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Over his 20 year career, Joseph J. Manna has distinguished himself as a tenacious trial attorney who aggressively pursues the best possible results for his clients. 

Mr. Manna’s reputation as an effective litigator has led many prominent individuals, including federal and state court judges, to retain him as their lawyer. He has handled numerous high-profile cases and represented a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations, including other lawyers, doctors, certified public accountants, police officers, victims of catastrophic injuries, and some of the largest construction companies in the world.

Mr. Manna’s clients are assured by his extensive trial experience, which includes arguing cases before the Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest appellate court, as well as New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department. He has represented clients across New York State, including in New York City, Buffalo, Albany, and Syracuse as well as in Ohio and California.

The scope of Mr. Manna’s practice is unique. He focuses on both representing victims of serious personal injuries, including medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and construction worker injury cases, and on business litigation, primarily involving construction disputes. Click on the tabs above for additional information about his experience and results in business litigation and personal injury.


Recent Publications

Joe Manna stays on the cutting edge of developments in the law.  As a resource for clients and the community at large; Joe frequently writes articles that provide helpful tips, important warnings, alerts on changes to the law, and other useful information.  The following are links to some of Joe's most recent articles.

Proposed Law Would Give Patients Option for Video Recording of Medical Procedures

Cataract Surgery Medical Errors

Expert Witnesses and Your Medical Malpractice Case


Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of New York
  • United States Court of Federal Claims


Education

  • New England School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • State University of New York at Oswego. B.S., cum laude, 1992


Professional Association

  • Board of Commissioners, Rushford Lake Recreational District
     

Publications

  • Mr. Manna has published many articles in various trade journals and in the Temple Political and Civil Rights Review

 

Joe represents individuals who have suffered an injury or a worsened health situation as the result of medical malpractice or nursing home abuse. He brings unique insight and perspective to enhance the fight for his clients due to his previous experience litigating on the defense side of medical malpractice matters. 

Joe applies his legal skill, tenacious approach, and significant experience as a trial attorney to achieve justice and results for his clients. He represents victims of all forms of medical malpractice, including:

  • Birth injury
  • Cancer
  • Diagnosis error
  • Defective medical device
  • Emergency room error
  • Medication error
  • Nurse error
  • Nursing home neglect
  • Surgery error

Recent Publications

Joe Manna stays on the cutting edge of developments in the law.  As a resource for clients and the community at large; Joe frequently writes articles that provide helpful tips, important warnings, alerts on changes to the law, and other useful information.  The following are links to some of Joe's most recent articles.

Proposed Law Would Give Patients Option for Video Recording of Medical Procedures

Cataract Surgery Medical Errors

Expert Witnesses and Your Medical Malpractice Case

Joe has extensive experience in matters involving breach of contract disputes, commercial leases, construction contracts and claims, joint venture agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, shareholder agreements and disputes as well as buy/sell and supply contracts. The following is a sample of cases handled by Mr. Manna:

  • Obtained jury verdict of $1.64 million against the Town of Clarence for its de facto taking of a resident's land;
  • Invalidated a $25 million real estate purchase and sale agreement, and obtained a $500,000 deposit refund for his client;
  • Obtaining judgments of over $3.5 million for a joint venture between two of the world's largest construction companies;
  • Securing a $3 million settlement against a surety on behalf of an international bridge and tunnel contractor;
  • Representing a Florida based company in a joint venture dispute involving a $19 million construction contract to supply and install goods in Russia;
  • Successfully defending a well-known Los Angeles based entertainment company in a $14 million international licensing dispute;
  • Gaining possession of commercial property valued at over $1 million for a shareholder in a corporate dissolution proceeding;
  • Obtaining summary judgment for a large specialty contractor in a labor law dispute in which the plaintiff sought more than $10 million;
  • Obtaining a $500,00 settlement against a local municipality for a utility contractor;
  • Securing a $240,000 settlement for a local general contractor against a condominium association; and
  • Successfully representing the manufacturer of a well-known line of sports supplements and nutritional aids in a claim alleging trademark and copyright infringement.

 

Speaking Engagements

  • Professors at the University of Buffalo frequently call upon Mr. Manna to speak to classes at the graduate and undergraduate level in the academic disciplines of construction and engineering/architectural law. He is also a frequent lecturer and instructor for continuing education providers such as Lorman and the National Business Institute. Seminars instructed by Mr. Manna include:
    • Tricks, Traps and Ploys used in Construction Scheduling (October 20, 2005)
    • Managing Construction Projects (April 12, 2006)
    • What to do When Construction Jobs Go Bad (June 7, 2006)
    • Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects in New York (2006)


Professional Activities

  • Member of the Home Improvement Council, the Association of Bridge Construction and Design, and the CFMA
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association as well as the Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member of The Construction Exchange of Buffalo & Western New York, Inc.
The Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs


Super Lawyers
Named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers; no more than five percent of attorneys within a state are included in this publication

America's Top 100 Attorneys: Lifetime Achievement Membership
One of 100 attorneys in New York State selected based on professional experience, case results, peer reputation, community impact, and lifetime achievement
Who's who

Who's Who in Law
Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's final 2012 issue of "Who's Who in Law"

 

Mr. Manna handles many high-profile cases that draw media attention. Click on any of the descriptions below to view articles Mr. Manna or that feature comments from him.