Francis P. Manchisi

Frank Manchisi is chair of the firm’s Product Liability practice team and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Frank focuses on the defense of domestic and foreign manufacturers and insurance carriers. Frank has practiced at Wilson Elser throughout his career. He helped build and now leads the firm’s highly regarded practice in the product liability area.

For more than 25 years, Frank has served as national product liability counsel to manufacturers of boats and boat components. He also currently serves as national counsel to a U.S. manufacturer of swimming pool products and to a Japanese manufacturer of lathes and machining centers. In connection with these and other engagements, Frank has defended a range of products, including pleasure boats and components, swimming pools, scuba diving equipment, machine tools, cranes, wire rope and cosmetics. He consistently has obtained favorable results for product manufacturers in cases in which he has been defense counsel of record.

Frank also frequently is retained by insurance carriers based in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway to represent their insured manufacturers in U.S. lawsuits involving products made in Europe and sold in the United States. In such cases, he has achieved a track record of success in obtaining dismissals or summary judgment on lack of jurisdiction grounds and obtaining favorable results in those cases that could not be dismissed by motion.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Admiralty & Marine, 2) Europe and 3) Product Liability
Law School Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1981
Education Fordham University, B.A., 1977
Most recent firm Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker
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