Elizabeth E.Manning (Beth)


Chicago + 1.312.269.4396

Beth Manning represents clients in a broad range of industries in complex litigation matters, including class actions, multidistrict litigation, False Claims Act litigation, and contract disputes. As a commercial litigator, her practice also involves disputes and counseling related to consumer protection statutes, antitrust claims, and supply chain issues. Beth works with clients to develop risk management tactics and strategies for litigation in federal and state courts, for administrative proceedings, and for arbitration and mediation.

Beth has handled all stages of litigation. She has extensive experience in strategic coordination and development of every aspect of discovery, including taking and defending depositions and expert discovery. Beth's experience includes working on and managing litigation teams defending clients in multidistrict litigation as well as class actions across the country in federal and state courts. Her recent work includes representing a client in the health care industry in multidistrict litigation and related state court actions pending across the country, defeating class certification in federal multidistrict litigation, obtaining a summary judgment ruling in a False Claims Act case, reversing on appeal a state court ruling relating to a dispute over rates charged by a public utility, and defending a highly publicized parking meter dispute and eliminating exposure in true up adjustments.

Beth also has an active pro bono practice assisting children with disabilities in special education matters. She is a member of Equip for Equality's Auxiliary Board and serves on the Chicago Office's Pro Bono Committee.


  • Private equity firm and portfolio company obtain voluntary dismissal of employment-related claimsJones Day represented a private equity firm and one of its portfolio companies in litigation brought by a former remote employee of the portfolio company.
  • US Foods resolves class actions relating to fuel surchargesJones Day successfully defended US Foods, Inc. in several putative consumer class actions alleging violations of state consumer protection statutes and unfair competition laws as well as fraud and contract claims based on allegations that fuel surcharges included on customer invoices for food deliveries were deceptive and fraudulent.
  • Global pharmaceutical company wins dismissal in Florida state courtJones Day successfully helped a global pharmaceutical client win dismissal of two lawsuits brought by a physician in connection with a clinical trial and certain information reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”).
  • Hilco obtains affirmance of summary judgment in lawsuit brought by Patriot Group for $30 million in damagesJones Day represented Hilco Trading, LLC and Hilco Inc. on claims brought by Connecticut hedge fund The Patriot Group seeking more than $30 million in damages relating to losses Patriot suffered on an investment of a Hilco Trading subsidiary in the distressed lending market.
  • Cardinal Health successfully defends bundled pricingJones Day represented Cardinal Health, Inc. in antitrust litigation commenced by competitor Suture Express in Kansas federal court in December 2012.
  • Woodward obtains affirmance by Seventh Circuit of summary judgment ruling in its favor in qui tam lawsuit alleging False Claims Act violationsOn December 11, 2015, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's summary judgment ruling in favor of Jones Day client Woodward, Inc. in a long-running qui tam suit brought on behalf of the United States by two former Woodward employees who alleged that Woodward violated the False Claims Act in connection with its manufacture and sale of military parts to the U.S. government.
  • Illinois American Water and American Lake Water obtain dismissal of breach of contract actionOn June 2, 2016, Jones Day clients Illinois-American Water Company and American Lake Water Company obtained a dismissal of a breach of contract action.
  • City of Chicago defends against action by plaintiff alleging wrongful conviction resulting from police misconductJones Day is representing the City of Chicago in a civil rights case filed by a plaintiff who alleges that he was wrongly convicted of a crime as a result of police misconduct.
  • Chicago eliminates billion dollar liability through settlement with parking meter operatorJones Day defended the City of Chicago in a claim brought by Chicago Parking Meters, LLC ("CPM") for breach of the parties' agreement over the sale of a 75 year concession interest to operate Chicago's parking meters.
  • Privately-held company undergoes investigation by Illinois Attorney General for alleged violations of Illinois Consumer Fraud ActJones Day is representing a privately-held company in an Illinois Attorney General Consumer Fraud Investigation, focusing on misrepresentations to consumers.
  • Verizon obtains voluntary dismissal in alleged disability discrimination caseOn behalf of Verizon Communications Inc., Jones Day obtained plaintiff's voluntary dismissal of claims in which plaintiff alleged disability discrimination and retaliation in violation of Iowa law.
  • Success in advocating for defendants in Cook County Criminal CourtOn November 14, in Cook County Circuit Court, Jones Day obtained a wonderful outcome for our client, an 18-year-old honors student whose pro bono defense we accepted as a referral from Cabrini Green Legal Aid.
  • Jones Day wins asylum for Pakistani Christian familyA Jones Day Chicago asylum team recently obtained a hard fought asylum grant for our client and his family (collectively referred to as Clients AE).