Brent V. Manning

Brent V. Manning



Practice Areas

Business Litigation Intellectual Property and Technology Class Actions Antitrust and Trade

Brent V. Manning is one of the founding partners of Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar.  He is active in the community and the Bar and has served in many significant positions in both.  He is included among The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Litigation – Antitrust and Commercial Litigation, as a Mountain States Super Lawyers®  in the areas of Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Antitrust and Antitrust Litigation, and as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in the Utah Business magazine.  He is AV-rated preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell® with a 5 of 5 rating in all rated categories.  His recent cases include representation of:  tobacco companies in the defense of the Attorney General’s Medicaid reimbursement and smoker class action suits; network marketing and nutraceutical companies in contract disputes; utility and power generating companies in contract disputes; professional athletes in contract and intellectual property disputes; international and domestic oil and gas and mineral companies in cases concerning fuel supply and in contract and tort disputes; closely held companies in contract and corporate governance disputes; media and manufacturing companies in defense of anti-trust claims and attorneys and law firms in defense of professional negligence claims . Mr. Manning also served as class counsel in an important Social Security disability case and he frequently serves as an arbitrator and mediator.


  • J.D., Harvard University School of Law (1975)
  • B.A., Idaho State University (1972)

Licenses and Admissions

  • Idaho (2004)
  • Utah (1981)
  • Colorado (1975) (inactive)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Utah and Idaho Bar Associations
  • Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court (1989-present)
    • President, Watkiss-Southerland Inn (1997-1998)
  • Court Appointed Panel of Mediators and Arbitrators, U.S. District Court, District of Utah (1993-present)
  • “And Justice for All” Campaign (1998-present)
    • Chairman (2001-2004)
  • Deans Advisory Council, Idaho State University (2002-2008)
  • Courts and Judges Committee, Utah State Bar (1993-2007)
    • Chairman (1996-1999)
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Third Judicial District, State of Utah (1995-2007)
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Second Judicial District, State of Utah (2002-2007)
  • Judicial Outreach Committee (2000-2003)
  • Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Utah State Bar (1999-2002)
  • Judicial Nominating Commission (Second Judicial District) (1998-2002)
  • Utah State Bar Disciplinary Panel (1991-1994)
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Utah State Bar, Chairman (1990)

Professional Recognitions and Honors

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Utah Business magazine, Utah’s Legal Elite, Civil Litigation (2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Antitrust (2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, Antitrust
    • Commercial Disputes
    • Complex Litigation
    • Contract Disputes
    • Labor and Employment
    • Large Case Litigation
    • Trade Secrets
    • Litigation, Antitrust
    • Litigation, Intellectual Property
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, Civil LitigCounsel and The American Lawyer magazines, Top Rateation: Defense, Antitrust Litigation (2007-2021)
  • Corporate d Lawyer for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources (2013)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, General Commercial
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Salt Lake City, Litigation – Antitrust Lawyer of the Year (2012)
  • Federal Bar Association, Pro Bono Law Firm/Lawyer of the Year (2011)

Community Activities

Mr. Manning served for three years as chairman for the “And Justice for All” Campaign, a joint fund-raising effort for the major civil legal aid providers in Utah. He served on the Board of the Utah Tibet Foundation, the Board of the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, and on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Idaho State University. Mr. Manning is an active mountaineer and rock climber who, among many other mountains has climbed the highest mountain on all seven continents. He has undertaken significant pro bono representation, including representing community groups, the Utah State Bar and indigents.