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Nickay B. Manning

Firm Status

Of Counsel

Educational and Professional Background

University of New Mexico (B.A. with distinction, 1985)
University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D. (1988)
University of New Mexico Law Review (Lead Articles Editor, 1987-1988)

Admitted to Practice
New Mexico Supreme Court (1988); Colorado Supreme Court (2000); Texas Supreme Court (1998, inactive); United States District Court for the District of New Mexico; United States District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

Professional Activities and Honors

New Mexico State Bar, employment and trial practice sections; Albuquerque Bar Association; Boulder County Bar Association, employment law chairperson (2004-2005); American Bar Association, Labor and Employment law section (1993-2000); Women’s Bar Association (1996-2000); New Mexico Commission on Professionalism (1999-2000); Executive Women International program director and law firm representative (1998-1999); Speaker on employment topics (1990-2000); District III Leader for Ambassador Constituent Team of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (2016-present); Lead Articles Editor for the New Mexico Law Review (1987-1988); Published Note on civil procedure in the New Mexico Law Review (1987).

Ms. Manning has over 26 years of experience in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation, real estate, construction, insurance defense, products liability, professional negligence construction, and contract disputes. Ms. Manning began her legal career with the law firm of Civerolo, Hansen & Wolf in 1988 and returned to the firm in 2018. In the interim, Ms. Manning was a shareholder at Kemp Smith Duncan & Hammond for several years and then ran her own successful law practice for 13 years in Colorado and New Mexico.

Ms. Manning’s employment practice involves both litigation and preventive counsel for employers, which includes the resolution of personnel matters, preparation of employment manuals, policies, and employment agreements, training supervisors in employment law issues, and the performance of independent employment investigations. Ms. Manning’s employment practice also involves advising employers with the preparation of responses to claims of discrimination, unemployment compensation, and wages with federal and state administrative agencies. Ms. Manning also represents public and private employers at all stages of litigation. She has been a frequent speaker at employment law conferences, prepared employment law newsletters and held leadership positions in employment-related bar associations.

Ms. Manning also has extensive experience in other practice areas. Her practice involves all aspects of litigation from the pleading and discovery stages to trials and appeals.