Five MG+M Partners Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America Guide

August 15, 2017

MG+M congratulates partners Harry L. Manion III, John B. Manning, Max Swetman, Chris Massenburg, and David Frohn on their selection by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 Guide.

Best Lawyers in America is highly selective.  It gives recognition to lawyers based on an exhaustive national peer-review survey. Recipients have earned the highest level of respect among other leading attorneys and clients in their community and practice areas for their knowledge, professionalism, and integrity. In publication for over three decades, Best Lawyers has come to be regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Harry L. Manion III was selected in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, and Mass Tort Litigation. Harry’s 38-year record of results across a broad legal spectrum has placed him on the short list of go-to lawyers: locally, nationally, and globally. Within the last five years, Harry resolved the most significant legal challenges facing Koch Industries, Lukoil, Nike, and Sodexo (for whom he has been national litigation counsel since 1986). During the same period, Harry and his Dutch co-counsel secured a $66 million judgment in the Amsterdam District Court for a large Dutch pharmaceutical company’s pension fund against its global financial advisor. Currently, Harry is Lead Trial Counsel in the Southern District of New York for a target defendant in the largest admiralty case in the U.S.

John B. Manning was selected for his extensive expertise in Mass Tort Litigation and Class Action Defense. Mr. Manning serves as the Chair of MG+M’s Products Liability and Complex Tort Litigation Group, and concentrates his practice in products liability, toxic torts, asbestos defense, mass torts, litigation management, food liability, professional liability, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, environmental litigation, class actions, commercial and insurance disputes. He represents dozens of corporations in litigation throughout the country and serves on several clients' National Trial Teams. In addition, as National Coordinating Counsel for multiple products manufacturers, he directs all aspects of the defense of more than 200,000 asbestos lawsuits pending in all 50 states.

Max Swetman was selected in the areas of Product Liability Defense, Mass Tort Litigation, and Class Action Defense. His litigation practice focuses on the defense of toxic tort, occupational diseases, and environmental claims alleging bodily injury and property damage for both individual and mass tort claims. In addition to a law degree, Max holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and a Master’s of Public Health Degree in Epidemiology. His extensive technical background allows him to bring together legal, medical, and scientific teams to ensure the best possible defense of these claims. He also frequently handles litigation and regulatory compliance counseling concerning a wide range of environmental laws on behalf of his clients.

Chris Massenburg was selected in the areas of Mass Tort Litigation and Class Action Defense. Chris’s practice primarily focuses on environmental, toxic tort, products liability, commercial trucking and transportation, premises liability, construction defects, and intellectual property litigation. Chris currently serves on the national trial teams of multiple companies, and has tried cases in 14 states. Chris has also served as faculty in the trial advocacy programs of both Tulane and LSU law schools, and is a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).  Even when trial is not desired, Chris’s experience at all levels of both simple and complex litigation allows him to provide his clients with a comprehensive defense for their cases. Chris is board certified as both a Civil Law Trial and Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is AV® Peer and Client Review-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

David Frohn was selected in the area of Product Liability Defense. With more than 35 years of jury trial, product liability, and insurance litigation experience, David focuses his practice on the defense of domestic and international manufacturers of consumer and industrial products. David is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. His Diplomate rank with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) certifies he has tried over 100 civil jury trials to verdict as lead trial counsel. An AV rated lawyer since 1987, he has been named both a Louisiana “Super Lawyer” in the field of product liability defense and a “Top Attorney in Louisiana” for personal injury defense/products for the past 15 years.

About Best Lawyers
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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