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The POWER List 2023: Michael Manners

Michael Manners Langdon & Emison, Lexington

Mike Manners presided over about 170 jury trials as a Jackson County circuit judge. It serves him well in private practice.

Before his appointment, he had served for 24 years at the Independence firm now known as Welch, Martin & Albano. He served as the 1998–1999 president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.

Gov. Roger Wilson, during his brief tenure after the death of Gov. Mel Carnahan, first appointed him to the bench in 2000. While on the bench, he was a finalist for four Missouri Supreme Court vacancies before he joined his current firm in 2013 and served as a special master for a habeus corpus proceeding before the state’s high court.

He has continued to argue before the same court, maintaining challenged lawsuit claims and defending multimillion-dollar personal injury verdicts. He also has served on the Missouri Supreme Court’s civil rules committee that drafted court rules on civil litigation.

Manners earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1976.

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