Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Mr. Manard attended Tulane University where he received a full athletic scholarship and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. He was then accepted into Tulane University School of Law and graduated in 1972. Upon passing the Bar, he was appointed law clerk to Judge Patrick M. Schott, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals who later became Senior Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. After serving as law clerk at the Fourth Circuit, Mr. Manard accepted an offer and began practicing law with a large downtown insurance defense law firm wherein he represented insurance companies and defended them in personal injury and wrongful death suits.
In 1978, Mr. Manard started his own private practice focusing primarily on representing injured plaintiffs and wrongful death claimants against insurance companies, manufacturers and shipping interests. Mr. Manard focused primarily on automobile, maritime, product liability and railroad cases. He has continued a private practice in those areas for the last thirty-eight years.
Mr. Manard has been happily married to Brenda Bohrer since 1973 and they have three children, Robbie, Wendy and Maryclaire.
His son, Robbie, broke his father’s school record in the Pole Vault at Tulane and graduated from Tulane in 1998. His daughter, Wendy graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 2004. His youngest daughter, Mary Claire, was the president of the student body at Vanderbilt University, and is presently working as a journalist in New York City.
Mr. Manard is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, was on the Board of Governors and Board of Advisors for the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, a lecturing part-time faculty member of the Tulane School of Law and rated A V (the highest rating) by Martindale Hubble. He is the author of Proper Techniques and Interviewing Clients, on the Board of Directors on Tulane Law School Legal Assistance Program, a Member of the Dean’s Council at Tulane Law School and frequent lecturer for the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. He is published in Courtroom Medicine by Matthew Bender and was the first Chairman of the Automobile Accident Section for the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, the largest voluntary Bar Association in the state of Louisiana.
Mr. Manard has been lead trial attorney on several multi-million dollar cases. Most recently, winning a $2.3 million dollar jury verdict in Civil District Court in the case of Sneed v. Liberty Mutual, CDC No. 2000-6302.
The amount awarded to Mr. Manard’s client in general damages was higher than any other reported case in Louisiana history for a single operated disc case and was written up in the Times-Picayune on May 9, 2002.
Mr. Manard’s efforts have not only helped his clients win millions in awards, they have changed the way shopping centers, automobile drivers, product manufacturers and other wrongdoers behave towards the consumer and public, contributing to a safer society. He has supported local charities, recreational departments and schools by donating his time and money to help disadvantaged children improve their lives.