Chris Manning represents individual and corporate clients in complex, high-stakes civil and criminal matters. Mr. Manning has appeared for trial and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts across the country, and he advises clients around the world on matters relating to litigation in the United States.
Mr. Manning has extensive civil litigation and arbitration experience across an array of subject matter areas. Mr. Manning's representations have included the recovery of $138.7 million in a False Claims Act lawsuit relating to wireless spectrum auctions, a case that was featured by The American Lawyer in its article, “Williams & Connolly: Do You Believe in Miracles?” Mr. Manning also secured a key victory for a multinational investment bank and its affiliates with the dismissal of a securities class action alleging improper practices relating to mutual funds. Recently, after being retained as lead appellate counsel, Mr. Manning won a ruling vacating a multi-million dollar judgment against an affiliate of a global financial services firm.
Mr. Manning also represents corporations, corporate executives and directors, public officials, and other individuals and entities under investigation or indictment for alleged False Claims Act violations, criminal antitrust violations, bank fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, public corruption, and other white collar offenses. These matters often involve parallel investigations or proceedings by the Department of Justice, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general and civil plaintiffs. Mr. Manning’s representations have included the successful defense of former NYSE Chairman and CEO Dick Grasso in his compensation battle against former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, which The Wall Street Journal described as “one of the biggest defeats suffered by authorities in the past decade in white collar civil and criminal cases aimed at alleged financial improprieties.”
Mr. Manning has been recognized in The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, The Washington Post Magazine, and SuperLawyers. The National Law Journal named Mr. Manning to its “40 Under 40” list of 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 also speaks at legal conferences, most recently at the ABA’s National Institute on Securities Fraud on “Lawyers in the Cross-Hairs: When Legal Advice Exposes Counsel to Criminal Charges and Civil Enforcement Remedies.”
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Manning graduated magna cum laude from Duke University, earning Phi Beta Kappa honors while also playing on Duke’s ACC champion lacrosse team. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. He clerked for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Manning joined Williams & Connolly LLP in 1999. He served on the firm’s Hiring Committee from 2008 to 2011 and is a member of the firm’s Associate Evaluation Committee. In addition to his pro bono work, Mr. Manning started Williams & Connolly’s after-school tutoring program for a local public charter school and has served on the Boards of Trustees of Landon School and Aidan Montessori School.