Alumni & Friends

Class Notes

June 25th, 2013

Steve Manning Eugene Ramirez, Class of 1979/1987

Congratulations to WLS alumni Steve Manning, Class of 1979, and Eugene Ramirez, Class of 1987!

Every year the National Law Journal publishes a list of the top 350 law firms out of the 165,000 firms that are in the United States. The law firm, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester made the list this year, coming in at number 288! While many businesses in the United States have been forced to cut back and lay off staff due to the worst economic conditions in recent memory, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester continues to grow despite tough economic conditions.

Manning attributes much of the firm’s success to solid relationships between personnel at the firm. “The most important thing is this partnership being knit well together,” Manning said. “The wrong person inside the boardroom could mess it up.” The firm builds loyalty and personal bonds through paintball games, karate workshops and an obstacle course on a U.S. Marine Corps base. It’s taken its lawyer boot camp on the road to Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco, and Scottsdale, Ariz.

The firm’s practices include civil litigation and defense work in the employment, health care, medical malpractice and insurance arenas. The firm won a precedent-setting California Supreme Court case last year involving bumper car rides for a Great America amusement park owner on the primary assumption of risk doctrine, which reduces liability for certain recreational activities with inherent risks.