Amy B. Manning Partner

Amy is the chair of the firm’s Antitrust, Trade and Commercial Litigation Department. She has previously served on the firm’s Executive Committee, on the Board of Partners, as the Managing Partner of the McGuireWoods Chicago office, as co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group and as co-chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.

Amy has extensive experience handling criminal and civil antitrust matters for international and U.S. companies, as well as individuals, in federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals throughout the United States. Her cases involve international cartels, price fixing, market allocation, bid rigging, tying arrangements, bundling, monopolization, attempted monopolization, and Robinson-Patman Act claims. In addition, she regularly advises clients on distribution relationships, compliance matters, and other antitrust issues related to day-to-day business operations. She is a frequent author and speaker on numerous topics relating to antitrust, government investigations, compliance issues, and the life sciences industry.  She also has designed and implemented numerous national and international compliance programs.

Amy’s practice also focuses on complex commercial litigation, including class actions, breach of contract actions, commodities litigation, multi-district litigation, healthcare litigation, civil RICO litigation, real estate disputes, and intellectual property disputes. She has first chaired arbitrations, trials and appeals, and recently argued an appeal before the Eleventh Circuit. Her arbitration practice includes international, domestic, and class action arbitrations before various tribunals.

Notably, as part of the McGuireWoods team, Amy helped secure a May 2010 victory on behalf of Jo Tankers before the U.S. Supreme Court in Stolt-Nielsen v. Animalfeeds Int’l, 130 S. Ct. 1758 (2010), which held that the respondents could not be compelled under the Federal Arbitration Act to engage in class arbitration where the arbitration agreement was silent on the issue of class arbitration.

Honors and Recognition

Amy has been recognized by the legal industry and business community for her contributions, including:

  • Selected for inclusion in International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, Global Competition Review, 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Antitrust, Illinois, Chambers USA, 2013-2019
  • Named as one of the Top 50 Women in “Illinois Super Lawyers,” 2019
  • Named to “Illinois Super Lawyers,” Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2019
  • Selected for inclusion as a “Leading Lawyer,” Antitrust: Civil Litigation and Class Action, Illinois, Legal 500 US, 2017, 2018
  • Named one of Chicago’s Most Influential Women Lawyers, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2017
  • Nominated, “Women of Influence” Awards, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law and Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Named one of six finalists shortlisted as “Best in Antitrust/Competition” for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s sixth annual Americas Women in Business Law Awards, 2017
  • Named a “Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Trailblazer,” The National Law Journal, 2016
  • Featured by the Chicago Lawyer in an article titled, “The Leading Ladies of Chicago Law Firms,” May 2016
  • Inaugural Recipient, David Gotaas Community Supporter Award, American Councils for International Education’s Kosovo American Education Fund, 2016
  • Named to “Who’s Who in Chicago Business,” Crain’s Chicago Business, 2013-2016
  • Selected for inclusion in “Top 100 Women & Top 100 Women Business Lawyers in Illinois,” Leading Lawyers Magazine, March 2015
  • Named by the Global Competition Review in an article about the Illinois competition bar where Amy and her team received a rating of “Highly Recommended,” January 2015 
  • Named to “The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists,” Global Competition Review, 2014, 2015
  • Recipient, Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, 2014
  • Listed in Guide to Medical Device Lawyers, Illinois Antitrust, First Edition, 2012, 2013
  • Featured by the Chicago Lawyer in an article titled, “Women In Law 2012 – Women Making an Impact,” May 2012
  • Featured in the Super Lawyer magazine, 2011
  • Selected as a “Leading Lawyer,” Antitrust Law and Commercial Litigation, Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, Women’s Edition, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2009
  • Featured by the Chicago Lawyer as one of six attorneys profiled as “The Next Generation of Leaders” (June 2009), and again in the follow-up profile titled “Four Years Later...” (Oct. 2013).
  • Featured by Global Competition Review in its issue on Women In Antitrust, May 2009
  • Listed in “Who’s Who in American Law,” Marquis Who’s Who, 2007-2008
  • Recipient, National Association of Women Business Owners 2006 Corporate Woman of Achievement Award, 2006
  • Recipient, Thomas P. McAulroy Award for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy with Highest Distinction, 1992
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Amy is also an active member of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section.  She was a Faculty Speaker on two panels for the 2018 and 2016 ABA International Cartel Workshop, a Faculty Speaker at the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting, and was on the Steering Committee and a speaker at the 2014 ABA International Cartel Workshop. She also spoke at the Clayton Act 100th Anniversary Symposium.  She is a member of the ABA Antitrust Section Council, the former Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section Operations Committee (2015-2018), and the former Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (2012-2015). She also served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Committee (2007-2008).

While earning her law degree at the University of Chicago Law School, Amy won the University of Chicago Hinton Moot Court Competition before Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. As an undergraduate, she earned departmental honors for her research thesis on The Teratogenic Effects of Alcohol Upon Raticus Albinicus Norwegicus.

Community Involvement

Amy is the former two-time Chair of the American Diabetes Association Chicago Board and is a current member of the board. She has been the recipient of the ADA’s Top Individual Fundraiser Award for the Chicago Step Out Walks in 2011-2018. Amy also is a board member of The Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a board member for the Chicago Bar Foundation.

Experience

Representation of Fresenius Kabi as a plaintiff in an antitrust lawsuit.

Defense of multiple corporations in investigations by the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice.

Representation of Horizon Lines, Inc. in a criminal investigation by the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice of price-fixing of ocean transportation rates between the United States mainland and Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii and defense of related treble-damage actions brought by customers seeking to recover damages as a result of the alleged conspiracy. United States v. Horizon Lines, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico) and In Re: Puerto Rican Cabotage Antitrust Litigation MDL 1960, (U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico).

Representation of Jo Tankers, Inc., a carrier of liquid chemicals in parcel tanker vessels in international cartel investigation and related treble damage actions alleging price fixing and bid rigging. In re: Parcel Tanker Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut 2003).

Defense of multiple high-level executives in investigations by the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice.  

Creation and implementation of multiple international compliance programs for global companies.

Representation of ADM Investor Services, Inc. in a case alleging the sale of illegal off-exchange futures contracts in violation of the Commodity Exchange Act, as well as fraud and breach of contract; and summary judgment was granted in favor of ADM Investor Services after close of discovery. Asa-Brandt, Inc., et al. v. ADM Investor Services, Inc., et al. (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa). 

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • The University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1992
  • Monmouth College, BA, Biology, summa cum laude, 1989

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

ABA Antitrust Section Council Member, 2018-2019; Co-chair, Committee Operations, 2015-2018; Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 2012-2015; Vice Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 2010-2012

Chairman, Antitrust Law Committee, 2007-2008; Vice Chairman, Antitrust Law Committee, 2006-2007; Call to Action on Women Committee; Past Current Events Newsletter, Antitrust Committee, Chicago Bar Association

Appointed Member, Antitrust & Unfair Competition Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 2008-2010

Fellow; Member, Diversity Law and Trial Law Institutes, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyers Honorary Society

Member, 7th Circuit Bar Association

Co-founder, Chicago Women Antitrust Lawyers Network

Former Chairman, Chicago American Diabetes Association

Board member, Chicago American Diabetes Association

Board Member, The Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Former Member, Alumni Board of Directors, Monmouth College

Member, Economic Club of Chicago

Board Member, Chicago Bar Foundation

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