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John J. Manier • Senior Attorney

Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP • Glendale , California

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Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP
500 N. Brand Blvd.
Twentieth Floor
Glendale , California 91203
phone 818-508-3700
fax  818-506-4827


John J. Manier is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1986) and UCLA School of Law (J.D. 1989), where he served as an Editor of the UCLA Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Awards for Excellence in Property and Constitutional Law. Throughout his career, Mr. Manier has practiced extensively in employment-related litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He has appeared and argued before the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal and other state and federal courts. Mr. Manier also has been one of the firm’s counsel of record in several published decisions where our clients obtained favorable results. These include Venetian Casino Resort, LLC v. EEOC, 409 F.3d 359 (2005) [employer’s challenge to EEOC policies for disclosing confidential commercial information was ripe]; Reeves v. Hanlon, 33 Cal.4th 1140 (2004) [employer may sue competitor for tortious interference with at-will employment contracts between employer and its employees]; Turner v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 7 Cal.4th 1238 (1994) [establishing standards for constructive wrongful discharge cases in California]; GAB Business Services, Inc. v. Lindsey & Newsom Claim Services, Inc., 83 Cal.App.4th 409 (2000) [corporate officer owed fiduciary duty of loyalty as a matter of law]; Saret-Cook v. Gilbert, Kelly, Crowley & Jennett, 74 Cal.App.4th 1211 (1999) [affirming $650,000 attorney fee award for an employer who obtained a defense judgment in a sex harassment and discrimination lawsuit]; Bardin v. Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co., 70 Cal.App.4th 494 (1999) [company’s communications to Los Angeles Police Department during background check on former company employee were absolutely privileged from tort liability]; and Kirmse v. Nikko Hotel San Francisco, 51 Cal.App.4th 311 (1996) [affirming summary judgment for employer on job bias and related claims, even though claims were not barred by treaty between United States and Japan].

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Manier served as a Law Clerk to the late Irving Hill, Senior United States District Judge, Central District of California. Mr. Manier is the author of “The Attorney-Client Privilege and its Availability to Insured Persons,” which was published at 36 UCLA L. Rev. 977 (1989), and assisted in the drafting of a chapter of the treatise “Sexual Harassment in Employment Law” (1992). Mr. Manier also has written or co-written several articles on labor and employment law issues in the LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, and he serves as an editor of the Firm’s Management Memo. Mr. Manier is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Third, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and all federal and state courts in California. He is an active member of the California bar and the Labor and Employment Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


  • College: University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1986
  • Law School: University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., 1989

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1989, California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; 1997, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of California; 1998, U.S. Supreme Court; 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
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