Tom McManus has been practicing law for more than thirty-six years, and for the past twenty-six years he has been a partner at the firm. He began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Joseph Mattingly in St. Mary’s County Maryland and then worked as a prosecutor in both St. Mary’s and Prince George’s County. He continues to utilize his broad experience in litigating both civil and criminal matters, including a wide range of business disputes, in courts throughout the state. He believes that hard work and preparation are the keys to obtaining successful results for his clients. He has been designated as a Super Lawyer for the fifth consecutive year and for more than twenty years has enjoyed an AV rating – the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.
Mr. McManus has a wide-ranging practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, as well as those accused of breaking the law in criminal matters. He appears in Court through Prince George’s County, Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and Southern Maryland frequently.
He recently obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of a brain injured client in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, and successfully represented a criminal defendant in a high-profile case in St. Mary’s County. He represents clients in land use disputes in both Calvert and St. Mary’s County. His specialty in truck accident cases takes him to courthouses throughout the State. In August of 2013, he won a verdict in favor of a prominent national truck company in Bel Air, Maryland. Later that year, he also successfully defended a truck accident claim in Washington County. He is actively involved in estate litigation in both Montgomery and Prince George’s County and has a number of pending business dispute cases, primarily in Calvert and St. Mary’s County.
In July of 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals honored Mr. McManus by appointing him to the Attorney Grievance Commission, where he was one of nine lawyers and three laypersons who oversee the attorney discipline process in Maryland.
He is a Maryland Bar Fellow and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He remains active in the Prince George’s County Bar Association. In the past several years he has been asked to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the effects of proposed legislation extending liability to the manufacturers of the lead-based pigment.
His more noteworthy criminal cases as a prosecutor include:
* In 1985, Michael John Desarno was convicted of sexual child abuse for acts committed by the former high school wrestling coach while acting in the capacity as a wrestling coach.
* In 1987, Mr. McManus successfully prosecuted Willie Horton for beating and raping an Oxon Hill woman. The case received national media attention in the 1988 presidential election between George Bush and Michael Dukakis. Willie Horton, serving a life sentence for murder, escaped from a Massachusetts prison furlough program to commit the rape, while Mr. Dukakis was governor of the state.
* In 1988, Mr. McManus convicted a trucker for Motor Vehicle manslaughter in the 1986 deaths of two high school girls in Riverdale. A truck with 18 safety defects carrying hot asphalt stalled at the top of a hill and rolled into a car occupied by three high school girls. One was severely injured and the other two died when nearly 14,000 pounds of hot asphalt was dumped on the car.
Born on August 17, 1954 in Kingston, New York. Married, three children.
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