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Cory E. Manning

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Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
Pacific Gateway
19191 South Vermont Avenue
Suite 900
Torrance, CA 90502
cory.manning@nelsonmullins.com
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Born and raised in central Iowa, Cory E. Manning is well acquainted with hard work and grit, character traits that led him to an individual state wrestling championship in high school and a full athletic scholarship in college.  As a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, who practices in the areas of corporate...

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Born and raised in central Iowa, Cory E. Manning is well acquainted with hard work and grit, character traits that led him to an individual state wrestling championship in high school and a full athletic scholarship in college.  As a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, who practices in the areas of corporate internal and regulatory investigations, securities litigation, business litigation, and class action defense, he continues to summon these qualities when providing legal advice to his clients. He has been with the Firm since 2005 and co-chairs its White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice group.

internal and regulatory investigations, securities litigation, business litigation, and class action defense, he continues to summon these qualities when providing legal advice to his clients. He has been with the Firm since 2005 and co-chairs its White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice group.

Born and raised in central Iowa, Cory E. Manning is well acquainted with hard work and grit, character traits that led him to an individual state wrestling championship in high school and a full athletic scholarship in college.  As a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, who practices in the areas of corporate... internal and regulatory investigations, securities litigation, business litigation, and class action defense, he continues to summon these qualities when providing legal advice to his clients. He has been with the Firm since 2005 and co-chairs its White Collar Defense and Government Investigations practice group.

Experience

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Recent Experience Spotlight: Caligula?

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently declined to grant certiorari in a case where the South Carolina Court of Appeals found that Cory’s client’s due process rights were violated by the South Carolina Securities Division’s (and by extension the Attorney General’s, who acts as the Securities Commissioner) lack of procedural rules for the quasi-administrative hearings held within the Division.  McIntyre v. Securities Commissioner of South Carolina, 823 S.E.2d 193 (S.C. Ct. App. 2018), cert denied (June 28, 2019).  The panel even cited Caligula’s “rulings on high” in making its point.  (“One of the most distinguishing features in the administration of the Emperor Caligula, whose name is proverbial for his tyranny, was, that he caused his edicts to be suspended so high that they could not be read by his subjects.”)  823 S.E.2d at 199. View the opinion here.

Experience

  • Practice involves litigation, negotiation, and counseling services in both civil, criminal, and regulatory matters, including parallel proceedings
  • Represents clients in state and federal courts, state and federal administrative tribunals, self-regulatory organization tribunals, and alternative dispute resolution settings
  • Advises public and private companies and their officers and directors on a broad range of issues regarding litigation risk-reduction strategies, commercial contracts, fiduciary duties, and corporate compliance matters
  • Advises and defends financial advisors and broker dealers in transition matters (including temporary injunctions, trade secret claims, and raiding claims) in state and federal courts and in front of FINRA.  
  • Has developed experience in several areas, including securities litigation, complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, officer and director liability, merger and acquisition litigation, trade secret litigation, class action and derivative litigation, broker-dealer litigation, and regulatory enforcement actions -- e.g., FINRA, SEC, and FDIC
  • Has conducted more than 30 internal investigations in the last 20 years on behalf of corporate boards and board committees into allegations of possible misconduct, including the following: 
    • Sarbanes-Oxley compliance
    • government procurement fraud (FCA)
    • securities fraud
    • insurance fraud
    • bank fraud
    • insider trading
    • accounting irregularities
    • discriminatory employment practices

Previous Professional Experience

  • Practiced law at Cooley Godward LLP in Palo Alto, CA (2000-2005)
  • Practiced law at Ness, Motley, Loadholt, Richardson & Poole (n/k/a Motley Rice) in Charleston, SC representing state attorneys general in the Medicaid recoupment litigation against the tobacco industry (1997-1999)

Educational Activities

  • University of Northern Iowa
    • Attended on an NCAA wrestling scholarship

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, JD, with distinction (1997)
    • Articles and Book Review Editor, Iowa Law Review
  • University of Northern Iowa, BA, Political Science, magna cum laude (1993)

Admissions

  • California
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Clerkships

  • Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Robert M. Parker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1999 - 2000)

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  • American Law Institute, Elected Member (2015)
    • Members Consultative Group, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm
  • Litigation and Business Law Sections, American Bar Association (2005-present)
    • Former Chair, Business Law Section’s Subcommittee on Business Courts (2010-2013)
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Torts, University of South Carolina Law School (2013-present)
  • Board of Trustees Member, Central Carolina Community Foundation (2011-2018, 2019), Executive Committee (2015-2018, 2019)
  • Former Vice President, Board Member, South Carolina Philharmonic (2007-2012)
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