Thomas J. Manganello

Partner | | V-Card | Profile PDF SouthfieldT +1.248.784.5007F +1.248.603.9607M +1.313.300.2030 Tom Manganello is co-leads Warner’s Automotive Industry Group. His practice includes supplier-focused automotive contracts, commercial supply chain and warranty issues, dispute resolution and litigation, as well as product liability litigation.

Tom Manganello is co-leads Warner’s Automotive Industry Group. His practice includes supplier-focused automotive contracts, commercial supply chain and warranty issues, dispute resolution and litigation, as well as product liability litigation.

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  • Legal counsel to the Original Equipment Supplier Association, O.E Sales and Marketing and C.E.O. Councils
  • Has served as lead counsel on supplier warranty/OEM supply chain and contracting disputes for Global Tiers 1, 2 & 3s
  • Representative clients are headquartered in USA, Germany, Hong Kong/China
  • 2007 Co-founder of MICHauto, Michigan's only membership-based automotive industry cluster association focused on sustaining and growing Michigan's automotive industry cluster
  • Maintained a 90 percent win rate in all product liability, premises liability and automobile negligence trial law proceedings as lead counsel representing major automotive clients in cases nationwide. Provided aggressive legal advocacy and representation for auto manufacturers and tried over 30 cases to verdict in state/appellate/federal courts across the U.S.
  • Selected as co-coordinator of major automotive seat litigation project and as national counsel for automotive transmission-inadvertent vehicle movement cases and heavy truck cab design allegation
  • Developed vigorous trial and case management strategies for multi-state litigation involving product liability, including retaining and managing outside counsel, coordinating expert witnesses (medical and technical) and advising client executives on case selection and motion filings to maximize opportunities for favorable interpretation of the law




  • University of Detroit J.D. 1980    
  • Michigan State University B.A. 1977    


  • 1980, Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-Present
  • Named to Michigan Super Laywers, 2014
  • Named a Top Lawyer by DBusiness, 2015
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

  • MICHauto
    Chairman, Steering Committee (2012)
  • Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Board Member (2013)
  • Detroit Economic Club
    Sustaining Member (2004-Present)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC)
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • Wayne County Mediation Tribunal
  • Leadership Detroit
    Class 29
  • Automotive Hall of Fame
    Board Member (2010-Present)

Community Affiliations

  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra Governing Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Numerous presentations in the U.S. and Asia on conducting business within the automotive industry in North America 
  • Various presentations on design, development and defense strategies for complex automotive products, including but not limited to, transmission systems, automotive seats and heavy truck ingress/egress access systems


  • "Paving the Way for Self-Driving Cars: Legislative and Legal Issues on the Horizon for Autonomous Vehicles," 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, Detroit, Michigan, September 10, 2014
  • I-69 Automotive Suppliers Forum, Owosso, Michigan, July 15, 2014
  • "Autos and Manufacturing Industry Outlook," Canadian Council of Chief Executives and Business Leaders for Michigan, November 15, 2013
  • "The New GM Terms and Conditions: Congratulations on Becoming a Bank and an Insurance Company," OESA Sales and Marketing Council, MSU Management Center in Troy, Michigan, September 5, 2013
  • "Warranty Liability Exposure and Management in the Automotive Supply Chain," OESA Supplier Roundtable: Issues Impacting the North American Supply Chain, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Greenville, S.C.
  • South Carolina Automotive Summit 2013
  • OESA Conference: Atlanta 2009 and Alabama 2011
  • Japan Business Society of Detroit, Summer 2009
  • Chinese Automotive Transportation and Research Conference 2007

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