Mackie Manning, one of the founding partners of Dority & Manning, P.A., passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017. He was 81 years old.
A chemical engineer by trade, Manning’s keen interest in law led him to law school at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Manning supported his family while attending law school by working at the United States Patent and Trademark Office where he honed his legal skills and made friendships that lasted his entire career. Manning returned to South Carolina and, after a brief time working as a patent attorney for a large corporation, he started Dority & Manning with long-time friend Julian Dority in 1984. In a short time, Manning developed a reputation as a top intellectual property practitioner. He successfully tried numerous patent infringement cases for both patentees and for companies accused of infringement. He was also a recognized expert witness and mediator in intellectual property matters. Manning’s influence helped Dority & Manning grow to become the Southeast’s largest boutique IP law firm.