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Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • The Fellows
    • Litigation Section; Torts, Insurance and Practice Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Endowment Fund Committee
  • The Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
    • Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, Class Action Committee
    • Court Structure and Operations Committee
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Western District of New York, Committee to Revise Federal Court Local Rules - 2000

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Kenneth A. Manning Honored by Dress for Success Buffalo with its First Annual Vanguard Award  More

Two Phillips Lytle LLP Partners to Participate in Biennial Ontario – New York Legal Summit  More

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Speaking Engagements

Robert H. Jackson Study Seminar, Chautauqua Institution, October 2010  More

State University of New York at Buffalo Graduate Seminar Series – Department of Electrical Engineering, 2009  More

Keynote Speaker, “Berger Commission Challenges and Implementation,” 2008 Long Term Care Conference, New York State Bar Association, New York City, May 2008  More

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Co-Author, “Summary of New York State Class Actions in 2012,” N.Y. Law Journal, December 2012  More

Co-Author, “A Creative Approach to Resisting Shareholder Proposals Pays Dividends” Phillips Lytle Business & Commercial Litigation Client Update, December 2012  More

Co-Author, “The Value Created by Bringing Your Case to the Right Place—State v. Federal Court,” Beyond Dispute, Phillips Lytle Newsletter, September 2012  More

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Kenneth A. Manning
Partner, Buffalo
(716) 847-7041

Mr. Manning has experience in bet-the-company corporate and commercial litigation, including dissolution proceedings, employment termination disputes and controversies involving the sale of goods and services. In addition to personal injury and wrongful death claims involving products liability, workplace accidents, negligence and environmental exposure experience, Mr. Manning has prosecuted and defended class actions in both state and federal court. Mr. Manning also has experience in challenges to governmental actions, including taxes and assessments, as well as actions for declaratory relief. Mr. Manning also concentrates his practice in the area of education law and is the Co-Leader of Phillips Lytle’s Education Practice Team.


  • New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award, Eighth Judicial District 2008
  • Martindale Hubbel AV Preeminent Rating
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2013
    • Named Top 50 Lawyer, 2011
  • Listed in 2013 Legal Elite of WNY, Business First of Buffalo and Buffalo Law Journal
  • University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association 2002 distinguished alumnus award for leadership by example as a private practitioner
  • NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood award for outstanding leadership in promoting goodwill and understanding in our community, 2004
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2011-2013
  • Honored for participation in the Joint Seminar Program of the Appellate Divisions for the First & Second Judicial Departments, 2012
  • Dress For Success Buffalo, Vanguard Award


State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., 1977
State University of New York at Buffalo Engineering School, M.S., Electrical Engineering, 2009
State University of New York at Buffalo Engineering School, B.S., summa cum laude, 1974


New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court


  • Hon. Reid S. Moule, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 1977-1979


  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Board Member (2008-Present)
  • Suneel’s Light Foundation, Vice President
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
    • Alumni Association, Member and President (1999-2000)
    • Dean’s Advisory Council (Fall 1999-Present)
  • FBI Community Partnership Program, Citizens Academy, Member (2000)
  • Erie County Democratic Committee, Former Finance Committee Chair
  • New York State's Fourth Department Judicial Screening Committee


  • State University of New York at Buffalo Engineering School
    • Dean’s Advisory Council Former Chair, Former Member
  • Bison Hockey Association, Former Board Chair
  • Cleveland Hill Education Foundation, Former Board Member
  • One Hundred Club of Buffalo, Former Member
  • Gyro Club of Buffalo, Inc., Past President
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project, Board Member
  • Tau Beta Pi, New York Nu Chapter, Past President
  • Buffalo Citizens Academy, Board Member and Counsel


  • Held v. Workers’ Compensation Board, Declaratory Judgment Action (Supreme Court, Albany County), Index No.: 2943-08, May 20, 2010
  • Held v. Workers’ Compensation Board, Article 78 Proceeding (Supreme Court, Albany County) Index No.: 2957-08, July 7, 2008
  • Nuara v. Workers’ Compensation Board, (Supreme Court, Albany County), Index No.: 5076-08, February 11, 2010
  • Nesslin v. Medaille College (Supreme Court, Erie County), Index No.: 6446/06, November 20, 2006
  • Munabi v. Abrams (Supreme Court, Erie County), aff’d 199 A.D.2d 1037 (4th Dept. 1993)
  • People v. National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, 10 Misc 3d 516 (Erie County Court 2005), rev’g 1 Misc 3d 857
  • FS Kids, LLC v. Compensation Risk Management LLC, NYS Supreme Court, Erie County, Index No.: 11268/2008, 3/11/10
  • St. Joseph Hospital v. Berger Commission, 43 A.D.3d 139 (4th Dep’t 2007)
  • Matter of Shea’s v. Estate of Drapanas, 39 A.D.3d 1272, 832 N.Y.S.2d 856
  • Matter of Baynes v. City of Lackawanna, NYS Supreme Court, Erie County, Index No.: 1129/2009, 8/23/10
  • City of Buffalo vs. National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation, 90 A.D. 2d 691(4th Dept.), 455 N.Y.S. 2d 1021, 1982 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 18790
  • Joseph Joyce v. Diane Wagner, W.D.N.Y. 1984 - Civ. No. 84-0115E
  • City of Buffalo v. Jacek A. Wysocki, 110 A.D. 2d 1052(4th Dept.), 489 N.Y.S. 2d 134, 1985 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 48929
  • Sharon Steel v. National Fuel, 872 F. 2d 36(3rd Circuit), 1989 U.S. App. LEXIS 4339
  • Board of Education of the Depew-Union Free School District v. Depew Teachers, 167 A.D. 2d 906(4th Dept.), 562 N.Y.S. 2d 274, 1990 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 14473
  • U.S. Air Group, Inc. v. Bernardo, 175 A.D.2d 642(4th Dept.), 572 N.Y.S.2d 271, 1991 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 10182
  • Morgan vs. A.O. Smith, 233 A.D. 2d 375(2nd Dept.), 650 N.Y.S. 2d 748, 1996 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 11608
  • Ilhardt v. A.O. Smith, 168 F.R.D. 613(S. D. Ohio), 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19098, 36 Fed. R. Serv. 3d (Callaghan) 986
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation v. James E. Wilkins & Sons, Inc., et al., Sup. Ct. Gen. Co. 1998 - Index No.: 46213
  • Data-Track Account Services, Inc. v. Curtis W. Lee, 291 A.D. 2d 827 (4th Dept.), 736 N.Y.S. 2d 558, 2002 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 973