Francis X. Manning


Francis Manning


A trial lawyer and the partner-in-charge of Stradley Ronon’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey, office, Fran Manning represents businesses and their owners and executives in a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters. He advocates for insurers, financial services companies and manufacturers in cases involving health care and ERISA claims, product liability cases, lending and investment disputes, employment claims and wrongful death, and in enforcement actions by state and federal agencies. He has tried more than 30 cases to verdict or award, and he has argued appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and in state appellate courts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.

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Representative Matters

  • secured injunctive relief in New Jersey state court for a national health care insurer against a New Jersey hospital, curtailing the hospital’s efforts to collect in excess of $200 million in allegedly past due bills directly from hundreds of patients 
  • led the defeat of an effort by commercial borrowers to have a bank’s $13 million claim dismissed for allegedly violating the New Jersey Banking Act by convincing the trial and appellate courts that the interstate aspects of the loan transactions fit within the Act’s exemptions that permit foreign banks to secure loans with property located in New Jersey and then use New Jersey courts to enforce those obligations 
  • won the dismissal of all claims by a national pharmacy-benefit company against a former sales executive for allegedly violating a non-competition and confidentiality agreement after the executive joined a competitor 
  • convinced a New Jersey Chancery Court to reject an emergency application for temporary restraints brought by dozens of providers against a managed care organization seeking to enforce the terms of its provider contracts 
  • on summary judgment, defeated efforts by a state dental association and member dentists to have health insurers stop recovering benefit overpayments mistakenly paid to the dentists for services not covered by a patient’s insurance plan 
  • obtained the dismissal by motion of all claims asserted against two medical directors employed by a health insurer in a wrongful death case
  • won injunctions and eventual judgments for a secured lender in the New Jersey and Maine federal courts against borrowers who had misrepresented the quality and source of collateral for millions of dollars in loans 
  • obtained the dismissal of all claims against a third-party health care administrator by an individual who claimed he was misled to retire and lost the benefit of a lifetime cap of $2 million in health coverage
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Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • New York State Court of Appeals
  • J.D., cum laude, George Washington University Law School
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Southern New Jersey
  • Virtua Foundation Board of Trustees

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Make New Jersey Competitive: The Future of the ACA & Health Care,” Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey’s Health Care Conference
  • Presenter, “Managing the Challenging Employee: The Tales of the Office Bully, Paid Time Off Abuser, Smoking Man and Others,” Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey Government Action Series
  • Moderator, “Public Policy Update Series: Camden's Comeback,” Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
  • Moderator, “The Affordable Care Act: It’s Here – Now What?”
  • Presenter, “Economic Development in South Jersey,” Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
  • Presenter, “Getting There: Transportation in South Jersey,” Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey
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  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • South Jersey Biz Magazine, "Executive of the Year"
  • South Jersey Biz Magazine, Best Attorneys in Business
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