Manuel E. Romero
Manuel A. Romero (Manny) currently serves as the Chairman of the New York State Grievance Committee for the 2″, 11 7′ and 13″ Judicial Districts. The Committee handles attorney discipline in Kings, Queens and Richmond Counties. In 2005, Manny was elected President of the Brooklyn Bar Association. He is the first Latino President in the 138-year history of the Association.
Manny graduated with honors from Xavier High School in Manhattan. He then went to Fordham University in the Bronx where he played varsity football and received his B.A. He graduated from New York Law School and spent the next six years as a trial attorney litigating the defense of personal injury cases. For the past 20 years he has been the Principal and Senior Trial Attorney in his own law firm, Manuel A. Romero, P.C., where he has concentrated on plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, from inception to trial. While in private practice, Manny has achieved several multi-million-dollar jury verdicts including a $30,593,831.00 verdict, for a pedestrian in a motor vehicle collision.
In recognition of his trial skills, Manny has been called upon to be a lecturer for the New York State Unified Court System, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Clinic, and the Brooklyn Bar Association. For many years, Manny served on the Brooklyn Bar Association’s and the Association of the City Bar’s Judiciary Committees. He also was selected in 2004 to serve on the Kings County Democratic Party Judicial Screening Committee. In 2006, he was selected to serve on the New York State Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee for the Court of Appeals. In 2007 he was appointed by Chief Judge Judith Kaye to the OCA Judicial Screening Committee. In recognition of his standing in the Brooklyn legal community, Manny was appointed a member of the State of New York Grievance Committee for the Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts in 2002. He was appointed Chairman in 2006. On January 1, 2008, Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, appointed Manny to the Board of the Brooklyn Public Library. Manny also sits on the Boards of the Kings County, Supreme Court Library, the Brooklyn Bar Association/Brooklyn Bar Foundation and Best of Brooklyn.
Manny is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, as well as a Director of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation, and a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He will serve his tenth term as a member of the State Bar House of Delegates.
Manny was awarded the 2007 Community Achievement Award by the Hispanic Heritage Committee of the Cervantes Society. Manny was honored as the “Man of the Year” on April 14, 2005, by the Kings County Democratic Party. He was also the recipient of the Sybil Hart Kooper Award, on April 21, 2005, at the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association’s Awards Dinner.
Manny was also honored by the New York County Lawyer’s Association at its 91st Annual Dinner honoring Jurists and Lawyers of Color on December 13, 2005.