District 12

Matthew S. Manning

Born and raised in Austin, Matthew (Matt) S. Manning was blessed to be raised by and around servant leaders, who poured into and nurtured him, providing for him an example of service he has since sought to emulate.

After graduating from W.C. Akins High School in Austin in 2004, Matt began his studies at Howard University in Washington, D.C., focused on attending law school. During his time in DC, he interned on Capitol Hill and became immersed in politics, developing a desire to serve others through legal practice, particularly in the area of civil rights.

In 2009 he entered the University of Toledo College of Law on a full scholarship, where he served as president of the Black Law Student Association and was active in advocacy competitions, completing coursework in civil rights and visiting at the Texas Tech School of Law in his final year.

Matt moved to the “Sparkling City By The Sea,” Corpus Christi, in 2013, serving as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Corpus Christi, prosecuting Class C offenses. Shortly thereafter, he moved to the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, where he served as an Assistant District Attorney before joining current District Attorney Mark Gonzalez in his law office as his associate.

Matt championed the rights of citizens in private practice as a criminal defense attorney before re-joining the District Attorney’s Office as First Assistant District Attorney in January 2017. In his time as First Assistant, Matt successfully assisted DA Gonzalez in his nationally recognized endeavors to reform local criminal justice practices, ushering in several progressive policy changes and programs like Cite & Release and the inaugural expunction clinic and trying over a dozen high-profile homicide and media cases during his tenure with the office.

In December 2019, Matt transitioned to a new position as an attorney with the venerable Corpus Christi law firm, Webb Cason, P.C., where he maintains a personal injury practice and represents those whose civil rights have been violated and the criminally accused.

A 2016 graduate of LeadershipSBOT, Matt began serving as the District 12 Director for the Board of Directors of the Texas Young Lawyers Association in June of 2019. He strives to lead through service, as exemplified by his prior service as a volunteer teacher for those taking the U.S. citizenship examination and current membership on several boards, including those of the Coastal Bend Food Bank, LOVE Tennis & Education, and the Corpus Christi Young Lawyers Association.

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