the legal profession," said Mark Hinderks, Stinson's managing partner. "Your distinguished career is a reflection of your passion, leadership and uncanny ability as a premier trial attorney. We congratulate you on being honored by your alma mater."