Christopher Manning represents individual and corporate clients in complex, high-profile civil and criminal litigation. Mr. Manning has appeared for trial and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts in the District of Columbia, California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Texas, and Virginia. He also advises clients across the country and around the world on matters relating to actual or prospective litigation in the United States. In 2009, the National Law Journal recognized Mr. Manning in its “40 Under 40” issue honoring young Washington-area lawyers who “have already made their marks in private practice, in government agencies, on Capitol Hill and with public interest groups.”
Mr. Manning has developed extensive civil litigation and arbitration experience as both plaintiffs' and defense counsel, and across an array of subject matter areas. In 2006, Mr. Manning completed a multi-year representation of a qui tam whistleblower who sued billionaire investor Mario Gabelli and ultimately obtained a nine-figure settlement, one of the top 25 settlement awards reported under the False Claims Act. In 2008, Mr. Manning obtained an important victory for global financial services firm UBS with the dismissal of a putative securities class action that had alleged improper practices relating to mutual funds.
Mr. Manning also represents corporations, corporate executives and directors, public officials, and other individuals and entities under investigation or indictment for criminal antitrust violations, bank fraud, public corruption, securities fraud, tax fraud, and other white collar offenses. Mr. Manning has represented clients in connection with Congressional and administrative investigations, and he also conducts internal investigations to advise clients of potential legal risks.
Before joining Williams & Connolly LLP, Mr. Manning served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dennis Jacobs, currently the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Manning is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Manning serves on the Boards of Trustees of Landon School and Aidan Montessori School, and on the Shining Star Gala Committee of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School. Mr. Manning has previously served as a guest lecturer and mock trial coach for Dunbar Senior High School.