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John C. Manly

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Irvine, CA

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi
19100 Von Karman Ave, Suite 800
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 888-578-8891
Fax: 949-252-9991
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023
Licensed in California Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

The partner and founder of Manly, Stewart & Finaldi in Irvine, California, John C. Manly is a senior attorney who represents victims of child sexual abuse. In addition to which, he takes on personal injury and real estate cases. The types of cases he handles include the following: 

  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Sexual harassment 
  • Sexual bullying
  • Clergy abuse 
  • Abuse in school 
  • Electronic harassment 

Mr. Manly is well-known throughout the country for bringing justice to those who are negatively impacted by sexual assault and abuse. He also provides knowledgeable counsel to his clients regarding commercial properties and other aspects of it, such as construction litigation, insurance bad faith, indoor air pollution and building envelope deficiencies. 

In addition, Mr. Manly takes pride in having served as an intelligence officer from 1993 to 2004 in the United States Navy Reserve. Not only has he obtained significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, but he has also contributed to policy changes in many institutions to try to ensure that no child falls victim to abuse again. 

Mr. Manly is a dedicated and diligent attorney who is passionate about ensuring that justice is served. He is a hardworking and tenacious advocate for his clients’ rights and liberties. He upholds the best interests of his clients and goes the extra mile for them. Being a compassionate and understanding attorney, he handles every case with the sensitivity it deserves. 

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California, he majored in international relations and obtained a certificate in defense and strategic studies. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the states of California, Alaska, Arizona and New York and before the U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern Districts of California. 

Mr. Manly also serves as an adjunct professor at University of California Irvine (UCI) School of Law. Recognized for his remarkable work in the legal field, he was selected for inclusion in UCI’s Center of Psychology and Law Distinguished Fellows Program. Many renowned publications and new programs have published and featured Mr. Manly’s noteworthy contributions, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023

About John C. Manly

First Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage:


  • John Manly, Manly & Stewart


  • 2010 Guardian of Childhood Award Winner, The Innocence Mission
  • 2021 Consumer Attorney of the Year – Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Named One of California's "Top 100 Attorneys" Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Orange County's Most "Buzzworthy" Attorney, Orange Coast Magazine


  • Major participant in $100 million settlement against the Diocese of Orange
  • C.A. v. William S. Hart Union High School Dist., (2012) 53 Cal.4th 861
  • Represented approximately 300 Alaska Native victims in a $50 million settlement against the Jesuit Order as well as victims in the Diocese of Fairbanks and in new cases against the Jesuits
  • Major participant in $150 million settlement against the Diocese of San Diego
  • Major participant in $660 million settlement against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Represented more than 75 victims of child sexual abuse in Delaware, which has led to the exposure of numerous clerics and employees who, despite credible allegations and/or confessions, were allowed to continue working with children

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Arizona Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Central Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Districts of California
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Alaska
  • State Bar of California
  • Pro hac vice Counsel in Nevada, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania
  • California Bar Association
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • United States Federal District Court, Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern

Educational Background

  • University of Southern California, Bachelor's Degree in International Relations, 1986
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Office Location for John C. Manly

19100 Von Karman Ave
Suite 800
Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: 888-578-8891

Fax: 949-252-9991

Last Updated: 6/24/2022

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