National Litigation Firm Manion Gaynor & Manning Continues Expansion with Offices in Louisiana and Mississippi

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Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP (MG&M) today announced the continued expansion of its national litigation practice with the opening of new offices in New Orleans and Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Max Swetman

Max Swetman

These highly accomplished attorneys are well known and respected locally and nationally for their innovation and results in trial practice, products liability, toxic torts and environmental law.

Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP (MG&M) today announced the continued expansion of its national litigation practice with the opening of new offices in New Orleans and Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. These locations will feature eight new attorneys in the firm’s Products Liability & Complex Tort Group, plus paralegal support and administrative staff.

Launching these new MG&M offices are seasoned and accomplished trial lawyers Max Swetman and Chris Massenburg, former founding partners of Swetman Baxter Massenburg LLC. Attorneys Swetman and Massenburg will lead the firm’s Louisiana and Mississippi practices, focusing on product liability, toxic torts, environmental and business litigation as well as regulatory compliance. They will also augment the firm’s considerable capabilities as National Coordinating Counsel and National Trial Counsel for numerous corporations and insurers.

A seasoned attorney with more than 20 years of experience, Max Swetman’s practice focuses on the defense of toxic tort, occupational disease, and environmental claims alleging bodily injury and property damage at the regional and national level. Max has represented defendants as lead trial counsel in lawsuits filed in numerous states, including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. He also counsels clients on issues of liabilities associated with environmental contamination and potential future liabilities which may arise from industrial, manufacturing, and other processes. Max earned his Juris Doctor in 1992 from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He holds a Master of Public Health Degree in the field of Epidemiology from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in addition to a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from The Johns Hopkins University. Max is AV® Peer Review-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a SuperLawyer® (2012 -2014), a Best Lawyer in America (2011-2014), 2014 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, and one of the Top 50 Legal Professionals in New Orleans by New Orleans City Business Magazine for 2011 and 2012. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Chris Massenburg’s practice primarily focuses on environmental, toxic tort, products liability, premises liability, construction defects, and commercial trucking litigation. He serves on the National Trial Team for multiple clients, and has tried cases in Alabama, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. He has been retained by clients to reevaluate their litigation strategies, and train fact, corporate, and newly retained expert witnesses for deposition and trial. Chris was invited to become an Associate Professor of Trial Advocacy at Tulane University Law School just four years after earning his Juris Doctor in 2000. He is a member of the LSU School of Law Trial Advocacy faculty, a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and is board certified as both a Civil Law Trial and Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Chris is AV® Peer and Client Review-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected for inclusion to the 2013 and 2014 SuperLawyers®. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Also joining MG&M are new partners Adam Hays and Brandie Thibodeaux, associates Kevin Sloan, Meaghan Donovan, Natasha Corb, and of counsel David Frohn. David has over 30 years of product liability and insurance litigation experience and focuses his practice on the defense of domestic and international manufacturers of consumer and industrial products. He has been AV® Peer Review-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1987 and for the past 15 years he has been named a Louisiana SuperLawyer® in the field of product liability defense.

“We are delighted to welcome Max, Chris, David, Adam, Brandie, and their team to MG&M,” said John B. Manning, partner and chair of the firm’s Products Liability & Complex Tort Group. “These highly accomplished attorneys are well known and respected locally and nationally for their innovation and results in trial practice, products liability, toxic torts and environmental law. We are extremely proud to have attracted attorneys of their caliber and experience for the benefit of MG&M clients.”

MG&M’s continued expansion into the Gulf States adds further momentum to recent attorney growth in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California, and Delaware, where the firm has added 11 attorneys since January 2014 in response to increasing client needs.

About Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP
Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP (MG&M) is a national litigation firm focused on Commercial and Business disputes and Products Liability and Complex Torts, with fully integrated offices in California, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Rhode Island. As trial counsel and national coordinating counsel, we provide innovative, aggressive representation for clients facing high-stakes litigation. We are the law firm of choice for numerous Fortune 500 Companies and some of the most iconic brands in American business.

MG&M serves as National Coordinating Counsel, National Trial Counsel, Regional Counsel, and Local Counsel for manufacturers, service providers, suppliers, professionals, premises owners, food services companies, and retailers. With the requisite infrastructure to handle the most complex of cases, the firm defends toxic tort and environmental litigation actions in all 50 states. For more information, visit http://www.mgmlaw.com.

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