Testimonials

The Manning Group has been fortunate to have successfully connected many law firms, partners and associates to develop strong and lasting mutually beneficial professional relationships. Below are testimonials from some of the lawyers who have worked with The Manning Group.

5/5
“Our group of four partners could not be more pleased with The Manning Group’s work. Chris Manning was very patient with us in our move and helped us immensely throughout the due diligence and negotiation processes. We increased our compensation substantially in our move to a more robust platform with significantly greater cross-selling opportunities. We definitely recommend working with Chris and The Manning Group.”
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Class Actions Litigation Group
5/5
“Chris and his team did an amazing job assisting with my move to a fully remote Corporate/M&A position with at AmLaw Top 5 firm. I had previous experience at a top firm in NYC but had moved back to my mid-market hometown. With this move, I am now making top-of-market compensation in my hometown with a much lower cost-of-living. During the process, Chris explained the dynamics of the fully remote position in great detail and strategically shepherded the entire process. Thank you for all you do!”
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Corporate/M&A Associate
5/5
“My practice at my previous firm had stagnated somewhat because of the size of the platform and the practice mix of the firm. I worked with The Manning Group to assess a number of different firm options that might be a better fit. Chris was patient as I worked through the many options I considered. I ended up making a move to a firm that has increased my originations from $1.5M per year to approximately $5M per year. I could not be happier with The Manning Group’s work.”
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Government Contracts Partner
5/5
“My colleague and I worked with The Manning Group in searching for a firm that fit our practice criteria – one with a national platform, a sufficient breadth of practice and a flexible rate structure. The firm provided us with a well-composed list of viable options and walked us through why each firm might be a fit. They then very efficiently led us through the interview, due diligence and onboarding processes as seamlessly as possible. Our experience with The Manning Group was very transparent, fluid and collaborative. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to make a serious move.”
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Complex Commercial Litigation Group
5/5
“I am a prominent partner in a Midwestern market who was approached by The Manning Group on behalf of an AmLaw 5 firm client of theirs who was seeking a partner with my credentialing and profile. Despite being a great distance away, Chris was very helpful in assisting me with every step of the lateral process. My practice is fairly narrow and somewhat unique but Chris was adept at understanding my practice and also my particular needs in making a move. Chris was responsive, detail-oriented and always available to get answers to any questions I had throughout the process. I am very happy to have worked with Chris and would highly recommend him to anyone else in the market.”
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Healthcare Partner
5/5
“Although I was reasonably happy at my firm, I was approached by The Manning Group about an exclusive search they were conducting on behalf of a prominent client of theirs. They weren’t pushy at all but very candidly discussed with me the pros and cons of a potential move to the firm. My decision-making process was lengthy but The Manning Group was very patient with me. The result was my move to the firm about which I am extremely happy culturally and substantively.”
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Corporate/Securities Associate
5/5
“The Seattle Private Equity/Emerging Companies market is quite small. Nevertheless, Chris and his team had an impressive handle on my viable options and I am very happy with my move. I would recommend The Manning Group to anyone looking to make a move in any major market.”
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Private Equity/Emerging Companies Associate
5/5
“The Manning Group approached me about a practice group leadership position at a firm with which he worked closely. I was generally happy at my then-current firm but Chris and his team were able to transparently articulate the advantages presented by making a move to the firm they represented. The due diligence process of making a move is always somewhat arduous but The Manning Group did an exemplary job of assisting me throughout the process and making the transition as seamless and smooth as can be. The Manning Group has now helped me recruit other partners to our group and has proved to be a very valuable asset to my new firm.”
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Government Contracts Practice Group Leader
5/5
“I have received innumerable calls from headhunters like many mid-level associates. However, I took Chris’ call and decided to work with him because he was always forthright, honest and understanding of my needs and the dynamics of the marketplace. I had a few unique demands (including geographic) in what I looked for in a law firm and Chris was always very understanding and helped me navigate and maximize what I was ultimately offered. Chris was a significant value-add to my recruitment process and is certainly a cut above other headhunters.”
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Privacy Associate
5/5
“The Manning Group contacted me about a very specific high profile associate opportunity with a prominent health care practice in DC. They were exceptionally thorough in explaining the position to me and assisted me with everything from preparing my resume and other written materials to interview preparation to giving notice and everything in between. The Manning Group was a fabulous help to get me to a firm I hope to work with for the entirety of my career.”
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Healthcare Associate
5/5
“As a partner at an AmLaw 100 law firm, I was faced with a conflict of interest challenge at my firm which seriously jeopardized my ability to continue to service major clients. I approached The Manning Group for their assistance and they guided me through the process of examining various law firm platforms and narrowing in on particularly good options. My move required a very quick turn-around and The Manning Group was extremely responsive and attentive to every minute detail throughout the process of getting me to a firm better suited to my clients and my practice.”
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Government Contracts Partner
5/5
“I had recently moved from the FDA and was looking for an opportunity with a robust FDA practice at a firm with a large international platform. The Manning Group meticulously went over a variety of options I could pursue — they were very well versed in the details of each firm and why each firm might or might not be a good fit. I am extremely happy with the move I made.”
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FDA Associate
5/5
“I was not necessarily looking to make a career move but, when Chris contacted me about a particular associate position in a firm with which he works very intimately, I was impressed by Chris’ knowledge of the relevant markets, his understanding of my practice and his intuition in knowing what would be a good fit for me. Chris supported me throughout the lateral process and I am extremely happy to have made the move he suggested.”
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Real Estate Associate
5/5
“I was originally approached by The Manning Group about a particularly attractive International Trade associate opportunity. That opportunity ended up being filled by an internal referral but The Manning Group quickly pivoted to suggesting other firms that would be a good fit for my practice and the platform I sought. Their deep understanding of the market helped me find the right fit and I am extremely happy with the firm I joined.”
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International Trade Associate

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