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Sep 2005
September 26, 2005

Warner Norcross Partner Named Counsel to OESA

Thomas J. Manganello a partner with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been named legal counsel to one of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association councils.

Manganello, an automotive litigator with more than two decades of experience, will provide legal counsel and support to the OE Sales & Marketing Council. OESA is a trade association of original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, and their suppliers. The organization provides a forum to advance the business interests of suppliers by providing an opportunity to address issues of common concern and serves as a resource for industry information, analysis and advocacy.

Founded in 1998, OESA has more than 375 member organizations and represents more than 65 percent of all North American automotive supplier sales. Warner Norcross is a member of OESA and many of its partners have been active in a variety of capacities within the organization.

Manganello works from the Southfield office of Warner Norcross, one of the largest law firms in Michigan, and chairs the Firm's Automotive Industry Practice Group. Warner Norcross represents more than 70 automotive suppliers - from multinational Fortune 500 corporations to small, family-owned businesses.

Manganello concentrates his practice on commercial, product liability and automotive negligence trial work. He has handled warranty, truth-in-lending, consumer litigation and construction cases and has served as lead counsel in national cases for major automotive-related clients.

A Detroit native, Manganello is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Detroit Regional Economic Advisory Board, Detroit Economic Club, the Product Liability Advisory Council, Defense Research Institute, the Wayne and Oakland County Mediation Tribunals, the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. He holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Prior to joining Warner, Manganello spent several years handling a broad range of litigation for Fortune 500 clientele.

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About Warner Norcross & Judd:

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services with more than 180 attorneys in four Michigan offices located in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon. For the third consecutive year, Warner Norcross was named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine. Nearly half of the Firm's partners are listed in the 2005 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a greater percentage than any other large law firm in Michigan. Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting, as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For and as the best law firm in Grand Rapids by a Grand Rapids Magazine reader survey. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.

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