Mr. Brown, one of the founding partners of the firm, is presently affiliated with firm only in an “Of Counsel” capacity. For half a century, he has devoted his professional life to speaking up for clients otherwise without a voice. He litigated hundreds of cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death throughout the State of Georgia. Manley obtained many jury verdicts in excess of a million dollars. In addition to his personal injury cases, Manley also obtained a $20,000,000.00 recovery in a corporate fraud case, which included a substantial punitive damages award. All told, under his guidance the firm secured verdicts and recoveries in excess of $150 million dollars for its clients. In addition to his trial work, Manley successfully handled many appellate cases, including a case in the United States Supreme Court, Webb v. Webb, 101 S. Ct. 1889, 451 U.S. 493 (1981).
Manley was born and raised in western North Carolina. After attending Western Carolina University for 3 years, Manley moved to Macon, Georgia to study law at Mercer University. He graduated from Mercer’s law school cum laude in 1964. While at Mercer, he was the editor-in-chief of the Mercer Law Review. After graduating law school, Manley was the law clerk for United States District Judge W.A. Bootle, for whom the United States District Court building in Macon is now named. After clerking for Judge Bootle, Manley gained invaluable trial experience as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice.
As a young lawyer, Manley gained a tremendous amount of trial experience in a very short period of time. He created the first Trial Advocacy course taught at Mercer’s Law School. From 1972-2016 he served as an Adjunct Professor teaching the Trial Advocacy course. He taught in excess of 1,000 young lawyers during his 44 years of service. In recognition of his dedication and service to Mercer’s Law School, the Manley F. Brown Distinguished Adjunct Law School Professor Award was created. Manley was honored as the first recipient of the award in March of 2010.
Manley is a long time fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The American College of Trial Lawyers is an association of trial attorneys dedicated to the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to less than 1% of the total lawyer population. The International Academy of Trial Lawyers is a “truly elite” group of trial lawyers. Membership is drawn from more than 30 countries and is limited to 500 active members worldwide. Manley is one of only 16 lawyers-members from the state of Georgia.
Manley served on the Disciplinary Board for the State Bar of Georgia from 1983-1986 and was the Chairman for 1985-1986. From 1995 through 1998, he served on Georgia’s Board of Bar Examiners and served as the Chairman in 1999. In 1994 he received the Meritorious Service Award from Mercer’s Law School. The State Bar of Georgia presented him with the Tradition of Excellence Award in 1997. In 1998 Manley received the H.T. O’Neal, Jr. Award from the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and was recognized as the Georgia Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Manley F. Brown
Phone: (478) 742-8981
544 Mulberry St #1001
Macon, Georgia 31201