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HHM issues 1st community involvement report/hires an associate

Legal News Reporter

Published: March 14, 2019

From serving on nonprofit boards and committees to participating in educational programs and providing pro bono services, attorneys and staff at the regional law firm Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell volunteer their time in various ways each year to support the Mahoning Valley.

To better inform clients and others about these efforts, last month the firm published its first Community Involvement Report https://www.hhmlaw.com/community-involvement/. The online summary details the contributions employees made to the community in 2018.

“So many of our clients are remarkably involved in the Mahoning Valley community and consider their involvement to be a primary feature of their business,” said Kevin P. Murphy, chair of the firm’s management committee. “Our firm has championed similar values since our establishment in 1834 and we’ve largely been quiet about it.

“But as society and business move toward greater transparency and information becomes easier to share, we decided to shine a small spotlight on our community involvement activities,” Murphy said. 

In addition to issuing the report, Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell also added another associate to its Youngstown office in February.

Attorney Patrick Manning joined HHM on Feb. 4 and focuses on civil litigation, personal injury, employment and public sector law matters.

“I am excited to be a part of Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, which has a great reputation and a rich history in the Mahoning Valley,” said Manning. “I look forward to working hard to assist the firm’s clients.”

“We wanted an attorney who could enhance our litigation practice and assist us in providing the level of service that our clients are used to receiving,” said Murphy.

“While we have traditionally hired attorneys who are much newer to the profession, we felt that our current needs would be better met by an experienced attorney like Patrick, who could hit the ground running.

“Patrick also has strong family ties to the Mahoning Valley,” Murphy said. “We are excited to welcome him to the firm.”

A native of Youngstown, Manning graduated from Ursuline High School.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in English from John Carroll University, he obtained a master’s degree in Irish studies from National University of Ireland, Galway.

When he returned to Ohio, he took a job as an admissions counselor at John Carroll University.

“I always planned to go to law school, but it was important to me to give back to the university, where I got a great education and had a wonderful experience,” he said.

Manning received his juris doctor from Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh in 2010, beginning his legal career at Goehring, Rutter & Boehm, where he focused primarily on municipal creditors rights.

After three years, he moved back to Mahoning County, taking a job at the personal injury law firm Elizabeth A. Bernard.

Prior to joining Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Manning was an associate at the plaintiff personal injury law firm Simon & Simon in Pittsburgh.

“I am very happy to be back in Youngstown again,” said Manning, who lives in Poland with his wife Samantha and their three children. “My wife is also from Youngstown, so we are both able to be close to our families.”

Manning said he would like to spend the remainder of his career at Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell.

“I love litigation, but I also want to broaden my experience and skill set,” he said. “The firm has a lot of great attorneys and I plan to take advantage of the opportunity to learn as much as I can.”

In addition to his work at the firm, Manning currently serves on the boards of Friends of The Rich Center for Autism, Ursuline High School and the John Carroll University Alumni Association.

“I care deeply and believe very strongly in this community,” Manning said. “HHM shares that same commitment to the Mahoning Valley, not just through providing quality legal services, but also through service and community involvement.

“That’s one of the many things that drew me here. I think there’s great potential here to do great things for our clients and for the community at large.”