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Kathleen A. Manning


601 Poydras Street
Suite 1200
New Orleans, LA 70130

Kathleen Manning is an experienced litigator focused on defending personal injury claims involving pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and liability claims asserted against attorneys, insurance agents, and other professionals.

Her practice also includes representing clients in claims related to construction contracts and environmental torts. She has represented a variety of large and small business entities, educational institutions, school boards, and individuals in litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings.

While Kathleen primarily represents clients in litigation in Louisiana, she has been involved in matters tried in Arkansas and Mississippi and has worked in a multidistrict litigation in several states, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Texas.

Medical Products Litigation

Kathleen has extensive experience representing manufacturers of a variety of medical products, ranging from drugs to various orthopedic implants and prosthetics to syringes, scanners, and surgical implements. She has defended claims of defective design, manufacture, and labeling for products such as:

  • Contraceptives
  • Weight loss aids
  • Pain relievers
  • Vaccines
  • Surgical devices
  • Orthopedic devices
  • Cardiovascular products
  • Over-the-counter medications

Environmental Litigation

In addition to her focus on products liability and medical devices litigation, Kathleen is experienced in litigating various environmental matters for clients involving chemical exposures, noise complaints, and nuisance actions.

Tax Litigation

Kathleen is admitted to the U.S. Tax Court and has litigated claims pending there and before the Louisiana State Board of Tax Appeals, as well as tax-related claims pending in Louisiana’s state courts, involving:

  • Louisiana corporate income franchise tax
  • State and local sales tax
  • Federal trust fund penalty

Construction Litigation

Beginning with claims related to the construction of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, through claims related to contracts with the U.S. Army and Navy, to residential renovations, Kathleen has helped clients handle many issues common to the construction industry. Her experience in this area includes:

  • Delay claims
  • Contract performance and termination issues
  • Contract payment disputes
  • Government contracts

Following law school, Kathleen served as judicial clerk to the Honorable W. Eugene Davis, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana and to the Honorable Luther Cole, Judge, Nineteenth Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge.


  • J.D., Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 1977, with honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review
  • B.S., Louisiana State University, 1974, with honors, Phi Kappa Phi

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