Michael P. Manning

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Billings, MT

Ritchie Manning Kautz PLLP
 | 175 North 27th Street, Suite 1206
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: 406-601-1400
Fax: 406-545-0412
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate
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Attorney Profile

A former law clerk for Ninth Circuit Judges Thomas G. Nelson and N. Randy Smith, Michael Manning’s practice focuses on appellate advocacy and complex litigation.  He has argued multiple appeals in the Ninth Circuit, and regularly represents clients in both federal and state courts. His appellate and trial-level litigation experience covers a broad range of substantive topics, including environmental litigation, constitutional issues, intellectual property, bank bad faith and lender liability, personal injury and wrongful death, employment disputes, real estate, and contract disputes.

Mr. Manning is a Montana native and a current board member of the Montana Justice Foundation.  He is a past member of the ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers Rules Committee, as well as a past board member of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice in all Montana state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Montana and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth, Tenth, D.C. and Federal Circuits.

 
Practice Areas
  • 100%Appellate
Focus Areas

Appeals

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Rising Stars: 2016 - 2020

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About Michael Manning

Admitted: 2006, Montana

Professional Webpage: https://www.rmkfirm.com/michael-manning/

Honors/Awards:

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Appellate
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Litigation

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Montana Federal Practice Section, Member
  • Montana Justice Foundation - Board Member
  • Yellowstone Area Bar Association, Past Board Member
  • Yellowstone Area Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Montana Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • State Bar of Montana, Member
  • ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers Rules Committee, Past Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Montana

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • May It Please the Court:  Appellate Practice Tips and Ninth Circuit Case Summaries, a regular column in Montana Lawyer, 5 Tips for Shortening Your Briefs Without Weakening Your Argument, Montana Lawyer, December/January 2016-17
  • May It Please the Court:  Appellate Practice Tips and Ninth Circuit Case Summaries, a regular column in Montana Lawyer, Blocking Out Block Quotes, Montana Lawyer, June 2016

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Masters Grp. Int’l, Inc. v. Comerica Bank, 352 P.3d 1101 (Mont. 2015). The Montana Supreme Court reversed a $52 million jury verdict in a breach of contract case against Comerica Bank, adopting each of the arguments made in our amicus curiae brief., 2015
  • Alcohol Monitoring Sys., Inc. v. BI Inc., No. 2014-1266 (Fed. Cir. July 13, 2015). The Federal Circuit summarily affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in a patent dispute involving technology underlying some of the remote electronic monitoring devices used by courts and law enforcement., 2015
  • Western Security Bank v. Schneider Ltd. Partnership, 816 F.3d 587 (9th Cir. 2016). Considering the issue for the first time, the court adopted a two-step process for determining whether jurisdiction exists under Section 16(a) of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), and held that because the opponent’s motion for a stay did not seek relief under the FAA, the court lacked jurisdiction to consider an appeal from the denial of that motion., 2016
  • Flagstone Development, LLC v. Joyner, 787 Fed. App’x 368 (9th Cir. 2019). In a years-long case involving dispute over a multi-million dollar land transaction, the Ninth Circuit affirmed an earlier entry of judgment on all tort claims against our client, confirmed that the district court properly excluded the other party’s damages experts, and held that summary judgment in favor of our client was appropriate on breach of contract. The result was a complete victory for our client., 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year - Environmental Litigation - Billings, MT, 2020

Educational Background:

  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A, Cum Laude, 2003
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Office Location for Michael P. Manning

175 North 27th Street
Suite 1206
Billings, MT 59101

Phone: 406-601-1400

Fax: 406-545-0412

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Last Updated: 3/10/2020

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