Overview

Diana Manning is Bressler’s Managing Principal. Diana has over two decades of experience in complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Diana is a Principal in Bressler’s New Jersey office, is Chair of the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation practice group, and spearheads the firm’s Appellate practice team. Diana has developed a successful track record of trial verdicts and settlements, especially in complex matters. She also has a reputation as a strategic, thoughtful, and fearless advocate for all of her clients.

A distinguished trial lawyer, Diana is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. She is also an accomplished appellate lawyer who has participated in six matters before the New Jersey Supreme Court, including arguing four times. Diana is an avid presenter and author on business litigation, legal ethics, products liability, and professional liability. She is the author of the New Jersey Chapter of The Law of Lawyer’s Liability: Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice, ABA/First Chair Press, which provides an overview of the laws governing attorney malpractice in each state. 

To date, Diana’s distinguished career has brought her offices and honors from many professional and legal industry organizations. Diana served on the District XA Ethics Committee for 10 years and was appointed Chair by the New Jersey Supreme Court from 2017-2019. She is the current Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, the Morris County Bar Association, and the Morris County Bar Foundation.

Experience

Experience

  • Meisels v. Fox Rothschild LLP, 240 N.J. 286 (2020)
  • Dimitrakopoulos v. Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman and Stahl, P.C., 237 N.J. 91 (2019)
  • Francese v. Am. Modern Ins. Grp., Inc., 383 F. Supp. 3d 336 (D.N.J. 2019)
  • Dimitrakopoulos v. Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman and Stahl,C., 237 N.J. 91 (2019), wherein the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the entire controversy doctrine bars a legal malpractice claim asserted by a former client who has failed to assert the claim in a previous fee collection action brought by the client’s attorney, provided the client had a fair and reasonable opportunity to assert the claim in the collection action.
  • In re Accutane Litigation, 234 N.J. 340 (2018), the seminal case on admissibility of expert scientific testimony in which the New Jersey Supreme Court adopted consideration of the federal Daubert standards, and emphasized a trial court’s proper “gatekeeping” role in seeking to disallow generally unreliable, unsound, and unaccepted expert testimony from reaching a jury.
  • Motorworld, Inc. v. Benkendorf, 228 N.J. 311 (2017), which dealt with novel issues of interpretation related to New Jersey’s Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.
  • Guido v. Duane Morris, LLP, 202 N.J. 79 (2010), a landmark case that involved the impact of a settlement on a legal malpractice claim. Kranz v. Tiger, 390 N.J. Super. 135 (App. Div.),  den., 192 N.J. 294 (2007)
  • Stoeckel v. Twp. of Knowlton, 387 N.J. Super. 1 (App. Div.), den., 188 N.J. 489 (2006)
  • Jerista v. Murray, 185 N.J. 175 (2005)
  • Grzanka v. Pfeifer, 301 N.J. Super. 563 (App. Div. 1997), den., 154 NJ 607 (1998)

News & Insights

News & Alerts

Speaking Engagements & Events

Articles & Publications

Associations & Organizations

Professional Affiliations

  • Civil Trial Attorney – Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey (March 2011 - present)

  • Secretary, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Former Chair – Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member – Appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct
  • Vice Chair – NJSBA Civil Trial Bar Section
  • Member – NJSBA Amicus Committee
  • Immediate Past President – New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • Past President – Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Past President – Morris County Bar Association
  • Board Member – Law360 New Jersey Editorial Advisory Board (2022-2024)
  • Member - The South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey
  • Member – Essex County Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Defense Research Institute
  • Member – New Jersey Defense Association
  • Member – New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts (2008-2010)

Civic Involvement

  • Trustee – New Jersey State Bar Foundation
  • Member – NJSBF Project Development Committee
  • Member – NJSBF Court Night Subcommittee
  • Member – NJSBF Nominating Committee
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Trustee Emeritus and Board Member – Morris County Bar Foundation
  • Past President – Morris County Bar Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, CASA of Morris and Sussex Counties, Inc.

Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors

  • Selected to the list of Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Lawyers
  • Included in the list of Martindale-Hubbell's "Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers,” 2012-2013

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  •  Included in the list of the Best Lawyers in America®, 2015-2024
  • Received the Best Lawyers2020 Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" award in Newark, 2020

2024 Best Lawyers

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  • Selected to the list of the New JerseSuper Lawyers, 2009-2023

New Jersey Attorneys at Law Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer

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  • Selected to the list of Super Lawyers, "Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey," 2018-2023

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  • Selected to the list of Super Lawyers, “Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey,” 2013, 2017-2023

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  • Selected to the list of Super Lawyers, "Top 10 Lawyers in New Jersey," 2023

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  • Recognized on the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” List, 2006-2007

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  • Recognized in the NJBIZ Power 50 in Law List, 2021-2023

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  • Recognized in the NJBIZ Leaders in Law Honoree List, 2021

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  • Recognized in the NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business Honoree List, 2021

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  • Recognized in the NJBIZ Vanguard Series: "Leaders in Law," 2018

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  • Recognized in the ROI-NJ Influencers in Law Inaugural Power List, 2022

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  • Recognized in the ROI-NJ Influencers in Law Power List, 2023, 2024

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  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney

  • Elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The ABF Fellowship comprises a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Membership in the Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

  • Received the Civil Practice Achievement Award presented by the Essex County Bar Association, 2022
  • Received the "Professional Lawyer of the Year" Award presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as a representative of New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, 2021
  • Selected to receive the Civil Practice Award presented by the Morris County Bar Association, 2021
  • Received the "Professional Lawyer of the Year" Award presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as a representative of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, 2017
  • Received the "Professional Lawyer of the Year" Award presented by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as a representative of the Morris County Bar Association, 2017

Education

  • Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, J.D., 1993
  • Rutgers College, Rutgers University, B.A., 1990

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey
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