Diana Manning has over two decades of experience in complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Diana is a Principal in Bressler’s New Jersey office, is Co-Chair of the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation practice group, and spearheads the firm’s Appellate practice team. Diana has developed a successful track record of trial verdicts and settlements, especially in complex matters. She also has a reputation as a strategic, thoughtful, and fearless advocate for all of her clients.
A distinguished trial lawyer, Diana is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. She is also an accomplished appellate lawyer who has participated in six matters before the New Jersey Supreme Court, including arguing four times. Diana is an avid presenter and author on business litigation, legal ethics, and professional liability. She is the author of the New Jersey Chapter of The Law of Lawyer’s Liability: Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice, ABA/First Chair Press, which provides an overview of the laws governing attorney malpractice in each state.
To date, Diana’s distinguished career has brought her offices and honors from many professional and legal industry organizations. Diana served on the District XA Ethics Committee for 10 years and was appointed Chair by the New Jersey Supreme Court from 2017-2019, she is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Board of Trustees, and is currently Chair of its Amicus Committee, and Vice Chair of its Appellate Practice Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Board of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, and is a Past President of Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, the Morris County Bar Association, and the Morris County Bar Foundation. Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, she has also been professionally recognized as a “Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey” by Super Lawyers and a “Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey”, a “Top Women Lawyer” by the New Jersey Law Journal, and named in Best Lawyers - The Best Lawyers in America list. In 2017, Diana received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award conferred by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism of New Jersey.
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