Manuel is a business litigator whose practice focuses on contract disputes, fraud and fiduciary duty claims, trade secret claims, securities litigation, class actions, and other business torts. He has particular experience representing financial institutions and their directors and officers during all phases of regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings. Manuel also serves as the Dallas Hiring Partner.
Manuel frequently advises and defends current and former directors and officers of banks and holding companies that are facing threatened and actual regulatory actions, including matters involving fiduciary duty claims, allegations of unsafe and unsound practices, and violations of other federal and state banking laws. He has handled all aspects of investigations by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), including responding to subpoenas, drafting responses to 15-day letters, preparing and defending clients for depositions by regulatory enforcement attorneys, trying enforcement actions from the first chair to an Administrative Law Judge, and defending recommended dismissals before final agency decision-makers.