Our Recruiters

Christopher C.S. Manning, Esq.
Owner and Founder

With a background combining 15 years of practicing law and many years of extensive recruiting experience both inside an AmLaw 50 law firm and as a headhunter, Chris Manning’s unique skill set spans all facets of the legal recruiting industry. Mr. Manning practiced law as an associate with two AmLaw firms (Bryan Cave and Husch Blackwell) before serving as Bryan Cave’s DC Recruitment Director where he gained valuable knowledge and insight into law firm recruiting strategies and approaches.  Mr. Manning then founded his own boutique law firm, Manning & Sossamon, at which he practiced for eight years and was named a SuperLawyer of DC on multiple occasions.  Notably, a number of Mr. Manning’s cases were nationally and internationally publicized, including his representation of the prevailing defendants in the notorious Pearson v. Chung “pants lawsuit” in which an administrative law judge sued Mr. Manning’s local dry cleaner client for $67M. Listening to his calling to be a legal recruiter, Mr. Manning left the practice of law to become a recruiter with a preeminent legal recruiting firm in Washington, DC, focusing exclusively on placing law firm partners and practice groups.  Mr. Manning learned a great deal while at the firm prior to following his entrepreneurial spirit in founding The Manning Group. Mr. Manning received a J.D. cum laude from Washington & Lee University School of Law and a B.A. in History from the University of Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude with honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Manning has a record of active community involvement, having served as the President of the University Club of Washington, DC and as the Treasurer of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

C. Colin Manning, Esq.
Senior Director

Combining a background of tenures at two preeminent law firms, twelve years in academia and a law degree from Tulane University, Colin Manning is a uniquely adept communicator who has the ability to quickly understand law firms’ and candidates’ aspirations and to find paths forward to meeting our clients’ goals. Mr. Manning’s transparent, genuine and ethical approach to legal recruiting allows our clients to speak candidly about what they look to achieve working with a legal recruiter. Never one to eschew a creative solution, Mr. Manning employs his legal and educational expertise to provide fresh perspectives in an ever-changing legal market. When he is not recruiting, Mr. Manning is an active member of the community and is a loving husband to his wife, Kathleen, and his three wonderful children, Jacqueline, Eleanor and Truman.


Kathleen D. Manning
Director of Marketing

Bringing more than 15 years of marketing experience including branding, internal and external communications, public relations and management to her role, Kathleen Manning’s unique skill-set complements The Manning Group’s recruiting skill set very nicely. Kathleen is recognized for building open, strong relationships with clients, collaborators and community organizations. Her approachable client management style provides a culture of open communication and understanding to maximize success. Kathleen earned her public relations degree from Oklahoma State University where she kindled her passion for communication and community health. Outside of recruiting, Ms. Manning and her husband, Colin, have three young and active children. She also is an expert instructor of vinyasa flow yoga.

E.J. Rabell, Jr.
Director of Business Development

E.J. Rabell, Jr. is a client-focused recruiter who brings over ten years of experience and sophisticated advisory expertise to Partners and Associates in AmLaw200 firms looking to accelerate their careers. Previously, E.J. worked with Defender Capital, a boutique wealth management firm focused on the needs of attorneys and their families. E.J.’s extensive experience in boutique and F500 firms gives him the knowledge and precision required to navigate complex processes while achieving exemplary results for his clients.

Philanthropy and community involvement are important to E.J., who was honored by the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation and Investment News magazine as a Community Leadership Awards finalist for charity work at his previous firm and participated in NASDAQ opening bell ceremonies. Additionally, he has served as a Board Member for the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society, Event Chair for The MS Society’s Great Gatbsy Fundraising Gala, Planning Committee Member for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and a Volunteer for the Alexander Youth Network.