Even before he began practicing law, attorney Richard A. Manger had developed a reputation as a skilled and formidable advocate. While still in his second year of law school at Wake Forest University School of Law, Rich was selected by his classmates to represent their class in the highly controversial and ultimately successful appeal of the grades given by a professor to the entire second year class because the grading system used by that professor had been proven to be unfair and not indicative of the actual mastery of the subject matter of that class. Based in part on his successful challenge to an unfair system, Rich’s peers elected him president of the Student Bar Association the following year.
During his career as a High Point personal injury lawyer, Rich has maintained his commitment to justice and helping others. He has earned a long track record of success assisting his friends and neighbors in the community through difficult times, getting them the resources and compensation they need after a serious injury or the loss of a loved one.
Rich is active in both the legal community and in the High Point community. He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly known as the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers), the American Advocates for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the North Carolina Bar Association, The 18th Judicial District Bar and the High Point Bar Association.
Rich has served as a Vice President and on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (now North Carolina Advocates for Justice), as President and on the executive committee of the 18th Judicial District Bar (a division of the North Carolina State Bar), and as President and on the executive committee of the High Point Bar Association.
He has also served on the Education, Public Education and Publications Committees of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and was one of the co-founders and Chairperson of the Small Office Practice Committee of the Academy of Trial Lawyers. Rich frequently speaks at seminars for trial lawyers and written articles on various issues affecting trial practice and management.
Rich was appointed Chairperson of the 18th Judicial District-High Point Division Local Grievance Committee, to handle certain grievances as assigned by the North Carolina State Bar against High Point area lawyers. He was also appointed Chairperson of the Fee Dispute Resolution Committee of the 18th Judicial District-High Point Division, to resolve fee disputes between High Point area lawyers and clients.
Rich has prided himself on upholding the professionalism and high ethical standards that should be expected of attorneys. He is a Master of the Bar in the Guilford Inn of Court, a local chapter of the American Inns of Court, an invitational organization of judges and litigation lawyers, civil and criminal, plaintiff, prosecution and defense, which is dedicated to the promotion of ethical and competent litigation in our courts, respect for our system of justice, and mentoring newer attorneys. He has also served on the executive committee and as President of the Guilford Inn.
He has enjoyed many years of involvement in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice High School Mock Trial Competition, currently serving on the executive committee of the Carolina Center for Civic Education. He was one of the core members of NCAJ, then NCATL, who established this wonderful statewide program in 1992. Mr. Manger is the State Scoring Director for this annual competition as well as Regional Coordinator for the Guilford Regional, one of nine regions. whose teams compete to win the state championship and then represent North Carolina in the National High School Mock Trial Competition.
Rich graduated from Wake Forest University and earned his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.