Morgan V. Manley is a Senior Associate in the Litigation, Art, and Bankruptcy practices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
Ms. Manley joined the New York office as an associate in June, 2019. Her practice involves complex commercial litigation and she has extensive experience in both New York and New Jersey state and federal courts.
As the New York associate member of SGR’s Pro Bono Committee, Ms. Manley has assisted in expanding the firm’s outreach and services to low-income clients. She has focused her own pro-bono practice on assisting low-income artists and art-related groups.
During the three years prior to joining SGR, Ms. Manley was a Commercial Division Law Clerk to the Honorable Marcy S. Friedman in the Supreme Court of the State of New York located in Manhattan. The docket was composed of complex commercial cases with amounts in controversy exceeding $500,000 or for equitable or declaratory relief involving business, corporate or insurance issues.
Ms. Manley earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2016. At Fordham, Ms. Manley was President of the Art Law Society, which hosted a record number of art constituents at various conferences she helped organize. In addition, she was an art law intern at Christie’s Inc. and the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR). Ms. Manley was also a Notes and Articles Editor for the Fordham International Law Journal, a position for which she was co-recipient of the annual Outstanding Notes and Articles Editor Award. In addition, she was the 2015 recipient of the William O’Connor Award for her student note, “The (Inter)National Strategy: An Ivory Trade Ban in the United States and China,” 38 Fordham Int’l L.J. 1511 (2015), which analyzed developments in the import/export laws of antique ivory.
Ms. Manley received her undergraduate degree in Art History and International & Global Studies from Brandeis University in 2011, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
In her personal time, Ms. Manley is an avid horseback rider/pacer, skier and cook.
Frick Collection, Young Fellow
The Morgan Library, Young Fellow
International Foundation of Art Research, member
Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, member
New York American Inn of Court, member
“The Photographer Plays Big Brother: The Legal Implications of “Surveillance Art,” 26 Ent. Arts & Sports L. J. 30 (Spring 2015)
“The (Inter)National Strategy: Legal and Policy Implications of the Ivory Trade Ban in the United States & China,” 38 Fordham Int’l L. J. 1511 (2015)